Wrestling 2021-22 Season Review
The 2022 Roncalli wrestling team crafted one of the best seasons in program history, combining individual success with four different team titles. Among the team hardware was the program’s first-ever Marion County title, its sixth-straight Circle City Conference title and, in the postseason, sectional and regional championships. Even in the semi-state, when the Royals finished second, they scored 117.5 points, 13.5 more than when they won the semi-state title in 2019. All of this was overseen by first-year head coach Shaun Richardson.
The Royals finished the regular season with a 19-2 dual meet record. In the Circle City Conference meet, Roncalli won titles in 13 of the 14 weight classes. The Royals had their best-ever finish in the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association (IHSWCA) Team State Duals, finishing in second place. In the postseason, Roncalli won the program’s first sectional title since 2017 and advanced all 14 wrestlers to the regional. The Royals beat Perry Meridian for the sectional title, ending the Falcons’ 22-year sectional title streak. The following week, the Royals won the program’s first regional title since 2011 and advanced 12 wrestlers on to semi-state. The Royals finished second in the semi-state and advanced five wrestlers to the state finals.
Junior Bryce Lowery finished fifth in the state in the 138-pound class, for his third-straight appearance on the medal stand (top eight finish). Senior Kody Glithero finished fourth in the state in the 152-pound class. Junior Luke Hansen finished seventh in the state in the 182-pound class. All three wrestlers also won sectional, regional, semi-state, Marion County and Circle City Conference titles. The trio kept alive the program’s streak of at least one state medalist in each of the last six seasons.
Senior Justin Lewis won titles at 220 pounds in the regional and Circle City Conference and advanced to the state final. Sophomore Braden Getz, won sectional and regional titles at 113 pounds and also advanced to the state final. Seniors Drew Willis (132 pounds) and Sam Peeples (195 pounds) each won three titles. Willis won the Circle City Conference, sectional and regional titles, while Peeples won a conference crown, Marion County title and the sectional. Senior Andrew Stuck (160 pounds) and junior Luke Swartz (285 pounds) each won Circle City Conference and sectional titles. Senior Zach Wilson (145 pounds) won a Circle City Conference title, as did junior Patrick McGinley (126 pounds) and freshmen Matthew Rossman (106 pounds), William May (113 pounds) and Alex Plahitko (120 pounds).
Bryce Lowery was named the team’s MVP, for the second straight season, and Drew Willis won the team’s mental attitude award. Kody Glithero, Justin Lewis and and Zach Wilson were named Senior Academic All-State by the IHSWCA. Bryce Lowery and Luke Hansen were named Junior Academic All-State by the IHSWCA. Sam Peeples and Luke Swartz were named honorable mention Academic All-State.