2018-02-08 / Sports

Martians win GAC tourney

BY SPORTS STAFF


Goodrich’s Tristin Katulski works his LakeVille opponent during a meet on Jan. 10. 
Photo by Timothy Mucciante Goodrich’s Tristin Katulski works his LakeVille opponent during a meet on Jan. 10. Photo by Timothy Mucciante CORUNNA – The Goodrich wrestling team closed out the regular season on Saturday at the Genesee Area Conference tournament at Corunna. Goodrich took first with 203.5 out of 14 teams. New Lothrop was second with 181.5 and Montrose was third with 121.5.

Complete results were not made available prior to press deadlines. At 119 lbs., Caleb Teague defeated Riley Bacon of Mt. Morris by fall at :56 in the quarterfinals. Carson Turnbow won a 9-1 major decision against Corunna’s Ty Anderson. Also at 130 lbs., Tristin Katulski won an 11-3 major decision over Byron’s Brenden Stites.

At 135 lbs., Jimmy McMillan took second, defeating Ethan Dunman of Mt. Morris by fall at 3:03 in the semis, but losing to Lake Fenton’s Jarrett Trombley by a 29-12 technical fall at 4:00 in the first-place match.

Dominic Edwards took first place at 140 lbs. Edwards won a 13-8 decision against Lake Fenton’s Hunter Hypio. In the semis, Edwards defeated Byron’s Logan Zakoor by a 6-0 decision. In the first-place match, Edwards won a 6-4 decision against Mt. Morris’ Scotty Amaya.

At 145 lbs., Carter Lauinger defeated Byron’s Darren Matuscak by fall at 1:10 in the quarterfinals. In the 160 lb. quarterfinals, James Penfold pinned Byron’s Matthew Pellman at :51. Juwan Vines defeated Mt. Morris’ Jesse Munsell by an 11-3 major decision in the 171 lb. semifinals.

Div. 2 team district at Croswell- Lexington

Goodrich, currently ranked No. 9 in the Div. 2 state rankings, will be at the team district at Croswell-Lexington today. Goodrich will open the meet against Imlay City, which is unranked.

The Martians finished the season undefeated in the Genesee Area Conference, with a 7-0 league record and a first-place finish at the GAC tournament. Overall, Goodrich was 14-5 on the season. The Spartans started the season out strong, but have struggled in recent weeks due to injuries. Imlay City was 3-3 in the Blue Water Area Conference and 13-12 overall. Imlay City took last at the BWAC tournament and had only sixth wrestlers compete.

The winner of Imlay City and Goodrich will move on to wrestle against the winner of the North Branch and Cros-Lex match, which takes place at 5:30 p.m., for a spot at team regionals. Goodrich has faced neither team this season. Imlay City did not wrestle against North Branch at all this season, but Cros-Lex has stumped Imlay City twice already. The Spartans fell to Cros-Lex 42-27 at Imlay City’s own tournament and then lost a close 37-34 match up during a league meet. Cros-Lex will be a strong opponent for any team it faces as it sits at 3-2 league record but a 31-5 overall record.

The final team left standing between the four will advance to the team regionals to face the winner of the Fenton district, which includes Fenton, Linden, Holly and Brandon, on February 14 for a shot to advance to the team finals at the Wings Events Center in Kalamazoo on February 23 and 24.

Div. 2 individual district at Goodrich

The Martians will host the individual districts on Saturday, drawing in a field of wrestlers from Armada, Auburn Hills-Avondale, Croswell- Lexington, Fenton, Holly, Imlay City, Linden, Marysville, North Branch, St. Mary’s Prep, Brandon, Pontiac, Notre Dame Prep and St. Clair.

Honour Kline will be the top wrestler to watch for Goodrich, competing at either 189 lbs. or 215 lbs. Kline, a junior, notched his 100th win this season and has been dominate with a 30-3 record. Kline also took fifth place at 189 lbs. at last year’s state finals.

Along with Kline, Blake Coffell will also be a tough competitor at 285 lbs. Coffell is currently 27-5 on the season. Coffell was an All-State wrestler last season and took eighth place at state finals.

Turnbow will also be looking to return to the state finals after not placing last year. Turnbow, 125 lbs., has a record of 22-9 this season. At 171 lbs., Vines has a 20-7 record this season and was also a state finals qualifier last year.

Other wrestlers who will be looking to advance to their first state finals will be Dominic Edwards, 140 lbs., with a 15-6 record, Katulski at 130 lbs. with a 20-13 record, Lauinger at 145 lbs. with an 11-10 record and Jimmy McMillan with a 22-12 record at 135 lbs.

The top four in each weight class will move on to individual regionals at Gaylord on February 17 for a chance to move on to state finals at Ford Field on March 2 and 3. – K.R.

GRAND BLANC: The Bobcats placed fifth in a field of 14 teams with 140.5 points at the Kensington Lakes Activities Association Championships on Saturday. Hartland won the championship with 247.5, Brighton was the runner up with 237 and Westland John Glenn placed third with 223.5.

Brody Kemper at 119 was the highest-placing Bobcat, finishing second overall in his class. He lost a 6-4 to Hartland’s Corey Cavanaugh in the championship match. Brody Kemper had previously won a 17-7 major decision over John Glenn’s Caleb Meekins in the semifinals and pinned Salem’s Collin Schultz at 0:42 in the quarterfinals.

Kaleb Kemper at 145 placed third overall. He won a 6-2 decision over Howell’s Aaron Stearn- Raskin in the third-place match. Previously, Kaleb Kemper lost a 2-0 decision to Brighton’s Nick Bleise in the semifinals and also pinned Northville’s Jacob Nagy at 1:48 in the quarterfinals.

Drew McCullough at 215 also placed third overall, defeating Hartland’s Jack Callaghan by 4-3 decision in the third-place match. Prior, McCullough was pinned by Brighton’s Luke Stanton at 3:23 in the semifinals, but won the quarterfinals over Salem’s Evan Kirkpatrick by pin at 2:24.

Additionally, Jackson Turnbow at 125 and Eugene Durbin at 160 both placed fourth. Connor Humphrey at 112, Griffin Redmond at 135 and Seth Dominguez at 152 all took fifth place in their respective weight class. Preston Loeffler finished sixth at 171.

Team Districts: Grand Blanc wrestled against Swartz Creek in the district championship at Davison yesterday after we went to press. The winner then wrestled the victor of the Davison-Lapeer match. The district champion will advance to the regionals, where the winners of the Carman-Ainsworth, Midland and Traverse City Central districts await.

Individual Districts: The Bobcats will wrestle in the Div. 1 individual districts at Bay City Western on Saturday. The district will feature wrestlers from Alpena, Bay City Western, Davison, Carman-Ainsworth, Flushing, Swartz Creek, Lapeer, Midland, Midland Dow, Arthur Hill, Heritage, Traverse City Central and Traverse City West.

The district is stacked with state-ranked wrestlers from Davison, including Andrew Chambal at 103, who is ranked first overall in Div. 1. Davison’s AJ Facundo at 130, Alex Facundo at 145 and Brian Case at 152 are all ranked second overall in their respective classes. Cal Stefanko at 171 is also ranked third for Davison.

Flushing’s Ben Cushman at 189 is also ranked first in Div. 1, and Bay City Western’s Victor Schoenherr at 145 is ranked fourth. — -J.O.

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