Floyd’s Conway wins state wrestling title
By Wade Bell, Sports Writer
Floyd Central junior wrestler James Conway pulled off two special things Saturday during the Indiana State Wrestling Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The first was he won the state championship in the 152-pound division, running a gauntlet of four matches in the two-day tournament. The second was he kept his record spotless, finishing the season with a clean record of 35-0.
Conway began his state final run against Garrett freshman Chase Leech and won that one three minutes, four seconds into the match on a technical fall and a score of 19-4. That win took him into the quarter finals against Crown Point senior Javen Estrada. Conway dominated that match as well, winning by a 13-3 decision, advancing to the semi-finals.
In the semi-final match, Conway met up with Perry Meridian junior Matthew Koontz. That match was much closer, but Conway held on for a 4-2 win on points to put him into the final match.
The final put Conway against Chesterton senior Brock Ellis. Ellis was no slouch coming into state final with a 33-5 record. The two wrestlers went the distance against each other, but it was Conway who came out the victor winning by a 6-4 decision for first place.
The Highlanders finished 13th in the team standings with a total 35.5 points for the weekend.
In other weight classes, Crawford County’s Donnie Feeler, in the 106-pound class, saw his state final end early as he lost to River Forest junior Jeffrey Bailey by a 5-2 decision.
In the 120-pound class, Forest Park senior Travis Haug also saw his tournament run come to an end with a loss to Aidan Sprague, of East Noble, on a technical fall and a score of 16-1.
In the 145-pound class, Floyd Central’s Hunter May, a freshman, came up a little bit short of a state championship, finishing fourth. May first outscored Perry Meridian’s Brady McKivitz in his opening round by a 5-3 decision then edged out Chesterton’s Ethan Kaiser by a point, 4-3, to get to the semi-finals. May then lost by a 10-1 decision to Center Groves’ Hayden Watson and finished fourth dropping a 10-4 decision to Avon’s Jaden Reynolds.
In the 160-pound class, Floyd Central freshman Brady Emerine fell to Jimtown junior Landon Buchanan by a 5-1 decision in his opening match.
In the 170-pound class, Floyd Central junior Codei Khawaja fell to Kankakee Valley senior Aiden Sneed by a 3-2 score.