A streak goes on for Delphi wrestling and three other area wrestlers enjoyed victories by pin Friday in the opening round of the IHSAA state wrestling finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Delphi senior Justin Berumen enjoyed a stellar state finals debut, scoring nine points in the third period to earn an 11-3 major decision over Brian Salmon of Woodlan at 195 pounds. Berumen (36-7) gives the Oracles a top-eight finisher for the fifth consecutive season.
Frankfort’s Hugo Perez (132) capped a frenetic first period by pinning South Bend Clay’s Mitch Hartman in 1:54. Hartman was ranked second in the state at the end of the regular season but fell behind 6-4 to Perez, now 41-2.
It took North Montgomery’s Nick Borta (38-4) a little longer to make it to the 152-pound quarterfinals, needing 2:57 to defeat Samuel Feridg of South Bend Adams.
Benton Central senior Jacob Ricks recorded the area’s third victory by pin, stopping Zach Goodyear of West Noble in 2:46. Ricks (47-1) led 5-1 early in the second period of his 195-pound before subduing Goodyear.
Ricks was denied a quarterfinal showdown with North Montgomery’s Ty Webster, who lost a 9-6 decision to Kaleb Salkill of South Spencer.
Twin Lakes junior Blake Denton was seconds away from a berth in the 126 quarterfinals, only to give up four points to Greenwood junior Bailey Schober in a 6-3 loss. Denton finishes 44-2.
The area went 0-2 at 170 when West Lafayette’s Jade Doty was pinned in 1:53 by Heritage Hills’ Jake Rickenbaugh and last year’s third-place finisher, Anthony Linnear of Fort Wayne North, needed just 59 seconds to defeat Clinton Central’s Jeffrey Scott (37-4).
Harrison 220-pounder Seth Meyer was pinned by Milan’s Alex Lindenman in 2:33. North Montgomery senior Dakota Ramey’s first state finals ended abruptly when North Posey’s Austin Little earned a 52-second pin at 285.