Cody Handley took the first step to first place.
The Northeastern High School senior defeated North Miami’s Levi McKee at 145 by fall Friday night in the opening round of the IHSAA state wrestling tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Ranked No. 5 at 145, Handley is now 42-2 on the season with only one head-to-head loss.
Quarterfinals start at 9:30 a.m. today, consolations are scheduled for 5 p.m. and championships at 7:30.
Northeastern has never had a state champion in any sport.