Wrestlers Break Scoring Record En Route to DAC Title
The Portage Wrestling team broke the Duneland Athletic Conference team scoring record en route to the outright DAC championship. The team amassed an impressive 275 points, distancing themselves from Crown Point (206 points). The Indian wrestling team went a combined 36-9 on its way to seven individual DAC champions, three runners-up, two thirds, a fourth, and a fifth-place finisher.
A Little Bit of Revenge
DJ Washington had a tournament to remember. Last Saturday, the junior bumped up to 160 pounds to compete against the IndianaMat #2 160 pounder Oszkar Kasch of Crown Point in the annual dual. Kasch took a 12-5 decision over Washington before some fireworks ensued.
This week Washington was seeded as the 3rd seed in a weight that featured the #1 at 160 pounds (Diego Lemley of Chesterton), #2 at 160 pounds (Oszkar Kasch of Crown Point) and #2 at 152 pounds (DJ). Washington took a 3:50 fall in the Quarterfinals of the tournament over Colin Kwiatkowski (Valparaiso). This victory set up a matchup between Kasch and Washington.
The match was everything that anyone could hope to see in a wrestling match. A takedown by Kasch in the first gave him a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. Kasch chose bottom to start the second and promptly escaped to make it 3-0. DJ shot a double which was stopped by Kasch and DJ immediately changed his shot to a single and brought a whizzered single to his feet and tripped Kasch for the takedown. Kasch converted a reversal to make the score 5-2 heading into the third period.
The wrestlers started the third period neutral. Both wrestlers were warned for stalling approximately 15 seconds apart. Resulting in both wrestlers receiving a point as it was both of their second warnings. DJ shot a single leg, cracked Kasch down to the mat, and covered for the takedown before ‘cutting’ Kasch to make it 7-5. DJ converted on a single leg that he was able to trip off of and cover the hips as time expired to tie the match at 7 heading into Overtime.
Washington took a shot which was stuffed by Kasch before Washington passed by an arm and shot a double to take Kasch down ending the match 9-7. Washington had his revenge.
DJ continued his night with a win over #1 Diego Lemley of Chesterton 12-6 in the finals riding a takedown and nearfall in the first period.
Five Seed to Champ
Portage 113 pounder Ricky Hegedus has sometimes been a guy who has had to sit out as the Portage coaching staff has been getting Jacob Moran looks at some of the top 113 pounders around the state to start the season. Hegedus has also wrestled in some of the highest stress moments for the Indians, which explains why his record was 9-7 coming into DAC. Hegedus was given the fifth seed at the tournament.
Hegedus’ first match was against the fourth seed Juan Maldonado of Merrillville. Hegedus finished that match with a win by fall at 3:56. He followed it up with a 4-2 win over the first seed Danny Tolin of Chesterton. He utilized his length to secure the win. He then had a championship match against LaPorte’s Ian Nelson. He won by technical fall in 4:00 by the score of 15-0.
Dime in the Finals
The Indians put ten wrestlers into the finals. The top ranked 106 pounder Jacob Moran topped #3 Martin Cruz 16-12 to start the finals for the Indians. As discussed previously, ninth ranked Ricky Hegedus rolled to a 15-0 technical fall in the finals. The fourth ranked Brock Peele rolled to a 16-1 technical fall over Chesterton’s Ethan Kaiser.
Fifth ranked Colin Poynter took an 8-2 victory over tenth ranked Kaellin Kelly of Crown Point. Third ranked Kris Rumph rolled to a 10-2 major decision over sixteenth ranked Ian Dembowski of Merrillville. Kasper McIntosh won by technical fall over fourteenth ranked Brock Ellis of Chesterton 22-7. DJ Washington won 12-6 over top ranked 160 pounder Diego Lemley.
Drake Guerrero lost to Noah Perez of LaPorte 9-6 in the finals. Jacob Bondon lost to top ranked Lucas Davison of Chesterton by major decision 19-6. Chester Swopes rounded out the finalists with a 8-0 loss to Brandon Streck of Merrillville.
Other Indian Placers
Alec Luna placed fifth at 132.
Zach Nugent placed third at 152.
Jeremy Torres placed forth at 182.
Ricky Beehn placed third at 285.
Next action for the Indian wrestling team will be Wednesday at Lake Central.