Northfield senior wrestler Joseph Ross is heading to the state finals. Ross accomplished this feat by winning the Fort Wayne semi-state at 195lbs Saturday.
Ross became the first wrestler from Northfield to win at Semi-State since Scott Mann in 1990.
Joseph pinned his first two opponents and then defeated Tyree Elkins 18-10 to qualify for the State-wrestling meet.
In the semifinals Ross beat Bryan Salmon from Woodlan, 9-4.
In the final match, Joseph avenged his only loss of the year by outscoring Kyle Garringer of Jay County, 7-2. Kyle’s only two points came when Joseph cut him just to take him down.
Joseph is now 36-1 this year, with 27 pins, which is a school record.
Ross will wrestle in the State Wrestling tourney beginning Friday, Feb 15, in Indianapolis.
Eight other wrestlers from the county wrestled in the semi-state with Ross being the lone qualifier.