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
“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.”
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
“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
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
“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.”
AT EAST CHICAGO
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.
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).
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