Wrestling: Dominating Crown Point wins five titles, qualifies 13 for semistate
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent February 2, 2013 11:24PM
Crown Point's Darden Schurg tosses Valparaiso's Mack Neal as they wrestle in the 138 pound championship match during the wrestling regional on Saturday, in Crown Point. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 4, 2013 6:56AM
CROWN POINT — Wrestlers are an interesting bunch.
They’re tough, disciplined, scrappy, grinders and survivors.
As a rule, a majority come with a great deal of intestinal fortitude.
Take Crown Point 132-pounder, Trevor Burlison, for example.
Burlison was so sick with the flu Thursday, a doctor told him he wouldn’t be able to wrestle at Saturday’s Crown Point Regional.
Ha-ha. Fat chance of that.
Burlison won all his matches, including a 4-1 decision over Valparaiso’s Ricardo Rosario to help the Bulldogs capture the regional title with 207 points.
Valparaiso was a distant second with 122, while Lowell (105.50) was third.
“It’s pretty much do or die now,’’ Burlison said. “Win or lose, it’s my last time. You’ve just got to go out there.’’
Crown Point coach Scott Vlink admired Burlison’s attitude.
“I have to give him a big shout-out,’’ he said. “It was really a gutty performance. He came out here (with) the flu and just did a tremendous job.’’
Josh Fuqua (126); Darden Schurg (138) and Dustin Schurg (152), along with Morgan Kral (195), all won titles for CP.
“We got 13 guys through (to next week’s Merrillville Semistate) and you can’t ask for much more than that,’’ Vlink said.
Kral improved to 35-0 with his three wins, which included a pin of Lowell’s Ryan Patterson (4:29) to take his second straight regional crown.
“This time, I went out with the mentality that I’m not going to win by points,’’ Kral said. “I wanted to go out and get a pin. I wanted to get the No. 1 seed for the semistate.’’
As he exited the mat, the mild-mannered Kral slapped a high-five on his coach.
“I was so ecstatic coming off the mat and getting a pin,’’ Kral said.
“I did exactly what I wanted to do out there. It’s another step toward what I want to accomplish this year. My goal is top three at state.’’
In a highly anticpated match between Chesterton’s Chris Katsafaros and Lowell’s Mitch Roadruck, Katsafaros pinned the Red Devils standout in 3:36 to improve to 37-1.
Katsafaros found himself in a precarious situation at one point, but scrambled out from Roadruck’s legs and then turned in.
“I took my right hand and grabbed his head, pulled it down and was able to turn him over,’’ Katsafaros said. “Then, I got my arm under his leg and pulled him back and got the near-side cradle. I like cradling people. I didn’t really expect a pin today, but I’ll take it.
We have different styles. He’s a really good scrambler, but I’d rather have a head-to-head smash-nose match.
“Mitch was the best competition I’ve had since Mishawaka (Al Smith Invite) and I’m happy we got to wrestle today. I respect him a lot. He said in the paper he was looking forward to wrestling me. I was looking forward to wrestling him, too.’’
Hanover Central wrestlers won three titles as Stevan Micic — the defending state champ at 106 — pinned John Glenn’s Austin Coach to win at 113 pounds this time.
Teammates Tyler Scott (182) and Josh Bartoszek (285) won their first regionals.
“It’s really a great feeling to win,’’ Scott said. “It’s all I was thinking about all week long — practicing hard and training for the regional. Josh is my practice partner and that really helps me a lot, too.’’
Scott, who took third place last year, edged CP’s Matt Langbehn, 4-2.
“I knew I needed to have more control of my shots and my finishes today,’’ he said. “You always want to be in control of your match. It was close. The key was not letting him score. I had to use my defense, watch for his shot and defend it.’’
Bartoszek came up with a key takedown to beat Chesterton’s Ryley Harlow, 3-2.
“He wrestles a little different in that he’s more of a shooter,’’
Bartoszek said. “We’re all shooters (at Hanover) so it wasn’t a hard thing to adjust to.’’
Bartoszek, now 37-3, just needed a takedown.
“I’d been waiting for one,’’ he said. “I knew what I had to do.’’
Lowell’s Drew Hughes (120) and Kenny Hughes (160); LaPorte’s Mike Eldridge (170) and Ben Standifer (220) also won titles.
“It feels so good to win,’’ said Kenny Hughes, who placed fourth two years ago and third last year at regional.