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.”
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.
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
“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
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.
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.
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.
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.