TRI-CITY AREA — The Capac, Imlay City and Almont wrestling team wound up with respective showings of second, third and fifth last Saturday at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Armada High School.
When the final scores were announced, Richmond's 224-point total set the pace. They were followed by Capac (137 points), Imlay City (135), Yale (120), Almont (97), Cros-Lex (96), Armada (91) and Algonac (46).
Alex Wegner had the top Capac finish, collecting a first. Wegner assured himself of the number one showing with a pin 2:59 into his title clash versus Yale heavyweight Steve Lams.
The favorable outcome was 100th career triumph via the pinfall route.
A group consisting of Andrew Bollaert, Brian Kulman, Brandon Lossing and Thomas Bolday provided Capac with seconds that day. Bollaert reached the 103-pound championship collision where he was pinned by Richmond's Casey Martin with 3:34 gone; Kulman made it to the title tilt at 145 pounds where he dropped an 11-8 verdict to Armada's Mitch Raymo; Lossing advanced to the 152-pound championship collision where he was pinned with 6:19 elapsed by Yale's David Hill; and Bolday gained admittance to the title tilt at 171 pounds where he fell by a 16-5 count to Imlay City's Ryan Baker.
Clay Colwell notched the lone Capac third, accomplishing the feat with a 12-4 win against Almont's Tim Zehnder at 140 pounds.
Eric Bollaert, Dave Shindak and Shawn Kaiser added fourths to Capac's cause. Bollaert advanced to the 112-pound consolation final where he was pinned by Richmond's Cam Sebring with 2:25 elapsed; Shindak gained admittance to the consolation final at 135 pounds where he forfeited to Almont's Nick Vassallo; and Kaiser made it to the 215-pound consolation final where where he dropped a 2-1 overtime verdict to Yale's Robert Ohmer.
Kevin Ahrens, Mike Guerrero and Ryan Baker paced Imlay City with firsts that day. Ahrens locked up the 125-pound title with a 6-3 win against Richmond's Emery Pitcel; Guerrero took the championship at 130 pounds with a 10-1 victory over Almont's Nick Curtis; and Baker claimed the 171-pound title with a 16-5 triumph against Capac's Thomas Bolday.
Zach Burns had the lone Imlay City second. Burns reached the championship bout at 135 pounds where he dropped a 19-4 verdict to Richmond's Brett Burg.
Victor Leon gave Imlay City a third. Leon closed out his tournament run with a 5-0 consolation win against Yale's Jimmy Meharg at 119 pounds.
Kevin Shene added a fourth to Imlay City's cause, ending his day on the mats with a 5-3 overtime loss to Almont 152-pound Josh Kunath.
Nick Curtis supplied the best Almont showing, generating a second. Curtis reached the 130-pound title clash where he dropped a 10-1 outcome to Imlay City's Mike Guerrero.
A group consisting of Nick Vassallo, Sean Cooper, Josh Kunath and Chuck White furnished Almont's thirds. Vassallo concluded his run at 135 pounds with a forfeit win against Capac's Dave Shindak; Cooper pinned Yale's Jared Edgerton 2:17 into their 145-pound consolation match; Kunath earned a 5-3 overtime consolation match victory against Imlay City's Kevin Shene at 152 pounds; and White took 39 seconds to stop Cros-Lex counterpart Eugene Tetrault in the 189-pound consolation final.
Dylan Creger rounded out the list of Almont placewinners with a fourth. His run at 125 pounds wound down when he was pinned by Yale's Matt Manger with 3:30 gone.