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Trojan Wrestlers win 3 individual titles at Al Smith Invitational

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The Chesterton wrestlers continued to bring home hardware with three individual titles at the Al Smith Invitational at Mishawaka last weekend.

“We knew we had the big guys that could place and then we had two freshmen jump in there and place too,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “It was a great experience for them.”

The Trojans finished second overall as a team behind Indianapolis Cathedral, 233-211.5. Columbus East was third (195), while Center Grove (157) and Zionsville (151.5) rounding out the top five.

“Every kid won at least two matches and scored team points for us,” Joll said. “It was a good meet to see where some of our faults are. We got to see some attitudes and demeanors and that’s something we can work on still.”

Chesterton’s first title came at 182 pounds when Cade Girgenti improved to 13-1 on the season with a 4-2 victory over Zionsville’s Sam Gobeyn in the finals.

“He won a 4-2 match in the finals where he was in complete control,” Joll said. “I couldn’t watch it. I had to walk away I was getting so emotional watching how well he was wrestling.”

No. 1 ranked Lucas Davison’s undefeated season (26-0) continued to roll on with a 10-0 victory over No. 2 ranked Thomas Penola of Zionsville. It was the second victory of the season for Davison over Penola.

“People just look miserable wrestling against Lucas,” Joll said. “He’s so strong and he just bludgeons people. He’s just so impressive.”

Davison also earned the meet’s Outstanding Wrestler Award.

The final title came from undefeated Eli Pokorney (26-0) with a 9-1 victory over Peru’s Avery Jones.

“(Eli’s) pretty good and has good technique,” Joll said. “People are having trouble figuring out what they are going to do against him. We have to keep working him in the room because he hasn’t been challenged much out on the mat.”

Diego Lemley finished runner-up at 160 pounds and Danny Tolin was fourth at 113.

“After getting a loss, Danny won a really good match against a Carroll kid that’s pretty good,” Joll said. “He showed good resolve in coming through. He did a really nice job. I was really proud of his effort.”

Ethan Kaiser at 120 pounds and Evan Bates at 170 pounds each finished sixth overall.

“We knew from Ethan’s draw he had a chance to have a good weekend,” Joll said. “Evan doesn’t let guys do a lot against him. He keeps the score low and he doesn’t get out of position. He does the basics really well. We got to let the young kids see that they can compete at this level.

“Last year we took six to the second day and five made it to State. We took seven to the second day this year and we can point to the end of year result to keep them working hard.”

The Trojans return to the mat on Wednesday when they travel to Michigan City to take on the Wolves beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Al Smith Invitational


Team Results

1. Indianapolis Cathedral, 233; 2. Chesterton, 211.5; 3. Columbus East, 195; 4. Center Grove, 157; 5. Zionsville, 151.5; 6. Penn, 139.5; 7. Mishawaka, 132; 8. Peru, 121; 9. Merrillville, 120.5; 10. Hobart, 114.5; 11. Jimtown, 106.5; 12. Garrett, 101.5; 13. Lawrence Central, 94; 14. Prairie Heights, 93.5; 15. LaPorte, 89; 16. Bloomington South, 84.5; 17. Elkhart Memorial, 83.5; 18. FW Carroll, 81; 19. Calumet, 79.5; 20. Lake Central, 72.5; 21. Lowell, 71.5; 22. (tie) Bellmont and Elkhart Central, 65; 24. Lawrence North, 63; 25. Rochester, 57; 26. South Bend Riley, 51; 27. (tie) Goshen and South Bend Adams, 49.5; 29. Northwood, 47; 30. Munster, 37; 31. Warsaw, 30; 32. Princeton, 21.5.

Individual Results

Championship Round

106 -- Martin Cruz (Merrillville) fall Logan Bailey (IC), 4:31. 113 -- Andrew Moreno (Low) dec. Alec Petro (CG), 6-3. 120 -- Hunter Watts (Jim) dec. Tylor Triana (Hob), 7-5 (ot). 126 -- Cayden Rooks (CE) dec. Christian Mejia (EM), 6-3. 132 -- Graham Rooks (CE) dec. Alex Mosconi (IC), 3-2. 138 -- Zach Melloh (IC) dec. Dawson Combest (CE), 2-1. 145 -- Jordan Slivka (IC) dec. Jake Schoenegge (CE), 8-0. 152 -- Derek Blubaugh (BS) dec. Kody Wagner (Zion), 13-7. 160 -- Gleason Mappes (CG) fall Diego Lemley ©, 2:00. 170 -- Zack Fattore (Hob) dec. Jonah Hays (CG), 7-1. 182 -- Cade Girgenti © dec. Sam Gobeyn (Zion), 4-2. 195 -- Lucas Davison © dec. Thomas Penola (Zion), 10-0. 220 -- Andy Guhl (IC) dec. Caleb Thomas (Mun), 2-1. 285 -- Eli Pokorney © dec. Avery Jones (Peru), 9-1.

3rd Place Round

106 -- Andrew Sinkovics (Mish) dec. Antonio Jefferson (Lawrence Central), 9-3. 113 -- Brayden Shearer (Gar) dec. Danny Tolin ©, 1-0. 120 -- Lukasz Walendzak (IC) dec. Logan Wagner (Zion), 7-3. 126 -- Tanner Demien (Penn) fall Skyler Gomez (LaP), 2:24. 132 -- Matt Gimson (Jim) dec. Chase Poynter (Zion), 7-1. 138 -- Jesus Mancera (LC) dec. Conner Gimson (Jim), 6-4 (ot). 145 -- Jacob Laplace (Mish) dec. Peyton Pruett (CG), 6-2. 152 -- Joseph Walker (Mish) dec. Xander Stroud (EC), 3-1. 160 -- Nick South (CE) dec. Dante Colza (Hob), 9-5. 170 -- Jordan Rader (Peru) dec. Jake Lone (Northwood), 11-3. 182 -- Max Chaffee (Penn) dec. Bryce Baker (Rochester), 5-2. 195 -- Arthur Fowler (Cal) dec. Shane Stits (CG), 5-4. 220 -- James Lewis (Cal) dec. Cameron Smith (Gar), 9-4. 285 -- Alex Faulkner (Mish) dec. Nick Conner (EC), 9-3.



Posted 1/2/2018




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