The Chesterton wrestling team fought five starters short Wednesday night
against Portage and dropped a 41-27 Duneland Athletic Conference decision.
“I really thought we had a chance to win, but its hard when you are missing
five starters in your lineup,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “The kids
we had to put in there just aren’t ready, or willing, to do the work
necessary to compete at that level. That’s on me and it’s something I’ll get
Portage started the match with 12 quick points on a pair of pins at 106 and
113. Matt Estill stopped the early onslaught with a fall victory over Louis
Escobedo at 120 pounds.
“That’s a great win for a freshman kid that was getting disrespected in the
first period,” Joll said. “They took him down three times and let him up.
All that did was give us a chance to get a takedown and then we stuck him.”
Three straight Portage wins was again stopped by a fall as Chris Katsafaros
stuck Stephen Wilkins at the 4:17 mark of their match at 145. A decision win
for the Indians was followed by Jaycee Jensen’s 10-5 win over Alex Guerrero
“I thought some of our guys that have worked hard in the room to get a win,
did just that,” Joll said. “That’s what those guys are supposed to do and
they’ve earned that success. Now the younger kids have to get in line behind
them and watch how hard they work and follow them.”
The final two victories for the Trojans came at 195 as Joe Ponda stuck Devin
Kludt at the 1:51 mark just before Ryley Harlow won at 285 with a fall
victory against Aaron White at the 1:59 mark.
Chesterton returns to the mat next Wednesday when they travel to Crown
Point. The first match of the night is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
106 -- Mykel Lundy (P) pin Josh Jensen, 2:39. 113 -- Gaige Torres (P) pin
Eric Kramer, 1:15. 120 -- Matt Estill © pin Louis Escobedo, 5:15. 126 --
Dylan Logsdon (P) pin Cliff Eiring, 2:45. 132 -- Julian Torres (P) FFW. 138
-- Jason Spence (P) dec. Hunter Rucklos, 13-8. 145 -- Chris Katsafaros © pin
Stephen Wilkins, 4:17. 152 -- Danny Roach (P) dec. Sawyer Hallas, 7-5. 160
-- Jaycee Jensen © dec. Alex Guerrero, 10-5. 170 -- Jacob Wright (P) dec.
Tyler Gillespie, 15-3. 182 -- Exvonte Jones (P) dec. Cody Watson, 13-2. 195
-- Joe Ponda © pin Devin Kludt, 1:51. 220 -- Travis Williams (P) dec. Conner
Smith, 12-6. 285 -- Tyler Harlow © pin Aaron White, 1:59.