Wrestling: Morton cruises to title at Lake Station
By KEVIN O’KEEFE Post-Tribune correspondent November 23, 2013 11:10PM
Morton's Rickie Rodriguez flips Leo Espino of North Newton over his head in the 120 pound weight class the 5th annual Danny Chavez Wrestling Invitational in Lake Station, In., on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. | John Smierciak/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 25, 2013 6:47AM
LAKE STATION — Morton went a perfect 5-0 and won the fifth annual Danny Chavez Wrestling Invitational on Saturday at Lake Station.
The Governors defeated Andrean 60-22, Lake Station 48-26 and Boone Grove 78-6 to set up a Round 4 match against two-time defending champion North Newton.
No problem for the Governors as they had seven pins against the Spartans and won convincingly 63-18 to set up a championship match against South Bend Washington.
The Governors got four straight pins from Rickie Rodriguez (120 pounds at 29 seconds), Ruben Rodriguez (126 pounds at 3:38), T.J. Mielenz (132 pounds at 1:50) and Bryan Tate (138 pounds at 1:31) to blow open a 6-6 match and give the Governors a 30-6 lead.
Isaiah Walker had a 4-0 decision at 145 pounds, while Jordan Stromquist had a 13-4 major decision.
Christian Perez, Andrew Key and Diamante Noble picked up forfeit wins for Morton on the way to the 49-24 win.
“Jordan Stromquist and Bryan Tate were both 5-0 today,” Morton coach Kevin Persley said.
“Last year when we yelled half to Jordan he didn’t know what we were telling him but he has worked very hard and we knew Bryan would compete. I am happy because this was our first goal of the year to win this but I’m not completely satisfied. We need to find a way to get more points out of bigger guys.”
The Rodriguez brothers, Rickie and Ruben, each went 5-0 on the day with Ruben winning the Outstanding Wrestler award and Rickie pinning J.D. Brittain in 29 seconds in the championship match.
“It was fun, I came out here today to have fun but I started off a little slow in the first match,” Ruben said.
“I kind of had the jitters in the first period but after that I started getting in the flow of things, I had three first-period pins and two second-period pins, but I asked Rickie after that 29-second pin, why did you have to put the pressure on me like that?”
Also having an impressive day was East Chicago Central’s Justin Gomez at 132 pounds. Gomez was 5-0 and had four pins and a double overtime win.