Expectations can be
managed, but they are constantly changing.
wrestling coach Chris Joll understands that as well as anyone after
advancing eight wrestlers to next Saturday’s IHSAA Semistate at
“I don’t think
we’ve gotten eight before. I think the most we’ve had is five,” Joll said
after Saturday’s IHSAA Regional at Crown Point. “I’m looking at today and
the places we got. I still didn’t think we finished as high as we could
have. We have some pretty good individuals and some really talented kids
that have wrestled a lot.
really hard in the room.”
The Trojans picked
up two Regional titles beginning with Jack Tolin taking top honors in the
120 pound class with a 6-3 win over Crown Point’s Austin Torres in the
“I just like
watching Jack wrestle,” Joll said. “He wrestles hard and he beat some guys
that were difficult to move around.”
victory at 182 pounds was the other Trojan title after a pin of Hanover
Central’s Ashton Mutuwa (1:03).
“Andrew didn’t get
the attention he’ll get from us in the next couple of weeks,” Joll said. “He
does a nice job. He’s wrestled in those situations before. He just beats
The Trojans also
got a runner-up performance from Diego Lemley at 138 pounds.
“Diego hasn’t been
healthy and we were not going to wrestle the final, but he wanted to,” Joll
said. “For a freshman to be in there with a senior is pretty good. He’s got
to where we expected him to be.”
advanced to next week’s Semistate with a third place finish at 145 pounds.
“He pinned a kid in
the Finals last week at Sectionals and the kid tried to adjust and Dontae
out-toughed him,” Joll said. “He’s a hard worker and just a tough kid. He
came in and learned each year and didn’t know how good he was. He’s a
hard-working athlete that battled through a tough early season.
“Really proud of
finishers for the Trojans included Luke Zelenika (152), Jack Davison (170),
Davielle Stewart (195) and Dan Cutter (220).
“They all have
their work cut out for them,” Joll said. “They all could face guys that may
win the Semistate. You have to be good to get there. I know we’ll show up
and give it our best shot.”
Crown Point won the
team title with 179 points, while Valparaiso was second (146). Lowell
finished third (114.5) and the Trojans were fourth (98). LaPorte rounded out
the top five (37).
AT CROWN POINT
1. Crown Point,
179; 2. Valparaiso, 146; 3. Lowell, 114.5; 4. Chesterton, 98; 5. LaPorte,
37; 6. Hanover Central, 35; 7. (tie) John Glenn and LaVille, 30; 9. Kankakee
Valley, 28; 10. Andrean, 25; 11. Michigan City, 24; 12. New Prairie, 21; 13.
(Top 4 advance to
IHSAA Semistate at
106 -- Colton
Cummings (Lowell) pin Ian Dembowski (Valparaiso), :40. 113 -- Johnathan
Moran (Crown Point) dec. Austin Line (Valparaiso), 6-1. 120 -- Jack Tolin
(Chesterton) dec. Austin Torres (Crown Point), 6-3. 126 -- Tristan
Dembrowski (Valparaiso) dec. Zach Wells (LaPorte), 4-3. 132 -- Zach
Donaldson (Crown Point) pin Jake Cummens (Valparaiso), 1:24. 138 -- Riley
Akers (Crown Point) dec. Diego Lemley (Chesterton), 11-5. 145 -- Daylan
Schurg (Crown Point) dec. Greg Lichtenberger (Valparaiso), 7-1. 152 -- Mike
Krzyston (Andrean) dec. Oszkar Kasch (Crown Point), 13-5. 160 -- Drew Hughes
(Lowell) pin Adam Dodson (John Glenn), 1:30. 170 -- Isaac James (Lowell) dec.
Dax Jones (Crown Point), 13-5. 182 -- Andrew Davison (Chesterton) pin Ashton
Mutuwa (Hanover Central), 1:03. 195 -- John Bigbie (Lowell) pin Justin Akers
(Crown Point), 1:23. 220 -- Morgan Kral (Crown Point) pin Alex Kukurugya
(Valparaiso), :43. 285 -- Ian Suttles (Valparaiso) dec. Andrew Hansen (John
3rd Place Matches
106 -- Alex
Bautista (Hanover Central) pin Jose Diaz (Wheeler), 2:55. 113 -- Lucas
Finger (Lowell) dec. Jack Walton (Andrean), 8-6. 120 -- Lucas Major (New
Prairie) dec. Zach Galvan (Lowell), 12-6. 126 -- Chris Trent (New Prairie)
dec. Bryce Niewoehner (Kankakee Valley), 10-1. 132 -- Dee Collins (Michigan
City) dec. Denver Smith (Kankakee Valley), 6-5. 138 -- Jared Rafferty
(Valparaiso) dec. Colton Tanber (LaPorte), 4-1. 145 -- Dontae Rodriguez
(Chesterton) dec. Bryant Hansberger (LaVille), 3-2. 152 -- Mike
Lichtenberger (Valparaiso) dec. Luke Zelenika (Chesterton), 6-2. 160 --
Darden Schurg (Crown Point) pin Evan Larsen (Hanover Central), :30. 170 --
Ben Norton (LaVille) dec. Jack Davison (Chesterton), 9-5. 182 -- Matt Schoof
(Michigan City) pin Sam Nowosad (Valparaiso), 3:13. 195 -- Corian Correll (LaVille)
pin Davielle Stewart (Chesterton), 2:54. 220 -- Jose Salinas (LaPorte) dec.
Dan Cutter (Chesterton), 4-2. 285 -- Aron Ceglarek (Kankakee Valley) pin
Jerril Fortner (Lowell), 1:49.