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Wrestling: North Newton beats SB Washington to repeat as champs at Lake Station

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North Newton's Adam Davis pins the shoulders of South Bend Washington's Da'Shaia Young while waiting for the referee to call the match in the 145lb division at Lake Station High School on Saturday November 17, 2012. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 19, 2012 4:02PM



LAKE STATION — North Newton jumped out to a 30-0 lead and cruised to a 39-23 win over South Bend Washington and defended its title at the fourth annual Danny Chavez Invitational on Saturday in Lake Station.

The rallying cry of the day was “win this for Bruce.” Bruce Cunningham, the longtime Spartans wrestling coach, couldn’t be at the tournament as he is in Indianapolis training National Guardsmen for deployment.

“Yep, I would say that we wanted to win this for Bruce,” Spartan scoach Russ Sonaty said. “We had some boys who came to wrestle today and we really wanted to win this one for Coach Cunningham.”

The Spartans got off to a great start with a Humberto Trevino winning a forfeit at 106.

Leo Espino overcame a 7-5 deficit and pinned Tondrew Tyler in 5:42 at 113 pounds.

Matt Morrison got a forfeit win at 120 and Jake Koselke and Kyle Svetich had falls at 126 and 132 to build a lead that the Panthers could not overcome.

Washington finally got on the board as Delmarius Stalling had an 18-1 technical fall over Demi Kikalos at 138.

Adam Davis pinned Da’Shaia Young at 145 to make it 36-5 before the Panthers ran off four straight decisions to make the score 36-17.

Rex Deal sealed the deal for the Spartans with a 7-1 decision over Austin Cossel at 195. A Spartans forfeit made the final score 39-23 in favor of the Spartans.

“This is a great tournament to open up with, all the teams are evenly matched and it’s very competitive.” said Panthers coach Tommy McWilliams.

“We gave away 18 points on forfeits or things could have been different. This is my third season here and we are trying to build our program. We have a good mixture of seniors and underclassmen.

Kelly Kolat, Washington’s 170-pound senior was named the outstanding wrestler of the tournament, going 5-0 with three pins and two decisions.

“I had a good week of practice,” said Kolat. “I worked hard all week and I wanted to come in here, wrestle hard and get a few matches under my belt. I went 5-0 with three pins and two decisions but it would have been nice to win it.”

Morton defeated Whiting 43-30 for third place.



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