HS postseason notebook: Stevan Micic beats future standout
Post-Tribune staff report February 23, 2014 7:58PM
Hanover Central's Stevan Micic takes down Penn's Zachary Davis in the 126lb final at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 22, 2014. | Jim Karczewski\Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 23, 2014 9:28PM
Stevan Micic’s reaction to winning his third straight state title was relatively subdued on Saturday night.
The Hanover Central senior 126-pounder actually showed more emotion earlier on Saturday, after his 10-3 semifinal win over highly touted Evansville Mater Dei freshman Nick Lee, who had entered the match undefeated.
Micic waved his arms to the crowd to get loud, then cupped his hand to his ear.
“Nick Lee, he’s a great wrestler,” Micic said after his 10-5 win over Penn senior Zachary Davis for the championship. “He’s a freshman, and everyone was, like, ‘Hey, this kid’s going to be the kid, this kid’s going to be the kid.’ Well, I know Nick’s tough, but I just think I’m a senior this year; I’m ranked No. 1 in the country. He’s going to be an up-and-coming guy like that too, but he’ll have his time.
“He’s going to be a really good wrestler. Senior year, he’s going to be wanted by everybody. Awesome to have competition like that in my state.”
After losing to Micic, Lee placed third, winning his consolation match by technical fall.
Door slightly ajar?: After winning his second consecutive undefeated 220-pound state title, Purdue linebacker-to-be Gelen Robinson said he was looking forward to beginning his career with the Boilermakers. He then was asked if he had wrestled his last match.
“This will most likely be my last match — not 100 percent, but it’s almost there,” the Lake Central senior said.
Marcano rallies to make regional: Hobart junior Juan Marcano finished the LaPorte Sectional diving preliminaries in fourth place trailing, Valparaiso’s Nicholas Schwartz 266.50-237.95.
But Marcano nailed his last three dives with scores of 51.60, 40.25 and 40.00 to finish in third place with a score of 369.80, edging Schwartz, who finished at 368.75. Portage’s Brandon Crosby (407.80) and John Fannin (487.80) all move on to the Penn Regional on Tuesday.
There were also a number of near misses in state qualifying times Saturday. Valparaiso’s Isaiah Parrish missed the state cut of 1:43.99 in the 200 free with a time of 1:44.40.
The Viking 400 free relay team of Darian Low, Trevor Mahlmann, Parrish and Andrew Antonetti missed the state cut time of 3:13.96 with a by 0.29. Chesterton’s Andy Hurst had a 200 IM time of 1:57.83 against a state cut time of 1:56.75 and Josh VanNevel was oh so close in the 500 free, missing the cut by 0.13.
29 years is a long time: Chicago Bears’ fans can tell you how long a period that is because 29 years ago was the last time the team won a Super Bowl.
That’s also when Munster began its domination of area boys swimming which continued Saturday with another sectional title at Munster, adding to a state record.
“It means a lot,” said Mustang coach Matt Pavlovich. “I don’t keep track of that but the kids and the parents do. It means a lot for our program as far as the pride that we have and it’s always good to win in your home pool. It felt good to win but more importantly the boys swam well and that’s what it’s all about.”
And considering the top two Seahorses, Joseph Gardner and Wilson Beckman, are only juniors (they picked up four wins between them on Saturday), the streak has a good chance of beginning its third decade.
“It’s amazing,” Beckman said. “Now we’re keeping it going and we shouldn’t lose for a while.”
Penn defense too much: West Side shot 53.2 percent from the floor in the Class 4A Penn Regional semifinal win against Northridge. The Cougars were held to just 27.9 percent from the floor in the regional championship game loss to Penn.
West Side made just 12 field goals against the Kingsmen. The team had 12 in the first half against Northridge and 25 in the game.
“Give Penn some credit. The defense was pretty good,” West Side coach Rodney Fisher said. “Every time Dana (Evans) put the ball on the floor there were three people in her face. And she still helped bring us back. We just did too much dribble, dribble instead of getting any kind of flow.”
Staff writers Michael Osipoff and LaMond Pope, and correspondents Kevin O’Keefe and Tommy Williams contributed