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White wins State

 

 

Written by Elisha Deluhery

After four long years of wrestling for New Palestine, senior Alec White can finally be called a champion. On Feb. 18 White pinned Brownsburg’s Blake Mulkey for the state title in 3:32. Throughout his tenure at NPHS, White has danced around the fine circle of champions several times. As a freshman White placed fourth in the state tournament and over the next two seasons finished in the top eight in the state.

“It was awesome. Going out on top like that was just truly special. My coaches were a major key in my preparation. They got me ready each day of practice,” White said of the experience.

With White’s win this marks the fifth consecutive year New Palestine has hosted a wrestling state champion. White now joins New Palestine wrestling greats Chad Red and Kyle Ulrey as state champions.

“It’s pretty cool that I am now mentioned with them (Red and Ulrey) because that’s who I wanted to be like the day I started wrestling for New Pal,” White said.

After his career at NPHS, White will continue his wrestling at a collegiate level. Recently, he has verbally committed to wrestle at Purdue University. When asked why he chose to sign with Purdue White said the following, “The coaches and guys on the team at Purdue are the reasons I chose to sign with them. The school is awesome and I am super excited to start the next journey in my academic and wrestling career there.”

Photos by Seth Buis
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