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Prep Report: Shelbyville's Harker one win short of reaching State Finals

Jacob Harker came within one win of reaching the IHSAA State Wrestling Finals.

The Shelbyville senior, making his second consecutive New Castle Semistate appearance, defeated Hamilton Southeastern’s Nate Ingalls in his opening match at 285 pounds, 7-5. That win moved Harker (photo, left) to the “Ticket Round” where wrestlers punch their tickets to the state finals.

Facing No. 7-ranked Austin Hastings of Noblesville, Harker was defeated via pinfall in the third period.

Harker closed out his final season as a Golden Bear with a 26-6 record.

Shelbyville sophomore Julian Eads, competing at 157 pounds, suffered a first-period pinfall defeat to Milan’s Kaleb Wilburn. Eads’ season ended with a 17-14 record.

In other prep events:

Boys basketball

Indianapolis Ritter 60, Triton Central 48

At Ritter, Xavier Highbaugh scored a game-high 22 points and Devin Bolden and Cheick Wade finished with 13 points apiece to help the Raiders clinch no worse than a share of the Indiana Crossroads Conference title.

Ritter improved to 8-12 overall and 6-1 against ICC opponents.

Triton Central dropped to 14-5 (3-1 ICC).

Max Crouse led the Tigers with 16 points. Eli Sego had 14 and Silas Blair added 11.

Triton Central led 17-13 after one quarter but was outscored 17-3 in the second quarter and never recovered.

The Tigers travel to Monrovia (9-10, 1-3 ICC) Tuesday for another conference clash.

Eastern Hancock 65, Morristown 36

At Morristown, Kayden Ruble scored half of his game-high 28 points in the first half as the Royals raced out to a 35-18 advantage. Eastern Hancock then outscored the Yellow Jackets 17-4 in the third quarter and cruised to the victory.

Ruble had 28 points. Luke Schilling added 10 points for the Royals (10-8).

No Morristown player scored in double figures. Brayden Keithley led the way with nine points. Kellen Crim and Kane Snyder each had seven points.

Morristown (3-16) will host Providence Cristo Rey (1-17) Friday in its final home game of the regular season.

Waldron 57, South Decatur 54, OT

At Waldron, Jacob Lindsey hit a three-pointer to send the game into overtime and the Mohawks went on to defeat the Cougars (9-10, 3-3 Mid-Hoosier Conference).

With the win, Waldron (8-8, 3-2 MHC) moved into sole possession of third place in the conference standings behind Hauser (14-5, 5-0 MHC) and North Decatur (12-8, 4-1 MHC).

Keith Settles scored 21 points to lead Waldron. Max Jones scored 13 points and Lucas Shaw finished with 11 points.

The Mohawks, winners of four of their last five games, travel Tuesday to Oldenburg Academy (8-9).

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