East Central Indiana wrestlers to watch in 2022 IHSAA state tournament

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MUNCIE, Ind. — Boys wrestling begins the 2022 IHSAA winter sports sectional season, and East Central Indiana squads are eager to face the best.

Area teams and individuals performed well last year, and with six returning 2021 state qualifiers — five more than in 2020 — ECI wrestling is continuing to improve. There are several other semistate qualifiers and top-10 ranked wrestlers locally as well, so there is plenty of talent to watch throughout the postseason.

With the help of suggestions from coaches, here are the top ECI wrestlers in each weight class:

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106 pounds

Ayden Bollinger, Delta

Cowan's Raef Keith and Delta's Ayden Bollinger wrestle in the 106 pound weight class during the Delaware County Wrestling Tournament at Wes-Del High School Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.
Cowan's Raef Keith and Delta's Ayden Bollinger wrestle in the 106 pound weight class during the Delaware County Wrestling Tournament at Wes-Del High School Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

Bollinger (26-2) has not only been one of the area's top freshmen but one of the top wrestlers overall. He became the Mooresville Holiday Classic champion, Delaware County champion and Hoosier Heritage Conference champion, and is currently ranked fourth in his semistate and 15th in the state at 106 pounds, according to IndianaMat.

Raef Keith, Cowan

Keith (8-2) had a strong sophomore season, recently winning the 106-pound Mid-Eastern Conference title. He is also ranked sixth in his semistate weight class.

Joey Cline, Yorktown

Cline (23-6) is steadily improving and now in his fourth year ever wrestling. A semistate qualifier in 2021, the junior was the 106-pund HHC runner-up this season.

Quentin Keen, Winchester

Keen (23-6) has had a strong season and recently finished as the 106-pound Tri-Eastern Conference runner-up.

Zac Reno, Wes-Del

Reno (16-6) has done well in his first high school wrestling season, finishing second in the Maconaquah Invite and MEC tournaments and third in the Delaware County tournament.

113 pounds

Cody Rowles, Jay County

Rowles (29-1) carried his tremendous freshman season into 2021-22, becoming ECIC and ACAC champion at 113 pounds. He is ranked third in his semistate and 14th in the state, and coming off state-qualifying postseason last year, he is poised for another deep run.

Cole Stuffel, Yorktown

Stuffel (14-4) finished as the 113-pound Delaware County runner-up this year. The sophomore is ranked seventh in his semistate and 25th in the state.

120 pounds

Neal Mosier, Delta

Delta's Neal Mosier and Yorktown's Carter Overby wrestling in the 120 pound weight class during the Delaware County Wrestling Tournament at Wes-Del High School Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.
Delta's Neal Mosier and Yorktown's Carter Overby wrestling in the 120 pound weight class during the Delaware County Wrestling Tournament at Wes-Del High School Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

Mosier (28-1) has improved from his 113-pound freshman campaign while moving up a weight class. He won his division at the Mooresville Holiday Classic, Delaware County tournament and HHC tournament, and is ranked fourth in his semistate and 21st in the state at 120 pounds.

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Ethan Reiley, Jay County

Reiley (25-6) was the lone area wrestler to qualify for state in 2020, yet he failed to repeat that feat last year. His record is misleading since he sometimes wrestles above his weight class — Reiley placed third in the ACAC tournament at 132 pounds — but is most formidable at 120 pounds, the class in which he's ranked fifth in his semistate and 23rd in the state.

Carter Overby, Yorktown

Overby (24-5) is the 120-pound Delaware County runner-up, and three of his losses this season were against Mosier.

Angel Deloney, Shenandoah

Deloney (21-5) has enjoyed a successful sophomore season and is the 2022 MEC champion at 120 pounds.

Taye Curtis, Jay County

Curtis (24-8) is another impressive Jay County sophomore. He won the ECIC and ACAC tournaments at 120 pounds a seems to have improved as the season's progressed.

126 pounds

Jayden Jett, Cowan

Cowan's Jayden Jett and Yorktown's Justin Boone wrestle in the 126 pound weight class during the Delaware County Wrestling Tournament at Wes-Del High School Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.
Cowan's Jayden Jett and Yorktown's Justin Boone wrestle in the 126 pound weight class during the Delaware County Wrestling Tournament at Wes-Del High School Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

Jett (19-1) has been stellar in his sophomore season. He is the 126-pound MEC, Clinton Prairie Invitational and John McKee Invitational champion, with his lone loss coming in the Delaware County final. Jett is ranked sixth in his semistate.

Tony Wood, Jay County

Wood (29-2), who was sectional and regional champion and a state qualifier as a freshman, should once again perform well in the state tournament. This year, he is the 132-pound Franklin Invitational, ECIC and ACAC champion, with wins over the No. 8 and No. 12-ranked wrestlers in his class. Wood is ranked second in his semistate and 10th in the state.

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Justin Boone, Yorktown

Boone (22-6) has thrived in his sophomore campaign and became the 126-pound Delaware County champion. He is ranked fifth in his semistate weight class.

Kaeb Stebbins, Delta

As a freshman, Stebbins (24-7) has been a big part of Delta's resurgence this season. He finished third at the Delaware County tournament and runner-up at the HHC meet, all while showing steady improvement throughout the year. He is ranked No. 7 in his semistate.

132 pounds

Brevan Thrine, New Castle

Thrine's (25-2) only two losses this season were to 2021 state qualifiers, and he could have gotten there himself last year had it not been for the referee penalizing him for an illegal move. He is the HHC champion, ranked second in his semistate and eighth in the state at 132 pounds, and eager to qualify for state this time.

138 pounds

Julius Gerencser, Daleville

Cowan's Levi Abbott faces off against Daleville's Julius Gerencser during their 138 pound weight class match at Wes-Del High School Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.
Cowan's Levi Abbott faces off against Daleville's Julius Gerencser during their 138 pound weight class match at Wes-Del High School Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

Gerencser (18-1) has followed his terrific junior season, in which he finished eighth in the state, with another strong year. Although he didn't go undefeated in the regular season like before, he still became the 138 pound MEC champion and is ranked first in his semistate and fifth in the state.

Dillon Tuttle, Delta

Yorktown's Lane Baird and Delta's Dillon Tuttle wrestle in the 138 pound weight class during the Delaware County Wrestling Tournament at Wes-Del High School Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.
Yorktown's Lane Baird and Delta's Dillon Tuttle wrestle in the 138 pound weight class during the Delaware County Wrestling Tournament at Wes-Del High School Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

Tuttle (27-2), Delta's lone senior, has been the Eagles' leader on and off the mat. He is the Delaware County champion at 138 pounds, and his only losses came in the championships of the Mooresville Holiday Classic and HHC tournaments. Tuttle has come up short of qualifying for state in the past two seasons, but now ranked fourth in his semistate and 11th in the state in his weight class, this could be his year.

Cameron Clark, Jay County

Clark (15-1) was a state qualifier last year but recently returned from injury. Still, the sophomore managed to become ACAC champion again and is ranked third in his semistate and 18th in the state.

Zach Bates, Winchester

Bates (24-4) is the 2022 TEC runner-up at 138 pounds and has advanced past the sectional round in previous seasons.

145 pounds

Toby Abbott, Cowan

Cowan's Toby Abbott and Delta's Kolten Rhonemus wrestle in the 145 pound weight class during the Delaware County Wrestling Tournament at Wes-Del High School Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.
Cowan's Toby Abbott and Delta's Kolten Rhonemus wrestle in the 145 pound weight class during the Delaware County Wrestling Tournament at Wes-Del High School Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

Toby Abbott (21-0) is one of the area's top wrestlers and had the best regular season of his career in 2021-22. He became champion of the Clinton Prairie Invitational, John McKee Invitational and Delaware County tournaments, and placed eighth in the state last postseason. The senior is ranked second in his semistate and fifth in the state at 145 pounds and hopes to end his Cowan career on a high note.

Brandon Kinnick, Daleville

Kinnick (21-2) went from being a 126-pound semistate qualifier in 2021 to being the 2022 145-pound Delaware County champion.

152 pounds

Jon Eberhart, New Castle

Eberthart (22-3) won the HHC at 152 pounds this year and is a returning semistate qualifier. He is ranked 25th in the state.

160 pounds

Jonah Jones, Monroe Central

Jones (32-2) has built upon his breakout junior season with an even stronger senior campaign. He has now won two consecutive Randolph County and MEC titles, and was a sectional champion, regional runner-up and a semistate qualifier in 2021 at 152 pounds. Jones in January surpassed 100 career wins and is ranked fifth in his semistate.

Levi Abbott, Cowan

Levi Abbott (16-5) has had a good year, becoming Delaware County and Clinton Prairie Invitational champion before placing second in the MEC tournament.

170 pounds

Wyatt Maiden, New Castle

Maiden (22-3) has only lost to state-ranked opponents this season while beating two others. He was eliminated in regionals last year and hopes to advance to at least semistate this time.

Colten Gourley, Wapahani

Gourley (28-5) has made a name for himself locally in his senior season, placing second in the Delaware County tournament before becoming MEC champion.

Jerimiah Ullom, Monroe Central

Ullom (16-2) has had a strong freshman season with the Golden Bears and was the 170-pound MEC runner-up.

182 pounds

Hunter Page, Monroe Central

Monroe Central's Hunter Page wrestles Daleville's Jackson Ingenito during their 182-pound match at Delta High School Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021.
Monroe Central's Hunter Page wrestles Daleville's Jackson Ingenito during their 182-pound match at Delta High School Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021.

Coming off a historic junior season in which he finished sixth in the state, Page (33-1) has been at his best in 2021-22. He's now a three-time Randolph County and MEC champion with 100 career wins, hoping to finish his last season strong. Page is ranked second in his semistate and eighth in the state.

Mayson Lewis, Shenandoah

Lewis (23-3) lost to Page in the MEC championship, but he's enjoyed a successful season as well.

Dalton May, Cowan

Wapahani's Paul Fisher and Cowan's Dalton May wrestle in the 182 pound weight class during the Delaware County Wrestling Tournament at Wes-Del High School Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.
Wapahani's Paul Fisher and Cowan's Dalton May wrestle in the 182 pound weight class during the Delaware County Wrestling Tournament at Wes-Del High School Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

May (18-3) is the Delaware County champion, Clinton Prairie Invitational runner-up and MEC third-place finisher at 182 pounds.

Bryce Wenk, Jay County

Wenk (28-4) has been a consistent force for the Patriots in his two seasons. This year he was the Franklin Invitational champion and ACAC runner-up at 182 pounds.

Maddox Rose, Winchester

Rose (16-4) was the TEC runner-up at 182 pounds and is ranked fifth in his semistate.

195 pounds

Jackson Ingenito, Daleville

Ingenito (24-4) is the 2022 Delaware County and MEC champion in his weight class. The senior is ranked fourth in his semistate and 18th in the state at 195 pounds.

Preston Heffernan, Wes-Del

Heffernan (17-5) finished first at the Maconaquah Invite and second in the Delaware County and MEC tournaments this season.

Kolton Tinsman, Monroe Central

Tinsman (30-4) is the 195-pound Randolph County champion and finished third in the MEC.

220 pounds

Titus Waters, Muncie Central

After being slowed by a broken arm entering last season, Waters (24-1) has been dominant this year. He is the 2022 ECIC and North Central Conference champion, and is ranked seventh in his semistate and 17th in the state. Already a 180-pound semistate qualifier as a freshman, he could make a deep run as a junior now.

Joel Kennedy, Monroe Central

Kennedy (33-1) has risen through the ranks in his first year wrestling in high school, only losing to Waters during his spectacular season. The senior is the Randolph County and MEC 220-pound champion and is ranked eighth in his semistate and 25th in the state.

Jackson New, Yorktown

Yorktown's Jackson New wrestles Bluffton's Cameron Farmer in the 220-pound regional championship match at Jay County High School Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021.
Yorktown's Jackson New wrestles Bluffton's Cameron Farmer in the 220-pound regional championship match at Jay County High School Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021.

New (15-4) hasn't had as great a year as expected after winning Delaware County, sectional and regional titles last year. Still, the junior will likely go far again and is determined to get over the hump and make it to the state finals after losing in the first round of semistate last season.

285 pounds

Jason Orr, Muncie Central

Muncie Central's Jason Orr wrestles Cowan's Garrett Smith during their 285-pound match at Delta High School Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021.
Muncie Central's Jason Orr wrestles Cowan's Garrett Smith during their 285-pound match at Delta High School Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021.

Orr (22-2) is a two-time semistate qualifier and was the 2021 sectional and regional champion, and should make one last push toward qualifying for state as a senior. This season he is the 285-pound ECIC champion and NCC runner-up while being ranked second in his semistate and 16th in the state.

Brady Hiatt, Monroe Central

Hiatt (33-2) is a three-time Randolph County champion and two-time MEC title winner despite not wrestling last season. He wrestles in the 285-pound weight class while weighing less than 220 pounds, yet still wins most of his bouts.

Gus Martin is a sports reporter at The Star Press. Follow him on Twitter @GusMartin_SP, and contact him at gmartin@gannett.com or 765-729-4742.

This article originally appeared on Muncie Star Press: High school wrestling: ECI wrestlers to watch in state tournament

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