By Brady Extin | The Times-Post
INDIANAPOLIS — For Pendleton Heights’ Jack Todd, a phenomenal junior campaign came to an end at the Indiana High School Athletic Association Wrestling State Finals.
In the opening round, and in a hard-fought battle against a familiar opponent, Todd fell 4-0 to Center Grove’s Wyatt Krejsa, who was ranked No. 3 in the state according to Indianamat.
Krejsa, who used to be in the Hoosier Heritage Conference with Todd before transferring from Delta to Center Grove, took a 2-0 first-period lead.
Todd had his opportunity to tie things back up in the second period, but Krejsa was able to fight off a Todd takedown attempt. And then a third-period takedown by Krejsa put things out of reach.
Todd, who entered the state tournament ranked No. 4 in the state, began his season with a 30-0 record. His first loss didn’t come until the Pendleton Heights regional finals to No. 9 Dillon Graham of Cathedral.
Injuries hindered Todd all season long, including a month of missed time in December, and were a contributing factor in two of his losses down the closing stretch of the season.
At last week’s New Castle Semistate, he defeated Lawrenceburg’s Brayden Tudor by major decision 13-1 and Roncalli’s Braden Getz by decision 5-2 to earn his spot in the state finals before suffering just his second and third losses of the season in the remainder of the tournament after suffering a reaggravated elbow injury.