New Prarie's Chris Trent wrestles with Valparaiso's Tyler Schwartz in the championship match of 106 pounders during the wrestling regional on Saturday, in Crown Point. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
CROWN POINT wrestling regional
2-2-13, at Crown Point - top 4 qualify for the Merrillville Semistate on Feb. 9
106 pounds - 1st (NP) Chris Trent (35-2)
10-2 over (V) Tyler Schwartz (31-12)
3rd - (CP) Riley Akers (25-4); 4th (HC) Issac Cortez (33-7)
113 pounds - (HC) Stephan Micic (40-0) pinned (Glenn) Austin Coach (31-7) 1:41
3rd (V) Alex Bravo (27-6); 4th (LP) Zach Wells (28-22)
120 pounds - 1st (LOWELL) Drew Hughes (32-1)
pinned (CP) Brett Ervin (18-12) 1:34
3rd (JG) Andrew Frey (33-4); 4th (C) Matt Estill (21-15)
126 pounds - 1st (CP) Josh Fuqua (27-0)
2nd (V) Max Buckley (13-8)
3rd (LOWELL) Jake Gross (27-8); 4th (HC) Evan Larsen (30-12)
132 pounds - 1st (CP) Trevor Burlison (28-5) 4-1 over
(V) Ricardo Rosario (23-16)
3rd (Glenn) James Fry (33-5); 4th (C) Jack Davison (20-13)
138 pounds - 1st (CP) Darden Schurg (314-1) 10-6 over
(V) Mack Neal (33-10)
3rd (KV) Jimmy Mariach (20-4); 4th (LP) Antwan Wordlaw (31-17)
145 pounds - 1st (C) Chris Katsafaros (37-1) pinned
(LOWELL) Mitch Roadruck (33-4)
3rd (CP) Tyler Burlison (17-6); 4th (NP) Cody MacLeod (33-12)
152 pounds - 1st (CP) Dusty Schurg (23-2) 17-1 (tech fall) over (KV) Beau Tauber (34-11)
3rd (NP) Dalton Escobedo (44-2); 4th (K) Kevin Land (18-10)
160 pounds - 1st (LOWELL) Kenny Hughes (36-0) pinned (CP) Dax Jones (27-9) 2:34
3rd (JG) Adam Dodson (39-2); 4th (NP) Wade Young (37-8)
170 pounds - 1st (LaPorte) Mike Eldridge (41-6) 5-1 over (V) Luke Davis (11-11)
3rd (KV) John Morrison (22-12); 4th (CP) Jacob Hazi (23-11)
182 pounds - 1st (HC) Tyler Scott (39-2) 4-2 over (CP) Matt Langbehn (22-12)
3rd (KV) Tim Schoonveld (30-6) 4th (V) Darius Glen (23-14)
195 pounds - 1st (CP) Morgan Kral (33-0) pinned (LOWELL) Ryan Patterson (30-6) 4:29
3rd (KV) Joel Bolen (38-8); 4th (V) Derrick Suttles (30-12)
220 pounds - 1st (LaPorte) Ben Standifer (42-9) pinned (NP) Don Stanish (39-7) 3:52
3rd (KV) Matt Berdine (30-4) 4th: (CP) Steve Potoskey (25-7)
HEAVYWEIGHT - Josh Bartoszek (37-3) 3-2 over (C) Riley Harlow (34-8)
3rd (CP) Quentin Klingberg (14-5)
4th (LP) Landon Blackburn (32-15)
Updated: February 19, 2013 8:51AM
CROWN POINT — The regional level of the Indiana state wrestling tournament is like a day at work. A midweek day. Not Monday but certainly not payday.
You need to win enough to advance, but the semistate is the next week and that’s where the state finals payoff comes into play. Individuals don’t seem to really celebrate winning a regional championship.
But if it’s the team? Especially now that there’s no “team wrestling” state tournament, to be on the regional championship team stands alone.
For Crown Point to win the Crown Point regional with 207 team points over second place Valparaiso (122) and third place Lowell (105.5), meant almost as much to the Bulldogs wrestlers as their own personal fate last Saturday.
“I was tired of winning by points,” said Crown Point’s Morgan Kral, who was defeated Lowell’s Ryan Patterson for the fourth time this year at 195 pounds. “I was trying to help the team win the regional so I wanted to win by as many points as I could. Plus I wanted to get the No. 1 spot for the semistate.”
When the normally mellow Kral, still just a sophomore, pinned Patterson (30-6) for the regional title, he showed a rare outward burst of enthusiasm, high fiving coach Scott Vlink. The mission was accomplished.
“I did what I wanted to do,” Morgan said. “Winning the regional and getting the number one seed for semistate. Whoever I face (at the semistate) I just want to wrestle to the best of my ability.
“My goal is to be up on the podium, in the top three at state.’
Vlink took pride in the team title in the season after 2012 state champions Tyler Kral (Purdue) and Jason Tsirtsis (Northwestern) graduated.
“Everyone thought we’d be down this year,” said Vlink with a smile “Tsirtsis is gone. Tyler Kral is gone. Maybe next year we’ll be down.
“All our kids stepped it up today. We’re rounding into form at just the right time.”
Crown Point had five regional champions on the day. Hanover Central had three while Lowell and LaPorte had two each.
There were a couple of close battles at 182 and in the heavyweight division but all the other results were very much expected.
“We thought we’d have three champs,” said HC coach Nick Petrov. “I don’t think we’re the smallest school here. There’s Knox and LaVille. John Glenn and us are about the same size.”
Senior heavyweight Josh Bartoszek (37-3) held off Chesterton’s Riley Harlow (34-8) 3-2 for the regional title and 182-pound junior Tony Scott (39-2) turned back rival Matt Langbehn of CP 4-2 for his first regional championship medal.
At 113 pounds, junior Stephan Micic (40-0), the 2012 state champ at 106, continued his march towards another state finals.
“All three were a big deal,” said Petrov. “Bartoszek is not a big heavyweight. He really is only about 230. He could be wrestling in the 220 pound class. Very agile. Got a real nice physique. Scott beating Langbehn for the third time this year, that’s not easy to do and he may have to do it again.
“Stephan is very focused. There’s a scary situation when you have not been challenged. Whether you like it or not, you can lull yourself into a sense of relaxation that shouldn’t exist. He’s got a goal and a plan and he can’t overlook anyone. He’s got to get the job done. We had two regional champs last year. We’ve had two or three regional champs before. We’re pretty proud.”
Lowell seniors Mitch Roadruck (145) and Ryan Patterson (195) were pinned in the regional finals, but they advanced as runners-up with a decent chance to reach the Feb.16 state finals.
Lowell’s brother team of junior 160-pounder Kenny Hughes (36-0) and freshman 120-pounder Drew Hughes (32-1) continued to win decisively and both will be top seeds at Merrillville next week on the way to what they hope is the state championship night.
Crown Point’s Darden (138) and Dusty (160) Schurg both won easily and set themselves up as favorites to place in the top three at the semistate, which is required to advance to the state finals.
Senior Crown Point twin brothers Trevor and Tyler Burlison both advanced to the semistate with Trevor winning a 4-1 decision over Valparaiso’s Ricardo Rosario at 132 pounds and Tyler losing to favored Chris Katsafaros 9-3 in the semifinals by taking third place at 145 with a 3-0 victory over New Prairie’s Cody MacLoed (33-12).
“It’s do or die now,” Trevor said. “What ever happens, it’s the last time so we have to go all out. We don’t talk about it. It’s just obvious.
“Next week, we definitely look to be first. Can we both get to the state finals? I hope so. There will be a lot of tough comnpetition.”
REGIONAL NOTES: Hanover Central heavyweight Josh Bartoszek has three losses but two of them were to wrestlers in Illinois.
“I lost to one Indiana kid, Mike Padgett of Gavit,” said Bartoszek. “And I’ve beaten him twice. It (the loss) was just a bad day.”
Bartoszek said he doesn’t look forward at potential matchups.
“No,” he explained. “Because it might not happen and then I’ve wasted a lot of time thinking about soemthing that won’t happen.”
Hanover coach Nick Petrov spoke to the wrestling tradition of his school, led by college national champion and Olympic hopeful Andrew Howe, as being strong enough to push present-day students to be better than they otherwise would be.
“I think that in wrestling it’s extremely important,” Petrov said. “Eric Howe is one of our assistants. But the tradition has to be a solid tradition. It can’t be something that’s partly madeup. We had some state champs before I got here but we haven’t had a losing season in nine years. I think we’re 150 wins and 28, 29 losses. We wrestle a pretty tough schedule and we’ve had 18 state qualifiers, 16 medalists and five state champs in eight years, not counting this year.
“When you put that in persepective, it’s very big. We’ve held the Laske County championships (at Hanover) two years in a row. We had 80 volunteers show up. It’s easy to run a tournament when you have 80 volunteers.
“Andrew Howe will call Stephan on the phone. He’ll call Paul (gradauted state champ Paul Petrov). Paul and Stephan communicate back and forth. That camaraderie. Not just at our program but in wrestling in general.”