H.S. wrestling: Mishawaka claims NLC crown with ease

Mishawaka's Christian Chavez and Tippecanoe Valley's Bazle Owens compete in the 195-pound championship match of the regional wrestling meet Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 at Penn High School.
Mishawaka's Christian Chavez and Tippecanoe Valley's Bazle Owens compete in the 195-pound championship match of the regional wrestling meet Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 at Penn High School.

Mishawaka claimed six individual champs and easily won the Northern Lakes Conference wrestling tournament Saturday at Goshen.

The Cavemen scores 243 ½ points, with Wawasee second at 189.

Will Mason (126-pound weight class), Zar Walker (132), Michael Robles (138), Beau Brabender (152), Isaac Valdez (170) and Christian Chavez (195) each won individual titles for the Cavemen.

Chavez and Travis Henke of Northridge remain undefeated this season. Chavez stands 30-0, while Henke is 32-0.

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At Goshen

TEAM SCORES:  Mishawaka 243 ½, Wawasee 189, Goshen 161, NorthWood 142, Plymouth 134 ½, Northridge 121, Warsaw 114, Concord 96.


106: Kaleb Salazar (Wawasee) dec. Bryce McNees (Warsaw), 8-2.

113: Cameron Senter (Wawasee) dec. Joshua Kite (Mishawaka), 9-2.

120: Calix Truex (NorthWood) pinned Jalen Chappell (Northridge), 2:46.

126: Will Mason (Mishawaka) pinned Camden Wiese (Goshen), 2:32.

132: Eleazar Walker (Mishawaka) pinned Titus Taylor (Wawasee), 1:02.

138: Michael Robles (Mishawaka) dec. Logan Stuckman (Wawasee), 6-4 in OT.

145: Wesley Smith (Plymouth) dec. Ethan Rodriguez (Wawasee), 4-2.

152: Beau Brabender (Mishawaka) dec. Hunter Miller (Wawasee), 7-3.

160: Cael Arroyo (Northridge) maj. dec. Caydn Smith (Plymouth), 13-4.

170: Isaac Valdez (Mishawaka) dec. Gavin Malone (Wawasee), 7-2.

182: Kaden Lone (NorthWood) dec. Laish Detwiler (Goshen), 4-2.

195: Christian Chavez (Mishawaka) dec. Armen Koltookian (Concord), 9-5.

220: Travis Henke (Northridge) dec. Zander Paden (Mishawaka), 6-2.

285: Anthony Popi (Plymouth) dec. Lance Army (Concord), 3-1 in OT.


(For 3rd Place)

106: Brody Blevins (Mishawaka) pinned Maria Rescalvo (Goshen), 1:52.

113: Cole Hinkel (Goshen) pinned Chantea Alonzo (Plymouth), 4:42.

120: Gunnar Sandefur (Mishawaka) dec. Elias Garza (Warsaw), 6-4.

126: Graysen Beasley (Northridge) dec. Lynkyn Ratcliff (NorthWood), 7-5 in OT.

132: Christophe Firebaugh (Plymouth) maj. dec. Dominic Ortiz (Goshen), 9-0.

138: Nolan Castaneda (Goshen) pinned Seth Wright (Plymouth), 2:39.

145: Chris Peacock (Mishawaka) maj. dec. Tucker Barber (Northridge), 12-2.

152: Garrett VonGuten (Northridge) dec. Joey Mitschelen (NorthWood), 4-1.

160: Courtney Rider (Mishawaka) dec. Jonathon Flores (Goshen), 7-2.

170: Marcus Castaneda (Goshen) pinned Keith Miller (NorthWood), 2:32.

182: Jaxson Walters (Warsaw) dec. Matthew McCrum (Plymouth), 6-0.

195: Nathaniel Rosas (Warsaw) dec. Donovan Blair (Wawasee), 6-5.

220: Kameron Kauffman (Warsaw) pinned Wes Menzie (NorthWood), 2:23.

285: Isaac Beam (Warsaw) pinned Axel Olvera (Goshen), 2:47.

Duneland Athletic Conference:  State champs rule

Saturday was the day for defending state champs to shine at the Duneland Athletic Conference wrestling championships.

La Porte senior Ashton Jackson, a two-time defending state champ, improved his season record to 34-0 by winning the 120-pound weight class.

He pinned all his opponents, including Merrillville’s Matt Maldonado in the title match.

Crown Point, meanwhile, showed it is gearing up for another run at the state team title.  The defending state champions won the DAC crown with 299 points.  Merrillville was second with 224.

La Porte’s Devoin Duschek finished second in the 220-pound class.



At La Porte

TEAM SCORES: Crown Point 299, Merrillville 224, Portage 172, Chesterton 154 ½, Lake Central 144 ½, La Porte 103, Valparaiso 102, Michigan City 22.


106: Mason Jones (Lake Central) maj. dec. Logan Haney (Crown Pt.), 9-1.

113: Gavin Jendreas (Crown Pt.) pinned Mario Orueta (Lake Central), 1:45.

120: Ashton Jackson (La Porte) pinned Matthew Maldonado (Merrillville), 4:17.

126: Logan Frazier (Crown Pt.) pinned Guillermo Rivera (Lake Central), 1:21.

132: David Maldonado (Merrillville) dec. Griffin Vantichelt (Crown Pt.), 3-1.

138: Lucas Clement (Merrillville) dec. Luke Reid (Valparaiso), 9-3.

145: Aidan Torres (Chesterton) pinned Marlone Kirksy (Merrillville), 1:52.

152: Anthony Rinehart (Crown Pt.) dec. Adrian Pellot (Merrillville), 7-1.

160: Sam Goin (Crown Pt.) pinned Ben Shaffer (Chesterton), 0:50.

170: Cody Goodwin (Crown Pt.) tech. fall John Lively (Chesterton), 15-0 in 4:24.

182: Orlando Cruz (Crown Pt.) maj. dec. Ethan Risner (Portage), 13-4.

195: Anthony White (Crown Pt.) pinned James Veal (Merrillville), 2:35.

220: Will Clark (Crown Pt.) pinned Devon Duschek (La Porte), 0:52.

285: Paul Clark (Crown Pt.) pinned Tristen Meschede (Portage), 1:19.

La Porte 3rd place finisher: Chris Seadorf (195).

La Porte 4th place finishers: Joshua England (126); Brian Escutia-Jacuind (285).

This article originally appeared on South Bend Tribune: Mishawaka easily wins Northern Lakes Conference wrestling title