Successful Season for Chesterton Wrestling

Chesterton Wrestling Post Season was something to look back on!

Caroline Dardeau, Co-Editor In Chief

The Chesterton Wrestling team has a reputation to keep up, and their post season has been nothing short of amazing. 

In the Sectional matchup, Chesterton wrestling came home with a second place finish behind New Prairie with a score of 233.0. Isaiah Wilson finished second in the 120 lb. division. Ayden Campbell finished first in the 126 lb division, he beat Bentley Whitmer for the win. Hayden DeMarco finished in first in the 132 lb division, he beat Xavier Roberts from Valparaiso High School. To no surprise, Aiden Torres won the sectional match against New Prairie’s Jayden Lewis. Chesterton’s Ben Shaffer won against Glenn’s Samuel Strange in the 160 lb division. John Lively finished second in the 170 lb. division. James Fanzo won in the 285 lb division against New Prairie’s Neil Johnson. Chesterton truly represented well at LaPorte during the Sectional Championship.

In the Regional matchup, Chesterton finished in fourth place with an 86.5, Crown Point took the lead with a whopping 262.5. The fourth place finish did not represent the phenomenal finish of the individual wrestlers. Wilson finished in 4th place after losses to Sontonio Sessa and Dominc Brown. Brown then advanced to the final in the 120 lb division. Campbell also ended with a 4th place finish after losses to Glen High Schools’ Whitmer and Guilermo Rivera. DeMarco finished second against Crown Point’s Griffin VanTichelt in the 132 lb division. Torres again stood his ground and won the regional match against Anthony Bahl from Crown Point in the 145 lb weight class. Shaffer finished in third place after winning against Adam Glass from Lake Central in the 160 weight class. Lively ended in fourth place after losing to both Xander Warren and Cody Goodwin in the 170 lb class. In the 182 lb weight class, Cooper Watkins made it to the tournament and lost against Angelo Ramirez. Daniel Rubalcava made it to the tournament as well and lost to Will Clark in the 220 weight class. Lastly in the 285 lb. weight class, Fanzo placed third after beating Johnson from New Prairie. 

At Semi State, Chesterton tied with New Prairie for sixth place at the tournament. In 120, Wilson finished in the quarter finals, beating Gunner Sadenfur from Mishawaka High School and Owen Bunton from Portage High School. He lost to Ashton Jackson from LaPorte High School. In the third place match, Wilson lost to Dominic Brown from Lowell High School. Campbell competed once again in the 126 lb division, and lost in the second match against Nasir Christion from Merrillville after beating Will Mason from Mishawaka High School. Like Campbell, DeMarco beat Austin Attinger from Winamac Community High School, but lost against David Maldonado from Merrillville in the 132 lb division. Torres placed first after beating Josiah Rodriguez from West Central, Evan Eutsey from Penn, Jayden Lewis from New Prairie, and Bahl from Crown Point. Shaffer placed third after beating Emmanuel Torres from Lake Station Edison High School, Courtney Rider from Mishawaka High School, but lost to AJ Steenbeke from Penn putting him on the third place mat to battle Cameron Crisp to place in third in the 160 lb division. In the 170 lb. group, Lively lost in the first round against Carlos Perez- Xochipa.  

In the State matchup, Wilson finished his season with a loss against Tanner Tishner from Western High School. He had a phenomenal season with one more year to make his mark. Shaffer, like Wilson, lost in the first round to Connor Watts from Jimtown. Shaffer finished his final season as a Chesterton Wrestler with an outstanding performance. 

Last but not least, OUR STATE CHAMPION, Torres! The Indiana University commit beat  Luke Teusch from Huntington North, Luke Robards from Evansville Central, Brevan Thrine from New Castle, and Wyatt Krejsa. He ended his high school career with a state championship, a 52-0 record, all time win leader at Chesterton, and a dream that finally came true.

Tommy Berry
Tommy Berry