Wrestling 2017-2018 Review
The 2018 Roncalli wrestling team accomplished feats never before achieved in program history. They advanced all 14 wrestlers from the sectional on to the regional round for the first time in program history. For the first time, four Roncalli wrestlers medaled at the same state finals and the team scored a program-record 49 points in the state finals, topping the old mark of 30 (set in 1985.)
The Rebels worked their way through some in-season injuries with three starters and still finished third in the Marion County meet, seventh in the Team State Duals and second in the 32-team Connersville Holiday Tournament. The team compiled a 14-4 regular-season record and won its second straight Circle City Conference title. In the conference meet, the Rebels won titles in 12 of the 14 weight classes.
In the postseason, the Rebels finished second to second-ranked Perry Meridian in the sectional, but Roncalli was the only team in the field to advance all 14 wrestlers to the regional round. The Rebels followed that up with a second-place finish in the regional, defeating sixth-ranked Warren Central by 40 points and advancing 11 wrestlers on to the semi-state. Roncalli finished third in the semi-state, behind Perry Meridian and third-ranked Cathedral.
All four Rebel wrestlers who advanced to the state finals made it to the medal stand. Senior Sam Hansen capped his Roncalli career with a second-place state finish in the 195-pound class. Hansen also won a Marion County title, a Circle City Conference title, as well as sectional and regional crowns. Sophomore Alec Viduya followed up his state championship at 113-pounds from last season with a fourth-place state finish at 126 pounds. He won a conference title, as well as sectional and regional titles. Junior Elijah Mahan finished fifth in the state in the 170-pound class to go along with Marion County and Circle City Conference titles. Sophomore Brayden Lowery finished fifth in the 113-pound class. Lowery won county, conference, sectional, regional and semi-state titles en route to a 41-1 season record.
Junior John Harris won a sectional title in the 285-pound class. Sophomore Tyce Freije won a sectional crown in the 132-pound class. Seniors Patrick Condi and Hunter Miller, juniors Spencer Fears, Brian Keeney, Lorenzo Salazar and Trent Smith, sophomore David Page and freshman Luke Aldrich all won conference titles.
Hansen was named the team’s MVP and Condi earned the team’s mental attitude award. Hansen, Smith and Keeney were named first team Academic All-State by the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association (IHSWCA). Condi, Fears, Harris and Salazar were tabbed as honorable mention Academic All-State selections by the IHSWCA.
The program was selected to participate in the IHSWCA 3A Team State Duals on January 5, 2019. The Rebels will compete with 11 other schools at the event in Fort Wayne.