the Chesterton wrestling team left their mark at the Duneland Atheltic
Conference Meet Saturday at CHS.
The Trojans brought
home four individual titles and finished second overall as a team.
Portage won the
team title (248 points), followed by Chesterton (214.5), Merrillville
(201.5), Crown Point (174.5), Lake Central (113), Valparaiso (101), LaPorte
(87) and Michigan City (35).
“The DAC is a
really tough conference,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “I think having
every kid score and having a really good first and second round was
important for us to get us where we ended up. I think second was a good goal
for us, but I feel like we even should have scored a few more points than we
The Trojans first
title of the day came at 160 pounds as Diego Lemley beat top-seeded Oszkar
Kasch of Crown Point 7-6.
Merrillville’s Brandon Lucero in overtime in his opener and beat Valpo’s
Mike Lichtenberger (3-0) in the semis.
“Diego hasn’t been
great the last couple of weeks,” Joll said. “He’s one of the kids that never
says anything in the room. He’ll be hurt and not tell you and that’s why he
has trouble. Diego just fights through everything and that’s a credit to how
tough a kid he is.”
Lucas and Andrew Davison continued to wrestle in dominating fashion with
titles at 182 and 195 pounds.
Lucas wrestled a
total of 6:19 on the day, including a fall victory in 1:49 over Crown
Point’s Ethan Potosky in the finals. The junior also pinned Valpo’s Joey
McIntyre and Lake Central’s Joey Szydlo on the day.
just 4:11 in picking up his title. A fall victory over Lake Central’s Walker
Brummett in the finals took 3:32 and his semifinal win against Anthony Maceo
of Portage took just :39.
“It looked like
Lucas and Andrew were wrestling somebody’s little brothers today,” Joll
said. “They just went out and dominated every match.”
individual title came at 220 pounds as sophomore Eli Pokorney beat a
previously undefeated Crown Point senior by fall.
“Eli reversed a kid
to his back and in the second round, we got away and took him down,” Joll
said. “Eli just said let’s go and see what happens in the third period and
pinned him. It’s clear to me he’s really strong. It’s clear to me he knows
what he’s doing out there.
“It’s clear to me
he isn’t timid and he’ll go all out all the time.”
Pokorney beat LC’s
Eddie Alonso by fall in the opening round and did the same thing to
Merrillville’s Andrew VanderWoude in the semifinals.
“We talked before
the meet that today wasn’t about them individually, but about the team,”
Joll said. “After a little bit of a disappointment at 132, it was nice that
it didn’t affect the rest of the guys. Usually for us, that’s contagious
when things don’t go our way.
are that I expect a lot from our guys.”
The Trojans will
finish the regular season on Thursday when they host LaPorte at 6:30 p.m.
before starting the IHSAA State Tournament series the following week.
“I think we can get
better,” Joll said. “I’m not going to let our young, lighter kids continue
to use that as an excuse. And our good, heavier kids need to make the final
jump to the level they can wrestle at. We are going to work our butts off so
that when we get to Sectionals, those guys who need to can get out.
“We’ll figure out
who needs what and work from there.”
1. Portage, 248; 2.
Chesterton, 214.5; 3. Merrillville, 201.5; 4. Crown Point, 174.5; 5. Lake
Central, 113; 6. Valparaiso, 101; 7. LaPorte, 87. 8. Michigan City, 35.
106 -- Ty Haskins
(P) tech fall Martin Cruz (M), 15-0. 113 -- Brock Peele (P) dec. Jacob
Maldonado (M), 9-7 (ot). 120 -- Colin Poynter (P) fall Kaelin Kelly (CP),
:54. 126 -- Michael DeLaPena (M) dec. Ian Dembowski (V), 5-3. 132 -- Miguel
Prado (P) dec. Jack Tolin ©, 6-5. 138 -- Kris Rumph (P) tech fall Aaron
Griggs (M), 21-6. 145 -- Kasper McIntosh (P) dec. Mario Traficanti (CP),
4-2. 152 -- Greg Lichtenberger (V) dec. Noah LaMore (CP), 9-7 (ot). 160 --
Diego Lemley © dec. Oszkar Kasch (CP), 7-6. 170 -- Ismael Cornejo (P) dec.
Cade Girgenti ©, 5-2. 182 -- Lucas Davison © fall Ethan Potoskey (CP), 1:49.
195 -- Andrew Davison © fall Walker Brummett (LC), 3:32. 220 -- Eli Pokorney
© fall Justin Akers (CP), 5:31. 285 -- Brandon Streck (M) dec. Gio Murillo
106 -- Danny Tolin
© dec. Ian Nelson (L), 13-2. 113 -- Juan Hernandez-Jara (L) fall Sebastian
Cortez (LC), 3:00. 120 -- Jacob Bond (V) dec. Skylar Gomez (L), 6-3. 132 --
Collin Taylor (CP) dec. Alec Luna (P), 5-3 (ot). 132 -- David Taylor (MC)
dec. Ahzsur Ursery (M), 2-1 (ot). 138 -- Jacob Burford (CP) dec. Stephen
Biancardi ©, 3-0. 145 -- Malik Hoover (M) dec. Troy Johnson ©, 8-2; 152 --
Zach Nugent (P) fall Romeo Hoover (M), :56. 160 -- Mike Lichtenberger (V)
dec. Brandon Lucero (M), 6-1. 170 -- Noah Perez (L) fall Mike Kalinowski
(CP), 1:38. 182 -- Joey Szydlo (LC) dec. Joshua Bohling (L), 8-6. 195 --
Aaron Corralez (M) fall Anthony Maceo, 4:58. 220 -- Andrew VanderWoude (M)
dec. Chester Swopes (P), 6-0. 285 -- Michael Foster (CP) dec. Nick Garcia