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Capac wins district title, again

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Darren Hunsucker, of Capac, works for a fall against Imlay City 140-pounder Nick Nivison in a dual district title clash last Thursday at Yale. photo by Kevin Kissane.

February 20, 2008
CAPAC — The Capac wrestling team (36-7) claimed their fourth straight Division 3 dual district title, accomplishing the feat with a 44-24 triumph against Imlay City (23-19) in mat action last Thursday at Yale Junior High School.

With the decision, Capac moves on to this Wednesday's regional at Richmond High School where they will square off versus Birch Run at 6 p.m. The other semifinal, set for the same time, pits top-ranked Goodrich against perennial power Richmond.

Heading into the district, Capac Coach Jason Klink said he knew his team (who had defeated the other three district entrants in BWAC action duals this season) had their work cut out for them.

"It was really anybody's district to win," Klink commented. "We knew it was going to be a dogfight and it certainly was," he noted.

"Our team had great practices leading up to tonight's matches. When it came time to wrestle they put it all together."

In Thursday's district title encounter, Capac put up the first team points.

That happened when Curtis Patton was awarded a win by void, staking Capac to a 6-0 advantage.

Ryan Baker then notched Imlay City's first victory, ending his bout with Capac's Dan Patton at 171 pounds ahead by a 9-4 count.

His result trimmed Imlay City's deficit to 6-3 at the time.

Capac then delivered a pair of triumphs via the pinfall route in matchups that back and forth affairs. The first battle saw Thomas Bolday stop Tim Keillor 4:30 into their meeting at 189 pounds and the second drew to a close when Shawn Kaiser prevailed with 3:31 elapsed after 215-pounder Josh Timmer inadvertently pinned himself while working a cradle on is opponent.

Those outcomes left Capac holding an 18-3 advantage after all was said and done.

"That was a turning point," Imlay City Coach Ken Day said. "We win those matches and we are ahead 15-6 instead of behind by 15 points," he emphasized.

"It put us at a disadvantage. We were forced to battle from behind the rest of the night."

Not content with that cushion, Capac followed it up with wins in the next three weight classes. It was there Alex Wegner earned a 2-0 win against Dane Walker at heavyweight; Andrew Bollaert pinned 103-pound rival Josh Scillian with 2:59 gone; and Eric Bollaert picked up a 13-4 victory over Mike Galanos.

When that stretch of matches drew to a close, Capac had widened the gap to an imposing 31-3 margin.

Imlay City then bounced back with wins in each of the next four weight classes. It was there Victor Leon registered a 15-10 triumph against Joshua Kaiser at 119 pounds; Kevin Ahrens pinned 125-pound rival Aaron Smith with 3:34 gone; Mike Guerrero stopped Brandon Schalm with 1:39 elapsed in their bout at 130 pounds; and Zach Burns pinned 135-pound foe Dave Shindak 49 seconds into their encounter.

That brought Imlay City to within 31-24, but that would prove as close as they got.

The next weight class, 140 pounds, saw Capac's Darren Hunsucker claim a 14-1 win against Imlay City's Nick Nivison.

That hiked Capac's cushion to 35-24 with two matches left on the docket.

Capac's Brian Kulman followed it up with a hard fought 5-2 victory over Imlay City's Mason Day at 145 pounds.

The verdict staked Capac to an insurmountable 38-24 lead.

Brandon Lossing, of Capac, followed it up with a pin 15 seconds into his 152-pound clash versus Imlay City's Kevin Shene.

That enabled Capac to leave the mat with a 44-24 win to their credit.

Capac reached the championship match with a 42-28 victory over Yale.

A group consisting of Hunsucker, Kulman, Bolday and Wegner led Capac with wins via the pinfall route. Hunsucker took 1:34 to down Ken Roestel at 140 pounds; Kulman needed 3:06 to conquer 145-pound counterpart Jared Edgerton; Bolday stopped James Preston 5:52 into their clash at 171 pounds;

and Wegner required 1:41 to upend heavyweight rival Steven Lams.

Matt Schuman (103) and Andrew Bollaert (112) gave Capac victories by void.

Shindak and Shawn Kaiser was the other Capac grappler who prevailed. The former claimed a 4-2 win against Ben Larsh at 135 pounds and the latter secured a 4-2 victory over 215-pound adversary Robert Ohmer.

Imlay City advanced to the title tilt with a 47-26 triumph against Cros-Lex.

For Imlay City, Burns and Ethan Walker led the way with wins by pin. The former needed 3:29 to beat Jacob Tanner at 135 pounds and the latter took 55 seconds to upend 145-pound foe Robert Duff.

Ken Hobkirk (125), Keillor (189), Dane Walker (285) provided Imlay City with victories by void.

Imlay City received triumphs by technical fall from two sources. Galanos notched a 16-0 triumph versus Billy Jo Murray at 112 pounds and Guerrero posted a 15-0 win against 135-pound foe Sam Freten-borough.

Leon provided Imlay City with a victory via major decision. He handed Luke Fabian a 9-1 setback at 119 pounds.

Ahrens was the other Imlay City grappler who prevailed, thanks to an 18-12 outcome versus 130-pound rival Shane DuRussel.

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