didn’t take very long. Eli Pokorney took extra time. Both worked.
Pokorney competed undefeated seasons and picked up State Championships in
the IHSAA State Finals on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in
“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
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
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.”
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
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
The other medalist
for the Trojans came at 182 pounds with a sixth place finish for senior Cade
“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
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.
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