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CHS Wrestling opens on Friday

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Fresh off a runner-up team finish in the IHSAA State Finals, expectations are high again for the Chesterton wrestling team.

The Trojans return four State qualifiers and three medal winners as they start the season on Friday in the two-day Ted DeRousse Invitational in Antioch, IL.

“We have four state qualifiers and three state place winners coming back,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “Every year is different. We need to see where people are and put them in the weights that are best for them and for us as a team.”

The Trojans will rely on seven seniors to man the top half of the lineup, including state runner-up’s Lucas Davison (195) and Diego Lemley (160).

“Lucas had a really successful National competition season this year,” Joll said. “Diego has an upper body injury right now. We’ll just wait on him to get back out there and let him do his thing.”

The run of seniors starts at 138 with Troy Johnson, followed by Ryne Beckman (152), Lemley (160), Cade Girgenti (170), Kevin Mochen (182) and Davison (195). Zeke Highlan will wrestle 160 as Lemley recovers from his injury.

“We are senior heavy at the top end of the lineup with those seven guys,” Joll said. “They’ve all been in the room for a long time now and they’re good kids that know how to work hard. It’s a good group of seniors to break in the talented group of freshmen we have.”

Girgenti could be the next of the Trojans to make the State jump after falling in Semistate last year.

“We have some pretty lofty goals for all those returning guys and Cade (Girgenti),” Joll said. “Cade was one of the top 3-4 guys in the Semistate last year and ran into the wrong guy. The guy that beat him finished fifth.

“He doesn’t look like the same kid as last year and he’s starting to open up a little more.”

The lone junior in the top of the lineup is Eli Pokorney, a state medalist at 220 last year, who moves to heavyweight this year.

“Eli could make 220, but there isn’t a 220 in college,” Joll said. “He won’t be 97, so let’s get him ready to be a heavyweight. Lucas and Eli will have to challenge each other in the room. We’re only one deep in each of those weight classes.”

The other State qualifier was Danny Tolin last year who will be anchoring a young group at the bottom of the Trojan lineup.

“It’s always hard to duplicate a year like he had,” Joll said. “Hopefully, he gets to the next level. His goal isn’t to get to State any more, it’s to get on the medal stand.”

Four freshmen will crack the lineup, including Brandon Bolin (106), Ethan Kaiser (120), Cade Johnson (126) and Brock Ellis (145).

“We’re probably a little bit more solid as a dual meet team than we were last year, but we’ll be more inexperienced,” Joll said. “We don’t have as many glaring holes, but we’ll be relying on a lot of freshmen. The freshmen have been around the program long enough growing up that they understand what’s expected and how to go about things.

“We’ve got a good group of really hard-working kids. We have a good group of scrappers that work hard and like to fight hard.”

Rounding out the Trojan lineup will be sophomore Nick Winland at 132.

“We’ll win the dual meets we can with who we have,” Joll said. “Each match brings it’s own challenges. We’ll modify things as we go along and try to get as many guys to Semistate as we can and then sneak some guys through to State.”



Posted 11/22/2017




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