wrestling team handled its business.
The Trojans picked
up their fifth consecutive IHSAA Sectional championship team title on
Saturday at LaPorte and brought home six individual titles as well.
“It was our goal to
get a team title and we did that,” Chesterton coach Chris Joll said. “We
aren’t down like a lot of other teams seem to be. We seem to be staying
competitive even with some losses in man power. We’ve got a full team with
some solid veterans in there.”
270 team points to beat runner-up New Prairie (238). LaPorte (188) was third
with Valparaiso (165) fourth.
“Ours was one of
the closest Sectionals in the area,” Joll said. “Good programs are still
good and struggling programs are struggling.”
The Trojans racked
up six individual titles beginning with Chris Merrill at 113 pounds. Merrill
beat New Prairie’s Dusty Young in just 51 seconds in the finals.
“Chris just had to
wrestle once, so he just did what he was supposed to do,” Merrill said.
Danny Tolin rolled
through the competition at 120 pounds with just 78 seconds of work in two
victories. His finals win over New Prairie’s Jacob Abbott took just 19
probably 60 secs in his two matches combined,” Joll said. “He just got out
and got it done. That was what he needed to do.”
Ethan Kaiser’s road
wasn’t as easy, but was equally as effective culminating in a 13-8 decision
over Brayden Ruiz of New Prairie at 132 pounds.
“Ethan’s win in the
finals was a revenge match over a kid that beat him earlier in the year,”
Joll said. “He was able to calm himself down and make a plan and then get it
At 145 pounds, Nick
Winland worked his way to a pin at the 3:08 mark in the finals against
Valparaiso’s Brycen Nylin.
“Nick was in a
close match with a guy we had seen a couple times before,” Joll said. “We
caught him in a headlock and were able to finish it.”
improved to 33-2 on the year with a pair of fall victories including a win
over LaPorte’s Skyler Querry in the finals.
“Brock did a great
job. He had two pins and did some really good stuff,” Joll said. “It’s
exciting to have a kid at his caliber at his age that can just go out and
handle his business. He finds ways to win.”
The final champ for
the Trojans came as Evan Bates improved to 41-2 in garnering the 182 pound
title. In the finals, Bates beat LaPorte’s Noah Perez 5-0.
“Evan had a good
match in the finals,” Joll said. “It was 5-0 early and a good six-minute
match. It was another LaPorte kid that wrestled well.”
The Trojans also
had four wrestlers earn runner-up finishes including Luke Stento (106),
Brandon Bolin (126), Cade Johnson (138) and Gavin Layman (160).
“I don’t see why we
can’t get 10 guys on to the Semistate,” Joll said. “If we get 10 guys
through, we’ll be right up there for a team title with Crown Point.”
The only bitter
pill to swallow for the Trojans was the loss of Gage DeMarco at 170 pounds.
Leading in the semifinals against eventual champion Colin Kwiatkowski of
Valpo, DeMarco broke his right arm and injury defaulted out of the
disappointing to lose Gage,” Joll said. “He snapped his arm in a really good
match against a good Valpo kid that ended up winning the weight class.”
The Trojans’ trek
through the state tournament continues on Saturday when they head to the
IHSAA Crown Point Regional beginning at 9 a.m.
1. Chesterton, 270;
2. New Prairie, 238; 3. LaPorte, 188; 4. Valparaiso, 165; 5. John Glenn,
104.5; 6. North Judson, 97; 7. Michigan City, 91.5; 8. Knox, 17.Individual
106 -- Stefan
Vitello (V) fall Luke Stento ©, 3:41. 113 -- Chris Merrill © fall Dusty
Young (NP), :51. 120 -- Danny Tolin © fall Jacob Abbott (NP), :19. 126 --
Jak Krouse (V) fall Brandon Bolin ©, 6:00. 132 -- Ethan Kaiser © dec.
Brayden Ruiz (NP), 13-8. 138 -- Tyson Nisley (LP) dec. Cade Johnson ©, 9-4.
145 -- Nick Winland © fall Brycen Nylin (V), 3:08. 152 -- Brock Ellis © fall
Skyler Querry (LP), 3:21. 160 -- Matt Neff (LP) dec. Gavin Layman ©, 3-0.
170 -- Colin Kwiatkowski (V) dec. Luke Lenig (NP), 8-0. 182 -- Evan Bates ©
dec. Noah Perez (LP), 5-0. 195 -- Grant Johnson (NP) fall Jaden Browder
(LP), 3:20. 220 -- John Wilcher (MC) fall JB Cioe (V), 1:55. 285 -- Brody
Miskimon (JG) fall Hunter Whitenack (NP), 2:26.
106 -- Brecken
Joseph (L) fall Nathan May (JG), 2:26. 113 -- NA. 120 -- Angillo Mitchell
(LP) fall Michael Sobeck (V), 1:39. 126 -- Christian Szalajko (NJ) fall JJ
Blount (NP), 2:11. 132 -- Jacob Dewes (LP) fall Jack Madsen (NJ), 1:42. 138
-- Jerome Anderson (MC) dec. Jack Thursby (V), 5-2. 145 -- Austin Lesniak
(NP) dec. Brandon Becker (JG), 9-1. 152 -- Aidan Pollitt (V) dec. Gage Van
Schock (NP), 9-2. 160 -- Michael Rodriguez (NP) dec. Aaron Sherman (JG),
6-3. 170 -- Tyler Blount (NJ) inj. def. Gage DeMarco ©. 182 -- Ben Lee (NP)
dec. Chandler Atrim (MC), 11-5. 195 -- Michael Clemons (NJ) dec. Dillon
Johnson ©, 6-2. 220 -- Javier Padilla (NP) dec. Wil Stone (LP), 4-0. 285 --
Cody Winkler (K) fall Steve Nelson ©, 2:32.