CROWN POINT | The biggest cheer the group of Crown Point wrestlers let out Saturday wasn't after one of their own matches.
It came when South Bend Washington's Tray'Shawn Jones pinned Johnny Howorth of Lyons Township (Ill.) in the heavyweight final, the last match of the day. Jones' pin gave the Bulldogs a 1.5-point edge over Lyons, making the hosts the team champions of the Carnahan Invitational.
Times No. 3 Crown Point led all teams with 245 points, as six Bulldogs won their respective weight classes. Lyons Township had four first-place finishers.
Darden Schurg won 10-5 in a critical match against Lyons Township's A.J. Villareal. Schurg came in ranked fourth at 152 pounds in Indiana, while Villareal is ranked fourth in Illinois.
"Whoever set up more is who would be the winner. He seemed kind of slow, which I kind of capitalized on," Schurg said. "It was pretty tough."
The pair wrestled in the sixth grade, a match that ended in a Villareal win that Schurg never forgot.
Crown Point's Zach Donaldson topped a Lyons Township's Mac Casella at 132. Donaldson appeared to be cruising to an easy win when Casella put him in a headlock.
"He's a tough kid, strong on his feet; I almost lost it there with that headlock," Donaldson said. "I got lucky and I went out and reversed it."
Hanover Central's Stevan Micic was voted most outstanding wrestler by the coaches. Micic remained undefeated with a 17-2 victory over C.P.'s Riley Akers in the 126 final.
"I wish I could've got the fall, but still I was happy," Micic said. "I came here to dominate, but winning however I have to (was my goal)."
Lake Station's Nathan Dodge wrestled up a weight class at 170 pounds and almost squeezed out a win in the final, falling 3-2 to Nick Spacek of Lyons Township.
"Our defenses and offenses were about the same, so it was just little things that made each of us score," Dodge said. "I shouldn't be wrestling at 170. I should've been at 160 a long time ago."
Crown Point's other winners were Denton Schurg at 145, Dax Jones at 160, Steven Potosky at 220 and Morgan Kral at 195. Kral won a 2-1 decision over Hanover Central's Tyler Scott. Both wrestlers are state-ranked.
Other champs include Hanover Central's Isaac Cortez at 106 and Cody Wielgos of Knox at 182. Hanover Central finished third in the team scores with 209, followed by Lake Station with 151.5.