CP seniors look for sectional gold
By Mark Smith email@example.com January 22, 2013 12:20PM
Crown Point seniors Tyler, left, and Trevor Burlison during the DAC wrestling championships on Saturday, January 12, 2012, in Crown Point. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media
CROWN POINT wrestling Sectional
Jan. 26, 2013 at Crown Point - Top four individuals in each weight class advance to the Crown Point Regional on Feb. 2.
SECTIONAL TEAMS (9) ANDREAN, BOONE GROVE, CROWN POINT, HANOVER CENTRAL, Hebron, Kankakee Valley, LOWELL, Valparaiso, Wheeler.
Northwest Crossroads Conference Champiosnhip
1. LOWELL 252; 2. Hobart 221.5; 3. Kankakee Valley 217; 4. Griffith 142.5; 5. Munster 108; 6. Highland 106; 7. Andrean 82.
Jan. 12, 2013
106 - Clarke Smith (LOWELL) 6-4 over Logan Kidwell (KV)
113 - Connor Zunica (Mun) 10-3 over Camden Vizena (Hobart)
120 - Drew Hughes (LOWELL) pinned AJ Hamstra (KV) 1:12.
126 - Jake Gross (LOWELL) 6-2 over Mike Nava (KV).
132 - Alex Metz (Hobart) 10-4 over Mike Krzyston (A)
138 - Tony Vasquez (Hobart) 7-4 over Jimmy Marich (KV)
145 - Mitch Roadruck (LOWELL) pinned Justin Leon (Hobart) 4:48.
152 - Beau Tauber (KV) won by forfeit.
160 - Kenny Hughes (LOWELL) 5-1 over Mark Maldonado (High)
170 - Scottie Sopko (Hobart) 14-3 over John Morrison (KV)
182 - Tony Rodriguez (Hobart) 7-2 over Timmy Schoonveld
195 - Joel Bolen (KV) 4-2 (OT) over Ryan Patterson (LOWELL).
220 - Matt Berdine (KV) 3-0 over Jon Ramirez (Hobart)
285 - Joe Reed (LOWELL) 5-3 over Nathan Barragan (High)
In high school wrestling you want to do more than win the sectional. Everybody wants to be a state qualifier or at least a semistate qualifier.
But years from now, if you tell someone you were a sectional champion wrestler, everybody is pretty impressed. They don’t ask any more questions.
Crown Point’s large senior class wants to win the sectional with as many of them taking individual sectional crowns as possible.
Achieving the first goal is almost certain. CP, which has won 24 wrestling sectionals, has won the last 10 years in a row since Lowell won in 2002.
But how many individual sectional champs the Bullodgs will have this Saturday when the action begins at 9 a.m. is open to question.
Most of the big matchups on the CP mats this Saturday will pit boys from Crown Point, the Duneland Athletic Conference champion, against Lowell, the Northwest Crossroads Conference winner, although Hanover is heavily favored in one bracket.
At 113 pounds, Hanover Central’s Steve Micic, the defending state champ at 106, is the surest bet in the field. None of the other 113-poundrds ranked in the Top-16 are in this sectional.
The Lowell vs. CP showdowns may begin at 120, where undefeated Lowell freshman Drew Hughes will be favored over CP senior Brett Ervin. Hughes pinned Ervin on Jan. 5.
Jake Gross, who won the Northwest Crossroads Conference title on Jan. 12, faces CP’s undefeated Josh Fuqua, the DAC champ.
CP is hoping for a twin win at 132 and 145, where senior twin brothers Tyler and Trevor Burlison compete.
Trevor, who should be favored to win Saturday, was second to Portage’s Julian Torres in the DAC meet where Tyler was fourth at 145. Tyler Burlison will need an upset to take out Lowell senior Mitch Roadruck, the NCC champ.
At 138 and 152, CP brothers Darden and Dusty Schurg, who are both DAC champs, come in as favorites as do Lowell’s Drew and Kenny Hughes.
Kenny Hughes is undefeated at 160 and he’ll eventually battle CP sophomore Dax Jones (23-6), who was second at the DAC meet on Jan. 12, or Highland hopeful Mark Maldanado. Hughes has defeated both Jones and Maldanado this month.
At 170, Hobart’s Scott Sopko is heavily favored while CP senior Jacob Hazi (21-9) hopes to challenge as does Lowel’s Bronson Bigbie.
Hobart also has the favorite at 182 with Tony Rodriguez, the NCC champ. CP senior Matt Langbehn (22-10), who was second in the DAC meet, seems to be the top challenger.
At 195, KV’s Joel Bolen and Lowell’s Ryan Patterson may both get a chance to knock off CP’s undefeated sophomore Morgan Kral (30-0). Good luck with that.
Kral, ranked fourth in the state, had three pins at the DAC meet.
There doesn’t seem to be an obvious favorite at 215 or in the heavyweight division where NCC champ Joe Reed of Lowell may eventualy face CP senior Quentin Klingberg, the runner-up in the DAC.