Regional Champs: The Chesterton wrestling team beat
Crown Point 32-31 Wednesday night in the Regional Team Championship match at
Portage. Pictured are, front row (l to r), Alex Sanchez, Andy St. Germain,
Ben Virden and Ben Williams. Second row are George Choucalas, Chris
Coppollo, Zack Thornton, Garrett Evans, Michael Tucker, Ryan Sanchez, Matt
Jackson and Kenny Whitten. Third row are Terry Holmes, Kirk Johnson and
Jimmy Rash. Back row are Asst. Coach Brian Swallow, Asst. Coach Kent Butler,
Brian Kowalski, Myles Evans, Adam Boatright, Chris Hoenke, Branden Garvey,
Jim Butz, Ethan Harbrecht, Asst. Coach Keith Davison, Nick Welkie, Jon
Rogers, Head Coach Chris Joll and Asst. Coach Zack Williams.
(Tribune photo by TR Harlan)
REGIONAL CHAMPS! REGIONAL CHAMPS!
No. 12 Chesterton stuns No. 5 Crown Point 32-31 in Regional
By TR HARLAN
Sometimes you see a feel good story and you miss it. Judging
by the crowd Wednesday night at Portage, the Chesterton wrestling community
knows exactly what they are seeing.
The No. 12 Trojans upset No. 5 Crown Point 32-31 to pick up
the Team Regional Championship. They will face Merrillville in the Semistate
round next Wednesday at Valparaiso.
“I really thought it would be quite an accomplishment to beat
Crown Point,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “Not for these guys, they
knew they were going to go out and do it.”
The Trojans had the benefit of starting at 125 and seniors
Alex Sanchez and Andy St. Germain delivered.
“When you start me at 125 and let me put those four guys in a
row out there and put the screws to you,” Joll said. “I’ll take that every
night. I didn’t complain about that at all.”
Sanchez battled his way to a 3-1 decision over Ryan Gill with
a third period takedown and St. Germain made short work of Nick Mohammed
getting a pin at the 1:47 mark.
“It was real nice to start at a good weight and get off to a
good start,” St. Germain said. “Everyone wrestled real well tonight.
Everyone got the wins they needed too, but the guys that stayed tough like
Myles (Evans) staying off his back and things like that were really key for
Michael Tucker and Ethan Harbrecht picked up decisions for
the Trojans for a quick 15-0 lead.
“Part of it is what Coach (Brian) Swallow and I have done,
but a big part of this is these kids,” Joll said. “These guys didn’t know
any better. They came in and worked their butts off and that’s why they are
Crown Point got on the board with two pins at 145 and 152,
before Matt Jackson picked up a major decision 9-0 at 160.
“Matt Jackson had a match that was 0-0 going into the third
period and we get a major decision,” Joll said. “That’s a huge match. But
every single match tonight was the match of the night. Everybody that got us
a couple of extra points was key. Everybody who didn’t give them a couple
extra points was key.”
Crown Point would tie the match at 19 with a decision at 171
and a major decision at 189 before Ryan Sanchez walked on the mat at 215.
“Ryan Sanchez sucking it up and getting that win in overtime
was huge,” Joll said.
Sanchez led 6-5 with nine seconds left, but gave up a
stalling point for backing up and was forced into overtime by Nick Cottrell.
A takedown in overtime gave him the 8-6 win.
“I was a little upset about giving up the point at the end,”
Sanchez said. “(On the overtime takedown) I snapped down, tried to shuck him
and get behind. It was a scramble, but I came out on top and just tried to
stay in good position.
“It’s my second overtime match of the year and I’m glad I
came out on top this time.”
Adam Boatright dominated Crown Point’s Matt Childress with a
fall in 27 seconds for a 28-19 lead.
“I just wanted to get it over with,” Boatright said. “I
pinned him the last two times I wrestled him. If he was going to lock up
with me, I was going to send him for a ride.”
The Bulldogs pulled to 28-25 with a pin at 103, but Ben
Williams’ 13-3 major decision clinched the title and sent the Trojan
faithful into a frenzy.
“Those guys are the ones that won this,” Joll said. “All I
did was go into the room and blow the whistle. It’s (coaches) Brian Swallow,
Kent Butler and Zack Williams that contributed to this thing. All I did was
tell them what to do.
“The kids listened to them and this is the reward.”
“This is hard word and dedication,” St. Germain said. “It
shows that you can come to this program and win. It’s just amazing. This
wasn’t even something that was in our minds before and now we’re here.
“I’ve won individual titles before, but this is better. To
come together as a team and do something like this is awesome. It’s the best
Chesterton 32, Crown Point 31
103 – Anthony Hawkins (CP) pin George Choucalas, :41. 112 –
Ben Williams (C) major dec. Josh Manes, 13-3. 119 – Anthony Fennell (CP) pin
Zack Thornton, 3:30. 125 – Alex Sanchez (C) dec. Ryan Gill, 3-1. 130 – Andy
St. Germain (C) pin Nick Mohammed, 1:47. 135 – Michael Tucker (C) dec. Joe
Kolavo, 8-5. 140 – Ethan Harbrecht (C) dec. Jeremy Pogozelski, 9-2. 145 –
Tony Conway (CP) pin Garrett Evans, 1:15. 152 – Mark Myers (CP) pin Terry
Holmes, 4:47. 160 – Matt Jackson (C) major dec. Jeremy Kooi, 9-0. 171 –
Andrew Szymborski (CP) dec. Chris Hoenke, 4-1. 189 – Marcus Shrewsbury (CP)
major dec. Myles Evans, 11-2. 215 – Ryan Sanchez (C) dec. Nick Cottrell, 8-6
(ot). Hwt – Adam Boatright (C) pin Matt Childress, :27.
Trojans whip Lowell in Regional semifinals
By TR HARLAN
The journey continued for the Chesterton Trojans with a 51-23
Regional semifinal victory over Lowell Wednesday night at Portage.
“This is how we’ve been wrestling,” Chesterton coach Chris
Joll said. “I was more nervous than they were, but I think we’re there. We
haven’t backed down at all. I think our conditioning is there.
“As a coach, I’m happy with the fact we stuck our noses in
there the whole time and got another win.”
The Trojans started the meet red-hot with three straight wins
by fall from Zack Thornton, Alex Sanchez and Andy St. Germain.
“Zack having a tough time and getting a pin to get us started
was great,” Joll said. “Alex and Andy going out there and getting us a pin,
that’s a great job by those guys.”
Starting the meet in the strength of their lineup also was a
“It was a great starting point for us,” St. Germain said. “We
went out and got three wins right away and that was real nice to get the
momentum going our way.”
Lowell finally got on the board with a pair of close
decisions that were sandwiched around a Chesterton forfeit victory for
“I lied to them before the match,” Joll said. “I told them I
had 98 career wins and we needed two more to get to 100. I actually had 99.”
A pin and a tech fall from Lowell seemed to put the momentum
on the Red Devils’ side, but Chris Hoenke picked up a fall victory at 171.
Myles Evans followed that with a decision at 189.
“Myles Evans just did what he’s been doing lately,” Joll
said. “He’s never hit a Peterson Roll that I can remember and he does it to
win that match. I’m very proud of the way Myles wrestled.”
Ryan Sanchez, Adam Boatright and Ben Williams all got pins to
set the final score.
“It was nice getting this win,” St. Germain said. “We
wrestled well. We came in and accomplished what we wanted too.”
Chesterton 51, Lowell 23
103 – Cameryn Brady (L) pin George Choucalas, 1:12. 112 – Ben
Williams (C) pin Jacob Lamb, 1:45. 119 – Zack Thornton (C) pin Tyler Dulin,
4:34. 125 – Alex Sanchez (C) pin Nick Lenzo, :44. 130 – Andy St. Germain (C)
pin Matt Puskar, 3:27. 135 – Kurt Manix (L) dec. Michael Tucker, 5-4. 140 –
Branden Garvey (C) ffw. 145 – Ryan Franz (L) dec. Ethan Harbrecht, 3-1 (ot).
152 – Dan Arnold (L) pin Terry Holmes, 2:58. 160 – Max Znika (L) tech fall
Matt Jackson, 5:57. 171 – Chris Hoenke (C) pin Nathan Cleveland, 3:34. 189 –
Myles Evans (C) dec. David Lang, 10-5. 215 – Ryan Sanchez (C) pin Drew
Steuer, 3:17. Hwt – Adam Boatright (C) pin Logan Wright, 3:57.