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
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
“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
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.
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 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.