A pair of Franklin County seniors met the end of the road for their high school wrestling careers this past weekend at New Castle.

Qualifying for the semistate, Adam Crouch and Evan Seal were matched up against quality Indianapolis-area competition in Saturday's opening round. Neither Wildcat was able to advance to the ticket – or second - round, so named because a win there ensures a trip to the state finals.

At 138 pounds, Crouch met 24-10 junior Alec McLaren of Westfield for starters. By the time three periods had elapsed, McLaren had worked himself to a 12-0 major decision before being edged by Southport's Luke Goodwin in the next round. Goodwin went on to win the division.

Seal was locked up in a high-scoring match in his opener, ultimately falling by a 13-6 decision to senior Anthony Hughes (23-5) of Lawrence North. Hughes would lose in the title bout to Warren Central's David Pierson.

Seal's senior season ends at 31-9 while Crouch sported a 35-5 record.
Perry Meridian, Indianapolis Cathedral and Warren Central were the top three teams. The Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference will send seven wrestlers to state. East Central, who placed fifth in the team rankings, is sending five: unbeaten senior Bryer Hall at 170, sophomore Blake Wolf at 126, senior Ben Wolf at 152, junior Ryan Bovard at 195 and senior Kole Viel at 220. South Dearborn advanced senior Eli Otto at 145. Connersville senior heavyweight Evan Shafer remained undefeated with a semistate title.

Other individual champs on Saturday were Jeffrey McClure of Perry Meridian (220), Indianapolis Lutheran's Hayden Filipovich (195), Aiden Warren of PM (182), Robert Major of Carmel (160), Jajuan Anderson of Warren Central (152), Logan Wagner of Zionsville (145), Cathedral's Zeke Seltzer (126), Dillon Graham of Cathedral (120), Kyrell Leavell of WC (113) and Cathedral's Evan Dickey (106).

The state finals take place in Indianapolis this weekend.