Wrestlers from St. Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties took to the mats Saturday at their respective individual district tournaments hoping to secure regional bids, which went to the top four finishers in each weight class.
A pair of Portage Central wrestlers continued their stellar seasons, while a total of ten local wrestlers secured a trip to Regionals, during Saturday’s Division 1 district tournament at Jackson High School.
Garrett Stace and Dominick Wilson both claimed district titles for the Mustangs. Wilson improved to 36-1 on the season with his championship victory over Adam Aguilar Jr. (32-7) of Grand Ledge, with a fall at 5:34 in the 215-pound class. Stace (34-8) claimed the 135-pound class, beating Aiden Brown of Brighton with a pin at 1:19.
Joining the Mustang duo in the Regional round will be Bryce Hoff, who finished third in the 16-pound class. Hoff (29-13) defeated Noah Hub of Jackson in the third-place match, with a pin at 3:42.
Loy Norrix is also sending a trio of wrestlers to Regionals, as Jake Wayman, Leo Galasso and Roy Britney all advanced. Britney (27-10) reached the finals, where he lost to Mason Evans (49-1) of Battle-Creek Lakeview, 17-2. Galasso (25-7), wrestling at 145 pounds, defeated Ryan Granger (24-15) of Holt, in the third-place match. Wayman (23-6) finished in fourth place at 119 pounds.
Three Kalamazoo Central wrestlers also advanced to the Regional round. Craig King (26-4) finished second at 189 pounds, losing in the final to Greyson Stevens (39-6) of Brighton. Jacob Seager was also a runner up for the Giants, wrestling at 285 pounds. Seager (27-6) lost to Brady Riggs (32-7) of Grand Ledge, 1-0. Lamontre Coker rounded out the qualifiers for Kalamazoo Central, finishing fourth at 215 pounds.
Rounding out the local qualifiers was Alex Cox of Portage Northern, who finished third at 171 pounds. Cox (19-15) defeated Jonah Schrock (34-17) of Howell in the third-place match, with a pin at 1:50.
Local Regional Qualifiers
119 pounds – Jake Wayman (23-6) of Loy Norrix (4th place)
135 pounds – Garrett Stace (34-8), Portage Central, defeated Aiden Brown of Brighton in the finals, with a fall at 1:19.
145 pounds – Leo Galasso, Loy Norrix, finished in third place. Galasso (25-7) defeated Ryan Granger (24-15) of Holt, Dec. 7-4 in the third-place match.
152 pounds – Roy Britney, Loy Norrix, finished in second place. Britney (27-10) lost to Mason Evans (49-1) of Battle-Creek Lakeview in the final, 17-2.
160 pounds – Bryce Hoff, Portage Central, finished in third place. Hoff (29-13) defeated Noah Hubbard (29-9) of Jackson in the third-place match, with a fall at 3:42.
171 pounds – Alex Cox, Portage Northern, finished third. Cox (19-15) defeated Jonah Schrock (34-17) of Howell in the third-place match, with a pin at 1:50.
189 pounds – Craig King, Kalamazoo Central, finished second. King (26-4) fell to Greyson Stevens (39-6) of Brighton in the final, pin at 5:51.
215 pounds – Dominick Wilson, Portage Central, finished in first place. Wilson (36-1) defeated Adam Aguilar Jr. (32-7) of Grand Ledge, 5:34.
Lamontre Coker (16-11), Kalamazoo Central, finished in fourth place.
285 pounds – Jacob Seager, Kalamazoo Central , finished in second place. Seager (27-6) lost to Brady Riggs (32-7) of Grand Ledge, 1-0.
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The Three Rivers tandem of Tyler Moore and Chris Morrill not only moved on to the regional round in style with district titles, both reached the 50-win mark this season. Moore, at 215 pounds, won his championship match over Coldwater’s Zach Gipple by forfeit, and Morrill, at 135, earned a 7-0 decision over Gull Lake’s Dakota Omen in the finals.
Moore is now 50-2 for the year and Morrill is 50-3.
Sturgis’ Koehl Meek also kept his season alive with a runner-up effort at 140, losing by a 10-1 major decision to Stevensville-Lakeshore’s Tony Williams in the finals.
Along with Omen, Gull Lake’s Jacob Ragotzy moved on, placing third at 125 with a 3-1 decision against St. Joseph’s Isaac Meyer in the consolation championship. Blue Devils teammate David Larson picked up a fourth-place finish at 160, losing by pin in the consolation finals to Mattawan’s Seth Bounce in 46 seconds.
Local grapplers piled up district championships Saturday at Constantine, with Schoolcraft boasting four individual titles, Constantine claiming three and Comstock securing one. In total, 19 wrestlers from St. Joseph and Kalamazoo County advanced to regionals with top-four finishes.
For Schoolcraft, the first-place parade started with Devn Obryant’s 3-1 decision against Fennville’s Eric Hernandez in the 215-pound championship. Caden Sukich was a winner by pin (3:03) in the 103-pound finals against Ian Cleveland (Berrien Springs), and Brady Gillaspie (130) pinned Niles-Brandywine’s Steven Kendall in 3:04 for a title. Mark Fox was a 6-5 winner in the 152-pound finals versus Delton-Kellogg’s Hunter Belew.
Devyn Begley snagged a championship for Constantine at 103 by recording a 10-4 decision against Niles-Brandywine’s Hunter Heath, Jack Jones (145) won it all with a 10-0 major versus Comstock’s Brandon Bavin, and Andrew Carper (160) was the top finisher in his weight class after a 10-5 decision against Comstock’s Cameron Gilley.
Claiming runner-up finishes were Constantine’s Roy Solis (140), Schoolcraft’s River Fox (285) and Constantine’s Boe Eckman (171).
Constantine’s Jaxom Alwine placed third at 130, teammate Darren Begley was fourth at 119, Comstock’s Connor Nolan was fourth at 135, Schoolcraft’s Wyatt Adams took fourth at 140, and Constantine’s Isaac Hall took fourth at 171.
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On top its regional qualification in the Division 4 team tournament, the Mendon wrestling program advanced a total of 10 individuals after Saturday’s district performance at Lawton — the most in school history.
Six Hornets claimed individual titles (also a program record), two finished runner-up and Mendon also had a pair of third-place efforts.
“We had a great final round and are extremely proud of the way all of our guys competed, but are especially proud of Kody Drewer, who beat Evan Atherton of White Pigeon, who is ranked No. 4 in the state,” Mendon coach Caleb Stephenson said. “We are all extremely proud of Kaden Frye, who was district champ as well. It has been a long time coming for Kaden, and obviously it is even sweater with him having broken his leg just two and a half months ago.”
Mendon’s Mikki Feister improved to 33-7 this season with a 6-2 championship victory over Reading’s Elijah Strine at 189 pounds. At 119, Nike Andaverde climbed to the top of the podium with an 11-5 decision versus Lawton’s Dylan Amm in the finals. Andaverde is now 43-3 for the year.
At 130 for the Hornets, Kody Drewer edged White Pigeon’s Evan Atherton 5-4 in the championship match. Drewer is now 30-7 and Atherton stands at 43-3. Colon’s Caiden Carver also moved on to regionals in the same weight class after a third-place performance.
Another title for Mendon was the result of Skyler Crespo’s run through the 135-pound bracket, which ended with a 5-1 decision against White Pigeon’s Kyle Black. Crespo’s season record moved to 43-1 and Black dipped slightly to 41-3. The Hornets’ Wyatt Diekman took third in that weight class to move on.
Kaden Frye pinned Lawton’s Lance Northrop in 4:51 in the 145-pound finals, adding another championship for Mendon, as did Wyatt Cool at 171, when he finished the day with an 18-1 technical fall versus Marcellus’ Mark Butz.
Mendon’s Emmett Bingaman turned in a runner-up effort at 215, falling (4:00) against Bronson’s Chase Gibson.
The Hornets’ Kyle Drewer was third at 103, pinning Reading’s Dalton Green (2:01) in the consolation finals.
White Pigeon’s Kobie Debruine was the top dog at heavyweight, improving his season record to 34-12 with a pin (1:09) in the finals against New Buffalo’s Josh Kaminski. Bruno Martinez also gave the Chiefs a title with a 7-1 decision over Colon’s Ryan Bower in the 112-pound finals.
The Chiefs’ Nate Weber (40-1) made it through the 140-pound bracket without a loss, claiming a title with a 4-0 win over Mendon’s Eric Vergauwen. In the process, Weber reached the 150-victory career mark.
Also for White Pigeon, Dominic Solis moved on at 215 with a third-place finish by pinning Decatur’s Josue Pena in the consolation finals. Austin Raymond was second overall at 103. He lost by a 19-2 technical fall in the finals to Bronson’s Ben Modert.
Kalamazoo-Lakeside Charter’s Nathaniel Tysman was third overall at 112.
Seven wrestlers from Climax-Scotts Martin advanced to the Division 4 Regional round after Saturday’s District meet at Bloomingdale High School.
Leading the way were Jordan Tutt and Payton Hunt, who both claimed District titles. Tutt (41-6), wrestling at 140 pounds, defeated Rayden Roggow of Athens in the final, 6-4. Wrestling at 145 pounds, Hunt (47-6) defeated Hunter Underwood of Gobles, 11-2.
Caron Young was the sole runner up for Climax-Scotts Martin, in the 125-pound class. Young (14-18) lost to Kris Tobin (40-6) of Homer, 18-2 in the final round.
Gavin Hall (18-22), wrestling at 130 pounds, defeated Blaine Shedd of Tekonsha in the third-place match. Cooper Simmons (42-11) took third place at 171 pounds, defeating Bryce Bignal of Vermontville-Maple Valley, with a pin at 2:05. Michael Minne also finished third, defeating Dennis Underwood of Gobles, with a pin at the 2:01 mark in the third-place match.
Jacob Robinson (32-14) finished in fourth place at 160 pounds.
Local Regional Qualifiers
125 pounds – Carson Young, Climax-Scotts Martin, finished in second place. Young (14-18) lost in the finals to Kris Tobin (40-6) of Homer, 18-2.
130 pounds – Gavin Hall, Climax-Scotts Martin, finished in third place. Hall (18-22) defeated Blaine Shedd (12-14) of Tekonsha (Marshall Academy) in the third-place match, 3:50.
140 pounds – Jordan Tutt (41-6) of Climax-Scotts Martin takes first, defeating Rayden Roggow (29-7) of Athens in the final, 6-4.
145 pounds – Payton Hunt of Climax-Scotts Martin takes first. Hunt (47-6) defeated Hunter Underwood of Gobles (35-4), 11-2.
160 pounds – Jacob Robinson (32-14), Climax-Scotts Martin, finishes fourth
171 pounds – Cooper Simmons of Climax-Scotts Martin takes third. Simmons (42-11) defeated Bryce Bignal (32-15) of Vermontville-Maple Valley, 2:05
215 pounds – Michael Minne of Climax-Scotts Martin finishes third. Minne (38-12) defeated Dennis Underwood of Gobles (27-11), 2:01