Wrestling 2018-2019 Review
The 2019 Roncalli wrestling team built on last season’s successes and took them to an even higher level, accomplishing feats never before reached in program history. They advanced all 14 wrestlers from the sectional on to the regional round for the second consecutive season. They captured the program’s first-ever semi-state title. For the second-straight season, four Roncalli wrestlers medaled at the same state finals, but this year’s group was the first to have all four wrestlers finish in the top four of their respective weight classes. As a result, the team scored a program state-record 53 points and finished sixth, for the program’s best team finish since 2011.
The Rebels piled up impressive regular-season credentials, finishing second in the Marion County meet, winning the prestigious 32-team Connersville Spartan Holiday Classic and the 16-team Westfield Shamrock Duals Tournament, and finishing sixth in the Team State Duals. The team compiled a 17-3 regular-season record and won its third-straight Circle City Conference title. In the conference meet, the Rebels won titles in 11 of the 14 weight classes.
In the postseason, the Rebels finished second in the sectional and advanced all 14 wrestlers to the regional round. The Rebels had six individual regional champions (twice as many as any other school) and finished third in the team standings. The following week, it all came together for the Rebels, as five of the eight wrestlers advanced to the semifinal round and four of the five won semi-state titles. That effort earned the Rebels the semi-state team title, 6.5 points ahead of Cathedral.
Junior Alec Viduya finished as the runner-up in the 132-pound class and concluded his season with a 41-2 record. Viduya’s effort marks the 14th time in program history that a Roncalli wrestler finished first or second at the state final. Viduya won a Marion County title, a Circle City Conference title, as well as sectional, regional and semi-state crowns. Senior Elijah Mahan finished third in the 170-pound class for the best state finish of his career. Mahan wrapped up his senior season with a 40-2 record, to go along with Marion County, Circle City Conference, sectional, regional and semi-state titles. Junior Brayden Lowery finished third in the 120-pound class. Lowery lost his semifinal match 3-0 for his only defeat of the season, as he finished 42-1. He also won the same five individual titles as Viduya and Mahan. Junior Tyce Freije finished fourth in the 138-pound class and posted a 38-4 season record. He won Marion County, sectional, regional and semi-state titles. A fifth wrestler, senior John Harris, advanced to the state final in the 285-pound class, but lost his first-round match via fall. Harris was a Circle City Conference champion, as well as winning sectional and regional titles.
Junior Sam Slivka won sectional and regional titles in the 126-pound class, in addition to a Circle City Conference title. Seniors Lorenzo Salazar and Spencer Fears, junior Michael Fletcher and freshmen Kody Glithero, Zach Wilson and Sam Peeples all won conference titles.
Viduya was named the team’s MVP and Fears earned the team’s mental attitude award. Trent Smith, Viduya, Slivka and Lowery were named first team Academic All-State by the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association (IHSWCA). Salazar, Fears, Harris, Freije and Fletcher were tabbed as honorable mention Academic All-State selections by the IHSWCA.