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Trojan Wrestlers bring home 3 titles at Al Smith

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The Chesterton wrestling team finished fourth overall as a team and brought back three individual titles from the Al Smith Invitational in Mishawaka on Friday.

“Every kid who wrestled scored team points for us,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “That was big for us. We still struggle with our younger kids, but they are scoring points for us. We always know that we could have been better.”

The Trojans dominated the weight classes between 182 and 220 with titles from Lucas Davison (182), Andrew Davison (195) and Eli Pokorney (220).

After a perfect 3-0 day on Thursday, Lucas Davison came back on Friday with a semifinal victory by fall over Mishawaka’s Austin Faulkner in 2:15. In the finals, Davison edged Prairie Heights’ Joey Blakeley 6-5.

“Lucas is still winning,” Joll said. “He’s been through some tough competition and he keeps coming up on top.”

Andrew Davison came back from his 3-0 first day with a fall win over Caleb Hankerson of Belmont (3:59) in the semifinals. In the championship, Davison beat Elkhart Memorial’s David Eli 13-5.

“Andrew wrestled really well,” Joll said. “He just dominated the kid in the Final. He was head and shoulders better than everybody he saw over the last two days.”

Eli Pokorney spent less than 2:00 on the mat on Thursday in getting his first three victories and kept it rolling on Friday with a tech fall win over Andrew VanderWoude of Merrillville (18-3) in the semifinals.

Pokorney beat FW Carroll’s Tyler McKeever by disqualification in the championship, but led 13-4 before the match was stopped with :06 left after McKeever bit Pokorney.

“In the finals, Eli wrestled a guy that bit him with six seconds left,” Joll said. “Eli could have just stood there, but instead shot a double, took him down and cross-faced him hard. He just likes to wrestle and battle.”

Jack Tolin garnered third place honors in the tournament at 132 pounds after beating Merrillville’s Ahzsur Ursery, 11-3 in his final match of the Invite.

Tolin fell in the semifinals to undefeated and eventual champion Conner Gimson of Jimtown by fall (2:36) before beating FW Carroll’s Zane Standridge 10-0 in the consolation round.

“The end result wasn’t what Jack wanted,” Joll said. “But, he rebounded after the loss and got two wins and a lot of team points for us. That’s what a team leader does.”

Danny Tolin finished sixth at 106 pounds. Tolin beat Nick Buchanan of Prairie Heights in Friday’s consolation round, before falling to Lowell’s Shawn Hollis (9-1) and Penn’s Evan Light (2-1) in overtime.

“Danny Tolin really turned the corner,” Joll said. “We got a kid that took his first loss of the year and then just dominated him. Really good couple days for Danny.”

The Trojans return to the mat on Wednesday, Jan. 4 when they host Michigan City at 6:30 p.m.

Al Smith Invitational


Team Results

1. Portage, 220.5; 2. Merrillville, 183; 3. Columbus East, 167; 4. Chesterton, 165; 5. FW Carroll, 148; 6. Penn, 140.5; 7. (tie) Jimtown and Prairie Heights, 135.5; 9. Lowell, 128.5; 10. Zionsville, 128; 11. Bellmont, 119; 12. Center Grove, 96; 13. Hobart, 89; 14. Mishawaka, 87; 15. Elkhart Memorial, 85.5.

Individual Results

5th Place Match

106 -- Evan Light (Penn) dec. Danny Tolin (Chesterton), 2-1 (ot).

3rd Place Match

132 -- Jack Tolin (Chesterton) dec. Ahzsur Ursery (Merrillville), 11-3.

Championship Matches

182 -- Lucas Davison (Chesterton) dec. Joey Blakeley (Prairie Heights), 6-5.

195 -- Andrew Davison (Chesterton) dec. David Eli (Elkhart Memorial), 13-5.

220 -- Eli Pokorney (Chesterton) def. Tyler McKeever (FW Carroll), DQ.


Posted 1/3/2017




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