The Pirates were worried.
The Chesterton wrestling team battled until the final second before dropping
a 40-28 Duneland Athletic Conference match on Wednesday night to
“Merrillville is such a well coached team that knows what position they are
supposed to be in,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “It’s hard and that’s
ok with me. We really competed in most matches.”
Danny Cutter got the Trojans off to a solid start with a 2-0 victory at 195.
Connor Smith followed that with a fall at 220 over Kamal Richardson (1:08).
“Danny Cutter got us off to a great start,” Joll said. “Connor had a nice
match where he got out of his comfort zone to score some points tonight
before getting the pin.”
After a forfeit win for the Pirates at 285 was followed by a 3-1 win from
Chesterton’s Jack Tolin at 106.
“Jack Tolin is good,” Joll said. “The kid he wrestled is good. That’s a good
Another forfeit win by the Pirates was followed by a 7-5 win from Eric
Kramer at 120 and a fall victory for Mike Double at 132.
“We got great matches from Eric Kramer and Mike Double to keep us in the
thing,” Joll said. “Guys we haven’t always counted on for big wins kept us
in it. Those are guys who don’t get enough credit for what they are doing.”
Merrillville would take control of the match with three straight wins before
back-to-back wins from Sawyer Hallas (160) and Alex Katsafaros (170) pulled
the Trojans within six points.
“We’ve been winning a lot of matches that traditionally we haven’t won,”
Joll said. “We don’t always win close matches and we’ve been doing more of
A fall victory by Merrillville’s Matthew Hollins at 182 set the final score.
106 -- Jack Tolin © dec. Michael DeLaPena, 3-1. 113 -- Michael Garza (M) FFW.
120 -- Eric Kramer © dec. Justin Johnson, 7-5. 126 -- Clarence Johnson (M)
pin Stephen Biancardi, :33. 132 -- Mike Double © pin Derek Scott, 1:24. 138
-- Jacob Covaciu (M) pin DaQwon Stewart, 3:13. 145 -- Isaac Rentas (M) pin
Dontae Rodriguez, 2:21. 152 -- Willie Armstrong (M) dec. Luke Zelenika,
14-4. 160 -- Sawyer Hallas © dec. Thomas Butler, 10-0. 170 -- Alex
Katsafaros © dec. Deven Lee, 7-0. 182 -- Matthew Hollins (M) pin Jaycee
Jensen, 2:58. 195 -- Dan Cutter © dec. Salvador Higareda, 2-0. 220 -- Connor
Smith © pin Kamal Richardson, 1:08. 285 -- Shawn Streck (M) FFW.