Wrestling: Crown Point takes six titles on way to another Carnahan championship
By Terry Turner Post-Tribune correspondent December 15, 2012 11:26PM
Crown Point's Trevor Burlison (right) tries to take down Hammond High's Markis Smith in the 132lb championship match during the Crown Point Carnahan wrestling invite held at Crown Pont High School on Saturday December 15, 2012. Burlison went on to win the match. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 17, 2013 6:51AM
CROWN POINT — Crown Point wrestling coach Scott Vlink was in a familiar position after the Carl W. Carnahan Memorial Invitational Tournament on Saturday afternoon. He was coach of the championship team yet again.
Over his 33 years as the Bulldogs coach, Vlink has coached enough Carnahan Memorial Invitational champions that he can’t quite remember the number. But it is one award he will gladly pick up any year, and it is a repeat of last year’s win.
“We’ve won quite a few years in a row,” Vlink said. “This is a good tournament to win. After all, it is named after our first coach, Carl Carnahan.”
Crown Point finished ahead of Lyons Township 248.5-190. Hanover Central was third at 152.5, followed by Knox at 126, South Bend Washington (110.5), Morton (99), Lake Station (80), Hammond (44) and Lew Wallace (44).
The invitational also is a good barometer of how Vlink’s wrestlers are preparing themselves for this season’s IHSAA tournament, which will not have a team championship this year.
Crown Point won six individual championships, and as Vlink noted, “we placed 12 out of 14 wrestlers in the top three positions, and everybody picked up at least a fifth-place finish. It’s a good view of where we can be in respect to the state tourney.”
One first-place finish the Bulldogs didn’t pick up was at 113, where Hanover Central junior Stevan Micic not only was champion, but picked up two individual awards, including MVP.
Micic, now 13-0, defeated Crown Point’s Daylan Schurg on a first-period pin at 1:28. Micic is coming off a 48-0 state championship season last year.
“It was pretty easy today, but you just can’t take anyone for granted,” said Micic, who said he came in expecting to just put in some hard work.
Crown Point got firsts from Austin Torres at 106; Josh Fuqua, 126; Trevor Burlison, 132 (his brother Tyler was second at 145); Darden Schurg, 138; Dax Jones, 160; and Morgan Kral, 195.
Jones, who defeated South Bend Washington’s D’Angelo Herron on a pin at 5:16, in particular, was pleased with his first-place finish.
“I wrestled a little better than I usually do,” Jones, who is now 15-3, said. “I felt more confident today, and it kind of showed. I tried to get my nerves under control.”
Fuqua, a junior, is now 15-0 after a pin of Lyons Township’s Brian Krueger; and teammate Kral, who is now 20-0 after his win over Lyons’ 16-3 Justin Fuller, won a 7-1 decision.
“I did what I expected, I wasn’t afraid of anything,” Kral said.
Trevor Burlison is now 16-3, and he picked up a pin at 3:38 over Hammond’s Markis Smith. He has only one goal — state.
Morton’s Ruben Rodriguez, a 13-1 junior, was a champion at 120. He pinned Justin Stephens of S.B. Washington at 5:25. Rodriguez qualified last year for the semistate, and he wants to be successful in the tourney this year, though he admits his team is struggling.
Lake Station sophomore Manuel Guererra (5-1) defeated another Washington wrestler, Treyshawn Jones, on a quick pin, 0:40.
Knox’s Garrett Majchzak, who is now 7-0 after the 170 Carnahan win, is coming off a football injury. He defeated Washington’s Michael Bates in a late score in a 6-5 decision.