2018-01-10 / Sports

Almont first at Sandusky Tournament

Imlay City’s Pawlaczyk notches 100th career win
BY SPORTS STAFF


The Almont wrestling team poses for a photo after winning a tournament at Sandusky on Saturday. 
Photo courtesy Mat Dwyer The Almont wrestling team poses for a photo after winning a tournament at Sandusky on Saturday. Photo courtesy Mat Dwyer SANDUSKY — The Almont wrestling team took first place at the Sandusky Tournament on Saturday after multiple wrestlers finished atop their weight classes. Almont won the meet with 151 points while New Baltimore Anchor Bay was second with 136, Bad Axe third with 111, Sandusky fourth with 83 and Mio- Au Sable fifth with 76. Ubly placed sixth with 74, Michigan Lutheran Seminary was seventh with 69.5, Brown City was eighth with 59.5, St. Charles was ninth with 59 and Elkton-Pigeon- Bay Port finished 10th with 25.

Jack DeMara at 103, Gavin Dempz at 112 and Hunter Spies at 215 placed first within their respective divisions. DeMara began his day with a win over Bad Axe by fall at 0:51 before defeating Brown City and Anchor Bay by fall in 1:22 and 3:57, respectively, to move on to the first-place match. DeMara then defeated New Baltimore Anchor Bay by fall at 2:36 to secure first.


Imlay City’s Eric Pawlaczyk locks arms with an opponent during Saturday’s Spartan Invite. Pawlaczyk recorded his 100th win along with taking first-place at 119 pounds 
Photo Provided Imlay City’s Eric Pawlaczyk locks arms with an opponent during Saturday’s Spartan Invite. Pawlaczyk recorded his 100th win along with taking first-place at 119 pounds Photo Provided Dempz began his day with a win over Ubly by fall at 5:21 before defeating Anchor Bay by fall at 4:39. He then defeated Au Sable by fall at 0:24, Michigan Lutheran Seminary by fall at 1:14 and Anchor Bay by fall at 2:34 in the first-place match.

Spies began his run with a win over Ubly by fall at 5:08. In the second round, he defeated Bad Axe by fall in 3:45 before defeating another Bad Axe opponent by fall at 3:12 to move to the first-place match. Spies then defeated Sandusky by fall at 3:30 for first.

Aiden Finn at 103 finished third after losing his first match to Anchor Bay by fall. Finn rebounded and defeated Anchor Bay and Bad Axe by fall in 0:51 and 1:19, respectively, to move on to the third-place match, where he defeated Bad Axe by fall in 0:56. At 145, Lane Jackson finished third after losing his opening match to Ubly by fall before defeating Au Sable by fall at 0:55. Jackson then lost to Anchor Bay by fall before defeating a different Anchor Bay opponent to secure third-place.


Quinton Black of LakeVille fights for position over a Hemlock opponent during Saturday’s tournament. 
Photo courtesy Julie Huggler Quinton Black of LakeVille fights for position over a Hemlock opponent during Saturday’s tournament. Photo courtesy Julie Huggler At 189, Austin Battani finished first after opening his day with a win over teammate Issa Abu- Joudeh by fall at 1:05. Battani then defeated Anchor Bay by fall in 0:15 and St. Charles by fall in 2:45 before dropping a match to Au-Sable by fall. In the third-place match, Battani defeated Bad Axe by fall in 1:24.

Also finishing third on the day was Connor Arms at 285, who began the day with a loss by fall to Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port. Arms then defeated teammate Logan Hicks by fall at 0:50 before dropping a match by fall to Michigan Lutheran Seminary. In the third-place match, Arms defeated Sandusky by fall at 2:55.

Michael Lulgjuraj at 171 finished fourth overall after dropping his opening match to St. Charles by fall. He then defeated Bad Axe by fall at 1:01 before losing by fall to Eric Martus of Brown City. Lulgjuraj then lost his final match of the day to Ubly for fourth.

At 135, Ryan Ardman finished fifth after losing his opening match of the day to Logan Treash of Brown City by fall. Ardman then lost his next three matches to Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Bad Axe and Treash of Brown City, all by fall, to finish in fifth place.

Logan Hicks at 285 also finished fifth after beginning his day with a loss by fall to Sandusky before losing to Michigan Lutheran Seminary by fall. Hicks then lost to teammate Arms by fall and an Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port opponent by fall to place fifth.

Alex Querciagrossa at 125 finished sixth after beginning his day with a win over teammate Nathan Liblong by fall at 3:57. He then lost his next two matches by fall to Michigan Lutheran Seminary and Anchor Bay before defeating Blake Wiltse of Brown City by fall at 0:24. In the fifth-place match, Querciagrossa lost to an Anchor Bay opponent by fall to finish sixth.

At 215, Shane Bailey also finished sixth after losing to Sandusky by fall in his opening match of the day. Bailey then lost to Ubly by fall before defeating Sandusky by fall in 0:34 to move to the fifth-place match, where he lost to Bad Axe by a 5-0 decision.

Nathan Liblong at 125 finished eighth after losing to teammate Querciagrossa by fall to begin his day. Liblong then lost his next four-straight matches to St. Charles, Bad Axe, Anchor Bay and Brown City to finish eighth.

Abu-Joudeh at 189 lost his opening match to teammate Battani before defeating Anchor Bay by fall at 5:49. He then lost his next match by fall to Au Sable before losing to both St. Charles and Au Sable by injury.

Almont travels to Capac today. — A.V.

CAPAC

The Chiefs finished eighth in a field of 10 teams at the North Branch Team Tournament on Saturday, going 2-3 in dual matches. Cros-Lex won the tournament at 5-0, Cass City was the runner-up at 4-1 and Chesaning took third place, also at 4-1.

Capac’s only head-to-head win came over the North Branch All-Stars 48-36, who finished 10th overall. Capac closed out the tournament losing to Cass City 48-34, Frankenmuth 54-24, Chesaning 72-12 and Alpena 55-24.

Danny Navarro led Capac at 189, finishing undefeated at 5-0 with three pins. Navarro pinned Alpena’s Arthur Paad at 1:39, Cros-Lex’s Nathaniel Aman at 1:27 and Cass City’s Hunter Caister at 1:37. Navarro’s other two victories came by forfeit.

The only other Chiefs to have a winning record at 3-2 on the day were Thomas Tyson at 171 pounds and Jared Schocke at 285 pounds All three of Tyson’s wins came by pin, including a pin over Alpena’s Wyatt Romero at 0:58 and Cros-Lex’s Codie Zimmerman at 4:33.

Loreto Frangedakis at 103, Shane Hoffman at 112, Ben Rodriguez at 119, Hunter Thorner at 135, Bobby Grant at 140, Matt Rickman at 145 and Bryce Tank at 215 all went 2-3 in the tournament. Tank, Rickman and Frangedakis each had one pin. Rickman pinned Alpena’s Heidi Garant at 0:34, Frangedakis pinned Alpena’s Kilee Fender at 3:12 and Tank’s pin went unreported.

Capac is now 4-14 on the year and has yet to start BWAC league play. The Chiefs host Algonac tonight at 5:30 p.m. — J.O.

IMLAY CITY

The Spartans hosted the 31st Tri-City Times Spartan Invite on Saturday, drawing in a total of 19 teams. Imlay City placed third with 177.5. Lake Fenton was first with 191.5 and Mt. Morris was second with 190.

Imlay City also had eight wrestlers place, including four who won their respective weight class.

“Overall, we had a great tournament,” said Imlay City coach Tony D’Ambrosio. “There were 19 teams present. Lake Fenton and Mt. Morris have very competitive teams. We had four individual champions. I’m proud that our guys were able to keep it close and be in the top three with those types of teams.”

Wesley Hampton, Hunter Mullins, Eric Pawlaczyk and Joe Harper were all firstplace winners. At 130 pounds, Hampton defeated Lake Fenton’s Gavin Lawerence by fall at 3:22 in the championship match. Hampton had previously defeated Southwestern Classical Academy’s Ray Lee by injury in the quarterfinals and Oxford’s Shane Moore by fall at 5:41 in the semis.

Mullins, who took first at 145 pounds, defeated Byron’s Logan Zakoor by an 18-2 technical fall at 5:41 to take the title. In the quarterfinals, Mullins won by fall against Sam Saje of Macomb Lutheran North at 1:07 and then defeated Ovid-Elsie’s Mathew Mullholland by fall in the semis.

Pawlaczyk, 119 pounds, advanced to the championship match after winning by fall over Quenten Ortega in the opening round, Webberville’s Brendan Barrett by fall and Oxford’s Jack Thompson by a 19-4 technical fall. In the final match, Pawlaczyk defeated Beecher’s Khalil Moten by a 3-2 decision to take first. Along with taking first, Pawlaczyk recorded his 100th win during the tournament.

“Khalil placed third in the state last year at D4, so it was a great win for Eric to put an exclamation point in getting to the century mark in his senior year. It was great to see,” said D’Ambrosio on Pawlaczyk’s 100th win.

At 285 pounds, Harper went 4-0 to take first place. In the opening match, Harper defeated Flint Powers’ Anthony Haley by fall followed by a win by fall in the quarterfinals over Denis Julian of Lake Fenton. Harper then defeated Zachery Duncan of Flint Southwestern by fall in the semis. In the championship match, Harper defeated Zachary Morris of Ovid-Elsie by a 6-4 sudden victory.

Dakota Sankzik went 2-1 to finish second at 103 pounds Sankzik received a first-round bye before defeated Oxford’s Nathan Groedl by a 7-4 decision in the quarterfinals. In the semis, Sankzik won by fall over Kellen Dixon of Hamady. Sankzik then lost by fall at 0:37 to St. Clair’s Cam Haslem for a second-place finish.

At 125 pounds, Mason Phillips took third place. Phillips defeated Seth Wisuri of Webberville by fall in the quarterfinals, but lost to Mt. Morris’ Codie Aidif by fall in the semis. In the third-place match, Phillips beat David Brown of Beecher by fall at 1:51.

Zac Hellebuyck went 4-1 to take fifth place at 152 pounds Hellebuyck opened with a win over Hamady’s Amarion Gibson by a 16-1 technical fall at 3:49, but then lost a 4-3 decision against Ovid-Elsie’s David Hammond in the quarterfinals. In the consolation bracket, Hellebuyck won by forfeit over Clawson’s James Jabboori and a 5-3 decision against Jake Allen of Mt. Morris. In the fifthplace match, Hellebuyck won by fall at 4:03 against Algonac’s Jacob Bottle.

At 171 pounds, Jai-ceri Sofkitis finished in sixth. Sofkitis opened the day with a loss by fall against Devon Stringhum of Ovid-Elsie in the quarterfinals. Sofkitis then received a consolation-round bye before defeating Carrollton’s Anthony Trevino by a 13-7 decision to advance to the fifth-place match. Sofkitis then loss by fall at 0:16 against Oxford’s Thomas Wandrie.

The Spartans also had a handful of wrestlers go 1-2 on the day. At 112 pounds, Israel Santella lost by fall against Mt. Morris and Oxford, but also wion by fall against Lake Fenton. Austin Torres, at 119 pounds, lost by fall against Beecher and a 5-1 decision against JaVan Tyler. Torres’ only win came against Webberville by fall. At 160 pounds, Ricky Guerrero tallied a win over Macomb Lutheran North by fall, but lost by fall against Ovid-Elsie and Oxford. Austin Ross defeated Carrollton by fall at 215 pounds, but lost by fall to Lake Fenton and Oxford.

Imlay City hosts a Blue Water Area Conference (BWAC) quad today with Richmond, Armada and Cros- Lex and will also host the Imlay City Team Tournament on Saturday. — K.R.

LAKEVILLE

The Falcons competed in the Vassar team tournament on Saturday and finished 4-1. LakeVille defeated Vassar 54-30, Bendle 63-12, Hemlock 60-23 and Essexville Garber 42-36, with its lone loss coming to Holly, 46-21.

Two wrestlers finished 5-0 for LakeVille on the day when Sam Jackson at 145 won four matches by fall and one by forfeit and Quinton Black at 160 won four matches by fall and one by a 7-5 decision. Zach Young at 130 finished 4-0 with two wins by fall, one by forfeit and one by a 6-0 decision. At 103, Chance Thomas finished with a win by forfeit in his lone match of the day.

At 103 and 112, Nate Young finished 4-1 with two wins by forfeit over Vassar and Garber and two by fall against Hemlock and Bendle. Also finishing 4-1 were Scott Williams at 140, who won twice by fall against Vassar and Bendle and twice by decision over Garber and Holly, and Joe Linson at 215, who defeated Vassar, Bendle and Hemlock by fall and Garber by a 9-2 decision. Isaiah Barton at 112 and 119 finished 3-1 with two wins by forfeit over both Bendle and Hemlock and one by an 8-4 decision over Holly.

Alex Buckel at 171 finished 3-2 on the day with all three wins coming by forfeit against Vassar, Bendle and Hemlock. Liam Shannon at 285 also finished 3-2 with two wins by fall over Bendle and Garber and one by forfeit over Vassar. Cal Huggler finished 2-2 at 125 with a win by forfeit over Bendle and a win by fall over Hemlock.

At 135, Jacob Crampton finished 1-3 with his lone win coming by fall over Bendle. Ryan Lexi at 189 finished 1-4 with a win by forfeit over Hemlock and Miles Morales at 130 and Doug Hennessy 135 finished without a win at 0-1 on the day.

LakeVille travels to Goodrich today. — A.V.

LAPEER

The Lightning wrestled at the Detroit Catholic Central Invite on Saturday, where Gage Houghtaling began the 112 bracket with a win by fall over St. Johns in 1:05. He then lost a major decision, 10-2, to Brownsburg before receiving a bye in the consolation bracket. Houghtaling would go on to win a 3-2 decision over Romeo and was topped, 6-2, in the fifth place match by Oxford.

At 119 Gavin Monschau was pinned in 3:52 by Westland John Glenn and then received a bye in the consolation bracket. His day came to an end when he was pinned in 1:49 by Macomb Dakota. Hunter Hohman opened with a bye at 130 and then defeated Romeo, 9-4, at 130. He took an 8-1 decision over St. Johns and narrowly lost the first-place match, 1-0, to Hudson.

At 135, Robert Martin was pinned in 0:30 by Goodrich and then won 11-2 over Romeo. He then lost by fall to Hudson in 3:28. Elijah Chaffin began his day at 140 with an 11-9 loss to Westland John Glenn. He received a bye and then took a 6-1 loss to Davison.

At 145 Kyle Fenner lost by fall in 0:45 to Westland John Glenn and then topped St. Johns by fall in 3:41. He was then pinned by Warren Woods- Tower in 1:51. Shane Nichols lost by fall in 0:42 at 152 to Warren Woods-Tower and was then pinned in 0:35 by Romeo.

Griffin Boustead opened with a loss at 171 by fall in 1:37 to Westland John Glenn. He would receive a bye before dropping an 8-3 decision to Lake Orion. — B.P.

MAYVILLE

The Wildcats finished 20th in a field of 27 teams at the Hall of Fame Tournament in New Lothrop Saturday, which Mayville coach Mark Cooper refers to as “one of the premier wrestling tournaments in the state of Michigan.”

“Many of the wrestlers at this tournament are returning state-qualifiers and medalists in all divisions,” said Cooper.

Jackson Schenk at 285 was the only Wildcat to place in the top six, finishing fourth overall going 2-2 on the day. Schenk defeated Caro’s Hunter Dickson in a 1-0 decision and then defeated Clio’s Blake Amy in a 7-0 decision. In the semifinals, Schenk lost in a 2-1 tiebreaker to Montrose’s Griffin Barnette. Schenk then lost the third-place match to Richmond’s Tyler Marino in a 3-1 decision.

Cooper also noted that Jordan Birmingham at 112, Billy Dow at 130, Vinny Damiani at 189 and Logan LaBean at 215 all stood out individually, even though they failed to place. Jordan Birmingham finished 2-2 with a pin over The Hive’s Kyle Andrews at 0:34 and a win by 8-2 decision over Durand Area’s Gabe Fielder. Dow went 2-2, with a win by technical fall over Shepherd’s Max Kyser at 4:00 and a 10-1 major decision over Whitehall’s Jacob Haynes. Damiani also went 2-0 with a pin over Marquette’s Matt Morton at 2:34 and The Hive’s Gavin Patterson at 3:30.

LaBean went 1-2 at 215 pounds, his only victory coming in a 3-2 decision over Sand Creek’s Brendan Pickles. Trent Birmingham at 160 went 1-2 with a win by technical fall over Shepherd’s Brian Brown at 4:29.

Gabe Smith at 171 went 0-2 with a loss by pin to Bronson’s Cole Houtz at 3:14 and a technical fall at 5:00 at the hands of The Hive’s Cam Orr.

Mayville hosts a tri-meet against Cass City and Memphis tonight at 6 p.m. — J.O.

NORTH BRANCH

The Broncos hosted the North Branch Team Tournament on Saturday, finishing in sixth place at 2-3 overall in a field of 10 teams. Cros-Lex won the event at 5-0, Cass City was second at 4-1 and Chesaning with third at 4-1.

North Branch defeated Frankenmuth 45-30 and Marletter 51-24. It also lost to Pinconning Area 48-33 and Cros-Lex 49-21. The Broncos’ third loss on the day went unreported.

Marcos Rodriguez and Evan Caudill led the way for North Branch, going 4-0 in reported matches. Both wrestlers flipped between the 215 pounds and 285 pounds weight classes. Rodriguez won all four of his matches by pin. At 215, Rodriguez pinned Cros-Lex’s Blake Falter, Frankenmuth’s Ross Berkobien at 0:47 and Pinconning Area’s Jordan Beaudin at 3:22. Rodriguez also pinned Marlette’s Richard Appel in the 215 pounds class at 3:22.

Caudill wrestled primarily at 285, beating Cros-Lex’s Nicolas Puebla in a 5-0 decision and a pin over Pinconning Area’s Jesse Dubay at 0:48. His two other victories came by forfeit at both 215 and 285.

Gavin Cotterman also went 4-0 in reported matches at 103 pounds. Cotterman defeated Cros-Lex’s Ben Davis in a 5-0 decision, pinned Frankenmuth’s Lucas Miller at 3:19 and beat Pinconning Area’s Berkley Rooker in a 2-0 decision. Cotterman’s other victory came by forfeit.

Isaac Hnanocek at 140 went 4-0. All four of his wins came by pin, defeating Cros-Lex’s Jack Scheland, Frankenmuth’s Tyler Rich at 1:30, Marlette’s Logan Wooters at 5:22 and Pinconning Area’s ustin Zmrzlik.

Hunter Murphy went 3-0 at 152 pounds with a 2-1 tiebreaker victory over Frankenmuth’s Chris Mills and a pin over Pinconning Area’s Jacob Davis. His other win came by forfeit.

Longian Guzman at 140 went 3-1, including two forfeits and a pin over Marlette’s Cody Hayden at 5:28.

Selena Nellenbach at 112, Spencer Murphy at 119, Cole Kinder at 135 and Noah Harnden at 145 all went 1-3. Spencer Murphy pinned Marlette’s Anthony Jackson at 5:22, and Harnden pinned Frankenmuth’s Blake Caranan at 0:46. Nellenbach secured her only win by forfeit, and Kinder also won by forfeit when he wrestled in the 130 lb. class. Emmanuel Copes also went 0-3 at 171 pounds

North Branch hosts in its first TVC tri-meet of the season against Bridgeport and Caro tonight at 6 p.m. — J.O.

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