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Trojan Wrestlers beat Valpo

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The Chesterton wrestling team finished the home portion of its schedule with a 46-28 Duneland Athletic Conference victory over Valparaiso on Wednesday night.

“It was nice to send the seniors off with a solid win, despite being short-handed,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “Not having Brock (Ellis), Nick (Winland) and Ethan Contreras in the line-up let a few quality kids get into the line-up.”

Evan Bates opened the night with a pin of Collin Burge at 220 pounds to get the Trojans on the board. After back-to-back Valpo wins, Doug Waters beat Stephen Vitello, 8-7, at 113 pounds.

“Doug had an exciting match,” Joll said. “It’s always good to have senior experience at lower weights. He was persistent and ended up scoring four points in the last few second to score the win.”

Luke Stento (120) and Aidan Torres (126) racked up pin victories to push the Trojans into the lead. Ethan Kaiser backed them up with a fall win at 138.

Cade Johnson won by decision at 152 pounds before Tyler Martin beat Dylan Kwiatkowski, 11-2, at 160 pounds.

“Tyler is one of those journeyman like kids who has worked his way through the ranks to become an integral part of our team,” Joll said. “He has been a great contributor in the room and can be relied upon to step up on night like tonight. He did a great job of coming from behind to score a major.

“Some of that accomplishment was technique, but most was just guts.”

Gavin Layman (170) and Gage DeMarco (182) finished the Trojan victory parade with falls.

It was also the final home appearance for seniors Shae Jackson, Steven Nelson and Nick Winland.

“Newcomer Shae Jackson ended up on the short end of an exciting final match. He is new to our program and has fit in extremely well,” Joll said. “Steve earned a nice win tonight. He showed up two years ago and despite the rigors of being a newbie at the bigger weights, progressed and earned some success. He has been a great go-to guy to stick in the line-up, adding welcome flexibility to our squad.

“Nick did not get to wrestle tonight as sickness and nagging injuries have made their way through the team. He’s been wrestling varsity since his freshman year and is a consummate teammate, fervid competitor and one heck of a pinner. He has 99 career wins, 66 by fall.”

The Trojans return to competition Saturday when they head to Valparaiso for the Duneland Athletic Conference Meet beginning at 9 a.m.

Chesterton 46, Valparaiso 28


220 -- Evan Bates © fall Collin Burge, :27. 285 -- Zach Valasquez (V) fall Connor Katsafaros, 1:12. 106 -- Xavier Hicks (V) fall JoJo Myers, 1:39. 113 -- Doug Waters © dec. Stephen Vitello, 8-7. 120 -- Luke Stento © fall Joey Bangs, 1:44. 126 -- Aidan Torres © fall Collin Richards, 1:17. 132 -- Alex Bennett (V) fall Chad Berdine, 3:46. 138 -- Ethan Kaiser © fall Jack Krause, 1:46. 145 -- Jack Thursbie (V) dec. Brandon Bolin, 14-0. 152 -- Cade Johnson © dec. Aiden Pollitt, 6-3. 160 -- Tyler Martin © dec. Dylan Kwiatkowski, 11-2. 170 -- Gavin Layman © fall Chandler Antriun, :55. 182 -- Gage DeMarco © fall Peierceton Pine, :15. 195 -- Collin Kwiatkowski (V) fall Shae Jackson, 5:07.

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 32, Valparaiso 24

The Chesterton junior varsity picked up a 32-24 victory over Valparaiso on Wednesday night.

Winners by fall for the Trojans included Luke Wymer (138) and Kaleb Wymer (170). Ben Shaffer won by decision at 145, while Jude Mochen won by tech fall at 160.

Ben Callaway (182) and Steve Nelson (195) were handed forfeit victories.


Posted 1/16/2020




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