In Match 280 of the wrestling state finals, the lights shown down on one mat to end the 2012-13 season. One competitor was no surprise Ð Perry MeridianÕs No. 1 ranked Donte Winfield. The other was a surprise to some (but not to area wrestling fans) - RushvilleÕs Joe Garland.
Both senior wrestlers had won three matches in the state finals to get to the title match with the state title just six minutes away.
The first period saw the score remain 0-0 after the first two minutes as both wrestlers looked for points to attack.
Garland chose the defensive position in the second period and earned an escape to take the 1-0 lead. Winfield came back with a takedown and two-point near fall to grab the 4-1 lead.
In the final period, Winfield started in the defensive position and got an escape and held on for the 5-1 victory to claim the state title and give Garland a well-deserved state runner-up finish.
Garland (39-4) started the state finals with a 3-1 victory over Ben Davis sophomore Norman Ogelsby Friday evening.
On Saturday, Garland opened the day with a 2:43 pin of Hanover CentralÕs Josh Bartoszek to reach the Final Four. In the semifinal, Garland upended No. 2 ranked Wesley Bernard of Cathedral by the final of 3-2 to reach the title match against Winfield.
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