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Pokorney wins Greco Wrestling National Title

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Chesterton High School’s Eli Pokorney had a nice week in North Dakota.

Pokorney went a perfect 5-0 with two pins and a tech fall victory in picking up the 285 pound Greco title at the USA Wrestling Fargo Nationals at North Dakota State University July 15-22.

“It was a good experience,” Pokorney said. “I’ve been wrestling a lot of juniors, seniors and recent grads. Now, I was wrestling kids my own age finally.”

Pokorney got victories over Wisconsin’s Logan Zschernitz, Colorado’s Santana Solano and Pennsylvania’s Colby Whitehill in the first three rounds.

“You can’t be sloppy in techinique,” Pokorney said. “Especially with the weight difference. I was wrestling at about 230 pounds and giving up 40-50 pounds every time out.”

A semifinal victory over Tennesee’s William Taylor set up a final against South Dakota’s Nash Hutmacher. Hutmacher beat Pokorney in the semifinals of the Freestyle Tournament earlier in the week before going on to the title himself.

“It was nice to come back and beat the kid that beat me in Freestyle,” Pokorney said. “He’s a little more skilled in Freestyle. I have to change up my style a little bit (at 285). It’s more positioning and technical.”

Pokorney dominated the match to the tune of a 4-0 win. He was named an All-American in both tournaments.

“Every match I try to stay more offensive,” Pokorney said. “My conditioning is always an advantage. I can’t wait to go back and do it again.”

Teammate Lucas Davison finished third in the Freestyle Tournament and was seventh in the Greco Tournament at 182 pounds.

Davison went 6-1 in the Freestyle Tournament with four tech falls and two pins.

His victories came against Illinois’ Cameron Caffey, Minnesota’s Trey Rogers, South Dakota’s Devin Stork, Colorado’s Xavier Vazquez, Ohio’s Victor Marcelli and Iowa’s Max Lyon.

Davison earned All-American honors in both tournaments.

The third Trojan competing was Danny Tolin in the 100 pound Freestyle Tournament where he finished 2-2 overall.

Tolin’s victories came against Illinois’ Dylan Ragusin and Iowa’s Matthew Lewis.



Posted 7/27/2017




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