Wrestling: Crown Point wins its 11th straight sectional title
Crown Point's Trevor Burlison is tossed by Valparaiso's Ricardo Rosario during their match in the 132 pound championship of the Crown Point wrestling sectional on Saturday, in Crown Point. Burlison went on to defeat Rosario 5-0. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 1, 2013 2:57PM
CROWN POINT — It’s becoming almost like a birthday, except for the fact it occurs on a different day every year.
While winning an 11th consecutive sectional title is definitely a big accomplishment and something not to be taken for granted, it’s a feat that’s pretty much expected with a wrestling program like Crown Point.
Even though the Bulldogs placed 13 in Saturday’s finals — eight were crowned champions and five were runners-up — coach Scott Vlink’s team has bigger fish to fry.
“There’s a lot to be happy about today,” he said. “Our conditioning was good. Our riding’s been good. We’re healthy and we’re feeling good. I felt we wrestled well today, but this is just step one of a long process. The key thing is to stay healthy and advance. We have 14 kids moving on to wrestle next week (at the CP Regional) and right now, that’s the most important thing.”
The Bulldogs chalked up 297.5 points to easily out-distance second-place Lowell (207) and third-place Valparaiso (197).
Riley Akers (106), Josh Fuqua (126), Trevor Burlison (132), Darden Schurg (138), Dustin Schurg (152), Jacob Hazi (170), Morgan Kral (195) and Steven Potoskey (220) all earned sectional crowns.
Lowell had three champs in Drew Hughes (120), Mitch Roadruck (145) and Kenny Hughes (160). A trio of Hanover Central athletes won titles, too. Defending 106-pound state champion, Stevan Micic, won his second straight sectional crown — this time at 113 pounds. Micic’s teammates Tyler Scott (182) and Josh Bartoszek (285) also captured titles.
Scott’s title was his first after a pair of second-place finishes the last two years.
At 195, CP sophomore Morgan Kral (32-0) was down 1-0 to Lowell’s Ryan Patterson before using a takedown and getting three back points to win, 5-1. It was the second straight title for Kral — who won at 182 last year.
“I knew I needed to get out and get a takedown,” Kral said. “Then, I got him over my back. Then I got the three back points, and I knew I was good. It feels great to win the second year in a row, and now, it’s on to the regional. It’s only going to get tougher from here.”