NEW CASTLE, Ind. -- Heading into the 152-pound finals of the New Castle wrestling semistate, Greenfield-Central's second-ranked Josh Farrell hadn't been touched in the state tournament. His eight matches had been decided by technical fall five times, pins twice and one 21-9 win in Saturday's semifinals.
It was a lot closer against Cathedral's third-ranked Vinny Corsaro in the finals, but the results ended up the same. Corsaro intentionally let Farrell up with 24 seconds to go in the match and the score tied at 4. The one-point escape gave Farrell a 5-4 lead, but Corsaro was hoping to get a two-point takedown to get the win. He didn't.
"I didn't want to use all my energy trying to hold him down and then give up an escape with five seconds left," Corsaro said. "In hindsight, I should have tried to hold him down longer, but it is what it is."
Said Farrell, who improved to 44-0: "I knew I wasn't going to beat him 21-9 or take him down 16 times. He's too good. Our styles are similar, and it was a battle."
Corsaro, who lost to Farrell 4-3 earlier this season, fell to 43-3. Top-ranked Perry Meridian won the team title, racking up 163.5 points, finishing well ahead of No. 2 Warren Central's 112. The Falcons advanced eight wrestlers to the state meet and won four individual titles -- including a big upset at 160 where Perry Meridian's eighth-ranked Riley McClurg got a takedown with 47 seconds left and rode out No. 1 Austin McCloskey (42-1) of Western Boone the rest of the way for a 4-3 win. There was a scramble on the mat as the buzzer sounded, prompting the Western Boone coaching staff to call for an escape, but the officials quickly awarded the match to McClurg (33-3).
"(The final 47 seconds) felt like a lifetime," McClurg said. "It doesn't seem like much, but it felt like a very long time."
Perry Meridian's Jake Masengale, ranked No. 3 at 182 pounds, also won a close one, taking down Warren Central's 10th-ranked Katrell Moss with 8 seconds showing for a 3-1 win.
Falcons Jacob Cottey (113 pounds) and Cody Lecount (132) were dominant. The third-ranked Cottey had two pins and a tech fall before topping Hamilton Southeastern's Jack Chastain 12-2 in the finals. And the top-ranked Lecount (36-0) had a tech fall and three pins, including one in 1:27 against Fishers' Jordan Lile in the finals.
Warren Central advanced six wrestlers, including two as champs. Second-ranked Deondre Wilson (34-0) edged No. 8 Andrice Martin of Franklin Central 3-1 in the 120-pound final, while No. 4 Maximiliano Hernandez got a takedown and near-fall in the final 15 seconds for a 9-4 win against Lawrence Central's No. 8 Myron Hamilton at 220.
Cathedral's second-ranked Wesley Bernard (45-1) escaped with eight seconds left in the third overtime session for a 2-1 win against No. 1 Donte Winfield of Perry Meridian.
Defending state champ Mitch Sliga of Fishers moved his win streak to 94 matches by winning the 195-pound title. Sliga (45-0) pinned his first three opponents before winning by injury default against Roncalli's Mason Nickell in the finals.
New Palestine's top-ranked Chad Red (44-0) made it three straight finals wins against No. 9 Matt McKinney of Warren Central, taking the 106-pound final 8-0. Red has given McKinney his only three losses of the season.