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Trojan Wrestlers win 3 individual titles, advance 8 to State Finals

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The Chesterton wrestling team left its mark at the IHSAA Semistate at East Chicago Central on Saturday.

The Trojans won three individual titles and qualified a school-record eight wrestlers for this weekend’s IHSAA State Finals in Indianapolis.

“My goal as a coach this year was to qualify a school high number of kids to the State Meet,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “With this group of juniors and a strong pair of experienced seniors, I was confident in our chances.”

The first Trojan to win a title was Ethan Kaiser at 138 with an 11-10 victory over Rensselaer Central’s Eli Hickman.

“Ethan had a bit of a redemption day,” Joll said. “He lost in the semis last week and that didn’t sit well with him. He powered his way through his first three matches and then in the finals, he got a reversal with one second left on the clock for the win.”

Brock Ellis remained undefeated on the year with four more wins including an 8-6 win over Crown Point’s Orlando Cruz in the finals.

“Brock continued wrestling in a business as usual fashion,” Joll said. “He overcame the undefeated target on his back to win four quality matches against good kids.”

The final title came from Evan Bates at 220 after an 8-2 win over West Lafayette Harrison’s William Crider.

“Evan just kept being Evan,” Joll said. “He won the first two matches by fall and picked up an injury forfeit to advance to the finals. He got his first taste of wrestling a legitimate 220-pounder and picked up an impressive win.”

Aidan Torres was the lone Trojan to finish runner-up after falling 3-1 in overtime to Crown Point’s Stephen Roberson.

“Aidan had three falls in his first three matches, including a repeat win of a state place winner from last year,” Joll said. “His loss in the finals was by one point to a familiar opponent.”

Gavin Layman finished third overall at 170 pounds after a 6-1 victory over Mishwaka’s Cody Timmerman.

“Gavin wrestled the best I have seen all year,” Joll said. “He picked up wins over two quality kids to advance to the semis before losing to the top-ranked kid in the State.”

Fourth place finishers for Chesterton included Doug Waters (113), Nick Winland (160) and Gage DeMaro (195).

“Doug powered through his first two kids with two falls and lost in the semis to a kid we lost to both in DAC and in the Regional,” Joll said. “Nick had a similar route, pinning two kids including a regional champ with only one loss. Gage really competed well and lost two close matches.”

The eight qualifiers is the most for the Trojans since sending six in both 2017 and 2018.

“It seems that the mentality of the kids in our program is turning from hoping to qualify for Semistate to expecting to qualify for State,” Joll said. “They are beginning to realize that opponent’s records don’t mean anything. They are learning not to worry about what their next opponent has accomplished and focus on what we are capable of doing.”

The State Finals will be held Friday and Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Friday night’s wrestling will begin at 5 p.m. Chesterton time.

“These eight kids are in a good place right now, but I don’t think they are quite ready to settle for the fruits of Saturday’s labor as their final prize of the year,” Joll said. “They know from the names on the wall that the most placers we have ever had in a year is five. I expect them to show up at Banker’s Life a little greedy.”

IHSAA Semistate


Team Results

1. Crown Point, 180.5; 2. Chesterton, 143; 3. (tie) Merrillville and Mishawaka, 76; 5. Portage, 60.5; 6. Hobart, 56; 7. Lake Central, 52.5; 8. West Lafayette Harrison, 61; 9. Wawasee, 45; 10. Penn, 44; 11. Culver Academy, 39; 12. Plymouth, 38.5; 13. Valparaiso, 32; 14. Rensselaer Central, 24.5; 15. (tie) Highland, West Lafayette and Wheeler, 24; 18. (tie) Attica and Warsaw, 19; 20. (tie) Hammond Clark and Kankakee Valley, 17; 22. LaPorte, 16.5; 23. South Bend Riley, 16; 24. River Forest, 15; 25. Lowell, 13.5; 26. North Newton, 8; 27. McCutcheon, 5.5; 28. (tie) Andrean, Lake Station, New Prairie, South Bend Adams and Winamac, 4; 33. (tie) Frontier, Lafayette Jeff and South Bend Washington, 2.

Individual Results

Championship Round

106 -- Sam Goin (CP) fall Johnny Cortez (LC), 1:02. 113 -- Logan Frazier (CP) dec. Nam Doan (LC), 15-2. 120 -- Giovanni Diaz (WHE) dec. Riley Bettich (CP), 5-0. 126 -- Stephen Roberson (CP) dec. Aidan Torres ©, 3-1. 132 -- Jesse Mendez (CP) fall Vince Sparrow (PENN), :24. 138 -- Ethan Kaiser © dec. Eli Hickman (RC), 11-10. 145 -- Brock Ellis © dec. Orlando Cruz (CP), 8-6. 152 -- Garrett Stuckman (WAW) fall Tyler Turley (HOB), 2:38. 160 -- Noah Hollendonner (CP) dec. AJ Steenbeke (PENN), 3-2. 170 -- Graham Calhoun (PLY) ded. Braden Welch (CA), 19-8. 182 -- Khris Walton (M) dec. Connor Barkat (WL), 1-0. 195 -- Jacob LaPlace (MISH) dec. Eli Pack (CA), 3-1. 220 -- Evan Bates © dec. William Crider (WLH), 8-2. 285 -- Damari Dancy (POR) dec. Sam Perez Jr. (HIGH), 5-3.

Third Place Round

106 -- Jeffrey Bailey (RF) fall Trevor Triana (HOB), :48. 113 -- Stefan Vitello (VAL) fall Doug Waters ©, 2:28. 120 -- Cole Solomey (KV) dec. Malik Hall (MER), 5-1. 126 -- Jace Alexander (WAW) dec. Brendon Mark (MIS), 8-3. 132 -- Bradley Conrad (POR) fall Isaiah Ponce (LC), :45. 138 -- Tyson Nisley (LAP) dec. Nick Tattini (CP), 9-2. 145 -- Jacob Maldonado (MER) dec. AJ Poindexter (WLH), 3-1. 152 -- Shawn Hollis (LOW) dec. Jorden Douglass (ATT), 5-0. 160 -- Jacob Linky (WAR) fall Nick Winland ©, :40. 170 -- Gavin Layman © dec. Cody Timmerman (MISH), 6-1. 182 -- Colin Kwiatkowski (VAL) inj. def. Joseph Walker (MISH). 195 -- Luke Bakeis (WLH) dec. Gage DeMarco ©, 6-3. 220 -- Jason Streck (MER) inj. def. Jonathan Thomas Jr. (MISH). 285 -- Andres Larios (HC) fall Andrew Himes (PLY), 2:09.

Posted 2/17/2020


Posted 2/17/2020




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