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Wrestling: Hanover edges Lake Central, ends Lake County tourney drought

Hanover Central's Stevan Micic tries pLake Station's JasAlaniz 126lb match Hanover Central January 11 2014. | Jim Karczewski\for Sun-Times Media

Hanover Central's Stevan Micic tries to pin Lake Station's Jason Alaniz in the 126lb match at Hanover Central on January 11, 2014. | Jim Karczewski\for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 13, 2014 7:02AM



CEDAR LAKE — Hanover Central has been close before but has never gotten over the hump at the Lake County Tournament — until this year. The Wildcats knocked off three-time defending champ Lake Central 283.5-258.5.

“I’ve been here 10 years, we’ve been second four or five times, I think the worst we’ve ever been was fifth, but we’ve never won this,” Hanover coach Nick Petrov said. “I am so proud of our kids, especially our seniors. We wrestled hard today and to win a tournament like this every one of our kids has to place.”

The Wildcats had two champions. Tyler Scott pinned Clark’s Rene Zamora to win at 195 pounds and senior Stevan Micic won at 126 for his fourth county title while being named Most Outstanding Wrestler.

“Yeah, it was pretty awesome to win this,” Micic said. “We’ve been pumped all week and we worked hard in practice this week focusing on this.”

It was a great day for the freshmen as they started off the championship round with three consecutive wins.

Griffith freshman Jeremiah Reitz (106) pinned Hanover’s Isaac Cortez at 1:37, Munster freshman Jason Crary (113) pinned Lake Central’s Zach Pardus at 3:24 and Hobart freshman Brendan Black backed up his Harvest title with a Lake County title by pinning Hanover’s D.J. Neil at 1:15 to win at 120 pounds.

“I feel pretty good, winning the Harvest and now here,” Black said. “I don’t go out there thinking, gee, I’m a freshman, I just go out there and wrestle and whatever happens on the mat happens. My goal this year is to at least place in state if not win it.”

Black was joined by Brickie teammate Scottie Sopko who won his third consecutive county championship at 170 pounds.

Lake Central had four champions, Jake Sebahar won his second consecutive county championship at 145 pounds, Cody Christenson won at 152, Jake Kleimola won at 160 pounds and Gelen Robinson won his third county championship at 220 pounds.

Calumet’s Alec Noworul (132) and Nick Fowler (182) went home county champions as did River Forest’s Robert Yanez (285), and Andrean junior Mike Krzyston won his first county championship at 138 pounds.

“I guess the third time is a charm,” Krzyston said. “There are really two tournaments in our area, this and the Harvest, where I get a good look at my competition. I went into the championship confident. I knew it would be tough but I just kept on wrestling and I am trying to get Andrean wrestling back on the map.”



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