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Two of Rochester's wrestlers eliminated by half of Crown Point's state champs

Rochester wrestlers Brady Beck and Alex Deming won their opening round matches at the IHSAA state championships at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.


Those were the final wins of the season for Zebra wrestlers as the season closed in Indianapolis.


For Deming, it was a first round victory over Cael Albaugh (39-12) at 195 pounds.  Deming then fell in a match with Gunner Henry of Brownsburg, 10-4.


Deming then dropped a consolation round match to Luke Hansen of Roncalli, 7-3.

Deming ended his junior season with a 46-4 record.


Teammate Brady Beck was also victorious in opening round action.  At 220, Beck outlasted Austin Hastings of Noblesville, 3-2.  Then, Beck was defeated in the second round by the eventual state champion, Will Clark of Crown Point, 7-4.


Beck’s day ended with a consolation round  loss to Devin Kendrex from Mt. Vernon (Fortsville), 3-1.


Beck posted a 44-5 record this season.


At 106, Layne Horn (39-3) was defeated by Nathan Rioux of Avon, 4-2.


At 160, Rochester’s Brant Beck fell in the opening round match to Sam Goin of Crown Point, 14-6.  Goin went on to win the state title at 160.


Beck finished the season 37-7.


The Zebras dropped two matches to half of the Crown Point wrestlers who won state titles. Crown Point finished a perfect 4-for-4 under the finals’ spotlight.


The defending champion Crown Point Bulldogs had two goals heading into the 85th annual Indiana High School Athletic Association wrestling state finals in downtown Indianapolis.  They achieved both in dominating fashion inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse, claiming both a program-record four individual weight class championships and a second straight wrestling team title with 167.0 points.


Center Grove finished second with 131.0 points, followed by Brownsburg at 129.5 and Warren Central in fourth.


The Bulldogs’ third state wrestling team title in program history (2009, 2022, 2023) was spearheaded by a quartet of champions in senior Sam Goin (39-2) at 160 pounds, senior Cody Goodwin (25-4) at 170, senior Orlando Cruz (35-2) at 182 and junior Will Clark (38-3) at 220.


“Just an incredible night for our guys,” Crown Point head coach Branden Lorek said. “In the medal rounds and in the finals, we had nine places and they all won.


When the Bulldogs are enjoying the moment, they thrive, and it was necessary with 11 state qualifiers compared to a state-record 12 for Center Grove, which had eight wrestlers medal and one win it all in 113-pounder junior Charlie LaRocca (42-2).


Center Grove advanced five wrestlers into the championship finals with eight place-winners overall.


“It’s historic for us. We’ve never won a back-to-back title in wrestling, and we’re only the second team in our school history to win back-to-back titles,” Lorek said. “At the end of the day, you come down to Indy, and this means a lot to our area.”


Crown Point is the first program to win multiple team titles consecutively since Indianapolis Cathedral won three straight from 2018-2020.