The Chesterton Trojans wrestled for a DAC Title in five weight classes and
finished fourth overall as a team Saturday at CHS.
Crown Point won the overall team title (245.5) and were followed by
Merrillville (210.5), Portage (195.5) and the Trojans (145).
“We had five kids wrestle very well to get to the Finals,” Chesterton coach
Chris Joll said. “We lost, but in all those cases I think we are right there
with them. What’s going on out on the mat is a reflection of what’s going on
in the (Wrestling) room.
“It’s my responsibility to get them to the next level and I dropped the ball
Finalists for the Trojans included Zack Thornton (125), Chris Katsafaros
(130), Brandon Garvey (152), Anthony Quiroz (160) and Tony Sanchez (171).
“They all did about the way I expected them to do today,” Joll said. “I
guess I should have set my expectations a little higher.”
After a reversal in the third period to tie the score at 4-4, Merrillville’s
Anthony Napules escaped with just over 30 seconds left to pick up a 5-4
victory at 125 over Thornton. Thornton won his other two matches by fall.
“Zack beat a kid in the semi’s that looked like they wanted nothing to do
with us,” Joll said.
Katsafaros tech falled both of his opponents before running into undefeated
Jason Tsirtsis of Crown Point in the Finals at 130. At 152, Crown Point’s
Tommy Renn outlasted Garvey 8-6 in the Finals.
The day’s marquee match-up came at 160 in a repeat of last year’s State
Championship match at 152 between undefeated Sean McMurray of Portage and
previously undefeated Quiroz.
McMurray took control early in the match with a pair of takedowns and went
on to an 11-2 victory that was followed by some pushing and shoving and the
wrestlers being separated by coaches.
At 171, Sanchez escaped from the clutches of Merrillville’s Jeremy Wengel in
the third period, but gave up a takedown in the final five seconds of the
match to fall 3-1. Sanchez picked up a fill by fall in the opening round and
a decision in the semifinals.
“Tony gutted through a tough LaPorte kid in the semifinals,” Joll said. “He
made a little mistake at the end and that’s something we can fix.”
The Trojans also got solid performances in several other spots.
“I saw some really good individual efforts in some matches,” Joll said. “I’m
not happy with where everyone placed, but I thought everyone had a place
where they excelled and did a nice job.”
Joll pointed to a few specifics.
“Vinny (Qurioga) had a couple of nice wins to get fifth place (at 189),”
Joll said. “Joe Kelly wrestled in the toughest weight class here today and
finished fifth, but could’ve been in the Finals.
“Will Butz wrestled well and finished sixth and that sounds silly, but it’s
true. Those are guys who got better today.”
1. Crown Point, 245.5; 2. Merrillville, 210.5; 3. Portage, 195.5; 4.
Chesterton 145; 5. Lake Central, 127; 6. LaPorte, 112; 7. Valparaiso, 69.5;
8. Michigan City, 64.
103 – Zac Stevens (M) dec. Colton Saroff (CP), 13-4. 112 – Kyle Ayersman
(LC) dec. Adam Garcia (M), 5-0. 119 – Anthony Hawkins (CP) dec. Marc
Escobedo (LC), 5-3. 125 – Anthony Napules (M) dec. Zack Thornton (C), 5-4.
130 – Jason Tsirtsis (CP) pin Chris Katsafaros (C), 2:32. 135 – Bradley
Wartman (LC) dec. Dallas Schurg (CP), 2-0 (ot). 140 – Josh Flamme (CP) dec.
John Westmoreland (V), 12-3. 145 – Eric Roach (CP) pin Javier Avalos (M),
1:30. 152 – Tommy Renn (CP) dec. Brandon Garvey (C), 6-4. 160 – Sean
McMurray (P) dec. Anthony Quiroz (C), 11-2. 171 – Jeremy Wengel (M) dec.
Tony Sanchez (C), 3-1. 189 – Tyler Kral (CP) dec. Aaron King (P), 5-3. 215 –
Vlade Nacovski (LC) fall Logan Fischer (P), 3:52. 285 – James Travis (M) dec.
Greg Wedow (L), 3-0.
103 – Adam Scheerer loss Julian Torres (P) fall :24; win Tyler Grzesik (LC)
dec. 11-0; loss Max Buckley (V) fall 2:29.
112 – Chris Thompson loss Brandon Coppinger (P) fall 2:50; loss Aaron Kuzdas
(L) dec. 7-0.
125 – Zack Thornton won Dalton Yeransian (MC) fall 1:51; won Bryan Smith
(LC) fall 1:02; loss Anthony Napules (M) dec. 5-4.
130 – Chris Katsafaros won Philip Turner (V) tech 17-0; won Niko Martinez
(P) tech 20-5; loss Jason Tsirtsis (CP) fall 2:32.
135 – Joe Kelly loss Dallas Schurg (CP) fall 3:02; won Kyle Stachowski (L)
fall 2:30; loss Chad Miller (V) dec. 13-7; won Xavier Ponce (M) dec. 5-0.
140 – Will Butz won Eddie Deluna (M) fall 4:31; loss Josh Flamme (CP) dec.
7-2; loss Nick Santana (L) dec. 15-7; loss Chris Felske (MC) dec. 7-3.
145 – Chris Copollo loss Javier Avalos (M) fall 3:20; won Ricky Johnson (L)
tech 15-0; won AJ Yeransian (MC) fall 1:00; won Mike Wilson (P) tech 18-2.
152 – Brandon Garvey FFW; won Cody Miranda (MC) dec. 8-6; loss Tommy Renn
(CP) dec. 6-4.
160 – Anthony Quiroz won Tony Albomonte (LC) fall :41; won Victor Nzeata (M)
dec. 7-0; loss Sean McMurray (P) dec. 11-2.
171 – Tony Sanchez won Jake Wright (P) fall 1:03; won Zach Smith (L) dec.
9-4; loss Jeremy Wengel (M) dec. 3-1.
189 – Vicente Quiroga loss Tyler Kral (CP) fall 3:44; won Justin Puetzer
(MC) fall :59; loss Dustin Pape (L) fall 3:46; won Ryan Hayes (V) dec. 8-6 (ot).
215 – Gus Hultman loss Vlade Nacovski (LC) fall 1:18; loss Martin Flores (M)
285 – Frank Raudry loss Mark Devyak (P) fall :39; FFW; loss Pat Biancardi
(LC) dec. 8-5.