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  1. Fab 50

    As posted on FB: Indiana has three teams in the InterMat Fab 50. Brownsburg Wrestling 26th Portage 36th Perry Meridian Wrestling 45th This is the first time in memory that Indiana has had three teams in the top 50. I am wondering why a team like Cathedral does not make the Fab 50??? Also, why is Cathedral not at IHSWCA Team State 3A? (I am not questioning the point value calculation method, I just can't recall if they were offered and declined or if there was some reason they are not in).
  2. Merrillville@Portage 12/6

    Two of the best coaching staffs in the region going at it Wednesday. I know it is early and these guys will have these kids ready to go in February but always a nice DAC rivalry. I expect a packed house in Portage 106: #1 Jacob Moran vs #13 Martin Cruz 113 Ricky Hedgus vs Juan Maldonado 120 #3 Brock Peele vs ??? 126 #5 Colin Poynter vs Jacob Maldonado(coming off a big win over #7Braxton Alexander) 132 Alec Luna vs Ahzur Ursey 138 #2 Kris Rumph vs Devin Pope 145 #1 Kasper Mcintosh vs #8 Malik Hoover 152 #3 DJ Washington vs Aaron Griggs 160 Zach Nugent vs Jason Streck(Littlest Streck) 170 Drake Guerero vs Seyi Akinwumi 182 #2 Jeremy Torres vs #10 Tyjonn Lockett 195 #7 Anthony Maceo vs Dennis Weston 220 #13 Chester Swopes vs #2 Brandon Streck 285 Zach Gooch vs Anthony Atria *Line up subject to change ***without a doubt it will change
  3. HARVEST CLASSIC!

    Its that time of year again! Harvest classic is always a great tourney filled with great match-ups. Last year we saw great matches such as Triana vs Poynter, Black vs Rumph, Mcintosh vs Johnson, McWilliams vs Murillo, also a mix of PM kids with a great showing as well. Hopefully, we will see OTR on the mic once again! Does anyone know if Region sports will be covering this again? What are your guys predictions?
  4. Brought to you by EI Sports By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com There were times growing up as a wrestler in Portage that Darren Elkins wished he could have punched his opponent in the teeth. The 2004 state champion never acted on those impulses in high school. Now he makes a living trying to knock guys out. Elkins is a seasoned mixed martial arts fighter who is currently ranked No. 12 in the world in the UFC featherweight division. Elkins was the first featherweight to win five consecutive fights. “I always tell people this,” said Elkins. “I like to get wrestlers into the gym and I tell them why I like MMA. I think back to all the times in wrestling when I was like, man, I just want to punch this guy. Maybe he was taking cheap shots at me, or elbowing me. There was nothing I could do about it then. But now, if I want to punch my opponent, that’s encouraged. They pay me to do it.” In 2004 Elkins was one of a host of state champions that went on to have great careers after high school. The list of state champions that year include Angel Escobedo (won an NCAA championship), Reece Humphrey (on the USA wrestling team), Elkins, Matt Coughlin and Alex Tsirtsis. Eric McGill, another former Indiana great, was a runner-up that year. Elkins credits his wrestling background, and the mentality he got from coach Ed Pendowski at Portage, for part of his MMA success. “Wrestling teaches you to train hard,” Elkins said. “I’ve always put in the work. I put in the time training and each fight I strive to be better than I was before. I think the grinding style we had at Portage transferred to MMA very well. Coach Pendowski was all about takedowns. We would take people down, then let them up. In MMA you want those takedowns but you aren’t staying on the guys because they can get you in a submission.” He also credits some of his toughness from growing up with an older brother, Rickie, who was a state runner-up in high school. “Rickie was always bigger than me,” Darren said. “He always got the best of me. He was ranked No. 1 in high school in his weight class. It wasn’t until I took on fighting and he started getting out of shape a little that I could beat him.” Elkins has a professional record of 20-5. He is hoping to get back in the UFC Octagon soon. Right now he trains six days a week in Indiana. Before his last fight, a unanimous decision over Rob Whiteford in UFC Fight Night in October, Elkins had trained in Sacramento with Team Alpha Male. Elkins is hoping to climb back in to the top 10 rankings, a place he has been before. “Right now it’s just about climbing back into that top 10,” he said. Although Elkins says having a wrestling foundation is a huge asset in MMA, you have to be able to develop more skills to be successful. “You really have to develop your all around fighting techniques,” he said. “You can’t just rely on wrestling.” Elkins also knows the importance of staying healthy. He does not eat processed food. He cuts down on sugar and salt and only eats organic. That has helped with maintaining his weight for fights. As far as athletic highlights, Elkins doesn’t have one favorite. “I’ve had so many great moments, and I really don’t put one over the other,” he said. “Winning state was one of my best moments. It was something I dreamed of since I was 5-years-old. Then, getting called to fight in the UFC, and then winning in the UFC. Those are all very great memories for me.” Elkins is married and has an 8-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son. His daughter swims competitively and his son has started wrestling. “Right now it’s his first year,” Elkins said. “I don’t want to push him. I want him to enjoy it. Right now my daughter goes to practices too because she said if my son gets to wrestle, she does too.” Click here to view the article
  5. Brought to you by EI Sports By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com There were times growing up as a wrestler in Portage that Darren Elkins wished he could have punched his opponent in the teeth. The 2004 state champion never acted on those impulses in high school. Now he makes a living trying to knock guys out. Elkins is a seasoned mixed martial arts fighter who is currently ranked No. 12 in the world in the UFC featherweight division. Elkins was the first featherweight to win five consecutive fights. “I always tell people this,” said Elkins. “I like to get wrestlers into the gym and I tell them why I like MMA. I think back to all the times in wrestling when I was like, man, I just want to punch this guy. Maybe he was taking cheap shots at me, or elbowing me. There was nothing I could do about it then. But now, if I want to punch my opponent, that’s encouraged. They pay me to do it.” In 2004 Elkins was one of a host of state champions that went on to have great careers after high school. The list of state champions that year include Angel Escobedo (won an NCAA championship), Reece Humphrey (on the USA wrestling team), Elkins, Matt Coughlin and Alex Tsirtsis. Eric McGill, another former Indiana great, was a runner-up that year. Elkins credits his wrestling background, and the mentality he got from coach Ed Pendowski at Portage, for part of his MMA success. “Wrestling teaches you to train hard,” Elkins said. “I’ve always put in the work. I put in the time training and each fight I strive to be better than I was before. I think the grinding style we had at Portage transferred to MMA very well. Coach Pendowski was all about takedowns. We would take people down, then let them up. In MMA you want those takedowns but you aren’t staying on the guys because they can get you in a submission.” He also credits some of his toughness from growing up with an older brother, Rickie, who was a state runner-up in high school. “Rickie was always bigger than me,” Darren said. “He always got the best of me. He was ranked No. 1 in high school in his weight class. It wasn’t until I took on fighting and he started getting out of shape a little that I could beat him.” Elkins has a professional record of 20-5. He is hoping to get back in the UFC Octagon soon. Right now he trains six days a week in Indiana. Before his last fight, a unanimous decision over Rob Whiteford in UFC Fight Night in October, Elkins had trained in Sacramento with Team Alpha Male. Elkins is hoping to climb back in to the top 10 rankings, a place he has been before. “Right now it’s just about climbing back into that top 10,” he said. Although Elkins says having a wrestling foundation is a huge asset in MMA, you have to be able to develop more skills to be successful. “You really have to develop your all around fighting techniques,” he said. “You can’t just rely on wrestling.” Elkins also knows the importance of staying healthy. He does not eat processed food. He cuts down on sugar and salt and only eats organic. That has helped with maintaining his weight for fights. As far as athletic highlights, Elkins doesn’t have one favorite. “I’ve had so many great moments, and I really don’t put one over the other,” he said. “Winning state was one of my best moments. It was something I dreamed of since I was 5-years-old. Then, getting called to fight in the UFC, and then winning in the UFC. Those are all very great memories for me.” Elkins is married and has an 8-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son. His daughter swims competitively and his son has started wrestling. “Right now it’s his first year,” Elkins said. “I don’t want to push him. I want him to enjoy it. Right now my daughter goes to practices too because she said if my son gets to wrestle, she does too.”
  6. Brought to you by EI Sports By JEREMY HINES jerhines@cinergymetro.net If anyone can teach a team to believe in itself, it’s Leroy Vega. Vega, who was told he was too small to wrestle collegiately, even after winning two Indiana state championships, went on to become a three time All-American at the University of Minnesota. Now Vega is instilling that confidence in the Portage High School team he coaches. “There are always going to be doubters that will tell you that you can’t do things,” Vega said. “Nobody knows the hard work you put in. Actions speak louder than words. If you do all the right things, things that matter, you’ll start to see the payoff. That’s what we are trying to do and all of the guys are buying into it.” Vega says that Portage put themselves on the state map this season after winning the prestigious Lake Central Harvest tournament. “We started the season out a little off the radar,” Vega said. “Then we won the Lake Central Harvest tournament, beating Penn who was ranked No. 1 at the time. All 14 of our guys placed. People started to take notice. From there we have kept improving.” Portage lost just one dual this season, falling to Penn in a rematch. “We have a really solid 14,” Vega said. “We don’t have any holes in our lineup. Heading into the post season everyone is healthy. If things work out we can get some guys to state and a couple of guys into the finals.” One of Portage’s top wrestlers this season has been junior 145-pounder Steven Lawrence. Lawrence is currently ranked No. 3 in the weight class. One of Lawrence’s few losses came at the hands of No. 1-ranked Jacob Covaciu in a 2-1 decision. “We all push each other in the wrestling room,” Lawrence said. “And one of the team’s big focuses is to make sure we do something every day to get better. We don’t want to go a day without improving.” Vega is the first to admit that it takes a more than just one coach to make a successful team. “My assistant coaches have all really helped make us successful,” Vega said. “Each one of them has a different role. They have been outstanding.” Portage has seven different wrestlers ranked in the top 20 of their weight classes this season. Lawrence (145) and junior Gaige Torres (126) are both ranked No. 3. Senior Matt Hedrick (195) is ranked 10th in the state with freshman (106) Collin Poynter joining in the rankings at No. 13. Senior Davin Gonzalez (152), sophomore Ismeal Cornejo (170) and junior Braden Majewski (220( are all ranked No. 16 in their respective weight classes. “I’d probably say Ismeal Cornejo is the guy that leads by example on this team,” Vega said. “He’s always staying after practice and putting in extra work to get better. But really all the guys do that.” Vega said that there is hardly a day that has went by in the last 33 years that he hasn’t laced up his wrestling shoes and went on the mat. He loves coaching and the competitive rivalry he is building with the other coaches across the state. He said it still doesn’t replace that feeling of going out there and wrestling himself, but it’s a way to still be competitive. “Wrestling has taught me a lot about discipline, hard work and dedication,” Vega said. “Now I’m competing as a coach and I’m getting the team ready. We want to someday win a state title and we’d love to have an individual win a title.” Vega started wrestling when he was four years old. Now his four-year-old son Lydon Jay (named after Jay Robinson), is in love with the sport as well. He wants to be at every Portage practice. He watches film and he looks up to the guys on the team. “I’m so glad he has fallen in love with this sport,” Vega said. Portage will wrestle in the Calumet sectional on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  7. Brought to you by EI Sports By JEREMY HINES jerhines@cinergymetro.net If anyone can teach a team to believe in itself, it’s Leroy Vega. Vega, who was told he was too small to wrestle collegiately, even after winning two Indiana state championships, went on to become a three time All-American at the University of Minnesota. Now Vega is instilling that confidence in the Portage High School team he coaches. “There are always going to be doubters that will tell you that you can’t do things,” Vega said. “Nobody knows the hard work you put in. Actions speak louder than words. If you do all the right things, things that matter, you’ll start to see the payoff. That’s what we are trying to do and all of the guys are buying into it.” Vega says that Portage put themselves on the state map this season after winning the prestigious Lake Central Harvest tournament. “We started the season out a little off the radar,” Vega said. “Then we won the Lake Central Harvest tournament, beating Penn who was ranked No. 1 at the time. All 14 of our guys placed. People started to take notice. From there we have kept improving.” Portage lost just one dual this season, falling to Penn in a rematch. “We have a really solid 14,” Vega said. “We don’t have any holes in our lineup. Heading into the post season everyone is healthy. If things work out we can get some guys to state and a couple of guys into the finals.” One of Portage’s top wrestlers this season has been junior 145-pounder Steven Lawrence. Lawrence is currently ranked No. 3 in the weight class. One of Lawrence’s few losses came at the hands of No. 1-ranked Jacob Covaciu in a 2-1 decision. “We all push each other in the wrestling room,” Lawrence said. “And one of the team’s big focuses is to make sure we do something every day to get better. We don’t want to go a day without improving.” Vega is the first to admit that it takes a more than just one coach to make a successful team. “My assistant coaches have all really helped make us successful,” Vega said. “Each one of them has a different role. They have been outstanding.” Portage has seven different wrestlers ranked in the top 20 of their weight classes this season. Lawrence (145) and junior Gaige Torres (126) are both ranked No. 3. Senior Matt Hedrick (195) is ranked 10th in the state with freshman (106) Collin Poynter joining in the rankings at No. 13. Senior Davin Gonzalez (152), sophomore Ismeal Cornejo (170) and junior Braden Majewski (220( are all ranked No. 16 in their respective weight classes. “I’d probably say Ismeal Cornejo is the guy that leads by example on this team,” Vega said. “He’s always staying after practice and putting in extra work to get better. But really all the guys do that.” Vega said that there is hardly a day that has went by in the last 33 years that he hasn’t laced up his wrestling shoes and went on the mat. He loves coaching and the competitive rivalry he is building with the other coaches across the state. He said it still doesn’t replace that feeling of going out there and wrestling himself, but it’s a way to still be competitive. “Wrestling has taught me a lot about discipline, hard work and dedication,” Vega said. “Now I’m competing as a coach and I’m getting the team ready. We want to someday win a state title and we’d love to have an individual win a title.” Vega started wrestling when he was four years old. Now his four-year-old son Lydon Jay (named after Jay Robinson), is in love with the sport as well. He wants to be at every Portage practice. He watches film and he looks up to the guys on the team. “I’m so glad he has fallen in love with this sport,” Vega said. Portage will wrestle in the Calumet sectional on Saturday.
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