(Indianapolis, IN) - Two La Porte High School Wrestler's made the trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis this weekend to compete in the Indiana State Wrestling Finals, and one is returning home a State Champion.
Ashton Jackson, competing in the 106 pound weight class, defeated wrestlers from Columbus East, Southport, and Perry Meridian before matching up with Indianapolis Cathedral wrestler, Evan Dickey, for the State Championship. Much like his performance in the other matchups of the tournament, Jackson dominated and won the title match with an 8-2 victory over Dickey.
Jackson becomes the first State Wrestling Champion for the Slicers in nearly three decades. The last State Champion for the Slicers was earned by Matt Graham in 1994.
For Jackson, this was his first trip to the State Finals Tournament. He completed his regular season with a 35 - 2 record. While just a sophomore at La Porte, Jackson has already collected a scorecard that includes two sectional titles, a regional title, one semi state, and now a State Championship.
Also making an appearance at the State Finals for the Slicers over the weekend was Jamaal Salary. Competing in the 160 pound weight class, Salary was defeated in the first round of the tournament by Robert Major of Carmel. Salary completed his season with a 27 - 7 record.
Overall, La Porte finished 19th as a team in the tournament.
Another area school finished 2nd in the state and had two wrestler's advance to the Championship round. Chesterton's Sergio Lemley won the state championship in the 120 pound weight class. Lemley's teammate, Brock Ellis, finished 2nd in the 152 pound weight class.