Putting their stamp on a fifth straight district championship Thursday, Constantine’s wrestling team is moving on in Division 4 after taking down White Pigeon 47-30.
The Falcons started the finals match with back-to-back wins by the Andy and Daniel Waterman, who produced a pin and technical fall at 160 pounds and 171, respectively. White Pigeon got on the board in the third bout when Devin Hoover pinned Randy Waterman in 3:22.
Constantine finished off the big end of the lineup with a win by void at 215 and Alex Miller’s 28-second fall against Avery Zammit.
The Chiefs cut the deficit to 23-12 at 103 pounds when Luke Lambert pinned Kennedy Espinoza in 2:40. Rogelio Segundo ate into Constantine’s lead further after claiming a 6-3 win over Zach Harrison.
A fall in 1:17 at 119 pounds by Cody Scarberry gave Constantine a little wiggle room before Jeremiah Schrock was forced to forfeit his match at 125 against White Pigeon’s Brayden Steeb due to injury. Constantine led 29-21 after that match.
Sawyer Brown (130) picked up a pin for the Falcons in the second period and Taylor Reiff (140) put the match out of reach with a fall at 140 in the first period. The icing on the cake for Constantine was Andres Montoya’s pin in 50 seconds at 145 and Shawn Harmon’s 6-2 decision at 152.
“This was a great night for the Falcons,” coach Steve Wilson said. “The kids worked hard the whole match and earned a great win tonight. White Pigeon is a good wrestling team and we knew we would have our hands full; they wrestled us tough.”
White Pigeon escaped with a 41-38 win over Mendon in the semifinals.
Up 6-0 after the 152-pound match, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at 160 pounds cost the Hornets two critical team points after White Pigeon’s Hunter Rummler got a pin over Braydon Bray in 5:18.
“Our kids wrestled the best they had all season,” Mendon assistant coach Caleb Stephenson said. “I thought we were the better team on the mat. We wrestled great and I’m proud of the kids. I think the kids knew they were the better team on the mat, it just came down to a silly mistake. They’ll move on. We’ve got [individual] districts in two days and I think everyone is prepared for it.”
Danny Cleveland won by pin at 171 before White Pigeon took 189 and 215 by void. Cole Harrison and Grady Garlinger also collected falls at 285 and 103, respectively, for the Hornets.
White Pigeon was then the beneficiary of a pair of Mendon voids at 112 and 119. Brayden Steeb pinned Austin Gertler for six more points for the Chiefs at 125. Mendon’s Caleb Henckel, who has been out of the lineup since Thanksgiving with a fractured humerus, returned Thursday and won by pin over Trevor Burks in 1:10 at 130.
Jonah Grimm got a major decision at 135 for Mendon, but White Pigeon’s Jaime Rangel’s pin in 2:59 at 140 to cut the deficit to 38-36.
White Pigeon’s Shaun Harmon finished the rally at 145 with a technical fall over Gabriel Cleveland.
Constantine 47, White Pigeon 30
103: Luke Lambert (WP) p. Kennedy Espinoza 2:40
112: Rogelio Segundo (WP) d. Zach Harrison 6-3
119: Cody Scarberry (C) p. Damien Esarey :17
125: Brayden Steeb (WP) d. Jeremiah Schrock by injury default
130: Sawyer Brown (C) p. Nic McIntyre 3:24
135: Jordan Lucas (WP) p. Matt Foura 3:47
140: Taylor Reiff (C) p. Jaime Rangel 1:51
145: Andres Montoya (C) p. Jacob Black :50
152: Shaun Harmon (WP) d. Nick West 6-2
160: Andy Waterman (C) p. Hunter Rummler 1:15
171: Daniel Waterman (C) tf. Jared Mroz 16-0
189: Devin Hoover (WP) p. Randy Waterman 3:22
215: Tristian Butler (C) by void
285: Alex Miller (C) p. Avery Ammit :28
White Pigeon 41, Mendon 38
103: Grady Garlinger (M) p. Luke Lambert :34
112: Rogelio Segundo (WP) by void
119: Damien Esarey (WP) by void
125: Brayden Steeb (WP) p. Austin Gertler 1:37
130: Caleb Henckel (M) p. Trevor Burks 1:10
135: Jonah Grimm (M) md. Jordan Lucas 16-7
140: Jaime Rangel (WP) p. Ty Cool 2:59
145: Shaun Harmon (WP) tf. Gabriel Cleveland 16-1
152: Matt Noel (M) md. Jacob Black 17-8
160: Hunter Rummler (WP) p. Brandon Bray 5:18
171: Danny Cleveland (M) p. Jared Mroz 4:20
189: Devin Hoover (WP) by void
215: Corey Gross (M) by void
285: Cole Harrison (M) p. Avery Sammit :43