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Trojan Wrestlers win IHSAA Semistate Title

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By TR HARLAN

It took 28 years, but the Chesterton wrestling team won the IHSAA Semistate title Saturday at East Chicago Central.

“I told them coming into today that winning an individual title means nothing, but if we all work together and win several titles working as a team, we could win the team title,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “They took that to heart.”

The Trojans will send six to the State Finals next weekend in Indianapolis, including four individual Semistate champions.

“We had a good first round and a good second round,” Joll said. “Then in the semifinals, everyone stepped up and wrestled great.”

Diego Lemley picked up the first title at 160 pounds with a 7-2 win over Crown Point’s Oszkar Kasch.

“Diego has been in our room since he was about 5 years old,” Joll said. “We’ve kind of taken Diego for granted because he’s such an exceptional athlete with an incredible gas tank. He just hammers people and as the match goes on he scores more and more points.”

Lucas Davison was the first of three consecutive Chesterton title winners with a 4-1 victory over Mishawaka’s Austin Faulkner at 182 pounds.

“Lucas is getting into matches where he has to wrestle tough,” Joll said. “He’s got that undefeated mark and guys are trying not to lose to him. Lucas has to deal with some frustration sometimes, but keeps finding ways to win.”

Andrew Davison rolled through all four of his opponents at 195 pounds, including a fall victory over Kankakee Valley’s Nick Schoonveld in just 1:14.

“Andrew had to wrestle the same guy as last week (Regional),” Joll said. “Andrew’s job is to pin guys and get off the mat. That’s what he did today.”

The last title came when sophomore Eli Pokorney beat Lafayette Harrison’s Donnie Crider 14-6 at 220 pounds.

“Eli has come a long way. He never gets an easy day in the room,” Joll said. “He’s a great, hard-working kid. Eli did a great job in the finals getting off his back, shaking the cobwebs clear and putting the hammer to a two-time state qualifier.”

Possibly the biggest part of Saturday’s Semistate victory came at 106 pounds as Danny Tolin finished runner-up.

“We knew at the beginning of the year that we had five pretty good guys that were going to have a chance to qualify for State,” Joll said. “And then we had a little upstart 106-pounder that decided he wanted to join the show. I think the burden of the over-achievement today lies on Danny Tolin.

“If he hadn’t come through and beat an undefeated guy to get to the Finals, we wouldn’t be where we are right now.”

The last State Finals ticket went to Jack Tolin after his runner-up finish at 132 pounds.

“Jack was picked to be fourth and Danny wasn’t even supposed to qualify,” Joll said. “Jack may be wrestling above other people’s ideas, but not above our expectations. He’s exactly where he needs to be right now.”

The State Finals will begin next Friday night at 5 p.m. Chesterton time in Indianapolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Trojans will be seeking their first state title since 1989.

“We’ve got a lot of people that have done a lot of things for a lot of years for these guys to get them where they are today,” Joll said. “We’ve got four really good coaches in the room that have sacrificed long hours after school, on weekends and in the summer for really no reason except that they have a lot of pride in Chesterton Wrestling and want to make it a better program.”

IHSAA Semistate

AT EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL

Team Results

1. Chesterton, 144.5; 2. Portage, 128.5; 3. Hobart, 88.5; 4. Penn, 76; 5. Merrillville, 75; 6. Crown Point, 60; 7. Kankakee Valley, 37; 8. (tie) West Lafayette Harrison and Rensselaer Central, 32; 10. Wawasee, 31; 11. SB Riley, 30.5; 12. (tie) Mishawaka and Munster, 30; 14. Plymouth, 29; 15. Griffith, 27; 16. (tie) SB Washington and Warsaw, 24; 18. Lowell, 21; 19. Culver Academy, 20.5; 20. Hammond Morton, 17.5; 21. (tie) Valparaiso and Wheeler, 15.5; 23. Lafayette Jefferson, 14; 24. (tie) River Forest and Winamac, 12; 26. (tie) Bremen and Frontier, 11; 28. (tie) LaPorte and Rochester, 8; 30. Hammond Gavit, 7; 31. (tie) Calumet, Michigan City and SB Adams, 4; 34. (tie) Benton Central and Logansport, 3; 36. (tie) Caston, Lafayette Central Catholic, LaVille, New Prairie, North White, Triton and West Lafayette, 2; 43. Hanover Central, 1.

Individual Results

Championships

106 -- Eli Hickman (Rensselaer Central) dec. Danny Tolin (CHS), 3-2. 113 -- Brock Peele (Portage) dec. Kory Cavanaugh (Penn), 3-1. 120 -- Tylor Triana (Hobart) dec. Braxton Alexander (Wawasee), 7-3. 126 -- Michael DeLaPena (Merrillville) dec. Reese Rodriguez (Hammond Morton), 19-6. 132 -- Jeremiah Rietz (Griffith) dec. Jack Tolin (CHS), 9-3. 138 -- Brendan Black (Hobart) tech fall Kris Rumph (Portage), 16-1. 145 -- Jason Crary (Munster) dec. Kasper McIntosh (Portage), 3-2 (OT). 152 -- Kyle Hatch (Warsaw) dec. Cassius Breathitt (SB Riley), 8-2. 160 -- Diego Lemley (CHS) dec. Oszkar Kasch (Crown Point), 7-2. 170 -- Jarrod Swank (Penn) dec. Zack Fattore (Hobart), 10-7. 182 -- Lucas Davison (CHS) dec. Austin Faulkner (Mishawaka), 4-1. 195 -- Andrew Davison (CHS) pin Nick Schoonveld (Kankakee Valley), 1:14. 220 -- Eli Pokorney (CHS) dec. Donnie Crider (Lafayette Harrison), 14-6. 285 -- Isaiah McWilliams (SB Washington) dec. Brandon Streck (Merrillville), 6-4 (OT).

Consolations

106 -- Colin Raegan (Frontier) dec. Jake Armstrong (Winamac), 5-4. 113 -- Jose Diaz (Wheeler) tech fall Andres Moreno (Lowell), 18-3. 120 -- Colin Poynter (Portage) inj def Tanner DeMien (Penn). 126 -- Colton Cummings (Lowell) dec. Ian Dembowski (Valparaiso), 6-0. 132 -- Manzona Bryant (Calumet) dec. Miguel Prado (Portage), 4-1. 138 -- Graham Calhoun (Plymouth) dec. Jacob LaPlace (Mishawaka), 3-1 (OT). 145 -- Dante Colza (Hobart) dec. Mario Trafincanti (Crown Point), 7-5 (OT). 152 -- Noah LaMore (Crown Point) dec. Clay Jones (Lafayette Jeff), 10-2. 160 -- Micah Calhoun (Plymouth) pin Jacob Atkins (SB Riley), 3:23. 170 -- Ismael Cornejo (Portage) dec. Bradley Groover (River Forest), 5-4. 182 -- Jeremy Torres (Portage) dec. Tijonn Lockett (Merrillville), 3-2. 195 -- Tyler Moser (Bremen) dec. Anthony Maceo (Portage), 1-0. 220 -- Justin Akers (Crown Point) dec. Will Vakalahi (Penn), 7-2. 285 -- Aron Ceglarek (Kankakee Valley) dec. Dan Clark (Rochester), 3-1 (OT).

 

Posted 2/13/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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