Five Royal wrestlers make program history punching tickets to State

Braden Getz, Bryce Lowery, Kody Glithero, Luke Hansen, and Justin Lewis all advance to the state finals at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis


Photo by John Smith

TO THE MAT: Junior Bryce Lowery faces off with Junior Romeo White of Lawrence North on Senior Night in December. Lowery won the match by major decision 10-0 and the Royals won the duel 73-6.

After an eventful Saturday at New Castle’s fieldhouse, the Royals will send five wrestlers to the state tournament beginning Friday, February 18th. 

The team came into the semi-state tournament energized from their previous victories at sectionals and regionals, placing first place at both and sending 12 of 14 wrestlers into semi-state. Regional champions were found in Sophomore Braden Getz, Juniors Bryce Lowery and Luke Hansen, and Seniors Drew Willis, Kody Glithero, and Justin Lewis. Along with those champions, six other wrestlers also moved on to the New Castle tournament including Seniors Andrew Stuck, Zach Wilson, and Sam Peeples.

Winning their second match of the day, Getz, Lowery, Glithero, Hansen, and Lewis all secured their spots in the state finals tournament. Following these wins, Lowery, Glithero, and Hansen went on to become Semi-State champions at the New Castle tournament. As a team, the Royals placed 2nd with 117.5 points. 

The five wrestlers advancing tied the second most state qualifiers in program history with four other years. Roncalli has now sent 102 wrestlers to the state finals with Glithero becoming the 100th. The run to become a state champion will begin tomorrow, February 18th, at 10 a.m. 

Friday’s session tickets will be available for $10, and Saturday’s sessions will be $15, both good for the entire day. The livestream will also be available for purchase through the IHSAA website.

Session information: 

Friday Session 1 begins at 11 am, doors open at 10

Friday Session 2 – begins at 7, doors open at 6

Saturday Session 3 begins at 9 am, doors open at 8

Saturday Session 4 begins at 4:30, doors open at 3:30

Championship matches begin at 7:30 Saturday night

Brackets found here 

Tickets found here