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Lucas Davison and Eli Pokorney win State Wrestling Titles; Trojans finish 6th overall

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Lucas Davison didn’t take very long. Eli Pokorney took extra time. Both worked.

Davison and Pokorney competed undefeated seasons and picked up State Championships in the IHSAA State Finals on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

“Those are probably two of the best kids to ever come through Chesterton Wrestling,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “They were dominant all year and finished it off tonight. It doesn’t hurt that they work together often in the room. As they say, steel sharpens steel.

“They’ve been down this road together for a long time. They might not be here without each other.”

Davison finished his senior year 56-0, including a 19-7 victory over Indianapolis Roncalli’s Sam Hansen in the finals.

“The game plan was just to score points,” Davison said. “After I got a couple of takedowns, I felt really good and just kept rolling. It was fun.”

Davison started the trek with fall victories over Franklin County’s Michael Bohman (1:28) and West Noble’s Draven Rasler (2:52).

In the semifinals, Davison outlasted Zionsville’s Thomas Penola 7-5 in overtime.

“In the semi’s I struggled because I wasn’t aggressive and last year I lost the state title for the same reason,” Davison said. “On that stage, you can’t mess up. My dad kicked me in my butt before hand and told me to make sure I attack or else.”

Davison kept the 195 title in the family a year after brother Andrew won. Keith, his father, won two state titles at 171 pounds (1988, 1989).

“I’m so happy to be part of my family and the wrestling group,” Davison said. “I love them so much and there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for them. They’re the reason I’m where I am and who I am today.”

Pokorney picked up the only takedown of his title match in overtime to beat South Bend Washington’s Isaiah McWilliams.

“It feels great,” Pokorney said. “But, honestly, it’s what I expected.”

Pokorney, who finished the season 46-0, handed McWilliams his only two losses of the season. They met in last weekend’s Semistate finals as well.

“The thing I learned from last week is that I have a gas tank and he really doesn’t,” Pokorney said. “I knew if I could push the pace, I’d have the advantage. He’s got good hips and some weight on me, I just had to keep shooting and attacking.”

“Coach (Alex) Boatwright was the guy responsible for that gas tank,” Joll said. “When he came back from the knee surgery, he wasn’t in great shape. For 4-5 weeks, those guys really got after it.”

Pokorney cruised to the finals with fall victories over FW North Side’s Dakota Ault (1:37), Elwood’s Marcus Stone (2:46) and Mooresville’s Jalen Comer (1:45).

“I’ve been big most of my life, but I had a time where I was a middleweight,” Pokorney said. “I had to learn a different style and then I got big again. I liked it, so I kept wrestling that way. Leg attacks is fun and keeps the match interesting.”

The other medalist for the Trojans came at 182 pounds with a sixth place finish for senior Cade Girgenti.

“Cade is the poster child for hard work,” Joll said. “The goal was to make it to State. I saw his confidence, his ability and his leadership grow as the season went on. He probably didn’t plan to win DAC, Sectionals, Regionals and Semistate.

“But, he did. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Also making it to State for the Trojans were Danny Tolin (113), Brock Ellis (145) and Diego Lemley (160). All three fell in Friday night’s prelims.

“We had three really good wrestlers come down here and place,” Joll said. “But, we had 14 guys that were beating people up all year because of something that is happening in that room. The future looks good. Every year we come down here, we expect more and more to get here.”

IHSAA State Finals


Team Results

1 Indianapolis Cathedral, 108; 2. Brownsburg, 100.5; 3. Columbus East, 98.5; 4. Portage, 67.5; 5. Perry Meridian, 64; 6. Chesterton, 57; 7. Yorktown, 50; 8. Indianapolis Roncalli, 49; 9. Avon, 40; 10. Jimtown, 35; 11. Center Grove, 31; 12. Zionsville, 30; 13. Lawrenceburg, 28; 14. Northridge, 23; 15. Peru, 22; 16. Crown Point, 21; 17. SB Washington, 20; 18. (tie) Culver Academy, New Castle and Warren Central, 19; 21. Evansville Mater Dei, 18.5; 22. Merrillville, 18; 23. West Lafayette Harrison, 17; 24. Hobart, 16.5; 25. (tie) Carmel, Greenfield-Central, Lebanon and New Albany, 15; 29. Elwood, 14.5; 30. (tie) Union Country, Wabash and Whiteland, 13; 33. (tie) Elkhart Memorial, Floyd Central, Munster and Westfield, 12; 37. (tie) Evansville Central and Mooresville, 11; 39. (tie) Shenandoah and Wawasee, 10; 41. Central Noble, 9; 42. (tie) Castle, Danville, Indian Creek, Lawrence North and South Dearborn, 8; 47. (tie) Bloomington South, FW Bishop Luers, Goshen, Jay County and Wheeler, 6; 52. (tie) Beech Grove, Frankton, Lowell, New Haven, Plymouth and West Noble, 4; 58. (tie) Benton Central, Elkhart Central, Monrovia and Northwood, 3.

Individual Results

State Championships

106 -- Jacob Moran (Portage) dec. Alexander Cottey (Perry Meridian), 9-1. 113 -- Brayden Curtis (Yorktown) dec. Andrew Black (New Castle), 6-0. 120 -- Hunter Watts (Jimtown) dec. Samuel Fair (Perry Meridian), 2-1. 126 -- Asa Garcia (Avon) dec. Cayden Rooks (Columbus East), 3-2. 132 -- Graham Rooks (Columbus East) dec. Alex Mosconi (Indianapolis Cathedral), 4-1. 138 -- Kristian Rumph (Portage) dec. Zach Melloh (Indianapolis Cathedral), 9-6. 145 -- Jordan Slivka (Indianapolis Cathedral) dec. Christian Hunt (Yorktown), 1-0. 152 -- Brayton Lee (Brownsburg) tech fall Elliot Rodgers (Indianapolis Cathedral), 24-9. 160 -- Nicholas South (Columbus East) dec. Gleason Mappes (Center Grove), 9-6. 170 -- Noah Warren (Perry Meridian) dec. Jordan Rader (Peru), 7-5. 182 -- Conner Graber (Northridge) dec. Nathan Walton (Brownsburg), 9-8. 195 -- Lucas Davison (Chesterton) dec. Sam Hansen (Indianapolis Roncalli), 19-7. 220 -- Mason Paris (Lawrenceburg) fall Brandon Streck (Merrillville), 3:08. 285 -- Eli Pokorney (Chesterton) dec. Isaiah McWilliams (SB Washington), 3-1 (OT).


Posted 2/19/2018




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