In front of 12,000
people, Andrew Davison did what he always does.
to the very last second, Davison hit a blast double that culminated with a
slap of the floor as he pinned Tristan Tonte with one second left to win the
IHSAA State Championship at 195 pounds on Saturday.
“It’s a great
feeling to win the match with a fall,” Davison said. “It was closer than I
would have liked it to be, but I got it at the end and made it a sweeter
That led to a bear
hug from Chesterton’s last former champion, Andrew’s father, Keith Davison.
“I told my dad when
I came off the mat that every day in the room I looked up and saw his name
on the board,” Davison said. “I can’t tell you how much motivation that was
for me. Winning takes care of itself if you take care of the little things
that you can control. I just tried to do that every day.
“The best bear hug
I’ve ever gotten.”
Davison fell in the
opening round last season and it served as motivation as he cruised through
the first three victories of the weekend.
“Last year was a
disappointment for me,” Davison said. “I remember coming here as a little
kid. Nothing beat Friday night and the atmosphere here. I’ve wanted to win
this title since I was a little boy. It’s finally coming into play my senior
year. I’m glad and happy to join the club.”
“It’s a shame that
it took us this long to get Andrew a State Championship,” Chesterton head
coach Chris Joll said. “But, it’s fitting that he’s the guy that got it.
He’s proof that if you just work really hard, you can get through any
adversity or struggles, and come out a winner.”
helped key the Trojans to an IHSAA runner-up finish.
“Usually for us
when we get into a position like this, something jumps up and bites us,”
Joll said. “I’m looking at that scoreboard and seeing 80 points. The last
time we had a showing like this we scored 55.5 and won. You see all those
points and this is the best showing we’ve had as a team and it’s the most
guys we’ve had here.”
Brownsburg won the
team title with 100 points as the Trojans tallied 80. Indianapolis Cathedral
was third with 67.5 points.
“If you look at the
teams around us on the scoreboard, the team behind us just replaces
superstars with another kid the next year,” Joll said. “The team above us,
most people know that’s an all-star team from different areas. I’m looking
at a bunch of homegrown Chesterton kids that have been in our room since
they were little kids.
little hammers we have in the middle school right now will see this and get
excited about coming up to the high school and continuing to build with us
in the future.”
The Trojans also
got runner-up performances from Diego Lemley at 160 pounds and Lucas Davison
at 182 pounds.
“Diego was awesome
this weekend,” Joll said. “He started all of his matches slowly and just
built up points as they went on. I’m happy for him to get to wrestle for a
State title tonight. We don’t win the Semistate and do what we are doing
here without him.”
fought Delta’s Jacob Gray to 1-1 with 18 seconds left before giving up a
takedown to fall 3-1.
“It’s really hard
to end without getting out of here with a state title,” Joll said. “I’m sure
Lucas isn’t totally satisfied, but I know the kid he’s going to be in the
room next year and the leadership he’s going to show and I’m really happy
and excited for him.
“Very proud of his
effort and the way he represented himself, his family and the program
Pokorney finished fourth overall at 220 pounds dropping a 7-6 decision to
Daleville’s Corbin Maddox in the semifinals.
“Eli has been
turning heads this weekend since the first time he stepped on the mat,” Joll
said. “He’s very powerful and it was nice to see him recover well from a
loss to get another good, quality match in. He’s got a better understanding
of what he has to do better to move up a few spots on the podium.”
The fifth place
finisher for the Trojans was Jack Tolin who finished 8th at 132 pounds.
“Jack got a great
win over a State place winner from last year on Friday,” Joll said. “We were
right in the match all day on Saturday and just didn’t get the last point.
Jack’s been around a long time. I’m a Jack Tolin fan and I’m still a Jack
Tolin fan. He’s a good teammate, a good student and a good brother. That’s
the type of kid that our program likes to send out into the world when they
are done here.”
The final Trojan to
compete over the weekend was Danny Tolin at 106 pounds, who fell on Friday
night to Danville’s Logan Boe.
“Danny was in on
three really good shots and the kid countered us three times,” Joll said. “I
think he learned a lot coming down here this weekend. For a kid that
overachieved to get here, I’m really proud of his effort.”
As always, Joll was
quick to deflect any credit and push it to his staff.
“I don’t look at
anything that has happened this year as being about me,” Joll said.
“Everything is a combination of the people that put the time in with the
kids to get them where they are. No one person is responsible for this.
Those boys come into the room and we do our best as a staff to give them
what they need. It’s a different guy just about everyday and we all just
want to contribute.
“It’s good to see
that every year we keep building and getting better as a program.”
IHSAA State Finals
AT BANKERS LIFE
1. Brownsburg, 100;
2. Chesterton, 80; 3. Indpls. Cathedral, 67.5; 4. Yorktown, 67; 5. Portage,
54; 6. Hobart, 49; 7. Columbus East, 47; 8. Monrovia, 42; 9. Evansville
Mater Dei, 40.5; 10. Perry Meridian, 40; 11. Avon, 39; 12. Warren Central,
32; 13. (tie) Lawrenceburg and North Montgomery, 31; 15. (tie) Elkhart
Memorial and Jimtown, 29; 17. Indpls. Roncalli, 25; 18. (tie) Shenandoan and
New Palestine, 24; 20. Delta, 23; 21. Eastern (Greentown), 22; 22. (tie)
Merrilville and SB Washington, 19; 24. (tie) Daleville and Munster, 18; 26.
(tie) Bellmont, Crown Point and South Putman, 17; 29. Penn, 16; 30. (tie)
Lawrence North and Southmont, 15; 32. Warsaw, 14; 33. Richmond, 13; 34.
(tie) Center Grove, Mishawaka and Terre Haute North, 11; 37. (tie) East
Central and Griffith, 10; 39. (tie) Floyd Central, Franklin, Lafayette
Harrison, Lebanon and Indpls. North Central, 8; 44. (tie) Carmel, Culver
Academy, Greenfield-Cenral, Plymouth, Wawasee and Westfield, 6; 50. Indpls.
Ben Davis, Indian Creek, Jay County, Mt. Vernon, Northridge, SB Riley and
Terre Haute South, 4; 57. (tie) Bloomington South, Columbiz City, Danville,
Elkhart Central, Hamilton Southeastern, West Noble and Wheeler, 3.
106 -- Brayden
Curtis (Yorktown) dec. Andrew Black (Shenandoah), 4-3. 113 -- Alec Viduya (Roncalli)
dec. Hunter Watts (Jimtown), 7-4. 120 -- Cayden Rooks (Columbus East) dec.
Ty Mills (Brownsburg), 5-4. 126 -- Alec White (New Palestine) pin Blake
Mulkey (Brownsburg), 3:32. 132 -- Breyden Bailey (Cathedral) pin Christian
Hunt (Yorktown), 1:33. 138 -- Brendan Black (Hobart) dec. Kris Rumph
(Portage), 10-2. 145 -- Brayton Lee (Brownsburg) dec. Jason Crary (Munster),
14-6. 152 -- Joe Lee (Evansville Mater Dei) dec. Noah Warren (Perry
Meridian), 19-5. 160 -- Brad Laughlin (Yorktown) dec. Diego Lemley
(Chesterton), 11-3. 170 -- Eli Stock (Monrovia) pin Tanner Webster (North
Montgomery), 5:36. 182 -- Jacob Gray (Delta) dec. Lucas Davison
(Chesterton), 3-1. 195 -- Andrew Davison (Chesterton) pin Tristen Tonte
(Warren Central), 5:59. 220 -- Mason Parris (Lawrenceburg) pin Corbin Maddox
(Daleville), 2:46. 285 -- Evan Ellis (Eastern-Greentown) dec. Isaiah
McWilliams (South Bend Washington), 5-0.