Floyd Central will defend its Hoosier Hills Conference wrestling title on Saturday at Bedford North Lawrence.
The Highlanders, who have a record 15 league championships, ended a five-year slump with last year’s crown. They had six winners and dominated the field with a team score of 272, topping runner-up Columbus East (189.5). If the seeds hold, with three Highlanders holding top positions, they are favored to repeat.
Floyd’s top seeds include Jarrod Cunningham (13-3 at 113 pounds), Sean Brown (17-6 at 120) and Lance Youtsey (11-9 at 182).
Madison also has three top seeds, all with impressive records. Chayce Young is 37-2 at 126, Jordan Partee (last year’s champion at 152) is 39-0 and ranked sixth in the state at 160, and Mitchell Sandlin (the defending champion) is 35-4 and ranked No. 15 at 195.
Jeffersonville’s Gavan Jolley-Little (34-1) is the defending champion and ranked No. 7 in the state in the 285-pound division. Others to watch include Columbus East’s Dalton Noblitt (26-3 and No. 9 at 132) and Jennings County’s Colton Castetter (29-1 and No. 13 at 220).
Action on the mats will begin at 9 a.m. Finals are tentatively set at 2 p.m.
* The Southern Indiana Wrestling Conference meet, which will include Charlestown, Eastern Pekin and New Washington, will be Saturday at Southwestern.
Floyd Central, with six top seeds, will chase its seventh Hoosier Hills Conference title in the last eight years in Saturday’s finals at Madison.
The Highlanders, who have won a league-record 10 titles overall, will feature junior Meg Taylor, the top seed in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.21) and 100 freestyle (53.59, which will challenge Ariel Martin’s 2005 league record of 53.49 in that event).
Floyd Central also will expect major points from top seeds Amy McCormick (5:16.77 in the 500 free) and Maryn Meldrum (1:10.16 in the 100 breaststroke), as well as the favored 200 free relay (1:43.87) and 400 free relay (3:43.62).
Jeffersonville has three top seeds. The Red Devils will push for a meet record in the 200 medley relay with a seed time of 1:55.51. Floyd Central set the record of 1:55.07 in 2012. Jeff’s Jacqueline Richard (25.65 in the 50 free) and Karlee Demsey (1:02.91 in the 100 backstroke) are also top seeds.
New Albany sophomore Regan Thom is favored in the 200 individual medley (2:16.16) and the 100 butterfly (1:00.34). Seymour’s Kennedi Brown is the No. 1 seed in the diving.
Following the conference meet, the competitors will begin the tapering process for the sectionals (Feb. 6 and 8) and state finals (Feb. 14-15).
Lawrence North ended Bedford North Lawrence’s 41-game winning streak with a 59-49 victory at Lawrence North last week. The Wildcats moved into the No. 1 position in the Class 4-A poll while BNL, the defending state champion, slid down to No. 2.
The Stars (14-1) can clinch a share of their third straight HHC title with a home victory over Floyd Central on Saturday.
* Borden and Henryville currently share the Southern Athletic Conference lead with 3-0 league records. Henryville will visit Borden on Thursday.