Union County’s Tucker Coffman continues to climb the ladder of success in the Indiana high school wrestling world.
The UC junior won his third consecutive regional crown and is hungry for more.
“I believe he is definitely ready for semi-state,” UC coach Dan Kelich said. “His mind and focus seem right, and we are doing things in practice to make sure he is at his peak these final two weeks.”
As the 160-lb. Regional champ, Coffman advanced to Saturday’s IHSAA Wrestling Semi-State at New Castle on Feb. 10.
Coffman began with a first-round pin of Centerville’s Alec Runyon.
East Central’s Bennett Noble went three rounds with the UC junior but lost on a 15-2 decision.
In the championship match with Grant Suding of Franklin County, Coffman won by a tech fall, 18-2, in the second period.
At next Saturday’s semi-state at New Castle, Coffman will wrestler Mt. Vernon junior Drake Kendrex. Both wrestlers hold similar records. Coffman is 38-5, and Kendrex is 38-6. Kendrex was regional runner-up at the Mt. Vernon regional.
“Tuck got a favorable draw to get out and to win.” Kelich said.
South Dearborn continues to dominate as a team. Their 109.5 points out-distanced New Castle by more than a dozen points. Coffman’s success gave Union County 22.5 points and 12th place in a field of 16 teams.
The IHSAA Wrestling Semi-State is Saturday, Feb. 10, beginning at 9 a.m. The top four in each weight class advance to the two-day state finals on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Regional individual results:
106 - Otto SD, Condo M, Schneider EC, Vredeveld Ce, Alexander Ri.
113 - Black NC, Sollars Kn, Lonneman M, Busby Ce, Newton Ru.
120 - Stapleton La, Owens NC, Condo FC, Alfrey Sh, Miles L.
126 - Hall SD, Phillips Ce, Ragle NC, Rose Gr, Payne L.
132 - Phillips Ce, Boggs SD, Brown L, Hummel Sh, Bartley La.
138 - Walton SD, Pugsley Sh, Ragle NC, Walsh Kn, Day NE.
145 - Lohrey Sh, Humbert FC, Otto SD, Redd Co, Green EC.
152 - Browning FC, Roberts La, Rohrig M, Clark Ce, Barbosa Sh.
160 - Tucker Coffman UC, Suding FC, Massey Co, Noble EC, Runyon Ce.
170 - Calderon Ce, Reeves NC, Hunter Gr, Bohman FC, Shafer Co.
182 - Allred Sh, Rolfes La, Jackson Tri, Combs Ha, Derenski FC.
195 - Bohman FC, Utterback SD, Berger NE, Rohrig Mi, House NC.
220 - Parris La, Clouse NC, Rohn Co, Browning NE, Monaghan Ha.
285 - Koors Gr, Snipes EC, Wisner Kn, Joya Ru, Scott Tri.
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