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Posts posted by Y2CJ41



    Colin Kwiatkowski has experienced highs and lows on the wrestling mat and the Valparaiso High School junior says he is better for it. As a 160-pound freshman, Kwiatkowski went into the Vikings varsity lineup and faced a schedule that includes the tough Duneland Athletic Conference and more.


    “It was an eye opener,” says Kwiatkowski. “My freshmen years wasn’t the greatest year. My sophomore year, I started beating kids and realized I can actually do something with wrestling.”


    “It was an aha moment. I can go far in this sport.”


    Kwiatkowski placed first at the LaPorte Sectional, second at the Crown Regional and third at the East Chicago Semistate and qualified for the IHSAA State Finals as a 170-pound sophomore, finishing 32-9.


    Not making it to the second day fueled Kwiatkowski’s off-season and has fed his desire during the 2019-20 campaign.


    “Losing Friday night (at the State Finals), it hurts,” says third-year Valparaiso head coach Jake Plesac. “It leaves a bad taste in your mouth. He has used it as something to learn from.”


    “He took the loss hard. He came in this summer willing to work hard.”


    Valparaiso has a young squad this season with many underclassmen in varsity roles.


    “I’m helping them,” says Kwiatkowski. “I know what they’re going through. My freshmen year was the same thing. You have to get through the ups and downs.”


    With a young squad of 25, including freshmen who came up through the rejuvenated Valparaiso Viking Wrestling Club, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson middle schools, Kwiatkowski finds himself throwing kids into the varsity that could use some more experience at the junior varsity level.


    “We all want to get better,” says Plesac. “Sometimes you have to take your lumps to do that.”


    “Our goal for us is grow them as young adults and better wrestlers along the way.”


    Last fall, Kwiatkowski was a starting linebacker and backup quarterback for the 2019 Class 5A state runners-up.


    “That experience in football was like no other,” says Kwiatkowski. “It was really fun.


    “But there’s big difference between football shape and wrestling shape. (In wrestling), you’re going all-out as hard as you can the whole time.”


    He performed on the gridiron around 195 pounds.


    “It met with (Plesac) before went to state,” says Kwiatkowski. “We came to the decision that I’d be wrestling at 182. Last year, I did a lot of cutting weight. It took a big toll on my body. This years, I’m more energized with more strength and I’m quicker.”


    Kwiatkowski has been eating mostly vegetables with some lean meats like chicken.


    “That stuff has helped,” says Kwiatkowski. “I’ve felt better since I’ve been on the diet.”


    Where does Kwiatkowski shine brightest on the mat?


    “Defense,” says Kwiatkowski. “That’s what I’m best at. I need to work more at my offense.”


    “My coaches always emphasize that I need to take more shots. I agree with them.”


    While several different VHS grapplers practice with Kwiatkowski to give him different looks, his main workout partner is 195-pound sophomore Pierce Pine.


    “We want to hardest training we can give him,” says Plesac. “If all else fails a coach will jump in and try to give him the better workout.”


    Plesac describes Kwiatkowski as a pure wrestler with raw athleticism.


    “He’s relentless neutral to top to bottom. He’s a big move guy. He’s known for his throws. It makes him really dangerous. He executes (throws) more than anybody I’ve ever seen in my coaching career.”


    “He has great hips and is able to use his body in a way that has made throws successful.”


    Kwiatkowski, who is 31-1 this season and coming off a runner-up finish at the DAC meet, says he sometimes relies on his physical gifts more than his moves.


    “My athleticism gets me out of situations where I could be using technique or other things to get out of,” says Kwiatkowski. shooting is the side of offense I need to get more out of. I need to be quicker on my feet.


    “Those throws aren’t always going to be there.”


    Then there’s the Colin Kwiatkowski, the person.


    “The thing that makes him special is his humble personality off the mat,” says Plesac. “He’s polite to anyone and everyone. He’s a leader  in the school. He’s a quiet kid.”


    “When he speaks people listen. That’s what he does for our team. We’re glad he’s taken on more of a leadership role this year.”


    There are 25 athletes on a squad coached by Plesac (a former Hobart wrestler and Purdue University graduate), Eric Ledbetter and Irving Hernandez.


    One of the younger Vikings is Colin’s brother, Dylan Kwiatkowski. He broke his arm during the football season and just recently was able to compete in wrestling in a dual against Portage.


    “He did very well,” says Colin. “He’s my buddy when it comes to everything.”


    Michael and Miranda Kwiatkowski have three children — Colin, Dylan and Brooklyn. The little sister is a seventh grader at Ben Franklin Middle School and is a volleyball player.


    Colin Kwiatkowski says he would like to wrestle in college or attend Indiana University to study business. His current favorite school subject is science.


    “I’ve always found that interesting,” says Kwiatkowski.


    As a sophomore, he was a peer tutor. During his study hall, he helped special education students, eating lunch with them and a football teammate and working with them on their assignments.


    “Next year I’m going to do that again,” says Kwiatkowski. “I had a lot of fun doing that.”


    Valparaiso has one more home dual meet (Jan. 22 against Crown Point) before the state tournament series.

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  2. Dual Schedule

    Date/Time Event
    Jan 20 05:45 pm Providence Cristo Rey at Purdue Polytechnic
    Jan 20 06:00 pm John Glenn at North Miami
    Jan 20 06:00 pm Kankakee Valley at Hammond Gavit
    Jan 20 06:00 pm Sturgis(MI) at Westview
    Jan 20 06:00 pm Pendleton Heights at Brebeuf Jesuit
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Wheeler at Highland
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Cloverdale at Northview
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Heritage Hills Vincennes Lincoln at Vincennes Lincoln
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Western Boone at Clinton Prairie
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Frankfort at Twin Lakes
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Sullivan at West Vigo
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Charlestown at West Washington
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Kokomo at Madison-Grant
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Rossville at Frontier
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Delta at Hamilton Heights
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Jasper at Southridge
    Jan 21 06:00 pm North Putnam at South Putnam
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Logansport at Cass
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Greenwood at Beech Grove
    Jan 21 06:00 pm North Harrison at Eastern (Pekin)
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Indiana Deaf at Batesville
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Jimtown at Edwardsburg(MI)
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Fountain Central at Benton Central
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Greencastle at Indianapolis Scecina Memorial
    Jan 21 06:30 pm Bellmont at Carroll(Fort Wayne)
    Jan 21 06:30 pm Lake Station Edison at Hammond Morton
    Jan 21 06:30 pm Tecumseh at Evansville Harrison
    Jan 21 06:30 pm Fort Wayne Bishop Luers at Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger
    Jan 21 06:30 pm Frankton at Pendleton Heights
    Jan 21 06:30 pm Indianapolis Bishop Chatard at Tri-West
    Jan 21 06:30 pm Bluffton at Eastside
    Jan 21 06:30 pm Knox at Winamac
    Jan 21 06:30 pm Seeger at Lafayette Central Catholic
    Jan 21 06:30 pm Winchester at Centerville
    Jan 21 06:30 pm Perry Meridian at Brownsburg
    Jan 21 06:30 pm Fort Wayne Snider at Leo
    Jan 21 06:30 pm Mooresville at Bloomington North
    Jan 21 06:30 pm Fort Wayne North Side at Alexandria
    Jan 21 06:45 pm Northridge at Elkhart Memorial
    Jan 22 07:30 am Crown Point at Valparaiso
    Jan 22 05:30 pm Evansville Central at Wood Memorial
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Roncalli at Indianapolis Cathedral
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Blackford at Marion
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Lawrence North at Lawrence Central
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Pioneer at Culver Community
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Lapel at Daleville
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Shenandoah at Hagerstown
    Jan 22 06:00 pm LaVille at John Glenn
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Center Grove at Plainfield
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Decatur Central at Indianapolis Scecina Memorial
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Brebeuf Jesuit at Indianapolis Crispus Attucks
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Indianapolis Lutheran at Fort Wayne Concordia
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Terre Haute North at Terre Haute South
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Southmont at Pike
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Whitko at Eastbrook
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Providence Cristo Rey at Speedway
    Jan 22 06:00 pm New Albany at Jeffersonville
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Eastbrook at Taylor
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Tipton at Wes-Del
    Jan 22 06:03 pm Northfield at Triton
    Jan 22 06:30 pm Michigan City at Merrillville
    Jan 22 06:30 pm Warren Central at Avon
    Jan 22 06:30 pm North Montgomery at Westfield
    Jan 22 06:30 pm Norwell at South Adams
    Jan 22 06:30 pm Columbia City at Garrett
    Jan 22 06:30 pm Culver Academies at South Bend St. Joseph
    Jan 22 06:30 pm West Lafayette at Lafayette Jefferson
    Jan 22 06:30 pm Rochester at Western
    Jan 22 06:30 pm Carmel at Hamilton Southeastern
    Jan 22 06:30 pm Chesterton at LaPorte
    Jan 22 06:30 pm Robinson(IL) at North Knox
    Jan 22 06:30 pm Portage at Lake Central
    Jan 22 06:30 pm Calumet at Andrean
    Jan 22 06:30 pm Fort Wayne South Side at Fort Wayne Wayne
    Jan 22 06:30 pm North Central at Fishers
    Jan 22 06:30 pm Purdue Polytechnic at Mount Vernon (Fortville)
    Jan 22 07:00 pm Henderson County(KY) at Evansville Harrison
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Guerin Catholic at Hamilton Heights
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Columbus North at Bedford North Lawrence
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Danville at Greencastle
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Gary West Side at Hammond Morton
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Bloomington North at Indian Creek
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Madison at New Washington
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Eastern (Greentown) at Frankton
    Jan 23 06:00 pm New Prairie at John Glenn
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Jennings County at Seymour
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Rushville at Shelbyville
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Greenwood at New Palestine
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Cass at Northwestern
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Cascade at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Hebron at North Newton
    Jan 23 06:30 pm Bloomington South at Edgewood
    Jan 23 06:30 pm Cowan at Union City
    Jan 23 06:30 pm South Bend Washington at Bremen
    Jan 23 06:30 pm LaVille at West Noble
    Jan 23 06:30 pm Western Boone at Lebanon
    Jan 23 06:30 pm South Vermillion at Crawfordsville
    Jan 23 06:30 pm Greenfield-Central at Beech Grove
    Jan 23 06:30 pm Whiteland at Martinsville
    Jan 23 06:30 pm Elwood at Noblesville
    Jan 23 07:00 pm Mishawaka at South Bend Riley
    Jan 23 07:00 pm Rensselaer Central at Harrison (WL)
    Jan 23 07:00 pm Penn at South Bend Adams
    Jan 23 07:00 pm South Bend Clay at Mishawaka Marian
    Jan 23 07:00 pm Elkhart Central at Jimtown
    Jan 24 06:00 pm North Montgomery at Zionsville
    Jan 24 06:00 pm Cincinnati Elder(OH) at East Central
    Jan 24 06:30 pm Brownsburg at Columbus East
    Jan 25 06:00 pm East Chicago Central at South Bend Washington


    Multi-Dual Schedule


    Date/Time Event Teams
    Jan 21 06:00 pm Double Dual at Richmond at Richmond Teams: Cowan Monroe Central Richmond
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Double Dual at Franklin County at Franklin County Teams: Franklin County Milan South Dearborn
    Jan 22 06:00 pm Double Dual at Tri at Tri Teams: Eastern Hancock New Castle Tri
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Attica Duals at Attica Teams: Attica Faith Christian South Newton Tri County
    Jan 23 07:00 pm Double Dual at Clay at South Bend Clay Teams: Mishawaka Marian South Bend Clay South Bend St. Joseph
    Jan 25 09:00 am Milan 6 Way at Milan Teams: Madison Milan Switzerland County
    Jan 25 09:00 am South Dearborn Invite at South Dearborn Teams: Greensburg South Dearborn
    Jan 25 09:00 am Lake Station Super 8 at Lake Station Edison Teams: Andrean Hammond Clark Lake Station Edison Whiting

    Tournament Schedule

    Date/Time Event Teams
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Mid-Southern Conference at Scottsburg Teams: Charlestown Corydon Central Eastern (Pekin) North Harrison Salem Scottsburg Silver Creek
    Jan 23 06:00 pm Great Lakes Athletic Conference at East Chicago Central Teams: East Chicago Central Gary West Side Hammond Hammond Clark Hammond Gavit Hammond Morton
    Jan 24 05:00 pm Howe Invite at Indianapolis Howe Academy Teams: Indianapolis Crispus Attucks Indianapolis Howe Academy Purdue Polytechnic
    Jan 24 06:00 pm Allen County Athletic Conference at Woodlan Teams: Adams Central Bluffton Heritage Jay County South Adams Southern Wells Woodlan
    Jan 25 12:00 am Michael Herschenrader Memorial at Male(KY) Teams: Male(KY) Providence
    Jan 25 09:00 am Southern Indiana Athletic Conference at Castle Teams: Castle Evansville Bosse Evansville Central Evansville Harrison Evansville Mater Dei Evansville Memorial Evansville North Evansville Reitz
    Jan 25 09:00 am Big 8 Conference at Washington Teams: Boonville Jasper Mount Vernon (Posey) Princeton Vincennes Lincoln Washington
    Jan 25 09:00 am North East 8 at New Haven Teams: Bellmont Columbia City DeKalb East Noble Huntington North Leo New Haven Norwell
    Jan 25 09:00 am CMA Invitational at Culver Academies Teams: Culver Academies Franklin Community Hammond Baptist LaPorte Mishawaka Marian Penn South Bend Riley Southmont
    Jan 25 09:00 am Summit Athletic Conference at Fort Wayne Snider Teams: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger Fort Wayne Bishop Luers Fort Wayne Concordia Fort Wayne North Side Fort Wayne Northrop Fort Wayne Snider Fort Wayne South Side Fort Wayne Wayne
    Jan 25 09:00 am Northern Lakes Conference at Plymouth Teams: Concord Elkhart Memorial Goshen Northridge NorthWood Plymouth Warsaw Wawasee
    Jan 25 09:00 am Bi-County at Fountain Central Teams: Attica Covington Fountain Central Seeger
    Jan 25 09:00 am Tri-Eastern Conference at Northeastern Teams: Cambridge City Lincoln Centerville Hagerstown Knightstown Northeastern Tri Union City Union County Winchester
    Jan 25 09:00 am Three Rivers Conference at Maconaquah Teams: Maconaquah Manchester North Miami Northfield Peru Rochester Southwood Tippecanoe Valley Wabash Whitko
    Jan 25 09:00 am Mid-Eastern Conference at Cowan Teams: Blue River Valley Cowan Daleville Eastern Hancock Monroe Central Randolph Southern Shenandoah Wapahani Wes-Del
    Jan 25 09:00 am Hoosier Heartland Conference at Clinton Central Teams: Carroll (Flora) Clinton Central Clinton Prairie Delphi Eastern (Greentown) Rossville Sheridan Taylor Tri-Central
    Jan 25 09:00 am Cardinal Ritter Invitational at Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter Teams: Brebeuf Jesuit Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter North Putnam Speedway Triton Central
    Jan 25 10:00 am North Central Conference at Richmond Teams: Anderson Harrison (WL) Indianapolis Arsenal Tech Kokomo Lafayette Jefferson Logansport Marion McCutcheon Muncie Central Richmond
    Jan 25 10:00 am Hoosier North Athletic Conference at Triton Teams: Caston Culver Community Knox LaVille North Judson Pioneer Triton Winamac
    Jan 25 10:00 am Pakota Lake Conference at Paoli Teams: Crawford County Mitchell Paoli West Washington
    Jan 25 10:00 am Midwest Conference at Tri County Teams: Frontier North Newton North White South Newton Tri County West Central
    Jan 25 10:00 am Pocket Athletic Conference at Heritage Hills Teams: Forest Park Gibson Southern Heritage Hills North Posey Pike Central South Spencer Southridge Tecumseh Tell City

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  3. 23 minutes ago, FANMAN said:

    Didn’t or couldn’t .. maybe I’m wrong but wasn’t his age the reason he wasn’t allowed to compete.  Thinking he turned 19 during wrestling season, which would of kept from competing, or at least the post season.  Crazy how parents made choices or for whatever reason kids ages vary.  I turned 18 first week of college, other kids turning 19 during school year lol. 

    No he transferred and was ruled ineligible.

  4. 14 hours ago, 4U2NV said:

    Littell is a great talent but he is no Mendez. 126 would just be more lopsided. 

    Littell is pretty darn good, without injuries he'd be flirting with being a 4-timer also. He has a hit list of who's who in Indiana wrestling


    Alec Viduya
    Blake Boarman
    Brayden Lowery
    Riley Bettich
    Hunter Watts
    Cayden Rooks

    He placed at Fargo and Super 32 and lost a 1-0 match with Jesse Mendez. Like @IndianaWrestlingGuy said, if he's there you wouldn't have seen the amount of athletes headed to 126.




    When it’s time to step on the mat “Flip” flips the switch and goes to work. When the match is done, he flips back to being one of the nicest guys around.


    Sure, Indianapolis Lutheran junior Hayden Filipovich got his nickname, in part, because of his last name. But those who know the 182-pounder best knows he can turn into a monster when he’s wrestling.


    “We call him Flip,” Lutheran coach Greg Hughes said. “He certainly flips the switch on the mat. He is one of those magical kids that can go toe-to-toe with anyone. He’s relentless. He’s fearless. But, as soon as the match is over, he’s a class act. He’s a great kid, a smart, personable kid and a great leader with an infectious personality.”


    Filipovich is currently ranked No. 9 in the 182-pound class. Last year he advanced to the ticket round of the New Castle semistate before falling to J.D. Farrell of Fishers 5-2. That match has fueled Filipovich to push harder this year.


    “He wishes he had that ticket round match back,” Hughes said. “It came down to who was going to have that edge. I think he approached that match differently than normal. We have really focused on treating every match the same this year – whether it be a big match or an insignificant one. We don’t want him holding it back and playing safe this year. Every match he needs to go in and just let it rip. This year he puts his foot on the line and goes. All year we’ve focused on this.”


    Filipovich worked out all summer with that loss in mind.


    “I made a lot of mistakes in the ticket round match,” he said. “I had a lot of nerves going. But, it motivated me to get better and push harder.”


    Lutheran is one of the smallest schools in the state. There are just at 250 students in the high school, and about half of those are male. Still, the wrestling team has 15 guys this season. They still struggle to fill a roster and, being in Marion County, they wrestle elite programs like Perry Meridian, Cathedral and Warren Central.


    The school didn’t even have a wrestling program until Hughes started it five years ago.


    “I always loved the sport of wrestling,” Hughes said. “Then God blessed me with three sons. We were looking at options for high school. Lutheran really stood out as our best choice, but they didn’t have a wrestling program. I told the school that I wanted to go there but we needed wrestling. They allowed me to start the program. Now, the kids on this team are like my sons on the mat. We have two state-ranked wrestlers. I keep saying we’re the No. 1 small school program in Marion County.


    “After five years we have had some good accomplishments. It’s a true wrestling story. You win some and lose some, but we see how far we’ve come and how far we want to go.”


    Leading the charge this season is Filipovich. The junior is used to success. He was the starting center and linebacker for the state runner-up football team and he has carried that winning attitude to the mat.


    “One of my favorite stories about Flip happened about a year ago,” Hughes said. “I was pushing the kids pretty hard. We were running sprints at the end of a very tough practice. The kids were dragging. The sprints were slowing down. I told the kids to give me just two more. Then Flip pops up and says ‘That’s it? We need to do more. I have to be six-minute ready. Let’s go.’ He was pushing us to coach harder because he knew what he wanted to accomplish.”


    Filipovich has lofty goals this season.


    “Just like every other kid growing up wrestling in Indiana, I want to be a state champion,” he said. “It’s always been a dream of mine.”


    Filipovich is undecided in what he wants to pursue in college. He’s leaning toward exercise science but admits he hasn’t made his mind up yet. Right now he’s focused on wrestling.

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  6. 7 minutes ago, UncleJimmy said:

    MS - 275

    Guaranteed Places

    • 1st Place - Holden Parsons of Yorktown MS #5-285(7th@285)
    • 2nd Place - Tate Johnson of Schmucker MS

    Tate Johnson recently signed with Auburn for football after moving out of state. 

    I noticed quite a few kids that moved out of state

    Trey Bates- Tennessee
    Robert Howard- Not the #1 ranked guy, but he's in Michigan I think
    Noah Mis, Colton Drousias, Robert Bowman- All at Mount Carmel

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