On Campus: South Lake County wrestlers shine in tournaments
South Lake County wrestlers continue to sparkle at the college level with high placements in recent tournaments.
Bucknell’s Paul Petrov (Hanover Central) carried a nine-bout winning streak into the Southern Scuffle, finishing with a 3-2 record in the wrestling tournament.
The 125-pound sophomore from Cedar Lake improved his record to 14-6.
Indianapolis’ Cam Brady (Lowell) ranks fourth in the 149-pound weight class with a 14-1 record that includes a second-place finish in the Midwest Classic.
Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis (Crown Point) improved his record to 16-2 with a 17-4 victory over Indiana’s Eric Roach in a Big Ten dual meet. Earlier the 149-pound redshirt freshman cemented a fifth-place finish in the prestigious 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Invitational by thumping George Mason’s Blake Roulo 18-4.
Wabash’s Mark Maldonado (Highland) owns a 5-6 record at 157 pounds in his freshman season.
Indianapolis is gunning for its fourth straight NCAA tournament. The Greyhounds improved to 9-0 behind Tyrae Robinson’s (Gary/Bowman) season-best 21-point effort at Missouri S&T. The 6-2 senior improved his average to 11.9 points by sinking 8-of-8 free throws. His percentage from the line is .795 (35/44).
First-year member Loyola is celebrating its first Missouri Valley Conference victory, a stunning 89-57 blowout of Missouri State. Senior guard Joe Crisman (Munster) grabbed a team-high five rebounds and scored seven points. He went 3-for-3 from the field against the visiting Bears, who carried an 11-2 record into the game.
Wabash’s Pete Nicksic (Valparaiso/Andrean) has only played 11 minutes in the last two games because of a back injury. He was averaging 9.4 points and 6.6 rebounds before going down in a pre-game warmup drill. The 6-7 senior’s season-best was 19 points against Oberlin.
Ball State’s Jake Brehmer (Valparaiso) scored a career-best 284.70 to win the one-meter event at the Coers Invitational, then followed up in the Eastern Michigan Invtational with fourth and sixth-place finishes in the one and three meter events, respectively.