wrestling team left its mark at the IHSAA Semistate at East Chicago Central
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.”
remained undefeated on the year with four more wins including an 8-6 win
over Crown Point’s Orlando Cruz in the finals.
wrestling in a business as usual fashion,” Joll said. “He overcame the
undefeated target on his back to win four quality matches against good
The final title
came from Evan Bates at 220 after an 8-2 win over West Lafayette Harrison’s
“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.”
finished third overall at 170 pounds after a 6-1 victory over Mishwaka’s
“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
finishers for Chesterton included Doug Waters (113), Nick Winland (160) and
Gage DeMaro (195).
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.”
qualifiers is the most for the Trojans since sending six in both 2017 and
“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
AT EAST CHICAGO
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.
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.
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.