Merrillville's Bobby Stevenson (left) wrestles Carroll's Riley LeFever in the state finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Saturday, February 16, 2013. | Erik Markov~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 19, 2013 12:18PM
With so many top wrestlers excelling in Northwest Indiana this season, you wondered who would be unbetaen on the finals day.
Lake Central junior Gelon Robinson (49-0) won the 220-pound weight class. Merrillville’s Bobby Steveson (39-0) topped the 170-pound field.
And Hanover Central’s Stevan Micic (48-0) won his second consecutive state championship with a 9-7 win over Penn’s Zach Davis.
Maybe we should have known.
The three underclasmen, undefeated all season, were not stopped on the final day, although Micic had a battle, defeating Davis for the third time this season.
Micic, a junior who pinned his first three opponents at the finals, becomes Hanover’s second multiple state wrestling champ, the first being college all-American and Olympic hopeful Andrew Howe, who won three titles.
Micic won the Merrillville semistate championship with a 19-4 victory over Davis (45-7).
Lowell’s Hughes brothers had an unsatisfying weekend down in Indianapolis. Because of semistate results, Kenny Hughes, ranked second in the state at 160 pounds, faced the top-ranked wrestler, Austin McCloskey (45-2) of Western Boone, and lost 11-3 Friday.
Hughes (39-2) lost to McCloskey at the state finals in 2012 as well.
Had both won semistate titles, they’d have been in oppposite brackets of the finals.
McCloskey advanced to the finals where he lost 2-1 to Perry Meridian senior Riley McClurg (37-3).
Kenny Hughes’ freshman brother Drew Hughes (29-2) charged into the final match at 120 pounds with three finals wins. But Warren Central junior Deondre Wilson (38-0) capped an undefeated season with a 6-2 win over the younger Hughes.
Crown Point had individual state champs five years in a row but was shut out this time.
Semistate champs Trevor Burlison (32-6) and Dusty Schurg (27-3) were beaten in the opening round Friday night. Junior Josh Fuqua (32-3) won Friday but was 1-2 in Saturday and placed sixth at 126.
Lowell’s Mitch Roadruck (38-7) won his Friday match but lost his first two matches Saturday and finsihed seventh with a victory over New Prairie’s Robbie Elsea (40-8).
Hanover heavyweight Josh Bartoszek (42-6) won Friday but was also 1-2 Saturday, placing sixth in the division.
Lowell’s Ryan Patterson (33-8) lost his first match at 195 and CP’s Ryan Langbehn (24-15) lost his opening match at 182 Friday night.
Perry Meridian (102.5) was the team state champion with Merrilvile (31) ninth and Hanover Central (11) 11th and Lowell 17th.
Merrillville freshman Shawn Streck (40-6) lost to eventual champion Donte Whitfield of Perry Meridian (41-2) in the quarterfinals Saturday by a 2-1 score. Streck finished seventh after a consolation victory.
Robinson, the Lake Central football star who placed third at 220 last year in state finals competition, won a battle of undefeated wrestlers in the finals at 220, scoring a 7-2 victory over Kokomo junior Fletcher Miller (50-1).