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Chesterton Wrestlers outlast LaPorte 36-35

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The Chesterton wrestling team had to dig deep, but found a way to pick up a hard-fought 36-35 Duneland Athletic Conference victory at LaPorte on Wednesday night.

The host Slicers got off to a hot start with three consecutive victories from 103-119 for a fast 18-0 lead.

“We are still struggling with some inexperience at the lower weights,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “It’ll be interesting to see how hard those kids will work in the off-season to get better.”

Zack Thornton started the ship in the right direction for Chesterton with a pin of Frank Mancuso at 125. Chris Katsafaros followed with a fall at 135 and Joe Kelly got a 17-4 decision to cut the lead to 18-16.

“Everybody in that stretch did what they were supposed to do,” Joll said.

After a LaPorte win at 140, Chris Copollo got a 19-3 tech fall of Dylan Kreighbaum. Brandon Garvey (152) and Anthony Quiroz (160) picked up quick pins and the Trojans were on top 33-22.

“That’s a nice win from Chris at 145,” Joll said.

Zack Smith picked up a win for LaPorte at 171 and Dustin Pape followed with a 9-1 win at 189 cutting the Trojan lead to 33-29.

“Vinnie (Quiroga) not getting pinned at 189 was just as important as any match all night,” Joll said. “Just giving up four points and a major decision was huge.”

At 215, Gus Hultman and Jon Wegiel were tied at 4-4 heading into the fourth period. Hultman escaped for a 5-4 lead and then got a takedown and held on for a 7-5 decision that put the match out of reach.

“Gus Hultman had a once in a lifetime athletic experience tonight where his performance won his team a meet,” Joll said.

Greg Wedow got a pin for the Slicers at heavyweight to set the final score.

The Trojans return to the mat on Saturday when they travel to Hobart for the Brickie Invitational.

Chesterton 36, LaPorte 35


103 – Tyler Kuzdas (L) pin Adam Scheerer, 1:54. 112 – Aaron Kuzdas (L) pin Ashlee Barkeloo, 2:38. 119 – Cody Schmidt (L) pin Chris Thompson, 2:54. 125 – Zack Thornton (C) pin Frank Mancuso, 1:33. 130 – Chris Katsafaros (C) pin Tyler Woodrick, 2:27. 135 – Joe Kelly (C) dec. Kyle Stachowski, 17-4. 140 – Nick Santana (L) dec. Will Butz, 15-3. 145 – Chris Copollo (C) dec. Dylan Kreighbaum, 19-3. 152 – Brandon Garvey (C) pin Mitch Haverstuhl, 2:52. 160 – Anthony Quiroz (C) pin Anthony Otolski, 1:26. 171 – Zack Smith (L) dec. Tony Sanchez, 6-5. 189 – Dustin Pape (L) dec. Vicente Quiroga, 9-1. 215 – Gustav Hultman (C) dec. Jon Wegiel, 7-5. 285 – Greg Wedow (L) pin Frank Raudry, :45.



Posted 1/21/2010




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