Wrestling: LC wins third straight Lake County Tournament crown
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent January 5, 2013 10:18PM
Hanover Central's Stevan Micic (left) wrestles to victory over Calumet's William Jiminez in their 113 pound weight class at the Lake County Wrestling Tournament at Hanover Central in Cedar Lake, Ind. Saturday January 5, 2013. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 7, 2013 6:51AM
CEDAR LAKE — Nobody could blame Lake Central’s Gelen Robinson if he was a little fatigued.
Robinson got in at 1 a.m., from Texas where he participated in a football combine. Robinson, the 220-pound Lake County champion, had two pins, a forfeit and a technical fall to help the Indians win their third straight Lake County Tournament title.
The Indians outdistanced runner-up Hanover Central 273-247. LC had three other champions on the day — Matt Lechowicz at 120, Jake Sebahar at 145 and Kodie Christenson at 152.
“Everyone wrestled well on our team today,” said Lake Central coach Rod Wartman. “Matt and Gelen obviously are our leaders, but I am so proud of Kodie and Jake. They won their first tournament championships today. They’ve been close so many times, second places and they finally got their first championship wins today. We stressed that we needed everybody to score points today and all 14 wrestlers scored points for us today. It was a total team effort.”
Hanover actually trailed Hobart by two points for second place heading into the heavyweight final match between Hanover’s Josh Bartoszk and Gavit’s Mike Pajdzik. Bartoszk’s 5-1 decision and the four team points awarded for the win helped keep the Wildcats in second place, edging Hobart 247-245.
Isaac Cortez defended his title at 106 pounds and Stevan Micic won the county title for the third straight year and was awarded the John Willems Outstanding Wrestler award. Micic had a forfeit and three pins on the day at 113 pounds. Willems was a Hanover coach who died a little more than a year ago.
“This award probably means more to me than the actual championship just for what it means,” Micic said. “I’m really proud of Josh (Bartoszk), that was a key win and the rest of my team, we also had a lot of seconds and thirds today.”
Hobart tied Hanover with three champions on the day — Tony Vasquez had a 7-4 decision over Munster’s Zach Slosser at 138, Scottie Sopko had a 9-2 decision over Calumet’s Nate Fowler at 170 and Tony Rodriguez had an impressive 11-2 major decision over Hanover’s Tyler Scott at 182.
Ryan Brown from River Forest held off Calumet’s Alec Noworal 3-2 to win at 126 pounds. Calumet’s Doriante Bryant downed Hanover’s John Reeves to win at 132. Highland’s Mark Maldonado recorded his 100th career win and a county title with a 3-1 overtime decision over Bishop Noll’s Damian Gomez at 160 and Gavit’s Derrick Medley had a 14-2 major decision over East Chicago’s Robert Rivera to win the 195 pound title.