Imlay City 135-pounder Zach Burns locks up a hold versus Almont’s Nick Vassallo in action Saturday at The Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational. photo by Kevin Kissane.
January 23, 2008
TRI-CITY AREA — The Imlay City, Capac and Almont wrestling teams claimed respective finishes of fourth, sixth and seventh last Saturday at the Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School.
When the final scores were announced, Oxford's 235.5-point total set the pace. They were followed by Durand (212.5 points), Rochester Adams (170.5), Imlay City (100), West Branch Ogemaw Heights (93), Capac (77.5), Almont (49), Cass City (46), St. Mary's Prep (40), New Haven (39), Algonac (34.5), Sandusky (22), Brown City (21) and Burton Bentley (18).
Mike Guerrero and Ryan Baker led Imlay City that day, securing seconds. Guerrero reached the 130-pound title clash where he dropped an 8-1 verdict to West Branch Ogemaw Heights counterpart Andrew Funsch; and Baker advanced to the championship bout at 160 pounds where he fell by a 2-0 count to Durand foe Chad Burton.
Kevin Ahrens provided the lone Imlay City third. Ahrens gained admittance to the 125-pound consolation clash where he registered an 8-0 triumph against Cass City's Travis Mabe.
Tim Keillor and Josh Timmer rounded out the list of Imlay City placewinners with fourths. The former reached the consolation final at 189 pounds where he dropped a 4-3 verdict to West Branch Ogemaw Heights rival Anthony Carollo; and the latter advanced to the 215-pound consolation final where he was pinned with 1:33 elapsed by Burton Bentley adversary Mike Browne.
Alex Wegner paced Capac, locking up a first. Wegner gained admittance to the 285-pound weight class title tilt where he stopped Oxford's Dylan Smith with 3:58 gone.
Andrew Bollaert and Dan Patton added fourths to Capac's cause. The former reached the consolation final at 103 pounds where he was pinned with 4:51 elapsed by Rochester Adams counterpart Chris Lillie; and the latter advanced to the 160-pound consolation final where he was pinned with 2:56 gone byOxford's A.J. Logan.
Steve Mack had the best Almont showing, claiming a second. Mack gained admittance to the title encounter at 171 pounds where he dropped an 8-4 verdict to Oxford's Geoffrey Charles.
Josh Kunath was the other Almont grappler who found himself among the placewinners at day's end. Kunath reached the 152-pound consolation final where was pinned with 1:30 elapsed by West Branch Ogemaw Heights adversary Drake Killinger.