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Eight area wrestlers one win away from semistate appearance

Eight Shelby County wrestlers travel to Perry Meridian High School Saturday morning needing just one win to go from regional qualifier to semistate qualifier.

The top four weight class finishers from sectional events at Shelbyville and Southport converge on Perry Meridian, weather permitting. An opening match win guarantees a top-four finish and a reservation for the New Castle Semistate on Feb. 12.

Triton Central's Ayden Nufio and Shelbyville's Cael Lux are the two highest seeds from Shelby County at the regional based on their runner-up finishes at the Shelbyville Sectional.

At 106 pounds, Nufio (17-6) will take the mat against Roncalli's Matthew Rossman (19-11), who finished third at the Southport Sectional. The two have not met this season, according to Triton Central coach Trey Miller.

Shelbyville's Lux (18-14) gets Southport's Josh Foxworthy (24-14) in the quarterfinal round. They have not wrestled against each other this season confirmed Shelbyville coach Adam Miller.

Triton Central's Hadyn Ball (18-5) does have a familiar foe in his first match at 182 pounds. The junior will battle Beech Grove's Jacob Skinner (33-7). Ball won a dual match against Skinner, 3-1 in overtime, earlier this season.

Shelbyville's only other regional qualifier is Jacob Harker (12-21) at 220 pounds. The sophomore draws Southport Sectional champion Aaron Butts (23-10) of Perry Meridian.

Following Nufio on the mat will be TC teammate Dayne Bailey (13-7). The freshman will face 18th-ranked Braden Getz (13-0) of Roncalli in the 113-pound bracket.

At 138 pounds, Triton Central's Jaden Ferris (17-9) takes on No. 3-ranked Bryce Lowery (30-0) of Roncalli.

There are two top-10 ranked competitors in the 152-pound bracket but TC's Lucas Kleeman (10-7) is paired with Southport's Duvonte Rivers (28-8) in the opening round.

And at 160 pounds, TC's Tristan Gibbons (12-8) takes on Roncalli's Andrew Stuck (24-7).