2018-02-11 / Sports

Area teams eliminated from team districts

Focus now is getting individuals to the state meet
BY SPORTS STAFF


Lapeer’s Kyle Fenner battled with an opponent at the Saginaw Valley League meet last Saturday at Davison. 
Photo by Terry Lyons Lapeer’s Kyle Fenner battled with an opponent at the Saginaw Valley League meet last Saturday at Davison. Photo by Terry Lyons GENESEE COUNTY — The postseason for area high school wrestling teams proved to be a gauntlet, as all were eliminated from their respective team districts Wednesday and Thursday. Div. 1 and 3 teams competed Wednesday and Div. 2 and 4 on Thursday. All schools took part in individual districts Saturday after our Friday afternoon press deadlines. Those results will appear in our Wednesday print edition. Below is the fallout from the team districts.

Div. 1 at Davison

No. 5-ranked Davison, defending team district champs, went on to win the district championship once again with a 51-24 win over Grand Blanc Wednesday. The Bobcats advanced to the finals after topping Swartz Creek, 46-21. Lapeer swallowed a 60-24 loss to Davison largely because no matches were actually wrestled against Davison, as Lapeer voided 10 weight classes and Davison voided four. Individual bout details were not provided.


Almont’s Hunter Spies, shown here against Zach Murphy on Dec. 20, won his bout by 11-0 major decision at the team districts Wednesday. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Almont’s Hunter Spies, shown here against Zach Murphy on Dec. 20, won his bout by 11-0 major decision at the team districts Wednesday. Photo by Austin VanDaele Lapeer now moves on to Saturday’s individual districts at Auburn-Bay City Western. — B.P.

Div. 2 at Croswell- Lexington

Imlay City was knocked out of team districts on Thursday after they opened with a 60-16 loss against Goodrich. Goodrich, ranked No. 9 in Div. 2, went on to win the district after defeating Cros-Lex 42-23.

The Spartans had four wrestlers come away with victories in their respective weight classes. At 103, Dakota Sandzik defeated Goodrich’s Jason Henrie in an 11-2 major decision. Isreal Santella added a win by void at 112 lbs. Wes Hampton, 135 lbs., won a 4-3 decision over Jimmy McMillan. At 145 lbs., Hunter Mullins defeated Colin Austin by a 16-2 major decision.


The Capac varsity wrestling team was on its feet Thursday night at Brown City as the Chiefs ended up losing by a mere point, 43-42, to Marlette in the team districts. 
Photo by Susan Morse The Capac varsity wrestling team was on its feet Thursday night at Brown City as the Chiefs ended up losing by a mere point, 43-42, to Marlette in the team districts. Photo by Susan Morse North Branch ended its season on Thursday, falling to Cros-Lex 63-15 in the district semifinals. Only three North Branch wrestlers won their individual matches.

Anthony Hobbs at 125 pinned Cros- Lex’s Jack Scheland at :51. Lonigan Guzman at 140 pinned Colton Emerick at 1:50. Marcos Rodriguez at 215 won a 8-4 decision over Blake Falter.

North Branch also wrestled in the Div. 2 individual districts at Goodrich High School on Saturday after we went to press. The Broncos competed against wrestlers from Armada, Auburn Hills Avondale, Cros-Lex, Fenton, Goodrich, Holly, Imlay City, Linden, Marysville, Orchard Lake St. Mary, Ortonville-Brandon, Pontiac, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and St. Clair. The top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the regional championship against the top four from the Clinton district on Feb. 17 at Gaylord High School.

Goodrich moves on to host Div. 2 regionals. The Martians will face Holly and Auburn Hills-Avondale will face Marysville. The winner of the two matches will be pitted against each other for the regional title and a chance at team finals on Feb. 23 and 24 at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo. — K.R./J.O.

Div. 3 at LakeVille

Almont and LakeVille were unable to come away with a win over Yale during the team district tournament on Wednesday. Almont lost to Yale 42-29 in the opening dual before LakeVille lost 36-33 in the second round after having a first-round bye.

During Almont’s match with Yale, Aiden Finn at 112 picked up a win by fall at 1:28. At 125, Nathan Liblong won by a 7-5 decision. Landon Kruse at 130 defeated his Yale opponent by a 15-2 major decision while Hunter Spies also won by major decision, winning 11-0 at 285. Austin Battani at 189 and Shane Bailey at 215 both won their matches by forfeit.

At 103, Jack DeMara lost by a 4-2 decision to his opponent. Gavin Dempz lost at 119 by a 10-4 decision. Lane Jackson at 145 and Michael Lulgjuraj both lost by fall at 3:02 and 2:51, respectively. Almont also lost points by forfeiting at 135, 140, 152 and 160.

After defeating Almont, Yale moved on to face LakeVille for a regional berth. The Falcons had six wrestlers come away with a win, beginning with Nate Young at 103, who won by fall at 1:16. Cal Huggler at 125 won by fall at :49 and Zach Young at 130 won by fall at 3:40. At 285, Liam Shannon defeated his opponent by a 1-0 decision. Meanwhile, Ryan Leix at 189 and Joe Linson at 215 both won their matches by forfeit.

Losing by fall were Isaiah Barton at 112, Miles Morales at 119, Alex Buckel at 160 and Michael Herron at 171. At 135, Doug Hennessy lost by decision, as did Sam Jackson at 140, Scott Williams at 145 and Quinton Black at 152. — A.V.

Div. 4 at Brown City

Capac lost a heartbreaker in the team district semifinals on Thursday night, falling to Marlette 43-42 on the seventh tiebreaker criteria. Marlette went on to win the district championship over Brown City 48-36.

Seven Capac wrestlers earned individual victories. Dan Navarro at 215 lbs. pinned Marlette’s Cody Hatcher at :58. Gerardo Navarro at 285 pinned Richard Appel at 1:26. Omar Navarro at 189 pinned Nixon Barron at 2:37. Hunter Thorner at 130 won by fall over Logan Wooters at :20. Thomas Tyson at 171, Loreto Frangedakis at 103 and Ben Rodriguez at 119 all won by forfeit.

Capac finished the season at 11-29 overall and 0-7 in BWAC league duals.

Capac wrestlers also competed in the Div. 4 individual districts at Sandusky on Saturday after we went to press. The Chiefs wrestled against wrestlers from Bad Axe, Brown City, Cass City, Marlette, Mayville, New Lothrop, Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port, Saginaw-Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Sandusky, St. Charles, Ubly and Vassar. The top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the regional championship against the top four from the Clinton district on Feb. 17 at New Lothrop High School. — J.O.

Div. 4 at Mayville

Mayville lost to Vassar 43-36 in the district championship on Thursday night, ending the team portion of its season.

Six Mayville wrestlers won their individual matches. Vinny Damiani at 189 lbs. defeated Vassar’s Michael Luther by pin at an unreported time. Trent Birmingham at 152 pinned Connor Rayment at 4:22, and Gabe Smith at 160 won by fall over Marshall Woplert at 1:24.

Logan LaBean at 215, Adam Callahan at 285 and Billy Dow at 130 all won by forfeit.

Mayville finished the season with a 21-7 overall record.

The Wildcats also wrestled in the Div. 4 individual districts at Sandusky on Saturday after we went to press. Mayville wrestled against Bad Axe, Brown City, Cass City, Marlette, Mayville, New Lothrop, Elkton-Pigeon- Bay Port, Saginaw-Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Sandusky, St. Charles, Ubly and Vassar. The top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the regional championship against the top four from the Clinton district on Feb. 17 at New Lothrop High School. -— J.O.

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