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CHS Wrestling opens season on Friday

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Gone are some of the names that the average fan recognizes, but don’t feel sorry for the Chesterton wrestling program.

“We might not have five undefeated guys that go to State and finish in the top four,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “But, we’ll have 10 guys with five losses that can get to State.”

The Trojans return two State place winners from last year in juniors Brock Ellis (4th at 152) and Evan Bates (3rd at 182).

“Brock and Evan wrestled well at the national level, but they’ll be even better when they are wrestling for their team,” Joll said. “We have an incredible junior class that has been great from day one in elementary school. They are really good wrestlers and have a bond where they don’t want to let each other down.”

The duo will be buoyed by a five-man senior class that includes Nick Winland, Doug Waters, Tyler Martin, Steve Nelson and newcomer Shea Jackson (Colorado).

“Nick has been on varsity every year and Tyler Martin won the CP meet for us last year,” Joll said. “Steve Nelson came in weighing about 230 and now weighs 195, so no matter what happens to him, something good has already happened.

“We have a move-in from Colorado with pretty good talent who is a really hard-worker too.”

In the lower weights, junior Ethan Kaiser and freshman Aiden Torres should also add to the point mix.

“Aiden Torres has been a triple crown ISWA winner for several years now,” Joll said. “He’s been on national teams since he was old enough to be on them. He just has to get used to the grind of high school wrestling.”

The Trojans numbers are up near 40 for the first time and that should add some needed depth.

“We have more kids out this year than we’ve ever had on a team,” Joll said. “We’ve got 5-6 weight classes where we are two deep and both guys could be Sectional champs. And then we have other classes where we are barely one deep.

“In the room right now, we are trying to balance between challenging the better guys and still teaching the less experienced guys. We all want to end up at the same place at the end of the season.”

Chesterton opens its season on Friday when they travel to Antioch, Ill., for the Ted DeRousse Invitational two-day event.

“It’s an individual sport on the mat, but you can’t get as good as you can be if you only worry about yourself,” Joll said. “We have a bunch of kids that are focused on making sure Chesterton does well. I expect that we’ll win a lot of matches this year because someone will pick up the slack.”




Posted 11/27/2019




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