Plymouth High School sophomore Graham Calhoun and senior Nate LaFree will have a hard time being patient this week as they both ready themselves for the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals. They will take place Friday evening and Saturday all day at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. Last year Graham and his brother Micah represented the Rockie Wrestling team at the 2017 State Finals.
Graham is wrestling at 152 lbs. It will be his second consecutive appearance in the State Finals. Last year wrestling at 138 lbs, Graham finished in 7th place at the State. He is hoping to better that finish this year as a sophomore.
Friday night Graham will be matched up against senior Kody Wagner of Zionsville. Wagner sports a 39-4 record this year. He finished second at the New Castle Semi-State this past Saturday.
Graham comes into the State Finals with a 45-1 record. His only blemish on that record came last Saturday in the semi-finals of the Semi-State at East Chicago. He lost a 2-1 decision to a Portage wrestler. Graham came back to win the 3rd place match 4-2 over his Mishawaka opponent.
Nate is making his first appearance in the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals. Nate, wrestling at 220 lbs, won the Plymouth Sectional and the Penn Regional. Saturday at the Semi-State, he won his first three matches of the day over opponents from Kankakee Valley, Munster, and LaPorte.
In the championship match, Nate was matched up against one of the top wrestlers in the State at 220 lbs. Brandon Streck from Merrillville was sporting a 29-1 record entering the championship match and had used less than 10 minutes of mat time to pin his three previous opponents on the day. Nate also fell by a pin in the championship match, but his 2nd place finish allowed him to qualify for the 2018 State Finals.
Nate enters the State Finals sporting a 40-4 record. He will face off against senior Chandler Schumm from Adams Central High School. Schumm enters the match with a 44-4 record. He finished in 3rd place at the New Haven Semi-State held in the Fort Wayne Coliseum.
Action at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse will begin at 6:00 PM Friday evening. They will have four mats set up on the floor of Banker’s Life. There are 16 wrestlers and eight matches at each of the 14 weight classes. A total of 224 wrestlers representing over 100 high schools in Indiana have qualified for the event. Wrestling will begin with the 106 lb class and will work their way up to 285 lbs as the evening moves on. If a wrestler loses Friday evening, their tournament is over. Any wrestler that wins his match Friday evening gets the opportunity to move on to Saturday action, and will wrestle three more times. Wrestling Saturday morning begins at 9:00 AM.
If you are unable to attend the action in Indianapolis on Friday and Saturday, you can follow it at TrackWrestling.com. You may watch the Friday evening action and Saturday’s quarter finals, semi-finals, and the consolation matches for a subscription fee. For Saturday night’s championship round, you can watch it free at IHSAAtv.org.