Check the first
goal off the list.
wrestling team racked up eight individual titles and cruised to the IHSAA
Sectional Championship at LaPorte on Saturday.
“This was our goal
from the beginning of the year,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “We
thought with the schedule we had all year that it would be an advantage for
us against the competition we would see in the Sectional.
“We put a lot of
time in the room and felt like we were prepared and proved that today.”
The Trojans scored
291 points to beat second place LaPorte (210). New Prairie was third (190)
and Michigan City was fourth (150).
“We only brought 13
guys, they all advanced, and I think we only had four losses total,” Joll
said. “We work really hard at being in better shape than people. We’re
pretty confident that when we come in here, we can stay with anybody.”
title came at 113 pounds as Josh Jensen pinned LaPorte’s Skyler Gomes
(5:45). Jack Tolin backed that up with the title at 120 with a 16-3 victory
over North Judson’s Steven Smith.
“Nice to have Jack
Tolin back and wrestling well,” Joll said. “He wrestled pretty well today
for having had such a long break. I’m really proud of him.”
The Trojans got
back on the gold haul with a win at 138 from Diego Lemley by injury default
just before Dontae Rodriguez beat LaVille’s Bryant Hunsberger in :45 at 145.
garnered the fifth title of the day with a pin of LaPorte’s Tyler Schoof at
“I’ve never had
more than three champs at one time since I’ve been at Chesterton,” Joll
said. “Putting eight guys up on the top step at Awards was pretty good.”
battled from the No. 3 seed to beat top-seeded Ben Norton of LaVille 10-8 in
the finals at 170 pounds.
wrestles hard guys all the time,” Joll said. “He always seems to have the
toughest road and just comes through it. That’s what he gets for being the
oldest boy in that family of knuckleheads I guess. He’s used to it.”
Andrew Davison had little trouble in pinning Michigan City’s Matt Schoof at
182 pounds, while Danny Cutter wrangled the final title with a 2-1 win over
Jose Salinas of LaPorte at 220.
“Some of our guys
had some success even though they struggled in conference matches and dual
meets,” Joll said. “With the program that we have, they know they are still
pretty good wrestlers. That’s nice to see and a reward for the hard work
they’ve put in to the last month.”
The Trojans also
wrestled to a pair of runner-up finishes with Davielle Stewart (195 pounds)
and Lucas Davison (170 pounds).
finishers included Cade Girgenti (126 pounds), Stephen Biancardi (132
pounds) and David Stover (285 pounds).
“Thought we got a
great performance from Stephen Biancardi to get third by beating some guys
that had beat us before,” Joll said. “David Stover lost a one-point match to
the champ at heavyweight and that’s a nice improvement for a kid that played
football and never wrestled before. He stayed after it and kept working.”
return to the mat next Saturday for the IHSAA Regional at Crown Point
beginning at 9 a.m.
“It helps going to
Regionals being a champ, but it gives us a chance to have nine or 10 guys
win their first round match and get to Semistate,” Joll said. “We want a lot
of guys to go deep into the post-season, so let’s put our boots on and get
106 - David Taylor
(Michigan City) pin Seth Hernandez (Knox), 3:55. 113 - Josh Jensen
(Chesterton) pin Skyler Gomez (LaPorte), 5:45. 120 - Jack Tolin (Chesterton)
dec. Steven Smith (North Judson), 16-3. 126 - Zach Wells (LaPorte) pin Chris
Trent (New Prairie), 3:39. 132 - Shamus Troy (LaPorte) dec. Dee Collins
(Michigan City), 7-0. 138 - Diego Lemley (Chesterton) inj. def. Devon Becker
(John Glenn). 145 - Dontae Rodriguez (Chesterton) pin Bryant Hunsberger (LaVille),
:46. 152 - Luke Zelenika (Chesterton) pin Tyler Schoff (LaPorte), 2:40. 160
- Adam Dodson (John Glenn) dec. Lucas Davison (Chesterton), 11-6. 170 - Jack
Davison (Chesterton) dec. Ben Norton (LaVille), 10-8. 182 - Andrew Davison
(Chesterton) pin Matt Schoof (Michigan City), 1:48. 195 - Corian Correll (LaVille)
dec. Davielle Stewart (Chesterton), 5-4. 220 - Dan Cutter (Chesterton) dec.
Jose Salinas (LaPorte), 2-1. 285 - Andrew Hansen (John Glenn) pin Luke
Wilson (LaVille), 1:24.
106 - Dylan
Petrovski (New Prairie) pin Taylor Medieros (LaPorte), 1:44. 113 - Kyle
Garoutte (New Prairie) dec. Luke Powell (Michigan City), 3-1. 120 - Lucas
Major (New Prairie) dec. TJ Dankert (LaPorte), 11-4. 126 - Cade Girgenti
(Chesterton) pin Zach Bridegroom (North Judson), 1:47. 132 - Stephen
Biancardi (Chesterton) pin Clay King (New Prairie), 4:59. 138 - Colton
Tanber (LaPorte) pin Collin Jacobs (New Prairie), 2:04. 145 - Damen Jackson
(John Glenn) dec. Austin Rupert (North Judson), 13-2. 152 - Aaron Stewart
(New Prairie) dec. Tyler Amor (John Glenn), 3-1. 160 - Jordan Plonka (New
Prairie) dec. Jordan Otero (Michigan City), 13-4. 170 - Jacob Krause (Knox)
pin Eli Tyler (New Prairie), 1:57. 182 - Caleb Dudeck (LaVille) pin Marsalis
Watkins (LaPorte), 2:41. 195 - Grant Mikowski (LaPorte) pin Dan Cinal (New
Prairie), :32. 220 - Jared Cecil (New Priarie) inj. def. Alex Steike (LaVille).
285 - David Stover (Chesterton) pin Gavin King (North Judson), 1:57.