CROWN POINT | More was on the line than the 152-pound Carnahan Invitational championship in Darden Schurg's match with Lyons Township's A.J. Villareal on Saturday.
Villareal had a history of beating Schurg brothers -- he'd bested three of them over the years. So, Darden's 10-5 decision was extra sweet.
"I had to beat him for my family," Darden said.
Crowded around the mat during that match were Darden's brothers Denton and Daylan -- both Crown Point wrestlers-- and sister Elyse, a team manager. Deb, known around C.P. as Mama Schurg, was filming.
The name "Schurg" has become a staple in Bulldogs wrestling. A total of five brothers have come through the C.P. wrestling room, with senior Denton, junior Darden and freshman Daylan grappling for the Bulldogs this season. Dallas, now wrestling for the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Dustin came before them.
Mama Schurg remembers taking each one in a stroller to watch his older brothers grapple.
"We were all just following suit," Darden said. "It was the coolest thing to have (brothers) to look up to."
The brothers do more than just look up to each other, though. They cheer and advise each other during matches, admitting they sometimes listen to each other more than coaches.
The Schurg boys go over tape and give each other tips after matches, too. That's a practice that Denton found a little annoying at first.
"I'm glad (to have their criticism), now," Denton said. "Other kids who don't have a brother don't have that."
"I wouldn't want my family members to not care. If your family doesn't care, what's the point of doing anything at all?"
The family name often enters the wrestling room before the wrestler, though.
"People expect me to be more than just another guy," Denton said. "I'm almost like a celebrity, but I don't really like the attention."
Not all the attention is good. Daylan heard the grumblings when he made the varsity squad as a freshman.
"Some of the other freshmen said I just walked on to varsity because my name was Schurg," he said. "I earned my spot."
The family consensus seems to be that Darden is the best wrestler, pound-for-pound. He's the one ranked No. 4 in his weight class in Indiana, the one with the ISWA state titles, the one who's wrestled in the most national competitions, the only one who's made the podium in Indianapolis.
At least, Darden's the only one with that kind of resume right now.
"I definitely want to have something more than just be the one who wrestled behind Darden," Daylan said. "I want to be able to say I went to state and made some noise for myself."