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Chesterton's Jack Tolin finishes 6th at IHSAA State Wrestling Finals

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By TR HARLAN

Jack Tolin took little time in setting the tone Friday.

The Chesterton junior took down Avon’s Nathan Conley in the first period for a 2-0 lead and earned his way to medal competition on Saturday at the IHSAA State Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Tolin added another takedown and back points in the third period for an 8-2 victory.

“Jack came in with the approach he has used all year, take it one match at a time,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “He did not get ahead of himself, did not panic and took what was given him.”

Tolin was joined on Friday by teammates Diego Lemley and Andrew Davison, but neither was able to secure a victory.

Lemley fell 5-4 to Adams Central’s Hunter Bates after fighting to a 2-2 tie after one period. Bates scored an escape and takedown for a 5-2 lead, but Lemley escaped just before the end of the period.

Another escape to start the third period for Lemley brought him within 5-4, but he couldn’t get the match-winning takedown.

“For a sophomore to qualify for State is a big accomplishment,” Joll said. “The way he did it battling an injury (broken hand) is impressive. He ran into a kid that was just as big and physical as he is. Our offense was clearly hampered.”

Davison, who entered the match 38-0, dropped a 3-1 decision in overtime to Hamilton Southeastern’s Spencer Irick.

No one scored in the opening period and both wrestlers got an escape to finish regulation tied at 1-1. Irick’s takedown 18 seconds into overtime ended Davison’s season.

“It’s really hard to come down here and have a big target on your back,” Joll said. “That kid had a plan and all the pressure was on us. For the amount of work you put in, to have it end like that, you just wish it would’ve ended differently.”

On Saturday, Tolin opened his day against eventual four-time State Champion Chad Red of New Palestine and dropped a 15-0 tech fall decision. Red finished his career 183-0.

Tolin followed that with a victory over Homestead’s Drake Rhodes 8-6 in overtime before falling in the fifth place match to New Haven’s Owen Doster 5-1.

“At the end of the day, sixth place was not where Jack would have liked to end up, but in the unpredictable world that is the IHSAA State Wrestling Finals, it was not without satisfaction. He won two very nice matches.”

Joll believes all three Trojans’, along with several other teammates, have a prime chance to increase the Chesterton contingency at the State Finals next year.

“The three of them will be back on the mat next year, and along with a few of their teammates, we expect to make that Friday drive to Indy again,” Joll said. “With the experience of this meet under their belt and 51 weeks of training, they will be rewarded.”

IHSAA State Finals

AT INDIANAPOLIS

Team Results

1. Warren Central, 109.5; 2. Brownsburg, 83; 3. Indianapolis Cathedral, 81; 4. Portage, 71; 5. Merrillville, 67; 6. Evansville Mater Dei, 56.5; 7. Lowell, 52.5; 8. Penn, 49; 9. (tie) Avon and Lawrence North, 48; 11. New Palestine, 34.5; 12. Elkhart Memorial, 33; 13. Perry Meridian, 30.5; 14. Yorktown, 30; 15. Columbus East, 29

Other Local Team Results: 18. Griffith, 24; 21. Lake Central, 23; 26. Crown Point, 16; 27. Hobart, 14; 47. Chesterton, 6; 57. (tie) Valparaiso and Hanover Central, 3.

Individual Results

Championships

106 -- Asa Garcia (Avon, 36-6) pin Keyuan Murphy (Warren Central, 43-3), 1:55; 113 -- Colton Cummings (Lowell, 46-0) pin Christian Mejia (Elkhart Memorial, 42-5), 3:39; 120 -- Drew Hildebrandt (Penn, 46-1) dec. Jeremiah Reitz (Griffith, 36-4), 5-3; 126 -- Brock Hudkins (Danville, 46-0) dec. Gaige Torres (Portage, 35-5), 8-2; 132 -- Chad Red (New Palestine, 44-0) dec. Nick Lee (Evansville Mater Dei, 16-1), 6-5; 138 -- Brayton Lee (Brownsburg, 43-0) tech fall Matt McKinney (Warren Central, 46-4), 5:08. 145 -- Joe Lee (Evansville Mater Dei, 32-2) pin Kasper McIntosh (Portage, 41-5), 0:41; 152 -- Trent Pruitt (Warren Central, 45-2) dec. Steven Lawrence (Portage, 41-2), 7-3; 160 -- Jacob Covaciu (Merrillville, 42-0) dec. Burk Van Horn (Franklin, 41-5), 3-0; 170 -- Drew Hughes (Lowell, 47-0) dec. Hunter Mote (Delphi, 40-3), 12-0; 182 -- Blake Rypel (Indianapolis Cathedral, 45-0) dec. Cameron Jones (Lawrence North, 41-7), 4-2; 195 -- Jake Kleimola (Lake Central, 44-1) dec. Tristen Tonte (Warren Central, 45-4), 9-5; 220 -- Mason Parris (Lawrenceburg, 51-0) dec. Gunnar Larson (Avon, 44-0), 13-4; 285 -- Shawn Streck (Merrillville, 45-0) dec. Robert Samuels (Lawrence North, 44-7), 9-5.

 

 

Posted 2/22/2016

 
 
 
 

 

 

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