What: 79th IHSAA individual state wrestling tournament.
When: Friday and Saturday, February 18th and 19th
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Live streaming: Friday’s first round, Saturday’s quarterfinals, and Saturday’s consolations will be streamed at TrackWrestling.com. For Saturday night’s championship round, viewers outside of the Fox Sports Indiana coverage area can access a live stream that will be available at IHSAAtv.org. For those within the FSI coverage area, the stream will be available only on a delayed basis following the conclusion of the telecast.
Brackets: Brackets in all weight classes and results are available at Trackwrestling.com.
Tournament numbers: 224 wrestlers have qualified for the Indiana state tournament from four semi-state tournaments. These tournaments were East Chicago Central, New Haven, New Castle, and Evansville Reitz.
Most qualifiers: Brownsburg and Portage High each qualified eight wrestlers for the state tournament, while Yorktown and Indianapolis Cathedral each qualified seven athletes to the big dance.
Undefeated Wrestlers: 18 Indiana grapplers will put their undefeated records on the line. There are three undefeated wrestlers at both 220 and at 285, the most for any weight class.
Asa Garcia of Avon (113), Brayton Lee of Brownsburg (145), Joe Lee of Evansville Mater Dei (152), and Mason Parris of Lawrenceburg (220), will be attempting to win a second consecutive state championship, while Colton Cummings of Lowell (126) will be shooting for his third straight title.
Fifty-three wrestlers that were successful in becoming state medalists in 2016 will return to the 2017 state tournament, while a total of 87 wrestlers that participated in the state tournament last season will be ready to compete once again this weekend.
Toughest Weight Class
The toughest weight class in the state tournament should be at 132-pounds. That weight class will feature seven returning state medalists and 10 grapplers with state experience. Leading the way in the weight class are two exceptional wrestlers that are head-and-shoulders above the competition. These wrestlers are two-time state finalist Jeremiah Reitz of Griffith HS, who has already committed to Duke University, and three-time IHSAA bronze medal winner Breyden Bailey of Indianapolis Cathedral HS, who will be taking his skills next year to Northern Illinois.
Brownsburg HS: The Team to Beat
Last season’s team state runner-up Brownsburg HS should come out this weekend as state champions from the 79th IHSAA state tournament. The Bulldogs had three champions out of the Evansville Mater Dei semi-state tournament in Drake Campbell (106), Brayton Lee (145), and Nathan Walton (182), while qualifying eight wrestlers to the big dance. Other schools that should challenge the Bulldogs for a state title are Portage, Indianapolis Cathedral, Yorktown, and Avon HS.
Wrestlers to Watch
Brayton Lee, Sr., Brownsburg HS (145)
There’s no doubt Brayton Lee wants to join the elite ranks of three-time state champions by the end of his prep career. However, before he can accomplish that feat he must win his second state title this weekend. Lee is currently undefeated on the season with an 85-match winning streak. During the summer, he gained All-American honors by placing third at UWW Cadet Freestyle Nationals.
Mason Parris, Jr., Lawrenceburg HS (220)
Parris is a defending IHSAA state champion and two-time place winner. He is one of most decorated juniors in the nation so don’t be surprised to see him land in a powerhouse college program soon. Parris is a three-time semi-state, regional, and sectional champion. He will enter the state tournament with only one loss in three years of scholastic competition.
Andrew Davison, Sr., Chesterton HS (195)
Currently a senior for Chesterton HS, Andrew Davison has been a terror as of late with 20 straight victories coming by fall. Despite not having an individual state title of his own, Davison is a four-time Fargo All-American and two-time USAW Folkstyle national champion. He’s the top-ranked wrestler in the state of Indiana and has committed to attend the University of Michigan next year.
Breyden Bailey, Sr., Indianapolis Cathedral HS (132)
Breyden Bailey has rolled to an undefeated mark going into the state tournament and has recently won his third semi-state championship. He is the top-ranked wrestler at 132 in the state and is ranked #10 by The Open Mat. He is committed to competing for Northern Illinois in college.
Asa Garcia, So., Avon HS (113)
Garcia burst onto the scene to win an IHSAA state title last season. At 113-pounds this season, Garcia has dominated the competition. Garcia enters the 2017 state tournament with a 38-0 record and has won his last nine matches via bonus points. He is on pace to become a future four-time state champion barring any injuries.