2023-24 Season Preview
The Royal wrestling team ended the 2022-23 season placing 7th in the state. Bryce Lowery won the schools 7th state championship, and for the second time, Luke Hansen placed in the tournament. He took home 5th.
The Royals return a strong, young squad with a lot of varsity experience. Senior Braden Getz was a state qualifier at 113 in 2022, but he will likely make the jump all the way to 157. A number of semi-state qualifiers are also returning, including juniors Alex Plahitko and James Dozier and sophomores Peyton Schoettle and Blake Getz. Other regional qualifiers a year ago include sophomores Carrington Pitts, Brody Heidelberger, Zane Baker, and junior Will May. Wrestlers that look to battle for a varsity position for the first time include sophomores Frankie Eagan, Jackson McCurdy, Andrew McHugh, Danny Kappes and Carter Sitzman, juniors Henry Adams, Robert Houser and Peyton Sisk and senior Evan Nalley. Freshmen Jonah Odum, Jack Richardson and JR Link lead the way for the talented first year guys.
The 2023-24 season begins with home duals against Greenwood, Bloomington South and Lawrence North. New for 2023 will be the Shamrock Duals, which will be a tough early season test. Before heading to the always difficult Mater Dei Holiday Classic, the Royals will try to best their 4th place finish in County last season. The Roncalli squad will again have the chance to compete for the 3A Team State title on January 6, 2024 and extend the conference championship streak at home this season.
For the first time, Indiana will follow the lead of other states like Wisconsin and Illinois and host a Junior Varsity individual state championship. The JV squad will again travel to Evansville over winter break to take on competitors from three different states.