Wrestling 2018-2019 Preview
Coach McClurg expects another successful wrestling season, returning 11 of 14 starters from last year’s team that finished as conference champions, sectional and regional runner-up, third-place at the New Castle Semi-State, seventh-place at the IHSWCA Team State Duals, and eighth-place at the IHSAA State Finals, scoring a school-record 49 points, with a school-record four IHSAA State Medalists. There are five returning seniors, including Elijah Mahan, who was Marion County Champion and IHSAA State Medalist, finishing fifth last season at 170 lbs. Seniors Trent Smith, Lorenzo Salazar, Spencer Fears and John Harris (sectional champion at 285 lbs in 2018) will all bring loads of varsity experience to the table this year, as they all advanced to the New Castle Semi-State a year ago. The junior class will contribute mightily to the program this season. The junior class returns five varsity wrestlers from last year’s line up in Brayden Lowery (two-time Marion County Champion, two-time sectional champion, two-time regional champion, two-time semi-state champion, IHSAA State Medalist fifth at 113 lbs in 2018, IHSAA State Medalist third at 106 lbs in 2017), Sam Slivka (two-time semi-state qualifier in 2018 at 120 lbs and in 2017 at 106 lbs), Alec Viduya (two-time sectional champion, two-time regional champion, semi-state champion, IHSAA State Medalist fourth at 126 lbs in 2018, IHSAA State Champion at 113 lbs in 2017), Tyce Freije (sectional champion and semi-state qualifier at 132 lbs in 2018, semi-state champion in 2017 and IHSAA State Medalist eighth at 120 lbs in 2017), and David Page (regional qualifier at 152 lbs in 2018). The remaining members of the junior class come into the season with a lot of great JV experience on the wrestling mat and will challenge for varsity spots this season: David Clayton, Jeorge Wade, Michael Fletcher and David Hurrle. This season’s sophomore class features returning varsity wrestler Luke Aldrich (regional qualifier at 106 lbs in 2018), and Davis Hall, another wrestler who comes in with a lot of experience at the JV level and will challenge for a varsity position, providing great depth at the upper weight classes this season. The majority of the 14 incoming freshmen come in with great youth wrestling resumes and high aspirations to don the Rebel singlet at the varsity level this year. The coaching staff is excited about the talent level and work-ethic that this class brings to the wrestling room and they will contribute to both the JV and varsity teams. The crop of 14 freshmen include: Kody Glithero, Zach Wilson, Vincenzo Mina, Ashton Brandon, Drew Willis, Dillon Stahl, Andrew Stuck, Chris Lara, Logan McInnes, Alex Amodeo, Leonardo Da Silva, Sam Peeples, Justin Lewis, Aaron Butts.
The Rebel wrestling program will begin the season with an Intra-Squad (Alumni Night and RWF Youth Wrestling Club Night) competition on Wednesday, November 14 hosted by St. Jude. The junior varsity squad opens the season on Saturday, November 17, at the Brownsburg Invitational. The varsity squad will open the season on Tuesday, November 27, at Greenwood for a dual meet. One of the highlights of the varsity season is the participation in the IHSWCA 3A Team State Duals on Saturday, January 5 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. Roncalli has qualified for this year’s IHSWCA Team State Duals event because of last season’s success and all of the returning talent on this year’s team. The Rebels are excited to compete for a Dual Team State Championship over winter break!
There are five home meets on this season’s schedule. The Rebels host a triple dual on Saturday, December 8, taking on New Palestine, Noblesville and Seymour. On Thursday, December 13, the Rebels host the Greenfield-Central Cougars. On Saturday, January 12, Roncalli will host the Circle City Conference meet for the first time. On Tuesday, January 15, Roncalli will wrestle Cathedral at home. Roncalli will take on Center Grove on Saturday, January 19, at home for Senior Day and CYO Day.