By TR HARLAN
The Chesterton wrestling team advanced six wrestlers to Day 2 of the
prestigious Al Smith Invitational at Mishawaka over the weekend and finished
eighth in the 32-team field.
“I was very happy with getting six guys to the second day,” Chesterton coach
Chris Joll said. “We are all getting better. We went through a really bad
rash of illnesses the last couple of weeks. Now we head to ‘undefeated’
January and see where we are at.
“It was nice to see a lot of individuals wrestle well and get us excited
about our possibilities in the post-season.”
Alex Katsafaros was the top place winner for the Trojans with a runner-up
finish at 170 pounds.
“Alex was able to beat some people up with takedowns,” Joll said. “In the
semifinals he beat a good kid from Warren Central and in the finals he just
didn’t do much. He worked really hard all weekend.”
Sawyer Hallas took third for the Trojans at 160 pounds.
“Sawyer got third by beating a good Jasper kid because his motor is so
good,” Joll said. “He keeps going for six minutes and is physically strong
enough to dominate kids on top.”
Jaycee Jensen finished fourth at 182 pounds.
“Jaycee was beating a couple of kids and got pinned,” Joll said. “He’s got
to learn how to finish matches when he’s ahead. He got fourth and had a
great tournament to springboard off of.”
Jack Tolin finished fifth at 106 pounds.
“He took care of business on Friday and only spent about four minutes on the
mat,” Joll said. “He had a good day on Saturday as well, but woke up a
little bit to the competition level he can wrestle at. He’s got a list of
things he wants to work on and we will.”
Mike Double took the long way through the tournament to a sixth place finish
at 132 pounds after losing his opening match.
“Mike Double lost his first match and battled all the way back to get
there,” Joll said. “He showed a lot of heart and will power to get through
all that mess. He battled through some overtimes and some sudden death
matches, but kept on working.”
Connor Smith finished seventh at 220 pounds.
“Connos had to wrestle (defending state champ) Gelen Robinson (of Lake
Central) after pinning the No. 8 seed,” Joll said. “(Gelen) pinned him in
the first round last time and when we got to the third round, Connor was
just really excited about the way he was wrestling. He just sticks with it
“He doesn’t ever seem to get tired and just keeps working. It was good for
him and he just keeps getting better.”
The Trojans also got solid weekends from Danny Cutter at 195 pounds, Luke
Zelenika at 145 pounds and Greg Mochen at 152 pounds.
“Danny Cutter was two points away from getting to day two,” Joll said. “Luke
had two falls for us and Greg had two major decisions to score team points
Al Smith Invitational
1. Penn, 293; 2. Merrillville, 204.5; 3. Warren Central, 188.5; 4.
Mishawaka, 179; 5. Lowell, 163; 6. Bellmont, 137.5; 7. Lake Central, 129.5;
8. Chesterton, 127.5; 9. Peru, 114.5; 10. Center Grove, 110; 11. Elkhart
Memorial, 99.5; 12. Lawrence North, 94; 13. (tie) LaPorte and Hobart, 93;
15. Jimtown, 85; 16. Danville, 82.5; 17. (tie) Jasper and SB Riley, 74; 19.
(tie) Garrett and Calumet, 73; 21. SB Adams, 72.5; 22. Warsaw, 72; 23.
Goshen, 68; 24. Columbus East, 62.5; 25. Rochester, 62; 26. Munster, 56.5;
27. West Noble, 50; 28. Prairie Heights, 46; 29. Princeton, 45; 30. Lawrence
Central, 44; 31. Northwood, 29.5; 32. Michigan City, 14.
Individual Results (Chesterton only)
106 -- Jack Tolin -- win fall Cameron Francis (West Noble), :26; win fall
Jacob Habina (Calumet), :21; win fall Zak Siddiqui (Center Grove), 3:08;
loss dec. Colton Cummings (Lowell), 12-2; loss dec. Michael DeLaPena
(Merrillville), 3-1; won dec. Jaren Katzer (Goshen), 4-2.
120 -- Erik Kramer -- win dec. Jake Martindale, 16-5; loss fall Matthew
McKinney (Warren Central), 4:47; loss dec. Tommy Brock (Jasper), 11-9.
126 -- Stephen Biancardi -- loss fall Joel McGhee, 3:41; loss fall DeCarlos
Mosby (SB Adams), 1:28.
132 -- Mike Double -- loss fall Daniel Hesch (Mishawaka), 1:31; FFW; won dec.
Ryan Glasen (Munster), 11-10; won fall Anthony Williams (Center Grove),
1:32; won dec. Scott Warner (SB Riley), 2-1; won dec. Daniel Olsen (SB
Adams), 2-1; loss dec. Daniel Hesch (Mishawaka), 7-2; loss dec. Jacob Gross,
145 -- Luke Zelenika -- loss dec. Jake Sebahar (Lake Central), 6-2; won fall
Malik Brooks (Michigan City), 3:24; won fall Reid Witt (Lowell), 4:35; loss
dec. Tavonte Malone (SB Adams), 10-6.
152 -- Greg Mochen -- won dec. Michael Johnston (Munster), 11-1; loss tech
fall Alex Rinehart (Penn), 16-1; won dec. Tyler Schoff (LaPorte), 4-2; loss
dec. Kody Christensen (Lake Central), 16-2.
160 -- Sawyer Hallas -- won fall Ludwig Skog (Hobart), 1:34; won tech fall
Montell O’Neal (SB Riley), 15-0; won dec. Jake Kleimola (Lake Central), 7-5;
loss dec. Joey Mammolenti, 10-1; won dec. Mason Jones (Lawrence Central),
7-5; won dec. Ruger Kerstiens (Jasper), 3-1.
170 -- Alex Katsafaros -- won fall Grant Mikowski (LaPorte), 3:53; won fall
Jon Osoria (Elkhart Memorial), 3:15; won dec. James Malone (SB Riley), 7-2;
won dec. Malcolm King (Warren Central), 4-2; loss Chase Osborn (Penn), 4-2.
182 -- Jaycee Jensen -- won fall Brandon Menzie (Northwood), 2:15; won fall
Corey Coshow (Bellmont), 3:16; won dec. John Bigbie (Lowell), 7-5; loss fall
Mike Eldridge (LaPorte), 5:38; won fall Tanner Bradley (Mishawaka), 2:42;
loss fall Matthew Hollins (Merrillville), 3:36.
195 -- Danny Cutter -- won dec. Austin Scheckles (Columbus East), 11-0; loss
tech fall Bo Davis (Garrett), 15-0; won dec. Miguel Barron (LaPorte), 5-2;
won inj. def. Kobe Fowler (Calumet), :10; loss dec. Oscar Reyes (West
220 -- Connor Smith -- FFW; won fall Erik Hobbs (Peru), 1:45; loss fall
Gelen Robinson (Lake Central), 4:34; won fall Josh Kueckler (Center Grove),
1:38; loss dec. Jon Ramirez (Hobart), 3-1; won fall Fletcher Shaneyfelt (Bellmont),
285 -- Jackson Heard -- loss dec. Tevis McDonald (Elkhart Memorial), 5-1;
loss fall Derek Lewis (Center Grove), :46.