Team State Wrestling pairings out
RYLEY TAKES AIMâ€”Bellmont's Ryley Hankenson uses a corkscrew to turn a recent foe. Hankenson and the Braves will likely see rival Yorktown in the first round of the AC Team Regional on Feb. 2. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
It will almost certainly be No. 8 Bellmont vs. No. 5 Yorktown in the first round of the Adams Central Team Wrestling Regional on February 2.
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The IHSAA announced pairings for the Team Wrestling Tournament Thursday afternoon, and it pits the winner of the Jay County Sectional against the winner at Delta, then the winner at Carroll vs. the winner at New Haven.
Bellmont (20-4) has won the area mat sectional for 20 consecutive years. South Adams (27-0), ranked No. 19 in the state, is also in the Jay Sectional. Yorktown (25-1) is the solid favorite at Delta. A year ago, Yorktown snapped Bellmont's 12-year reign as the area regional wrestling representative at Team State.
Carroll (15-1), rated No. 14 in the state, is expected to unseat a young Whitko team as the sectional winner at Carroll. New Haven (11-6) and Homestead (18-9) are expected to battle for the title at the New Haven Sectional.