Wrestling: Host Lowell loses a squeaker to Perry Meridian
By Kevin O’Keefe Star correspondent December 23, 2013 12:08PM
Lowell's Kenny Hughes pins Kokomo's Jesse Johnson with :33 remaining in the 1st match at Lowell High School on December 20, 2013. | Jim Karczewski\For Sun-Times Media
3. Crown Point
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Denton Schurg, Crown Point
Won 9-7 at 145 pounds as the Bulldogs topped Lake Central 49-13 on Thursday.
Updated: December 23, 2013 12:09PM
LOWELL — Lowell freshman Lucas Finger weighed in Saturday morning at 96.4 pounds, but he had the weight of his Red Devils teammates on his shoulders, as he needed to pin his 106-pound opponent from Perry Meridian to give Lowell the title.
Finger had a 9-3 decision over Roming Thaiop, but the Falcons held on for a 33-31 victory to go 5-0 and win the Lowell Invitational. The Falcons are ranked No. 1 in the state and were the 2011 and 2012 team state champions.
“There were a couple of spots and matches that we thought we should have won,” said Lowell coach Bobby Howard. “You have to take your hat off to them, they were well-coached and they knew what they needed to win.”
Another Lowell freshman, Colton Cummings, who is ranked No. 5 in the state at 106 pounds, bumped up to 113 and pinned David Clayton to get the Red Devils off to a good start.
“It was a good experience today but it all came down to a couple of take downs here or there,” said Cummings, who went 5-0 on the day to remain undefeated on the season. “I have my sights set on winning state.”
Drew (138 pounds) and Kenny Hughes (160 pounds) also went 5-0 in the meet and both had technical falls in the championship match and Isaac James (170 pounds) also went 5-0. His pin gave the Red Devils a 25-18 lead.
Max Steward got a two-point near fall with 12 seconds left in his match at 195 pounds that gave Lowell a 28-24 lead, but Ben Tassoff (220 pounds) pinned Lowell’s Kyle Deutsch to give the Falcons a 30-28 lead that they never relinquished. Alex Mavros had an 8-3 decision to win at 152 pounds.
Kankakee Valley went 3-2 on the day and had three unbeaten wrestlers — Michael Mikovetz (145 pounds), Tim Schoonveld (182 pounds) and Dylan Jackson (195 pounds). Al Berdine (220 pounds) and Koy Schmidt (170 pounds) went 4-1 on the day.
Clark’s Chris Diaz went 5-0 at 120 pounds and Ismael Quintanilla went 4-1 at 132 pounds for the 2-3 Pioneers. Andrean went 1-4 on the day, but Lucas Berber (285 pounds) pinned Manteno’s Max Aicher to give the 59ers a 38-36 lead and Jack Walton had a decision to give the 59ers a 41-36 victory in that match.
Mike Krzyston (4-1 at 138 pounds) Adam Kopil (3-0 at 220 pounds) and Miguel Perez (4-1 at 120 pounds) had strong days for the 59ers.