Nate Trawick is once again headed to New Castle.
This time, the Richmond junior is going as a champion.
Trawick earned a third consecutive trip to semistate as he was one of three area champions — and one of two Red Devils — crowned during Saturday’s Richmond wrestling regional at Tiernan Center.
Trawick claimed his championship at 285 pounds, while freshmen Cam Coffman of Union County (113) and Richmond’s Alston Bane (132) also won titles.
“The last two years, I’ve just been working really hard, getting closer and closer,” said Trawick, who was regional runner-up as a sophomore and finished fourth as a freshman. “Now I finally did it, winning the championship match.”
The trio of titlists will be joined by plenty of familiar faces next Saturday at New Castle Fieldhouse.
Union County had six wrestlers advance, while Centerville sends five. Northeastern’s Colton Handley (106) and Hagerstown’s Christian Cox (138) each finished second in his weight class to secure a semistate berth.
Also advancing were Union County’s Daniel McClurg (120, fourth), Cole Bowers (126, fourth), Levi Oswald (145, third), Emilio Aquino-Morales (170, second) and Clark Minges (285, fourth), as well as Centerville’s Luke Markley (106, fourth), Alston Jenkinson (120, third), Dakota Tipton (138, third), Bryce Robinson (182, third) and Enrique Calderon (195, third).
“It’s a tribute to their hard work, and it’s nice to see them go to the next level,” said Centerville coach Mike Day. “We brought 10 in today and five get to move on.
“I’m excited for these guys that get another opportunity to wrestle. For three seniors, they keep their careers going.”
Franklin County finished first as a team, tallying 83 points to Union County’s 71.5.
Lawrenceburg was third, followed by South Dearborn, East Central, Connersville, Batesville, Centerville, New Castle and Milan to round out the top 10.
Centerville and New Castle tied for eighth. Richmond was 11th.
“I’m real happy. We brought seven guys here, and six of them are going on,” said Union County coach Dan Briggs. “That’s a really good day. I’m real pleased with that.”
Coffman started the area winners with his pin of Batesville’s Michael Deal at 1:41 in the 113 championship match.
Coffman improved to 37-7 on the season.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Coffman said. “I’ve been working for it most of the season.”
Added Briggs: “He’s coming on strong now. I think he’s gotten used to being in high school now. He’s wrestling much better. Kid made a mistake in the championship match, and he (Coffman) made him pay for it.”
Bane ran his record to 39-4 by stopping Batesville’s Ben Westerfield, a senior, 4-1 in the 132 final.
“I got some quality wins today,” Bane said. “It feels real good to come in and get the win.
“I knew the kid was tough, a senior. He’s big, strong and he has a really good record. I was just looking to go in and try to work my takedowns and work my stuff on top and get the ‘W.'”
Trawick also won by decision, defeating Franklin County’s Tim Selm 3-0 in the final match of the day.
Trawick is now 38-2. He got ahead early in the match, and stayed in control throughout.
“A quick takedown,” Trawick said of the championship.
“I just really controlled the match and kept the tempo up.”
Added RHS coach Jeremy Bane: “It’s awesome to have two champs. I don’t know if we’ve done that in quite a while here. Both of them went out and wrestled pretty well and beat decent kids from good programs. That’s awesome to get two kids at the top of the podium. They did what they needed to do to set themselves up for good draws next week at the semistate.”
Other regional champions were South Dearborn’s Cainan Schaefer (106), New Castle’s Tim Anderson (120), South Dearborn’s Nathan Boggs (126), Lawrenceburg’s Jake Ruberg (138), Shenandoah’s Chandler Hale (145), Lawrenceburg’s Charlie Hill (152), East Central’s Max Dole (160), Connersville’s Colton Gonzalez (170), Rushville’s Garrett Hittle (182), Franklin County’s Layne Harnishfeger (195) and Rushville’s Tristenn Miller (220).
Wrestlers from the North Montgomery, Pendleton Heights and Perry Meridian regionals will also compete at the New Castle semistate.
Wrestling starts at 9 a.m. The top four placers in each weight class advance to the state meet Feb. 21-22 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
“We just have to prepare this week and get back to doing what we do and try to punch that ticket to Bankers Life,” coach Bane said.
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