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February 17, 2007
Wins 152 Pound Title with
from 13 different schools were crowned state champions at the 69th
Annual IHSAA Individual Wrestling State Finals at Conseco Fieldhouse in
Andrew Howe of Hanover Central turned in the performance of the weekend. At 152, his four technical falls in the state finals was unprecedented. No competitor has ever achieved three technical falls let alone four. In every match Howe scored at least 20 points. In his four state finals matches he collected a staggering 91 points, with 26 coming in a dominant performance in the title match. The state championship caps off a perfect 48-0 season for Howe.
Harper, a sophomore, is undefeated in two years of competition, compiling 87 wins without a loss. Hinton finishes the season undefeated with a record of 48-0. Hinton and Harper will continue their season in next Saturday’s Team State Finals.
Matt Powless of Evansville Memorial claimed the 171 title with a 6-3 decision. He finishes the season with a 51-0 record. Powless is one of nine title winners, out of the 14 weight classes, to finish the season with an unblemished record. Powless is the first ever participant from Memorial to represent the school in the state finals.
Mater Dei brought a state-best 11 wrestlers to the finals but only one made it
to final round.
won the state title in the 130 pound weight class; the
In the first match of the championship round, in front of 9,170 fans, Anderson Highland sophomore Camden Eppert came out in a Scottish Plaid singlet. The Scot won the 103 title, and finished the season 36-1.
State Championship Match Results
112 – Josh Harper (39-0),
119 – Matthew Fields (40-1), Whiteland
125 – Reece
130 – Eric Galka (48-0), Hobart (11) def. Andy St. Germain (44-4), Chesterton (12), dec. 9-7.
135 – Caleb
Schmitt (47-1), Castle (12) def.
David Zimmer (45-1),
140 – Eric McGill (43-3),
145 – Jamal
152 – Andrew Howe (48-0), Hanover Central (11) def. Chris Dean (45-2), Northview (12), Technical Fall, 26-9, 6:00.
160 – Cooper Samuels (35-1), Floyd Central (11) def. Phillip Oudhuis (41-2), New Prairie (12), Fall, 1:22.
171 – Matt Powless (51-0),
189 – Ian Hinton (48-0),
215 – George
Malone (46-0), South Bend Riley (11)
def. Luke Watkins (16-1), North Central
the IHSAA Executive Committee selected David Zimmer of
The award was named in
honor of the IHSAA’s fourth commissioner (1976-1983) in 1985. During his term
as commissioner, the wrestling state finals experienced tremendous growth
In his fourth straight trip to the state finals, Zimmer finished as the 135 pound state runner-up falling 3-2 in an ultimate tiebreaker. It was his only loss of the year in 46 matches.
He currently ranks second
in his class of 170 students. He is the senior class president, a member of the
student council and a member of the National Honor Society. He has served as
president the last three years for FIST (Forever Improving Steuben (County)
Together), a community service youth team representing all the high schools in
He was recently named to the Academic All-State First Team in wrestling. Zimmer also plays football and baseball for the school.
He becomes just the
second student-athlete from
Indiana Farm Bureau
Insurance, the IHSAA corporate sponsor, presented a $1,000.00 scholarship to
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STATE FINALS PROGRAMS AVAILABLE
there for the state finals? You can still purchase a copy of the official
souvenir program while supplies last! Programs are $3.00 if you purchase in
person at the IHSAA Office (