Chesterton sophomore Anthony Quiroz dropped a 13-4 decision to Ft. Wayne
Carroll’s Conner LeFever on Friday night in the opening round of the IHSAA
State Wrestling Finals at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
“You have to give credit to the other kid,” Chesterton Asst. Coach Jason
Cook said. “He wrestled the way he should have. People know what Anthony
wants to do and he was able to game plan and stop it.”
LeFever scored the match’s first points at the 1:05 mark of the first period
with a takedown. After scoring two back points, LeFever built an early 4-0
Quiroz got on the board later in the first period with a reversal, but
LeFever escaped in the final 10 seconds of the period for a 5-2 lead.
The CHS 160-pounder chose down to start the second period and immediately
got a reversal to cut the lead to 5-4. Quiroz rode LeFever the entire period
without getting a turn.
“We rode him the entire second period and didn’t turn him,” Cook said. “The
right decision is to cut him and try for a takedown.”
Quiroz did just that allowing the third period to start in neutral position
and LeFever leading 6-4.
The plan backfired as LeFever came up with his second takedown of the night
at the 1:30 mark of the third period and turned Quiroz in the final 15
seconds of the match to advance.
“He had a nice takedown attack that we didn’t react quick enough to,” Cook
said. “Almost like we reacted how he wanted us to and it gave him a chance
to put us on our back for points.”
103 – Cody
Phillips (Union County) dec. Paul Petrov (Hanover Central), 8-3. 112 – Kyle
Ayersman (Lake Central) dec. Paul Beck (Mishawaka), 2-0 (ot). 119 – Brandon
Nelson (Lawrence North) dec. Daniel Bradley (Knox), 6-2. 125 – Brandon
Wright (Warren Central) dec. Ethan Raley (Indian Creek), 9-1. 130 – Jason
Tsirtsis (Crown Point) dec. Devon Jackson (Yorktown), 4-0 (ot). 135 – Brock
Norton (FW Carroll) dec. Mason Berryman (Anderson Highland), 3-1. 140 –
Francisco Porras (Hobart) dec. Justin Beck (Leo), 5-1. 145 – Eric Roach
(Crown Point) dec. Doug Welch (Castle), 5-3. 152 – Sam Bennett (Anderson
Highland) dec. Zachary Corpe (Elkhart Memorial), 6-2. 160 – Sean McMurray
(Portage) dec. Tyler Willis (Indianapolis Cathedral), 9-0. 171 – Drake Stein
(Princeton) dec. Michael Duckworth (Union County), 4-1. 189 – Michael
Johnson-Jones (Warren Central) dec. Braden Atwood (Delphi), 4-2 (ot). 215 –
Nathan Cleveland (Lowell) dec. Christian Lentz (Mishawaka), 2-1 (3 ot). Hwt
– Ross Janney (Yorktown) dec. James Travis (Merrillville), 3-2