Wrestling: Merrillville takes two individual crowns, sends seven to state
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent February 9, 2013 11:26PM
Lake Central junior Gelen Robinson wrestles Harrison sophomore Seth Meyer during their 220-pound match for the semi-state wrestling championship Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Merrillville High School in Merrillville, Ind. Robinson pinnded Meyer for the semi-state championship in the 220-pound weight class. | Scott M. Bort~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 11, 2013 6:59AM
MERRILLVILLE — It was getting late at the Merrillville Semistate, meaning someone had to do something to help move things along. Which is why it’s a good thing to have Lake Central’s Gelen Robinson around.
In the 220-pound final, Robinson won his match against Harrison’s Seth Meyer. Total time of the win: 47 seconds.
It’s been a long day and I just wanted to work on some of my moves,” Robinson said. “I was pretty happy with the way I performed.”
Robinson’s win, considering his record of 44-0, was not a surprise. Neither was Merrillville winning the semistate meet with 115 points with Penn coming in second (98.0)and Crown Point third with 85.5.
Lowell finished fifth with 65 points while Portage finished sixth (54).
The number of first-place finishers (two) may have been a slight surprise for the Pirates, who had seven No. 1 seeds in the meet, but seven Merrillville wrestlers clinched berths in the state finals.
“Getting the guys to the next weekend is what we look for,” Pirates coach Louis Vega said. “The major drive is to keep them alive for one more week. With seven guys going down state, that’s pretty good.”
Two of those seven took home semistate gold with Bobby Steveson (35-0) repeating as champ at 170 pounds and freshman Shawn Streck winning his bout at 285.
Crown Point had two first-place finishers and just missed a third with Trevor Burlison taking home the 132 pound title while Dustin Schurg winning at 152 pounds. Josh Fuqua suffered his first loss at 126 pounds when his potential bout winning take down was ruled out of bounds.
Hanover Central’s Stevan Micic defended his 113 pound title while staying unbeaten at 44-0 while Lowell’s Drew Hughes continued his successful freshman season with a win at 120.
Highland’s Mark Maldonaldo (36-1) took the 160-pound title.