There were no bright lights, no stands packed with avid sports fans, no reporters or college scouts. Still, Gelen Robinson was there.
Wrestling and fishing. Six minutes on a mat or six hours in a boat.
If you're a region wrestling fan and you think you've seen a lot of the same faces officiating matches, you're right.
CEDAR LAKE | Not that this is common (insert joke here) but on Thursday night I was reaching for some more mashed potatoes when some major news broke. Right in front me when I wasn't even looking.
Decades ago, when Frank Fetters wrestled for what was then Thornton Fractional High School, his uncle John Etienne regaled him with tales of his own days on the mat back in the 1920s and 30s.
You can't win 'em all if you don't win the first one.
INDIANAPOLIS | Growing up in Cedar Lake, Stevan Micic idolized Andrew Howe, the three-time state champion for Hanover Central in 2006-08.
INDIANAPOLIS | When the sole aim is to wrestle under the spotlight on the center mat, it's not easy to retrieve the mojo for a consolation match.
INDIANAPOLIS | Given a choice, Brendan Black would've rather wrestled, even with the prospect of facing a semistate champion who placed at the state finals last year.
Every now and then, one of Keith Davison's sons will pull their dad's heavily-adorned Chesterton letterman's jacket out of the closet, put it on and post pictures of themselves on Twitter.
During one of Gelen Robinson's matches at the Calumet regional, somebody yelled, "Who is that grown man wrestling with these boys?"
When: Friday, 5 p.m. (first round); Saturday, 8:30 a.m. (quarterfinals, followed by semifinals); 2 p.m. (consolations), 5:30 (championships).
One season removed from junior varsity, Tristan Dembowski faced a long leap to make it all the way to state qualifier.
Wrestling has served as a vehicle to take Stevan Micic many places.
MERRILLVILLE | They may look like freshmen, but Griffith's Jeremiah Reitz and Munster's Jason Crary sure don't wrestle like them.
MERRILLVILLE | Saturday's Merrillville Semistate came to an abrupt end for Portage sophomore Gaige Torres and Indians coach Leroy Vega.
Prep wrestling in the region has a multitude of family lineages whose roots run deep in the sport.
Michael Garza clenched his fists, flexed his arms and let out a primal scream as he walked back to the center of the mat to have his hand raised as the Calumet regional 113-pound champ.
Nearly two full seasons on the mat and only a handful of varsity matches to his name, Matthew Hedrick found himself nearing a crossroads in his Portage wrestling career.
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