Lowell's Jimmy Curry controls Lafayette's Avery Gaines during the Traicoff Wrestling Invite on Saturday, December 8, 2012. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media
Top-20 Team rankings
1. Perry Meridian
2. CROWN POINT
3. (Evansville) Mater Dei
5. (Indianapiolis) Cathedral
7. Elkhart Memorial
8. Hamilton Southeastern
9. Franklin Community
11. Evansville Reitz
12. Center Grove
14. Bloomington South
16. South Bend Clay
19. Warren Central
20. New Palestine
Franklin 34, CROWN POINT 28
12-7-12 - 4th round - Traicoff Invite @ Calumet
160 (3-0) Luke Kreich (F) 6-3 over Dax Jones
171 (6-0) Garrett Fentz (F) 6-0 over Jacob Hazi
182 (12-0) Michael Petrole (F) pinned Matt Langbehn 3:28
195 (12-3) Morgan Kral (CP) 4-2 (OT) over Jacob Brunfield
220 (18-3) Connor Tolley (F) pinned Steve Potoski - 2:37
HWT (24-3) McBryan Groler (F) pinned Danny Hartman - 4:18
106 (29-3) DJ Smith (F) 22-7 tech fall over Riley Akers
113 (29-6) Daylen Schurg (CP) 2-1 over Shane Wilkerson
120 (29-9) Brett Irvin (CP) 3-2 over Payton Reese
126 (29-15) Josh Fuqua (CP) pinned Josh Granse - 1:53
132 (29-18) Trevor Burlison (CP) 11-7 over Skyler Lykus
138 (29-22) Darry Schurg (CP) 18-7 tech fall over Austin Burnside
145 (29-28) Denny Schurg (CP) pinned Joe Stevenson - 1:34
152 (34-28) Jake Stevenson (F) tech fall 25-10 over Pat McLaren
Lowell 46, Jefferson 23
12-7-12 - 5th round - Traicoff Invitational @ Calumet
170 (6-0) Kenny Hughes (L) 6-0 pinned Troy Wilken - 1:03
182 (9-0) Bronson Bigbie (L) 9-0 over Tanner Collins
195 (15-0) George Fields (L) pinned Joe Rogers - 1:45
220 (21-0) Ryan Patterson (L) pinned Anthony Guadalajarra - 1:12
HWT (21-6) Fred Franco (Jeff) pinned Joe Reed - 1:30
106 (21-11) Dusty Miller (Jeff) 20-5 tech fall over Ryan Bottos
113 (24-11) Jimmy Curry (L) 7-2 over Avery Gaines
120 (24-17) Jackie Chalmers (Jeff) pinned Reid witt
126 (24-20) Cordero Armstead (Jeff) 6-3 over Jake Gross
132 (24-23) TJ Robinson (Jeff) 8-4 over Brett Curry
138 (28-23) Josh Bottos (L) 14-6 over Matt Grimmer
145 (34-23) Mitch Radruck (L) pinned Danny Guadalajarra
152 (40-23) Alex Mavros (L) pinned George Lang
160 (46-23) Issac James (L) pinned Dustin Baldwin
Valparaiso 38, Lowell 30
12-7-12 - 3rd round - Traicoff Invitational @ Calumet
106 - Tyler Schwartz (V) pinned Ryan Bottos 3:01
113 - Alex Bravo (V) 12-4 over Jimmy Curry
120 - Austin Line (V) 10-2 over Reid Witt
126 - Drew Hughes (LOWELL) pinned Jake cummens (V) 3:31.
132 - Recardo Rosario (V) 3-1 over Jake Gross
138 - Josh Bottos (L) pinned Riley George (V) 3:39.
145 - Mitch Roadruck (L) 11-3 over Mac Neal
152 - Alex Mavros (L) 11-2 over George Krummel
160 - Kenny Hughes (L) pimned Nick Greco
170 - Elliot Granados (V) 24-9 over Isaac James
182 - Luke Davis (V) pinned George Fields 4:24.
195 - Derek Suttles (V) pinned Bronson Bigbie - 3:53.
220 - Ryan Patterson (L) 13-2 over Kyle Rafferty
285 - Ian suttles (V) 15-3 over Joe Reed
Updated: December 11, 2012 1:54PM
GARY — The big attraction at the Chris Traicoff Memorial wrestling tournament the last few years has been the eventual collision of six-time DAC champion Crown Point and Michiana area superpower Mishawaka.
Those two had been dominators in the now defunct state team wrestling tournament, and both schools have had multiple individual state champions in the last dozens years. Either CP or Mishawaka has won the last four Traicoff meets.
Mishawaka won the Plymouth Invitational last month while CP opened with a meet with at Stagg (Palos Hills, Ill.) and Warsaw.
But Crown Point and Mishawaka didn’t meet Saturday and neither school won the 16-team early season wrestling showcase.
Franklin topped Crown Point and Portage on the way to a 5-0 sweep of the region’s only state-class mat showdown.
Lowell won three of five matches and placed 10th in the 16-team field.
In the highlight match of the day, Franklin took a 29-3 lead on Crown Point before the top-seeded Bulldogs rallied to cut the lead to 29-28 with one match remaining.
That one match was at 152 where Franklin’s Pat Stevenson dominated CP’s Pat McLanroen 25-10 to give Franklin a 34-28 victory.
Franklin the defeated Portage to complete a 5-0 day and win the tournament title for the first time.
McLaren was subbing for CP’s undefeated senior Dusty Schurg, who missed the entire tournament with a concussion. For CP coach Scott Vlink that was a reason but not an excuse.
“We needed one more Schurg,” said Vlink, who watched CP brothers Daylen (113), Darry (138) and Darley (146) win during CP’s 25-0, six-match rally before the final 152-pound decider. “We gave away too many bonus points early. That can’t happen.
“We started out badly. I’m proud we came back but we can’t give up points like that. That’s all there is to it.”
In two of CP’s early matches at 160 pounds and in the heavyweight matchup, the Bulldog wrestler led and lost the lead in the final period. In the first matchup (the 4th round match began at 160) CP sophomore Dax Jones (160) led 3-1 with 30 seconds left and lost 6-3.
“We were wrestling not to lose instead of wrestling to win,” sasid Vlink. “It’s like playing a prevent defense in football. When you go into a prevent defense, you usally get rolled. That’s what happend.”
The Bulldog (10-1) rally was dramatic but nobody who was asked Saturday had ever seen a team come from 26 points behind to win.
CP might have done it had Schurg been available.
“Obviously Franklin is a good team but if we have our reglar lineup I think we win,” Vlink said. “Plus we just can’t give up bonus points in any match. You can lose but you can’t give up bonus points (technical falls and pins). You can’t let it happen. Good teams don’t do that. These boys all know that.”
Lowell had a 3-2 day but the 38-30 loss to Valparaiso was disappointing for coach Bobby Howard.
“It was a good finish but we were a little disppointed,” he said. “We tried to move some people around and it didn’t work, but I don’t think it would have been any different if we’d stayed with the lineup the regular way. It’s a wake-up call for some guys.”
Lowell hopes that freshman 120-pounder Drew Hughes, the younger brother of junior star 160-pounder Kenny Hughes, will bounce back.
Hughes had to be tested for a concussion, leaving Calumet early Saturday.
“He was 3-0 on the day,” said Howard. “We bump him up to 126 in duals and he won. But he was really sick today.”
Howard had praise for junior 106-pounder Jimmy Curry, who joined his brother Brett in the lineup late Saturday against Jefferson.
“He’s getting better every match. We even bumped him up to 112 against Valpo and he didn’t get pinned. He wasn’t overmatched. Brett is a freshman.
“He’s going to be good but he’s green. He got to go today because we had a guy who was over weight. He’ll probably go back to the JV right now.”
But the Lowell coach was very optimnistic about the wrestling state touranment, which comes up very quickly after the holidays.
“I think we’ve got maybe five people we can get down state,” said Howard. “Maybe six.”
MAT NOTES: CP rolled over Chesterton 63-6 in DAC competition earlier last week.
Lowell football running back George Fields was apparently talked into coming out for the wrestling team.
Fields was pinned at 182 pounds by Valpo’s semistate qualifier Luke Davis. But wrestling at 195 against Jefferson, Fields pinned Jeff’s Joe Rogers in the final round of competition.
“I wrestled in middle school,” said Fields, who gained more than 1,800 yards on the football field this past season. “I was about 180 pounds during the football season. They want me to get down to 170.”
Lowell veteran Kenny Hughes, who won at 171 Saturday, is a 160-pounder for the state tournament.
Coach Bobby Howard said that the Devils want to wrestle Bronson Bigbie at 182 and Ryan Paterson at 195.
In the final bout of the final match, Lowell’s Issac James pinned Dustin Baldwin in the first period. James had lost twice earlier in the day at 171 pounds.
“He’s a freshman who can’t beat Kenny (Hughes) out at 160,” explained Howard. “In dual meets, we try to bump Kenny up to 171 sometimes so Issac can go at 160. He really weighs about 155 pounds.”
The Bulldogs were without Quentin Klingberg (heavyweight) and Dusty Schurg (152) Saturday, both due to concussions.
Dusty Schurg, a senior and past state qualifier, wasn’t with the team during the 11-hour marathon meet Saturday and his return date is not certain.