Same old for Portage

In­di­ans have 8 champs, cruise to 6th straight sec­tional ti­tle

Post-Tribune - - Post-Tribune Sports - BY TOMMY WIL­LIAMS

GARY — There are some things in life which you can truly count on. Two of them you know al­ready: death and taxes. But in the world of high school wrestling, there is a third item worth carv­ing in gran­ite: Portage win­ning a sec­tional ti­tle.

The In­di­ans had eight cham­pi­ons in win­ning their 28th sec­tional ti­tle with 308 points Satur­day at Calumet. Ho­bart (228) was sec­ond, fol­lowed by Grif­fith (172), High­land (128), Lake Sta­tion (127.5) and Calumet (124.5).

“Yeah, I’m happy with what I saw to­day,” said Portage coach Leroy Vega, whose In­di­ans have won six straight sec­tion­als. “The kids wres­tled well and I hope we can have an­other good week of prac­tice and get ready for re­gion­als.”

Portage’s in­di­vid­ual wins ran the gamut from dom­i­nant, such as Steven Lawrence’s 14-3 win at 145 pounds and Alex Guer­rero’s 15-4 win at 182, to quick, fast, and in a hurry. Gaige Tor­res was in the lat­ter cat­e­gory with a 29-sec­ond fall in the 126 fi­nal.

“We ex­pected to come here and dom­i­nate to­day,” Tor­res said. “I’m proud of my team. I still have some work to do but I’m pretty happy with how I did.”

Davin Gon­za­lez’s win at 152 for Portage was nei­ther dom­i­nant or quick. But it was de­bat­ably the best match of the sec­tional. Ho­bart’s An­gelo Guarnero led 5-1 be­fore Gon­za­lez came back to win 8-7, thanks to a take­down with 48 sec­onds left in the match.

“I got thrown down on my back and when that hap­pens are you’re down 5-0, what can you do?,” Gon­za­lez said. “It was late in the pe­riod and I had to stand up. Once I got that one point, I had to attack. Our coaches train us hard, I be­lieve we’re the hard­est work­ing team here, so I had to push through it.”

Tyler Joseph (132), Kasper McIn­tosh (138) Is­mael Cornejo (170) and Braden Ma­jew­ski (220) also took first for the In­di­ans.

Grif­fith’s Jeremiah Reitz, who was the state champ at 106 pounds last year, was a win­ner at 120.

“I stayed solid on my feet and kept them mov­ing and then I opened up my shots,” Reitz said. “Now I have to get ready for re­gion­als. One step at a time.”

Ho­bart got three first-place fin­ishes, from Ty­lor Tri­ana at 106, Zachary Lovell at 113 and Scot­tie Sopko at 160. Calumet’s Nick Fowler was a win­ner at 195 while Lake Sta­tion’s Isiah Schultz took first at 285.

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Portage’s Davin Gon­za­lez (left) de­feated Ho­bart’s An­gelo Guarnero 8-7 at 152 pounds on Satur­day at Calumet High School.

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