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Pendleton - At 106 pounds, freshman Tyler Flood packs a lot of power which pushed him to a regional championship title Saturday, Feb. 2, at Pendleton Heights High School in the regional round of state wrestling competition. Flood defeated his opponent from Elwood 7-1 to take the title and move on to semi-state competition.

Four other Arabian wrestlers will move on as well. Jeremiah Roosa, Travis Gooding, Spencer McCool and Wes Robinson will represent the Arabians at New Castle. Brett Lowe and Gabe Closser, with fifth-place finishes, will be alternates.

The five Arabians who advanced now stand two matches from qualifying for the IHSAA State Finals at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse Feb. 14 and 15.

Pendleton Heights finished fifth in the 18-team regional behind champion Cathedral, Noblesville, Lawrence Central and Lawrence North.

“Overall, I’m happy,” coach Dave Cloud said. “There were a couple of matches that we could have done a little bit better, but we’re a young team, and every coach walking out the door thinks they could have done better.”

Flood’s match at 106 pounds started with two immediate takedowns, and he led 4-2 at the end of the first two-minute period. Flood was awarded an extra point when his opponent wanted to start in the neutral position. By the end of the three periods, Flood held a 9-3 lead.

“I thought I could make through the sectional, but I did not expect this,” Flood said.

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