PREP WRESTLING

Crown Point wins wrestling regional with five champions

2013-02-02T19:00:00Z 2013-02-03T22:16:04Z Crown Point wins wrestling regional with five championsJim Peters jim.peters@nwi.com, (219) 548-4363 nwitimes.com
February 02, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Just 36 hours before Saturday's Crown Point Regional, the question for Trevor Burlison wasn't so much how he would perform, but if.

In the end, not even a nasty flu bug could keep the Bulldogs senior off the mat.

"It's pretty much do or die now," Burlison said after gutting out a 4-1 decision over Valparaiso's Ricardo Rosario in the 132-pound finals. "Win or lose, it's my last. You've got to go out there."

Burlison was one of five champions for C.P., which walked away with the team title, scoring 207 points, 85 more than runner-up Valpo, which had five second-place finishers.

"Everybody thought we were going to be a little down this year. We were done," Crown Point coach Scott Vlink said with a smile. "It was a tremendous, gutsy performance (by Burlison). All our hammers looked like hammers. They all turned it on, on their feet. It's a great time to do it, when you feel a rhythm and your timing's outstanding. They're getting it together at the right time."

The Schurg brothers were among C.P.'s title quintet. Darden downed Valpo's Mack Neal 10-6 at 138, while Dusty dispatched Kankakee Valley's Beau Tauber by technical fall, 17-1 in 4:33 at 152. Josh Fuqua remained unbeaten with a 7-0 blanking of Valpo's Max Buckley at 126 and Morgan Kral (195) kept his record perfect by pinning Lowell's Ryan Patterson in 4:29.

"I'm tired of winning by points. I came out with the mentality that I didn't want to win by points, I was going for the pin," Kral said. "After I pinned him, I was so ecstatic. I did what I wanted to do -- win the regional by pin and get a No. 1 seed for semistate."

Hanover Central was next to C.P. in champs with three. Stevan Micic (43-0) needed just 1:41 to finish off Glenn's Austin Coach at 113. Tyler Scott topped Crown Point's Matt Langbehn 4-2 in the 182 final, not needing the late dramatics of his sectional victory over Langbehn.

"I needed to have more control," Scott said. "My shots. My finishes. I couldn't let him dictate the match. You always want to get out front. If you have to catch up in the last second, you're not (always) going to win."

In the closest match of a pin-heavy finals, Hanover's Josh Bartoszek edged Chesterton's Ryley Harlow 3-2.

"(Harlow) wrestles a little different than most heavyweights. He shoots more," Bartoszek said. "All our team is shooters, so I'm used to it. I just try to get things moving, control what I'm doing. I honestly feel I can out-condition anyone in the state."

Lowell's Drew and Kenny Hughes joined the Schurgs as brothers on top of the awards podium. Drew (35-1) pinned C.P.'s Brett Ervin in 1:34 at 120, while Kenny (39-0) needed 60 seconds more to finish Dax Jones of Crown Point at 160.

"It's nice, always winning together," Kenny said. "It keeps the pressure on me to win, as the older brother. I could've attacked better in the first period, but I'll be ready for semistate."

Chris Katsafaros was Chesterton's sole champ, taking out Lowell's Mitch Roadruck by fall in 3:36, stacking him off of a near-side cradle.

"He's probably the best competition I've had since Mishawaka," Katsafaros said. "In the paper, he said he was looking forward to wrestling me, and I was, too. I've known him a long time. I'm happy we got the chance to go at it."

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