Dominating performance: Chesterton’s Andy St. Germain posted three wins
to take the top spot in the 125-pound weight class at Saturday’s Duneland
Athletic Conference Meet held at Valparaiso.
(Tribune photo by Jimmy Kissee)
By JIMMY KISSEE
VALPARAISO - Winning wasn’t good enough. Andy St. Germain wanted to prove a
Fueled by receiving the second seed in the 125-pound weight class, the
Chesterton sophomore took care of business at Saturday’s the Duneland
Athletic Conference meet, cruising past his first two opponents before
earning a technical fall against previously unbeaten and No. 1 seed Ryan
Vottero of Portage in the championship round at Valpo’s Viking Gym.
“I figured I would see him in the finals, and I was ready to show him and
everyone else that I deserved the No. 1 seed,” said Germain, the state’s
seventh ranked 125-pounder who upped his season record to 21-1 with the trio
“I wasn’t intimidated at all that he was undefeated. In fact, that really
boosted my energy and got me more pumped up.”
“I wanted to be the first to beat him. This really means a lot, because it
shows my hard work has paid off. And it’s also especially nice to beat
someone from Portage.”
Before Saturday, the two wrestlers, who will get after it again in the two
team’s season finale on January 26, along with being paired in the same
sectional, split a pair of contests during their middle school days.
Vottero won 7-6 in the regular season, but St. Germain got revenge in the
conference championship with a 11-4 win three years ago.
“I remember a little from those matches, and I have had a chance to see him
wrestle a couple of times this season,” St. Germain said.
“I know I just have to stay outside with him and maintain my aggressiveness.
Hopefully this will set the tone for the rest of the season. I knew coming
in that he was confident, but I don’t lack confidence either.”
St. Germain was 1-of-2 Trojans wrestlers to bring home individual titles.
Surging senior Ethan Newham edged Justin Sule of LaPorte 5-2 in the finals
round, which helped Chesterton to a sixth place team finish with 141 points.
Portage earned the top spot with 237, followed by Merrillville (206.5),
Crown Point (194), LaPorte (146) and Valparaiso (146).
Lake Central was seventh (83) and Michigan City was eighth (29).
Adding third place finishes by winning in the consolation round for
Chesterton were Ben Williams, Matt Dutcher and John Hanson.
Williams pinned Tom Churchard of Valparaiso in third period at 103, while
Dutcher earned a 13-12 decision at 112 and Hanson won 5-4 at 215.
Alex Sanchez and Myles Evans added fourth place finishes for the Trojans.
Chesterton’s JV team will compete in a Triple Dual at Munster tonight
starting at 6 p.m.
Duneland Athletic Conference Meet
1. Portage 237; 2. Merrillville 206.5; 3. Crown Point 194; 4. (Tie) LaPorte,
Valparaiso 146; 6. CHESTERTON 141.5; 7. Lake Central 83; 8. Michigan City
103 - Nelson (M) p. Music (L) 0:42; 112 - Anderson (MC) d. Ramos (CP) 3-2;
119 - Sessa (LC) d. Walters (P) 6-4; 125 - St. Germain (C) tech. fall
Vottero (P) 4:21; 130 - Lawrence (M) d. Williams (P) 8-3; 135 - Lecuta (P)
Ebach (L) 11-5; 140 - Oria (M) inj. def. Zemlik (P); 145 - English (M) d.
Sanchez (P) 14-3; 152 - Biddle (P) p. Gust (M) 2:26; 160 - Hesseltine (P) d.
Naegle (L) 10-3; 171 - Kemp (P) tech. fall Biggs (V) 4:00; 189 - Newham (C)
d. Sule (L) 5-2; 215 - Damjanovic (CP) d. Buchta (L) 9-6; 275 - Larimore (M)
p. Conway (CP) 0:58.
103 - Williams (C) p. Churchard (V) 4:04; 112 - Dutcher (C) d. Gilmer (P)
13-12; 119 - Gill (CP) d. Sanchez (C) 8-4; 125 - Kapelinski (LC) d. Farrell
(V) 4-3; 130 - Mellis (CP) d. King (L) 7-1; 135 - Williams (CP) d. Zosso (V)
10-2; 140 - Conway (CP) p. Damron (LC) 4:45; 145 - Smith (CP) d. Carlson (L)
3-1; 152 - Bruno (CP) tech. fall Drakos (V) 16-1; 160 - Crew (V) d.
Symborski (CP) 4-3; 171 - Larson (CP) d. Evans (C) 7-0; 189 - Powell (M) p.
Compton (V) 3:41; 215 - Hanson (C) d. Ackermann (M) 5-4; 275 - Ellis (P) d.
Kasperan (V) 6-5.