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Monroe Central will go for three Randolph County wrestling titles in a row Saturday and for the first time host the annual convention of county grapplers.

Winchester had dominated the meet for 19 straight years, from 1993 through 2011 until Union City snapped that streak in 2012.  The Falcons won five more in a row, but for the last two years Monroe Central has come out on top, and both times in boiled down to tie breaking criteria.

This year’s battle for the trophy and the accompanying traveling Pin that foes with it should be just as exciting as it’s been over the past few years. Based on what occurred at the East Central Indiana Classic in late December, it might be Union City to be the team to beat.

But there are many factors involved. There is potential illness or injuries, wrestlers who might not make weight, and coaches who slide wrestlers up weight classes to position themselves for more team points at the end of the day.

It’s also important for wrestlers to win by a pin to collect the maximum of six points for each victory. Sometimes losing, but not getting pinned by an opponent is important.

So in the end, it is virtually impossible to predict which team may come out on top.

A couple of things to look for in the 2020 county meet:

– Can anybody beat Monroe Central’s Logan Swallow? Swallow was the lone county wrestler to advance to the state this season and has yet to be beaten. 

– Can anybody beat Union City’s Jayden Hindsley, who is also undefeated? And how about the Indians’ talented Nic Wells, who had to settle for second last year when he lost to Monroe Central’s talented 145-pounder Tyler Jones.

As usual, with four teams involved, the meet is a triple dual format.

Round one begins at 9:30 a.m. and features Winchester taking on Monroe Central and Union City battling Randolph Southern.

Round two has Monroe Central taking on Randolph Southern and Union City battling Winchester. And the final round has Monroe Central battling Union City and Winchester taking on Randolph Southern.