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Trojan Wrestlers beat LaPorte

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The post-season isn’t far away.

The Chesterton wrestling team finished its regular season with a 49-21 victory over LaPorte on Senior Night Thursday night.

“Good senior night with a great bunch of fans here,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “We had the little kids out on the mat before us so the people here could get a look at the future of the program.”

The Trojans started the night with four consecutive fall victories by Cade Girgenti (170), Lucas Davison (182), senior Andrew Davison (195) and Eli Pokorney (220).

“LaPorte clearly had a plan for us at several weights and I thought we did a good job of battling,” Joll said. “It was a little tougher for us because we are training through tonight and getting ready for the post-season.”

The Slicers won three of the next four matches with Danny Tolin’s 10-5 decision at 106 the only win for the Trojans.

Nick Winland won 11-2 at 126 pounds over Gabriel Yandeck, before senior Stephen Bacardi (138), Troy Johnson (145), Ryne Beckman (152) and Diego Lemley (160) ended the night with victories.

“Steve is recovering a little bit and it would have been nice to see him end on a fall, but he showed some toughness out there,” Joll said. “He’s lost a couple of matches like that this year.”

It was the final time in front of the home crowd for Andrew Davison and Biancardi. Senior Jack Tolin was unable to wrestle due to injury.

“Those three guys have won six Sectionals, five Regionals and two State placings,” Joll said. “They have nearly 300 wins between them and they have all been wrestling varsity since they were freshman. The neatest thing about them is they have great parents and come from great families.

“The parents have a lot to do with where their kids are and as long as we have great parents like that in the program, we’ll continue to be successful.”

The Trojans will return to the mat on Saturday, Jan. 28 when they travel to the IHSAA Sectional at LaPorte.

Chesterton 49, LaPorte 21


170 -- Cade Girgenti © fall Noah Perez, 5:35. 182 -- Lucas Davison © fall Joshua Bohling, 3:14. 195 -- Andrew Davison © fall Devin Hammons-Flannigan, 3:51. 220 -- Eli Pokorney © fall Kyle Simpkins, 1:30. 285 -- Nico Torres (L) FFW. 106 -- Danny Tolin © dec. Ian Nelson, 10-5. 113 -- Juan Hernandez-Jara (L) dec. Ethan Mahaffey, 4-3. 120 -- Skyler Gomez (L) fall Chris Merrill, 1:22. 126 -- Nick Winland © dec. Gabriel Yandeck, 11-2. 132 -- TJ Dankert (L) fall David Mahaffey, 1:47. 138 -- Stephen Biancardi © dec. Jacob Ray, 8-6. 145 -- Troy Johnson © fall Alfredo Hernandez, 2:45. 152 -- Ryne Beckman © tech fall Brenton Forker, 21-6. 160 -- Diego Lemley © dec. Tyler Schoff, 15-3.



Posted 1/20/2017




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