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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)



VALPARAISO - Winning wasn’t good enough. Andy St. Germain wanted to prove a point.

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 of victories.

“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.

Wrestling Results

Duneland Athletic Conference Meet

At Valparaiso

Team Scores

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 29.

Championship Round

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.

Consolation Round

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.



Posted 1/17/2005