ST. JOHN | Jake Sebahar turned some heads at last weekend's Harvest Classic.
The Lake Central senior went 9-1 at the event, including a 10-3 decision over Penn's Tommy Varner to win the 145-pound weight class.
"I just don't think people were expecting me to win that one," Sebahar said. "I guess I just caught them by suprise."
Varner, who won the Harvest Classic 138-pound title a year ago, came into the event as the top seed. Sebahar was seeded second, having missed the annual tournament last season with an ankle injury.
"He had a hell of a day on Saturday," coach Ryan Alb said. "If you run down all of his matches, a couple falls and then he dominated that finals match the whole way through."
Sebahar got an early takedown in his meeting with Varner, giving him an early lead (5-0 after the first period) and the ability to cruise to a victory. It was Sebahar's first time wrestling the Kingsmen senior.
"That gives me a lot of confidence," Sebahar said. "For him to be ranked ahead of me, to beat him gives me the confidence to beat the other kids who are ranked ahead of me."
Alb said he expects Sebahar — who is no stranger to the weight room — to use his strength and aggression to earn points and falls. This season, he's 14-1 with seven pins.
"He's a great kid, a hard-working kid," Alb said. "If I had 100 of those, I would have no issues, no problems here."
Sebahar has been stuck in the semistate rut since his freshman season, qualifying for Merrillville but never taking the next step. His goal this year is to get to Indianapolis with the hopes of placing.
This is his last chance, because Sebahar won't be wrestling in college. He plans on majoring in mechanical engineering at Purdue Calumet.
"I've been doing this for a long time now. It's my senior year and I want to finish off the way I want to do it," Sebahar said. "I've just got to wrestle smart."