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Ruhlmans advance, Meier knocked out at state

By Jim Gordillo, 02/19/21, 5:30PM EST

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INDIANAPOLIS — Bloomington South’s 138-pound sophomore Delaney Ruhlman made sure his second trip to state would last the entire weekend, coming up with a key takedown to end the second period and finishing off a 6-3 win in the opening round of the IHSAA State Wrestling meet at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday afternoon.

In the evening session, his brother senior Tristan Ruhlman made sure he'll leave Indy with another medal, taking just 1:21 to earn a pin and earn a spot in the quarterfinals as well.

But Panther senior Cade Meier was not as fortunate in his opener at 132, falling in a 12-3 major decision.

The quarterfinals will begin Saturday morning at 9:30, with the next round of wrestling immediately following.

Delaney Ruhlman (28-2), ranked second in the state, jumped on top early against senior and ninth-ranked Bradley Conrad of Portage (25-6), carding the first points with a takedown just 24 seconds in. He gave up a reversal, but an escape point put him up 3-2 after one period.

“It was nice to see Delaney keep pushing on the gas,” South coach Mike Runyon said. “He was going after takedown after takedown. That’s what got it done. Getting in on his legs and trying to score. I was glad to see that. And now he’s got all the jitters out.”

Conrad started down and tied it in the second before a Ruhlman got a takedown with just eight seconds left to go up 5-3. Ruhlman was let up to start the third and did more than just try to hang on from there.

“He kept trying to score,” Runyon said. “That’s what won it for him in the third. He kept trying to score and stayed in good position the whole time. Keep a guy on his heels and he’s got to be more defensive.”

It sets up a rematch with Southport senior No. 7 Luke Goodwin (26-4), who won his opener 10-3. Ruhlman pinned Goodwin in the finals of the Conference Indiana Tournament. The other quarter in the top bracket has No. 15 Brody Arthur of Oak Hill (39-1) facing No. 5 Jace Alexander of Wawasee (25-1), who tripped up Gavinn Alstott of Floyd Central, 7-4.

Tristian Ruhlman (24-0) had no issues with Penn sophomore Peyton Kendall (16-8). Ruhlman got a takedown just a few seconds in and finished it off from there.

Ruhlman will meet seventh ranked Jamarian Taylor of New Castle (37-2), who advanced with a 5-2 win. The other quarter pits No. 1 Evan Bates of Chesterton (35-0) and No. 8 Aataaveon Jordan of Franklin Central (18-9).

Meier (24-6), back at state for the first time since his sophomore year, struggled all match with Leo senior Ian Heath (31-0), falling behind 4-1 after the first. It was 9-1 after a near fall early in the second.

“We knew going in the kid was good,” Runyon said. “They’ve wrestled several times over the summer. He’s a big, powerful, strong guy who stays in good position. And Cade just wasn’t strong enough to battle through some of it.

“But now we look to the future and what’s he’s got going on this summer and then college.”