The Portage Indians
lived up to the No. 1 ranking.
Indians won the first nine matches en route to a 47-21 victory over No. 8
Chesterton Thursday night at CHS.
“They were missing
two of their better guys in the lineup tonight, so it’s clear why they are
No. 1 in the State,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said.
After starting the
match with a forfeit victory at 285, Portage got four decisions, three pins
and a tech fall as they built a 44-0 lead.
“We had young guys
out there and hopefully they look at tonight as an opportunity,” Joll said.
“At the smaller weights, there was a disparity in ability. We’ll go back to
the room, keep working and try to get better.”
The Trojans broke
the string at 160 pounds when Diego Lemley pinned Drake Guerrero in the
“It was only
Diego’s second match of the season and his best pinning combinations are
from his feet,” Joll said. “He gets people so flustered and the kid he beat
Ismael Cornejo won
the final match for the Indians at 171 with a 10-3 victory over Cade
“Cade came out on
the short end, but has improved a great deal in the room since the year
started,” Joll said.
Lucas Davison won
by decision at 182, while Andrew Davison stuck Joey Kliza in 2:52 at 195
“Lucas got a little
frustrated wrestling against a kid that’s more of a brawler,” Joll said. “He
did the best he could and needs to remember he’s a lot better than those
guys and just pin them. Andrew did exactly what Andrew does. He went out
took him down, turned him a couple of times and pinned him.”
Eli Pokorney won
the final match of the night with a pin in just 57 seconds against Chester
Swopes at 220 pounds.
“I think we are
still waiting to see just how good Eli is,” Joll said. “He just keeps taking
kids down, getting on top of them and pinning them. He’s wrestling athletic
guys and executing a really good plan.”
to the mat Wednesday when they travel to Crown Point to take on the Bulldogs
beginning at 6:30 p.m.
285 - Gio Murillo
(P) FFW. 106 - Ty Haskins (P) dec. Danny Tolin, 6-1. 113 - Brock Peele (P)
pin Ethan Mahaffey, :56. 120 - Colin Poynter (P) tech fall Chris Merrill,
18-3. 126 - Alec Luna (P) pin Nick Winland, 1:30. 132 - Miguel Prado (P) pin
David Mahaffey, 1:13. 138 - Kris Rumph (P) dec. Stephen Biancardi, 15-6. 145
- Kasper McIntosh (P) dec. Troy Johnson, 14-3. 152 - Zach Nugent (P) dec.
Kevin Mochen, 13-5. 160 - Diego Lemley © pin Drake Guerrero, 2:56. 171 -
Ismael Cornejo (P) dec. Cade Girgenti, 3-10. 182 - Lucas Davison © dec.
Jeremy Torres, 11-5. 195 - Andrew Davison © pin Joey Kliza, 11-5. 220 - Eli
Pokorney © pin Chester Swopes, :57.