Hall wins epic championship, Miracle makes history at semistate
Bremen’s Abraham Hall won the heavyweight championship in double overtime, and Culver Academies’ Kayla Miracle became the first female wrestler to earn an IHSAA state berth with a fourth-place finish at the Merrillville Wrestling Semistate Saturday.
Hall gutted out a 4-2 double OT win over Wawasee’s Dimetri Kaplanis in a rematch of the Plymouth Sectional heavyweight championship two weeks ago to stay undefeated on the season and earn a No. 1 seed at the 74th Annual IHSAA Individual State Wrestling Finals, which begin Friday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Miracle earned a 17-0 tech fall and a 10-0 major decision over Lafayette Harrison’s Daniel Davis and Lake Central’s Brandon Truver in the first two rounds, respectively, to make it out to the ticket round, ultimately placing fourth in the 106-pound bracket with a 5-2 loss to Merrillville’s Mike Garza in the consolation round.
Miracle’s teammate Anthony McHugh suffered his first loss of the season with an 11-6 loss to Mishawaka’s Tommy Forte in the 132-pound championship but will advance with his teammate to Friday’s state finals, while Culver Community’s Matt Hurford reached the consolation round before winning an injury default victory over Munster’s Dominic Fimbianti to earn a state berth at 182 pounds.
• MERILLVILLE SEMISTATE
106: Stevan Micic (Hanover Central) pinned Zach Davis (Penn), 1:35; 113: Jarred Brooks (Warsaw) pinned Adam Brodie (Merrillville), 3:49; 120: Paul Petrov (Hanover Central) dec. Adam Garcia (Merrillville), 8-4; 126: Kyle Ayersman (Lake Central) dec. Aaron Ayala (Hobart), 6-0; 132: Tommy Forte (Mishawaka) dec. Anthony McHugh (Culver Academies), 11-6; 138: Alex Griffin (McCutcheon) maj dec. Ben Varner (Penn), 12-0; 145: Jason Tsirtsis (Crown Point) pinned Charlie Mavros (Lowell), 0:39; 152: Adrian Brown (Lafayette Jeff) dec. Danny Ginter (Penn), 8-6; 160: Bobby Steveson (Merrillville) dec. Scotty Sopko (Hobart), 8-4; 170: Darryl Peppers (Merrillville) dec. Dalton Christensen (Logansport), 11-5; 182: Tanner Lynde (Delphi) maj dec. Christian Winkle (Twin Lakes), 16-4; 195: Kourtney Berry (Merrillville) pinned Jacob Ricks (Benton Central), 1:06; 220: Joe Gallegos (Clay) dec. Tyler Kral (Crown Point), 3-1 in OT; 285: Abraham Hall (Bremen) dec. Dimetri Kaplanis (Wawasee), 4-2 in 2OT.
106: Mike Garza (Merrillville) dec. Kayla Miracle (Culver Academies), 5-2; 113: Darden Schurg (Crown Point) pinned Sheldon Corcoran (Logansport), 0:30; 120: Blake Denton (Twin Lakes) dec. Jacob Davis (Penn), 7-3; 126: Julian Torres (Portage) dec. Trevor Burlison (Crown Point), 3-1; 132: Chase Osborn (Penn) dec. Chris Johnson (Clay), 11-6; 138: Mitch Hartman (Clay) pinned Joe Kelly (Chesterton), 1:50; 145: Zach Thorn (Portage) dec. Alex Katsafaros (Chesterton), 4-2; 152: Kenny Hughes (Lowell) dec. Chris Katsafaros (Chesterton), 6-4; 160: Graham Redweik (Caston) dec. Damien Gomez (Hammond Noll), 6-3; 170: Ethan Dale (McCutcheon) dec. Dwight Hunter (Clay), 11-5; 182: Matt Hurford (Culver Community) won by injury def over Dominic Fimbianti (Munster); 220: Gelen Robinson (Lake Central) pinned Michael Nickson (Merrillville), 3-1 in OT; 285: Marcus Dozier (Riley) pinned Blake Ford (McCutcheon), 0:33.
CGA closes swim season at state
Culver Girls Academy finished out its swim season at the 38th Annual IHSAA State Swim Finals Friday at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.
Lauryn Robinson, Eberle Miller, Jaclyn Schutjer and Rory Byrne clocked a 3:44.01 in the 400 free relay to finish 23rd in the event, while the Lady Eagles quartet placed 26th in the medley relay with a time of 1:54.88.
Robinson placed 28th in the 50 free with a time of 25.12 and 29th in the 100 free with a 55.12 stop, while Miller was 29th in the backstroke with a 1:01.65 time, and Byrne finished 32nd in the individual medley with a time of 2:20.45.
Carmel won the meet with a dominant 329 points.
CGA’s turn at state came on the heels of a first-ever team championship at the Warsaw Sectional last week.
CMA loses heartbreaker
Culver Military Academy came heartbreakingly close to its first win of the season but fell 48-45 in overtime to visiting Fall Creek Academy Saturday night.
The Eagles were outscored 8-5 in the extra period to slip to 0-18 on the season.
Will Strong put up 15 points to lead Culver, while Dante Scott finished with 13 and Hayes Barnes had 10 in a balanced offensive performance by the Eagles.
Fall Creek was led by James Caldwell’s game-high 16 points.
• FALL CREEK ACADEMY 48,
CULVER MILITARY 45 (OT)
Score by quarters
FC: 13 26 30 40 48
CMA: 15 21 30 40 45
FALL CREEK (48): Jamal Abdulrasheed 1 0-2 2, Demond McDaniels 1 0-0 2, Domonique Henderson 1 0-1 2, James Caldwell 5 4-5 16, Dwight Thomas 5 4-6 14, Daylon Roney 2 0-0 2, Julon Holmes 4 2-2 10; Totals: 19 10-16 48.
CMA (45): Dante Scott 5 2-4 13, Hayes Barnes 3 2-3 10, David Dilts 0 0-0 0, Charlie Kennedy 0 0-0 0 Eljay Murray 0 0-0 0, Aramonti Phillips 0 2-2 2, Nick Zalduendo 0 0-0 0, Alex Dodane 2 0-0 5, Willie Strong 5 5-8 15; Totals: 11-4 11-17 45.
3-pointers: FC 3 (Caldwell 2, Roney), CMA 4 (Barnes 2, Scott, Dodane); Turnovers: FC 12, CMA 14; Rebounds: FC 23 (Caldwell 7), CMA 34 (Strong 16); Assists: FC 2, CMA 7; Fouls (fouled out): FC 18 (none), CMA 15 (none). Records: Fall Creek 11-5, CMA 0-18.
JV score: CMA 35 (Eljay Murray 9), Fall Creek 20 (Keishawn Garrett 7, Marcus Leavell 7).
Gandy leads Eagles over New Trier
Ryan Gandy scored a hat trick, and Culver Military Academy beat visiting New Trier 8-4 Sunday at The Academies.
Phile Krueser put the Eagles on the board in the first period, while Kyle Bartelman broke a 1-1 tie later in the period.
Gandy’s first goal of the night snapped a 2-2 tie in the second period and his second, unassisted strike later in the frame put CMA in the driver’s seat for good.
• CULVER MILITARY (HS Varsity) 8, NEW TRIER 4
CMA — Phil Krueser (Paul Westman, Michael Heidkamp).
NT — Tanner Koch (Robert Acri).
CMA — Kyle Bartelman (Brock Frazer).
NT — Gunnar Solberg (Benjamin Brower).
CMA — Ryan Gandy (Westman, Charlie Salk).
CMA — Gandy (unassisted).
NT — Christopher Deaver (Alexander Pegler, Charles Sprayregen).
CMA — Alex Johnston (Bartelman).
NT — Acri (Daneil Walcott).
CMA — Frazer (Bartelman), short-handed, empty net.
CMA — Gandy, empty net.
Goalies: Joseph Talbot (New Trier), Nic Peterson (CMA).
8th grade girls basketball
Lincoln beats LaVille
The Lincoln Lady Red Storm recently defeated LaVille, 36-9.
Meghan Egierski and Lexi Mahabeer had strong defensive performances for Lincoln, while Kara Morwood and Shannon Stephenson led the team in scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Morgan Oberley finished with nine points for the Red Storm.
Men’s college basketball
Ball state loses MAC contest
The Ball State men’s basketball team closed Mid-American Conference crossover play with a 76-55 loss to Kent State at the MAC Center Saturday morning on ESPNU.
Plymouth product Randy Davis finished with six points while dishing out four assists and collecting two rebounds in the loss.
The Cardinals drop to 12-11 overall and 4-7 in MAC play while the Golden Flashes improve to 18-6 overall and 8-3 in league action.