Step one is done.
wrestling team won its second consecutive IHSAA Sectional title at LaPorte
on Saturday, but more importantly set themselves up to continue through the
“We didn’t look at
it as the team winning as we went into today,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll
said. “We looked at it as trying to get as many champs as we could. Our goal
was to set us up for next weekend (Regional).”
The Trojans amassed
312.5 points to beat second place LaPorte (208.5). New Prairie finished
third with 180.5 points.
“We knew we were
the best team going in,” Joll said. “But, we wrestled pretty well. We beat
some kids that had beat us before and beat some kids convincingly that were
close matches before.”
up nine individual champions on the day.
“I was very happy
today,” Joll said. “We had a plan for each kid and they went out and
executed it. They grinded out tough wins and pinned people.”
Victories in the
finals by pin for the Trojans came from Steve Biancardi (126), Andrew
Davison (182), Lucas Davison (195), Dan Mochen (220) and Dan Cutter (285).
couldn’t have gone much better,” Joll said. “In the past, we have had a
tendency to get to the finals and not perform very well. We are being tough
on top, getting out on the bottom and making takedowns.
“They are following
the steps of wrestling we put down and let’s hope we can carry it into next
Jack Tolin picked
up a title at 132 by tech fall, while Troy Johnson (138), Cade Girgenti
(145) and Diego Lemley (152) all won by decision.
“Troy (Johnson) is
better than he thinks he is,” Joll said. “We had a talk about him just going
out and wrestling. He’s reactions are pretty good when he’s out on the mat.”
The Trojans will
send all 14 wrestlers to the IHSAA Crown Point Regional on Saturday.
Wrestling begins at 9 a.m.
312.5; 2. LaPorte, 208.5; 3. New Prairie, 180.5; 4. LaVille, 153; 5. John
Glenn, 137; 6. Knox, 127; 7. Michigan City, 96; 8. North Judson, 43.
(Top four finishers
in each weight class advance to the Crown Point Regional)
106 - Kade Wagner
(K) pin Brayden Ruiz (NP), 1:49. 113 - Jon Sipes (NP) pin David Mahaffey ©,
2:57. 120 - David Taylor (MC) dec. Skyler Gomez (LP), 10-9. 126 - Steve
Biancardi © pin Anthony Lesniak (NP), 4:58. 132 - Jack Tolin © tech fall
Braden Griffin (LP), 22-7. 138 - Troy Johnson © dec. Mason Lang (K), 12-2.
145 - Cade Girgenti © dec. Ronald Fisher (K), 19-8. 152 - Diego Lemley © dec.
Colton Tanber (LP), 14-5. 160 - Tyler Schoff (LP) dec. Chizzell Crawford
(MC), 5-4. 170 - Jack Krause (K) dec. Eli Pokorney ©, 3-2. 182 - Andrew
Davison © pin Josh Bohling (LP), 1:21. 195 - Lucas Davison © pin Corrian
Correll (LV), 4:57. 220 - Dan Mochen © pin Jordan Schultz (NJ), 1:42. 285 -
Dan Cutter © pin Alex Steinke (LV), 1:49.
106 - Ian Nelson
(LP) inj. def. Danny Tolin ©. 113 - John Hernandez (LP) pin Becker Reardon (JG),
1:55. 120 - Nick Felke (LV) pin Chris Merrill ©, 2:15. 126 - Brandon Becker
(JG) dec. TJ Dankert (LP), 2-0. 132 - Tyler Amor (JG) pin Matt Potthoff (K),
1:58. 138 - Dakota Figg (LV) pin Jacob Ray (LP), 0:37. 145 - Anthony Felke (LV)
pin Jimmy Henrich (MC), 3:33. 152 - Bryant Hunsberger (LV) dec. Aaron
Stewart (NP), 11-7. 160 - Kevin Mochen © dec. Bryant Miller (NP), 4-0. 170 -
Amilo Lopez (JG) pin Eli Tyler (K), 5:27. 182 - Milo Peddycord (JG) pin Luke
Tolson (NJ), 1:22. 195 - James Kane (LP) pin Joey Daneway (NP), 0:57. 220 -
Scott Breeding (NP) pin Kyle Simpkins (LP), 0:48. 285 - Michael Turner (MC)
pin Brandon Seibert (LP), 2:00.