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Trojan Wrestlers finish 10th at Al Smith Invite

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The Chesterton wrestling team finished 10th overall in the 32-team Al Smith Invitational at Mishawaka over the weekend.

Indianapolis Cathedral won the team title with 233 points, followed by Columbus East (180.5), Perry Meridian (173), Crown Point (164) and Penn (162) in the top five. Chesterton amasses 121 points.

“Wrestling over the winter break is a hard thing to do,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “It’s inconvenient on the wrestlers, their families and the coaching staff. Instead of sleeping in, or going somewhere warm, they are getting up every morning and working out.

“We’ve been making those sacrifices and going to Mishawaka for the last 40 years because it lets us know where we stand with the better teams in the State.”

The Trojans pushed five wrestlers through to Day 2 of the tournament with Danny Tolin, Brock Ellis and Evan Bates staying in the championship bracket and Ethan Kaiser and Chris Merrill working back through the consolations.

“This was a sounding board to dictate what we do for the rest of the season,” Joll said. “Although we had some great performances, I think the Tourney left every wrestler with a new goal. We will focus on those as we move forward.”

Bates, wrestling at 182, was the top finisher for the Trojans with a semifinal victory over Jake Lone of Northwood, 9-3, before falling to Mishawaka’s Jacob Laplace, 7-4, in the finals.

“Evan did an outstanding job, beating several quality kids from good programs and handing a state placer his first loss of the season,” Joll said. “In his Finals match, he learned a lesson about winning close matches. That will be a great match to look back on at the end of January when he officially starts wrestling for a state title.”

Tolin and Ellis both finished fourth overall.

Chesterton returns to the mat on Thursday when they host Michigan City beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Al Smith Invitational


Team Results

1. Indpls. Cathedral, 233; 2. Columbus East, 180.5; 3. Perry Meridian, 173; 4. Crown Point, 164; 5. Penn, 162; 6. Merrillville, 157.5; 7. Wawasee, 138; 8. Center Grove, 132.5; 9. Jimtown, 123.5; 10. Chesterton, 121; 11. Mishawaka, 119.5; 12. Bloomington South, 114; 13. FW Carroll, 96; 14. (tie) Hobart and Lake Central, 94.5; 16. Prairie Hts., 93; 17. Northridge, 90; 18. Bellmont, 85; 19. Lowell, 83; 20. Zionsville, 71; 21. Garrett, 70; 22. SB Riley, 67; 23. Elkhart Central, 56.5; 24. (tie) LaPorte and Northwood, 54; 26. Peru, 53; 27. Goshen, 47; 28. Elkhart Memorial, 45; 29. Calumet, 41; 30. Warsaw, 33; 31. SB Adams, 26; 32. Lawrence Central, 13.

Individual Chesterton Results

106 -- Luke Stento -- lost dec. Sean Johnson (Elkhart Central), 6-4; FFW; won fall Sam Schultz (Northwood), 2:45; lost dec. Cade Bengtson (Bloomington South0, 10-8.

113 -- Chris Merrill -- FFW; won fall Elijah Hipskind (SB Riley), 3:39; lost tech fall Zeke Seltzer (Indpls. Cathedral), 18-3; won fall Keegan McComb (Garrett), :34; won dec. Andrew Haggerty (Perry Meridian), 9-2; won dec. Justin Puckett (Northridge), 7-3; lost tech fall Hayden Watson (Center Grove), 18-3.

120 -- Danny Tolin -- FFW; won fall Keagan Young (Lowell), :43; won fall Carter Thomas (Bellmont), 1:00; lost fall Brayden Littell (Center Grove), 2:39; won dec. Jace Alexander (Wawasee), 2-1; lost Evan Beasley (Northridge), 9-5.

126 -- Brandon Bolin -- lost dec. Brad Felder (Elkhart Central), 11-6; FFW; won fall Luke Severe (Prairie Hts.), 1:54; won dec. Brenden Dilley (Wawasee), 8-6; lost dec. Brendon Mark (Mishawaka), 10-2.

132 -- Ethan Kaiser -- won fall John Burford (SB Adams), 1:56; won dec. Simeon Norton (SB Riley), 8-2; lost dec. Geremia Brooks (Wawasee), 8-2; won dec. Zeke Rowdon (Prairie Hts.), 7-0; lost dec. Joey Gordon (Columbus East), 14-0; lost dec. Kyle Lawson (Bellmont), 10-4.

138 -- Cade Johnson -- lost fall Nick Buchanan (Prairie Hts.), 2:20; lost dec. Tori Forrest (Peru), 11-4.

145 -- Nick Winland -- won fall Ronnie Weatherly (Calumet), 1:20; lost dec. Jeffrey Harper (Penn), 11-10; won dec. Isaac Friedt (Bellmont), 11-0; lost fall Kade Law (Columbus East), :43.

152 -- Brock Ellis -- won fall Alec Mowery (Bellmont), :55; won dec. James Smith (Penn), 13-2; won tech fall Isiah Levitz (Prairie Hts.), 21-6; lost dec. Elliott Rodgers (Indpls. Cathedral), 7-2; won dec. Noah Baker (Perry Meridian), 5-3; lost fall Ethan Hicks (FW Carroll), 3:00.

160 -- Gavin Layman -- won fall Donovan Hardin (Lawrence Central), 1:27; won dec. Jacob Atkins (SB Riley), 11-9 (2 ot); lost fall Peyton Pruett (Center Grove), 5:25; lost dec. Austin Garcia (Elkhart Central), 5-2.

170 -- Gage DeMarco -- lost dec. Jason Streck (Merrillville), 3-1; FFW; lost fall Kevin Hooley (Lowell), 3:26.

182 -- Evan Bates -- won dec. Noah White (Columbus East), 9-3; won fall Michael Degrado (Lake Central), :34; won tech fall Noah Perez (LaPorte), 15-0; won dec. Jake Lone (Northwood), 9-3; lost Jacob Laplace (Mishawaka), 7-4.

195 -- Dillon Johnson -- lost dec. Austin Lane (Perry Meridian), 14-4; won fall Aaron Martinez (Jimtown), 4:33; lost dec. Luke Adams (Indpls. Cathedral), 6-1.


Posted 12/31/2018




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