Mendon’s varsity wrestling team split a pair of matches Wednesday at Stevensville Lakeshore. The host Lancers, currently ranked No. 2 in Division 2, bested Mendon 51-21, then the Hornets rebounded with a 48-31 victory over Chicago Brother Rice.
Kody Drewer (130 pounds), Skyler Creeps (145), Wyatt Cool (189) and Emmett Bingaman (215) all won both of their matches for the Hornets. Chris Rios was 1-0 (weight class not listed).
“Tonight we did not wrestle our best dual meet against Lakeshore,” Mendon coach Caleb Stephenson said. “We did not have our full lineup or everyone down to weight, but that is not an excuse to wrestle the way we did. We definitely need to pick up the intensity and physicality as we move forward. Against Chicago Brother Rice, we responded and wrestled much better. Tonight should be a good learning experience and light a fire under a few of the guys moving forward.”
Defiance Sri-State Border War
The Hornets competed at the Defiance Tri-State Border War Friday and Saturday in Ohio, which featured some of the top teams from not only that state, but from Michigan and Indiana as well. In total, 43 teams were at the event.
Mendon collected a seventh-place finish and was only 4.5 points from making the top three.
“This result was a big one for us, as we really wrestled well and competed at a high level,” Stephenson said. “It was good for the guys to have to weigh in and compete back-to-back days, because that is something that they could potentially do at the Team State tournament or the Individual Finals. The format was interesting in that Ohio uses different weight classes. But the entire team performed well and competed at a very high level.
“What is great about this group is that they believe in themselves and their ability to compete with anyone. They’ve all traveled in the offseason and gotten in a lot of quality mat time, and it is really starting to pay off for them.”
Skyler Crespo was a champion at 138 pounds, while Nik Andaverde (120), Wyatt Cool (182) and Emmett Bingaman (220) were all runner-up in their respective weight classes. Bodhi Miller, Kody Drewer and Mikki Feister came close to placing but fell in the blood round.
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