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Anthony Quiroz finishes runnerup at IHSAA Wrestling State Finals

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By TR HARLAN

In every sport every year, teams and individuals all look at the State Tournament as a new season.

Chesterton freshman wrestler Anthony Quiroz epitomizes the concept.

His stellar four-week roll culminated in a runner-up finish in the 152-pound weight class at the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament in Indianapolis.

“The last two weeks especially, he finally had his confidence match his athleticisim,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “He did some things that I’ve never seen him do before, but I knew he was capable.”

In the State Final, Quiroz fell 8-5 to Portage’s Sean McMurray.

“That match was kind of like how he’s been since last Saturday,” Joll said. “We started a little unsure of ourselves and won some little battles to gain confidence. We felt pretty good about our self and the last two minutes, I don’t think the kid was better than we were.”

McMurray started the match with a takedown for 2-0 lead, but Quiroz reversed it for a 2-2 score. After McMurray escaped for a 3-2 lead, he immediately shot and took down Qurioz for a 5-2 lead after one period.

“In the beginning, I did a few sloppy things because I didn’t stay basic,” Quiroz said. “I didn’t move my feet and he got those two takedowns early on. If it’s not for that, it’s an even closer match.”

Quiroz chose down to start the second period, but was unable to get out and the score held. McMurray took bottom in the third period and reversed Quiroz for a 7-3 lead.

Quiroz escaped with 1:11 to go and took down McMurray with 20 seconds to go, but it was too little too late.

“I put it all out on the mat and I think I can still do better,” Quiroz said. “As a freshman, I think it’s pretty remarkable to get second.”

Quiroz started his run to the State Final with a 9-2 victory over Prairie Heights’ Quinn Kurtz.

“He said it was a whole new year when the State Tournament started and he’s wrestling like it,” Joll said. “What’s different about him from the beginning of the year is the confidence he has. He did some things tonight we didn’t need to do because we were going to win anyway.

“He did it just proving that he’s better than that guy.”

Quiroz set the tone for the match with an immediate takedown and then got a reversal with :08 left in the second period for a 4-1 lead. Back points and another takedown in the third period set the final score.

“I was looking for that first takedown,” Quiroz said. “I set it up for about 30 seconds before I finally took it. I felt pretty good tonight. My goal was to come down here and place and now I want to be an overachiever.”

On Saturday morning in the quarterfinals, Quiroz built a 5-2 lead before an injury default by previously undefeated Drake Stein put him into the semifinals.

In the semi’s, Quiroz jumped on Munster’s Aaron Estrada with an opening round takedown and back points for a 4-0 lead.

Another tilt in the second period pushed the score to 7-0 before Estrada finally scored on an escape.

“The guys he beat to get into the final weren’t a cakewalk,” Joll said. “He just went out and beat those guys.”

“I think I beat everybody but Sean (McMurray) pretty solidly,” Quiroz said. “I never felt like I was going to lose.”

Quiroz finished the season 37-12 overall.

“At the beginning of the season, I was just wrestling like a freshman,” Quiroz said. “At Mishawaka, I think that was really the turning point for me. I started listening to the coaches and fixing my mistakes.”

IHSAA State Championships

AT CONSECO FIELDHOUSE (INDIANAPOLIS)

103 lb. Cody Phillips (Union County) pin Dusty Kief (Franklin Community), 2:34. 112 lb. Anthony Hawkins (Crown Point) dec. Josh Kieffer (Indpls. Roncalli), 2-1 (ot). 119 lb. Camden Eppert (Anderson Highland) dec. Brandon Wright (Indpls. Cathedral), 3-2 (ot). 125 lb. Jason Tsirtsis (Crown Point) dec. John Grey (Indpls. Cathedral), 16-3. 130 lb. Francisco Porras (Hobart) dec. DMarcus Spencer (Indpls. Pike), 4-1. 135 lb. Taylor March (East Noble) dec. Mitchell Richey (Brown County), 4-3. 140 lb. Steven Sandefer (Mishawaka) dec. Ryan Stahl (Elkhart Memorial), 6-5. 145 lb. Daniel Young (Culver Academy) pin Gavin McGinely (Indpls. Cathedral), 5:32. 152 lb. Sean McMurray (Portage) dec. Anthony Quiroz (Chesterton), 8-5. 160 lb. Briar Runyan (Martinsville) dec. Matt Rodd (Pendleton Heights), 8-3. 171 lb. Michael Duckworth (Union County) dec. Bryce Grimes (Lawrence North), 2-0. 189 lb. Marcus Shrewsbury (Crown Point) dec. Drew Graber (Northridge), 6-3. 215 lb. Billy Baker (Bellmont) dec. Christian Lentz (Mishawaka), 4-1. 285 lb. Adam Chalfant (Winchester) dec. Alexander White (Mt. Vernon), 7-2.

 

Posted 2/23/2009