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Coffman wins regional crown; two moving on to semistate

By Vivian Risch, Contributor

Union County’s Tucker Coffman not only won the 2019 IHSAA Wrestling Sectional title in the 170-lb. weight class at the Richmond Sectional last Saturday, he advanced to the IHSAA Wrestling Regional at New Castle for the fourth consecutive year.

The UC senior was undefeated in three matches to improve his overall record to 37-2 .

Richmond’s Julian Holguin was pinned in the first round (:40) and Colton Massey fell in the second round (1:35).

The championship match put the top two 170-lb. Tri-Eastern Conference wrestlers on the mat once again with Coffman earning a 10-2 major decision over Centerville’s Alfredo Calderon to win the title.

UC senior Alex Fuller (126) began with a win by pin of Gary Stapleton of Lincoln (3:32) but fell to Milan’s Shane Lonneman, 10-6. In the final round, Fuller lost to Centerville’s Devin Frazier, 16-6, to place fourth at 126-lbs. and advance to semi-state competition at New Castle on Saturday, Feb. 9.

With two wrestlers competing at the regional, Union County finished in a 30-30 tie with Rushville in 12th place in a field of 20 teams.

Sectional team winner is

South Dearborn

The South Dearborn Knights earned the 2019 IHSAA Wrestling Team title with 99.5 points.

Runner up East Central finished with 89, Lawerence burg 81, Milan 64, Centerville 58, Shenandoah 54.5, Lincoln 54, Northeastern 46, Franklin County 44, Connersville 40.5, Richmond 38, Rushville 31, Union Couty 31, New Castle 30, Hagerstown 20, Knightstown 16, Tri High 11, Greensburg 6. Batesville and Blue River Valley did not score.

The IHSAA Wrestling Regional at Richmond is Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 9 a.m.

Semi-state opponents

“It will be nice to have a full week of practice and then see what may happen,” UC coach Dan Kelich said. “Tuck and Alex both have to wrestle well to move on to state. ”

Coffman will wrestle Joe Rice (30-11) an Indianapolis Arsenal Technical junior.

Fuller has been matched with Roncalli sophomore Sam Slivka (32-4).