Triton Central senior Hadyn Ball celebrated a sectional championship at 220 pounds Saturday at Warren Central High School.
Ball (photo, third from left) will be joined at the Perry Meridian Regional by Shelbyville’s Jacob Harker, a sectional runner-up at 285 pounds, and six more Tigers and Golden Bears that finished in the top four to advance.
Ball pinned Greenfield-Central’s Owen Howell, defeated Warren Central’s Greg Johnson in the semifinals and Franklin Central’s Talan Humphrey in the championship to secure his first sectional title.
Harker, a junior, scored a pair of victories to reach the championship match where he was defeated by Franklin Central’s Andrew Just, 6-1.
Harker pinned New Palestine’s Gabe Lytell in the first period to reach the semifinals, then defeated Warren Central’s Perris Green, 3-2.
Also qualifying for the regional with fourth-place finishes were Triton Central’s Ayden Nufio (106), Dayne Bailey (132), Ethan Booth (138) and Andrew Bailey (195), and Shelbyville’s Isaiah Havens (120) and Julian Eads (145).
Warren Central edged Greenfield-Central for the sectional championship, 251-234.
Triton Central finished fifth (99) while Shelbyville placed sixth (90).
All eight Shelby County wrestlers need to win their first match at the Perry Meridian Regional to qualify for the New Castle Semistate. The regional features the top four qualifiers at each weight class from the Warren Central Sectional and the Southport Sectional.
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