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CHS Wrestlers open today at Ted DeRousse Invite

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Sports fans always talk favorably about next year.

That year may well be now for the Chesterton wrestling team as they start the 2016-2017 campaign today in Antioch, IL, at the Ted DeRousse Invitational.

“We’ve got some kids that have been doing a lot of wrestling and they have a lot of potential,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “I think they have very high expectations and the best I can do is help them reach those expectations.”

The Trojans return three state qualifiers from last season in senior Jack Tolin, junior Diego Lemley and senior Andrew Davison.

“Jack was sixth at 132 last year,” Joll said. “Diego is recovering from a broken hand, but he’ll just get better and better. Andrew learned a lot from his situation at State last year. He seems to have recovered and we expect a lot of him.”

Junior Lucas Davison was one match away from a state berth and had a victory over the eventual state champion. Sophomore Eli Pokorney has grown to 6-foot-5, 235 pounds and will move to heavyweight this season.

“Lucas and Eli had a lot of national success over the summer,” Joll said. “Eli placed in two national events this summer and was one match away from a third.”

Other returning letter winners include Steve Biancardi, a Regional champion last year, Cade Girbenti, Kevin Mochen and Danny Tolin.

“We’ve got seven pretty good hammers and seven more guys that are pretty good,” Joll said. “I haven’t looked at the rankings. We’re just going to train the best we can to be the best on the day we have to be our best.

“We’ve got the guys. The key is just going to be getting them going at the same time.”

And the experience they have should play a role in this year’s success.

“I think their experience is going to help a lot,” Joll said. “It’s already helped in the room. They know what is going on with weigh-ins, how we act at meets and all those types of things. Looking around our room, none of our kids are awful. None of our kids are just there hanging out or standing around wanting to just be part of it.

They are working hard to prove a point. It’s something we haven’t seen in a long time and it’s just awesome.”

The Trojans jump right into the meat of their schedule after this weekend’s Invite when they host Portage on Dec. 1 in the DAC opener for both.

“We were undefeated outside of the DAC last year,” Joll said. “Our goal this year is to win more conference matches. We lost the first three DAC meets and we want to change that. We hit the top three teams right away, starting with the best team (Portage).

“After those first three matches, I’ll be able to tell you whether we are the first, second, third or fourth best team in the conference.”



Posted 11/25/2016




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