wrestling team continued into unchartered waters Saturday.
The Trojans sent 14
kids to the IHSAA East Chicago Central Semistate and got 11 first round
wins, resulting in four individual titles and six tickets for next weekend’s
“We scored more
points this year than last year,” Chesterton head coach Chris Joll said.
“When you take 14 kids and win 11 matches in the first round, that’s a
testament to where the program is going.”
Portage won the
team title with 184 points, followed in the top four by the Trojans (139),
Penn (85.5) and Crown Point (72.5).
individual title came from Diego Lemley at 160 pounds as he avenged his
Regional Final loss with a 9-5 win over Crown Point’s Oszkar Kasch.
“Diego had a really
good week in practice,” Joll said. “He beat people up (Saturday) and in the
Finals he looked like he was back firing on all cylinders.”
rolled through the competition at 182 pounds ending in a fall win over
Portage’s Jeremy Torres (3:59) in the finals.
“Cade has turned
every guy he’s wrestled since (the) DAC (Meet),” Joll said. “He’s getting
more difficult to wrestle and you can see his confidence growing. (He’s a)
Hard-working kid and that’s what you get when that happens.”
The gold train
continued to move as top-ranked Lucas Davison remained undefeated with a
fall victory over Benton Central’s Bryson Ford in just 26 seconds.
“He just picked the
kid up and put him down on his back,” Joll said. “Lucas’ best wrestling will
be this coming weekend. We’ve trained through everything with him. After
giving him a break this week, he’ll be fresh and ready to go.”
The match of the
day came in the finals at 285 as top-ranked and undefeated Isaiah McWilliams
of South Bend Washington faced off against Chesterton’s No. 2 ranked and
undefeated Eli Pokorney.
Both wrestlers got
escapes from the bottom, but Pokorney’s third period takedown led to a 4-1
“Eli was pretty
dominant,” Joll said. “Questions about his conditioning are no longer a
question. He’s confident and that’s a good thing. He beat a really good
The Trojans also
will send Danny Tolin, a third place finisher at 113, and freshman Brock
Ellis, a fourth place finishers at 145, to the State Finals.
“That was a nice
win to get third for Danny,” Joll said. “He looked really good in his final
match. I think we’ll see his best wrestling next weekend. Brock qualifying
for State as a freshman is ridiculously good. He works so hard and I’m not
surprised he got to where he is.”
The IHSAA State
Finals begin Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
“I really believe
we’ll only get better next weekend,” Joll said. “It’s been a great year and
sometimes you get caught up in having to go right from one match to the
next. All those kids that were in that final 14 are really important. It’s
the first time we’ve had that many kids there. Sometimes as a coach, you
don’t get to tell the kids how important to you they are.
“I hope they all
know how we feel about them.”
AT EAST CHICAGO
1. Portage, 184; 2.
Chesterton, 139; 3. Penn, 85.5; 4. Crown Point, 72.5; 5. (tie) Culver
Academy and Merrillville, 51; 7. Mishawaka, 50.5; 8. Wawasee, 49.5; 9.
Hobart, 47; 10. Wheeler, 37.5; 11. Plymouth, 34.5; 12. West Lafayette
Harrison, 34; 13. Lowell, 30.5; 14. Munster, 23; 15. LaPorte, 22.5; 16.
Frontier, 20; 17. (tie) Attica and SB Washington, 18; 19. Benton Central,
16; 20. Calumet, 13.5; 21. Hammond Gavit, 13; 22. (tie) Hanover Central,
McCutcheon and West Lafayette, 12; 25. Valparaiso, 9; 26. (tie) Lafayette
Jefferson and Rensselaer Central, 6; 28. (tie) Griffith, Hammond, Lake
Central and LaVille, 4; 34. (tie) Hebron and Kankakee Valley, 3; 36; (tie)
Delphi, Hammond Clark, Hammond Morton and SB Riley, 2.
106 -- Giovanni
Diaz (Wheeler) dec. Colin Reagan (Frontier), 5-2; 113 -- Andres Moreno
(Lowell) dec. Jose Diaz (Wheeler), 10-4; 120 -- Brock Peele (Portage) dec.
Tylor Triana (Hobart), 3-2; 126 -- Colin Poynter (Portage) dec. Tanner
DeMien (Penn), 9-2; 132 -- Manzona Bryant (Culver Academy) dec. Geremia
Brooks (Wawasee), 14-2; 138 -- Kris Rumph (Portage) dec. Adam Davis (Culver
Academy), 19-6; 145 -- Kasper McIntosh (Portage) dec. Jorden Douglass
(Attica), 18-8; 152 -- Noah Lamore (CP) dec. DJ Washington (Portage), 4-3;
160 -- Diego Lemley (Chesterton) dec. Oszkar Kasch (CP), 9-5; 170 -- Zack
Fattore (Hobart) dec. Cody Crary (Munster), 4-2 (ot). 182 -- Cade Girgenti
(Chesterton) fall Jeremy Torres (Portage), 3:59; 195 -- Lucas Davison
(Chesterton) fall Bryson Ford (Benton Central), :26; 220 -- Brandon Streck
(Merrillville) fall Nate LaFree (Plymouth), 2:58; 285 -- Eli Pokorney
(Chesterton) dec. Isaiah McWilliams (SB Washington), 4-1.
106 -- Jacob Moran
(Portage) dec. Jace Alexander (Wawasee), 5-2; 113 -- Danny Tolin
(Chesterton) dec. Ricky Hegedus (Portage), 7-4; 120 -- Alex Bautista
(Hanover Central) dec. Vince Sparrow (Penn), 8-2; 126 -- Skyler Gomez (LaPorte)
dec. Kaellin Kelly (CP), 14-9; 132 -- Logan Hill (Penn) dec. Cody Betoume (WL
Harrison), 6-4; 138 -- Preston Risner (Penn) dec. Ian Dembowski (Valpo),
2-1; 145 -- Jacob LaPlace (Mishawaka) dec. Brock Ellis (Chesterton), 5-1;
152 -- Graham Calhoun (Plymouth) dec. Joseph Walker (Mishawaka), 4-2; 160 --
Ben Kensinger (Mishawaka) dec. Malik Hoover (Merrillville), 4-3; 170 --
Drake Guerrero (Portage) dec. Mario Traficanti (CP), 5-3; 182 -- Jamari
Washington (Hammond Gavit) dec. Max Chaffee (Penn), 10-6; 195 -- Rockne
Hurley (Penn) inj. def. Arthur Fowler (Calumet), 0:00. 220 -- Joey Kidwell
(West Lafayette) dec. Kyle Simpkins (LaPorte), 4-0; 285 -- Donnie Crider (WL
Harrison) fall Elisha Tipping (Wawasee), 2:35.