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.
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.