GRAPPLERS TAKE ON LITTLE STATE

JAKE CHRISMAN ‘20 | STAFF WRITER • This past weekend the Little Giants grappled their way to fifteen top eight performances at the Indiana Little State Tournament at Manchester University. Taking home gold for the Wallies was Kaleb Guzior ’21, Kyle Hatch ’21, and Darden Schurg ’19. “Overall, I think the team did well this past weekend. We had some freshman get in this past weekend and they did pretty well,” said Chris Diaz ’19. “Personally I did not do what I expected, but I still think I did well.” Diaz finished sixth after dropping his opening match to the third seed, Josh Parrett from Cumberland.

Guzior opened up the day with a 20-1 technical fall over Josh Stevenson from Manchester. He followed that up with a pair of major decisions, 10-1 over Joliet’s Austin Poch and 15-5 over Indianapolis’ Nick Brady, to advance to the first place match against Indiana Tech’s Sawyer Miller. Guzior was able to leave no doubt, pinning Miller in the third period to claim his first Indiana Little State title.

After dropping his first match of the season and the Concordia Open over break, Hatch picked things back up with a two first period pins, over Dylan Stocker form Indiana Tech and Garrett Griffin from Indianapolis, in the first two rounds. Hatch steam rolled his way through the semi-finals with a 14-5 major decision over Indiana Tech’s Chase Hack. Like Guzior, Hatch made easy work of his opponent in the finals, pinning Indianapolis’ Heath Gage in the second period.

“I think in the future the program is going to keep improving,” said Diaz. “Just from my freshman year, I can tell that the skill level in the room has improved.”

Keeping with the other two first place finishers, Schurg had little trouble on Saturday. He won his first match by a 14-2 major decision of Indiana Tech’s Kolby Ferris. His second opponent, Ancilla’s Luke Sinkovics, did not even make it out of the first period when Schurg pinned him 2 minute and 21 seconds into the match. Schurg made easy work of Austin Robbins from Indianapolis, beating him by a score of 17-8. The first place match was all Schurg as well, as he pinned Robbins teammate Cayden Whitaker in the last half of the second period.

Other notable finishes for the Little Giants were Ethan Herrin ‘20 who finished 2nd on the day going 3-1. Kyle Schaffer ‘21 also finished 2nd going 3-1. A pair of Little Giants took third on the day, Hunter Bates ’20 and Wade Ripple ’21. Schaffer said, “I think I did pretty well this past weekend, but I wish I could have done a little better in the finals match.”

The Little Giants return to action tomorrow at the North Central College Invitational in Naperville, Illinois. “We need to continue to get in better shape. We can always work harder,” said Schaffer. “Coach Anderson is having us do some things that are going to help us perform the best we can.” Wrestling begins at 9 AM.