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The Almont wrestling team poses for a photo after claiming first at a tournament it hosted last Saturday. photo by Kevin Kissane.

January 23, 2019
TRI-CITY AREA — The Almont and Capac wrestling teams pulled up first and fourth, respectively, last Saturday at the Almont Tournament.

Almont opened tournament action with a 48-36 win against Brown City. That was followed by a 70-12 victory over Capac; a 45-36 triumph against Livonia Clarenceville; a 48-24 win over Ferndale; and a 54-18 victory against Vassar.

Gavin Dempz (119), Aiden Finn (125), Landon Kruse (140/145) and Robbie Battani (189) led Almont with 5-0 marks that day.

For his performance, Battani earned MVP accolades for weight classes 145 through 285.

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Hector Contreras (285) went 4-0 for Almont that day.

Dallas Stanton (103/112) and Mathew Dwyer (135/140) provided Almont with 4-1 marks.

Nathan Liblong (130) and Mason Smith (152/160) put together 3-2 records for Almont.

Issa Abu Joudeh (215) and Brock Conger (135) added 2-2 and 1-1 marks, respectively, to Almont's cause.

Capac went 2-3 that day.

The team began their tournament stint with a 63-15 loss to Livonia Clarenceville. That was followed by a 70-12 setback to Almont; a 45-36 win Vassar; a 42-42 outcome versus Brown City (where they prevailed via a tiebreaker); and dropped a 45-21 verdict to Ferndale.

Nathan Schocke paced Capac that day. Schocke wound up 4-1 at 119 pounds.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.
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