East Noble Wrestling Victorious at State


On Saturday, February 21, East Noble’s Garrett Pepple, a senior, competed in a match he had experienced twice before, the match that determines the state’s number one wrestler and the one who falls short. But this time, Pepple came out of the match victorious and finally claimed the state wrestling title in the 113 pound weight class for himself. It was a great breakthrough for Pepple and the ultimate end to his high school wrestling career.

After he finished his meet, the triumphant  athlete posted onto Twitter, “It still hasn’t even hit me yet, I can finally say I am a STATE CHAMPION. #hardworkpaysoff”

The state meet was held at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, and accompanying Pepple to the tournament were seniors Connor Knapp, Jacob Weimer, and sophomore Nate Weimer. At the end of the weekend, East Noble had several victories and finished 6th as a team. Knapp finished 4th in the 132 pound weight class and also concluded his wrestling career on a great note, becoming East Noble’s all-time career wins record holder with 164 wins over his four years. J. Weimer finished strongly  in 7th in the 160 pound weight class and his brother,  N. Weimer placed 8th in the 126 pound weight class. Head Coach, Mr. Keith Hoffar could not have asked for a better season, or way to say goodbye to his senior wrestlers.

Although these experienced and talented seniors will be leaving the program this year, East Noble Wrestling still has a bright future ahead considering the immense participation and potential that has been seen in the underclassmen competitors this season. They have great role models to take after and one of the best programs in the state to help them succeed.

Congratulations to the State wrestlers on their accomplishments, and to the team as a whole on a fantastic season!