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TCT All-Area wrestling lineup is a formidable one



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April 16, 2008
TRI-CITY AREA — With a combined 567-176 mark, a 76.3 percent success clip, this year's edition of The Tri-City Times All-Area wrestling team is a formidable one to to say the least.

Here is a look at who made the team and the numbers they put up to get there:

Andrew Bollaert, Capac, 103 pounds.

Bollaert put together a 47-12 mark, a 79.6 percent success clip, while gathering 24 pins during the 2007-08 campaign.

The senior contributed 254 team points, 50 takedowns, 28 near falls, 24 escapes and 18 reversals en route.

He also furnished seconds at the Port Huron Northern High School-based Blue Water Classic and the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Armada High School; plus tacked on a fourth at Imlay City High School-based Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational.

Bollaert capped his four-year run on Capac's squad with 80 victories.

"Andrew was a force for us at 103 this season and his success was was a direct result of his work ethic and commitment to constantly trying to improve," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "I hope our underclassmen will follow the example he set," he emphasized.

He ended the 2007-08 campaign as an All-Blue Water Area honorable mention selection.

In addition to those accolades, he received the Man of Steel Award and Most Improved Award (sharing that honor with Shawn Kaiser) at the Capac Wrestling Awards Night.

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Imlay City 130-pounder Mike Guerrero works for a pin during a match this past winter. Guerrero was a state-qualifier in the weight class. photo by Kevin Kissane.

Eric Bollaert, Capac, 112 pounds.

Bollaert wound up with a 40-18 record, good enough for a 69.0 percent success rate, with 14 pins this winter.

The senior amassed 205 team points, 48 takedowns, 34 near falls, 31 reversals and 20 escapes along the way.

He also pulled up fourth at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Armada High School; and added a fifth at the Port Huron Northern High School-based Blue Water Classic.

Bollaert concluded his four-year run on Capac's team with 104 career triumphs. His win total was the 12th best in school history.

"Eric has been a consistent spot in our lineup throughout his career," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "He has given us a strong presence in our light weights," he noted.

"We will miss Eric next year and I hope our younger wrestlers will follow his example of great work ethic and leadership."

He finished the season as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention choice.

In addition to that recognition, Bollaert received the Man of Steel Award at the Capac Wrestling Awards Night.

Victor Leon, Imlay City, 119 pounds.

Leon fashioned a 35-14 mark, a 71.4 percent success clip, while collecting 21 pins during the 2007-08 campaign.

The senior amassed 186 team points, 62 takedowns, 22 escapes, 19 near falls and 18 reversals en route.

He also supplied a second at the Port Huron Northern High School-based Blue Water Classic; plus contributed a third Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Armada High School.

"Strength was his greatest asset," Imlay City Coach Ken Day said. "He liked to overpower an opponent and once he grabbed ahold of you it wasn't often that you escaped," he noted.

He completed the 2007-08 campaign, his second year on Imlay City's squad as an All-Blue Water Area honorable mention pick.

Kevin Ahrens, Imlay City, 125 pounds.

Ahrens produced a 53-6 record, good enough for an 89.8 percent success rate, with 38 pins this winter.

The junior generated 238 team points (a school record), 93 takedowns, 76 near falls, 39 reversals and 21 escapes along the way.

He also earned the distinction of weight class champion at the Port Huron Northern High School-based Blue Water Classic and the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Armada High School; claimed a second at a Goodrich High School-based Division 3 individual district; plus contributed a third at the Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School.

Through three seasons Ahrens has gone 136-31, including 84 pins. His win total places him fifth on the Imlay City career list and his pin output represents the third best by a Spartan grappler.

He also has accumulated 610 career team points, the 15th best total by an Imlay City competitor.

"Kevin had an outstanding season for us and worked hard to get that success," Imlay City Coach Ken Day said. "The best thing is we have him back for another season," he noted.

"I see him going to state next year. And I see him coming home with a medal."

He capped the season as an All-Blue Water Area second team selection.

Mike Guerrero, Imlay City, 130 pounds.

Guerrero managed a 52-11 mark, an 82.5 percent success clip, while notching 28 pins during the 2007-08 campaign.

The senior logged 214 team points, 77 takedowns, 63 near falls, 41 escapes and 36 reversals en route.

He also collected a first at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Armada High School; notched seconds at the Port Huron Northern High School-based Blue Water Classic and the Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School; plus provided fourths at the Goodrich High School-based Division 3 individual districts and regionals.

Guerrero completed his four-year run on Imlay City's squad with a 145-56 mark. His win total places him fourth on the Imlay City career list.

He also has produced 691 career team points, the 10th best total by an Imlay City competitor.

"Mike had a good senior year for us," Imlay City Coach Ken Day said. "He wanted to be a state-qualifier and was able to reach that goal," he noted.

"He finishes his career as one of the winningest wrestlers in our school history. Mike had a successful run here."

He ended the 2007-08 campaign as an All-Blue Water Area honorable mention selection.

Darren Hunsucker, Capac, 140 pounds.

Hunsucker notched a 19-7 record, good enough for a 73.1 percent success rate, with nine pins this winter.

The junior amassed 102 team points, 19 near falls, 18 takedowns, 14 escapes and six reversals along the way.

"Darren provided us with a strong presence in the middle of the lineup this season," Capac Coach Jason Klink said of the third-year wrestler. "He really made a statement this season and came through when we needed him most," he emphasized.

"I know that Darren will do whatever it is necessary during the offseason and come back next season extremely motivated to have a great final year. We will be counting on him a lot next year and I know he will make that commitment for the team."

Brian Kulman, Capac, 145 pounds.

Kulman forged a 41-16 mark, a 71.9 percent success clip, while generating 25 pins during the 2007-08 campaign.

The sophomore furnished 224 team points, 71 takedowns, 45 escapes, 43 near falls and 27 reversals en route.

He also contributed a second at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Armada High School; wound up third at a Goodrich High School-based Division 3 individual district; plus supplied fourths at a Division 3 individual regional hosted by Goodrich High School and at the Port Huron Northern High School-based Blue Water Classic (where he wrestled at 152 pounds).

"Brian really made improvement throughout the season and is just starting to realize his potential," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "Being just a sophomore, the sky is the limit for him," he noted.

"Brian has a lot of potential but has to continue to push and improve to reach that potential. We will be counting on him to be someone who can make the commitment to become one of our leaders and our go-to guys for the next couple of years."

He finished the 2007-08 campaign as an All-Blue Water Area second team choice.

In addition to those accolades, Kulman earned the Man of Steel Award at the Capac Wrestling Awards Night.

Josh Kunath, Almont, 152 pounds.

Kunath provided a 33-15 record, good enough for a 68.8 percent success rate, with 23 pins this winter.

The freshman generated thirds at the Armada High School-based Blue Water Area Conference Tourna-ment and at a Division 3 individual district hosted by Good-rich High School; supplied a fourth at the Imlay City High School-based Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational; plus added a sixth at the Lake Fenton Tournament.

"He is a hard worker," Almont Coach Tom Kroll said. "Josh got better with each match."

"It will be great having him back for three more seasons. He has the opportunity to become one of the more successful wrestlers our school has produced if he continues to improve."

He wrapped up his debut season on Almont's varsity as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention selection.

Ryan Baker, Imlay City, 160 pounds.

Baker fashioned a 26-11 mark, a 70.3 percent success clip, while notching 10 pins during the 2007-08 campaign.

The senior collected 135 team points, 47 takedowns, 31 escapes, 27 near falls and 16 reversal en route.

He won his weight class (he moved up to 171 pounds) at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Armada High School; claimed seconds at the Port Huron Northern High School-based Blue Water Classic and Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School (he wrestled at 160 pounds there); plus tacked on a fourth at 160 pounds at a Goodrich High School-based Division 3 individual district.

Baker completed his four-year stint on Imlay City's squad with an 87-55 career mark and 430 team points.

"Ryan got out to a late start this season," Imlay City Coach Ken Day said. "Still he was able to accomplish a lot in the short time we had him available," he emphasized.

Baker ended his final season on Imlay City's squad as an All-Blue Water Area Conference second team choice.

Dan Patton, Capac, 160 pounds.

Patton checked in with a 40-16 record, good enough for a 71.4 percent success rate, with 31 pins this winter.

The senior generated 231 team points, 46 takedowns, 23 near falls, 21 reversals and 18 escapes along the way.

He also registered a third at the Port Huron Northern High School-based Blue Water Classic; and added a fourth at the Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School.

Patton completed his four-year run on Capac's team with 76 wins.

"Dan really made a commitment to being a leader for us this season and took on that role from the first day," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "He provided us with a strong presence in the middle of our lineup and was one of our go-to guys," he noted.

"Dan was a major reason for our success this season and I hope our returners step up to the challenge of filling his shoes. We will miss his great attitude and intensity."

He ended the season as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention pick.

In addition to that recognition, Patton won the Man of Steel Award at the Capac Wrestling Awards Night.

Thomas Bolday, Capac, 171 pounds.

Bolday posted a 41-17 mark, a 70.7 percent success rate, while accumulating 33 pins during the 2007-08 campaign.

The freshman supplied 241 team points, 43 takedowns, 33 reversals, 26 near falls and 21 escapes en route.

He also furnished a second at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Armada High School; plus tacked on a fourth at the Port Huron Northern High School-based Blue Water Classic.

"Thomas was only a freshman and really made an impact," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "It is a rare thing to have a freshman in the varsity lineup that has a winning season but he really stepped in ready to compete," he noted.

"Thomas has a ton of potential and I hope he can keep working as hard as he did this season. If he does the sky really is the limit for him. We will be counting on Thomas to make that kind of commitment and become as dominant as some of our past upper weights."

He concluded his debut campaign on Capac's squad as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention choice.

In addition to those accolades, Bolday claimed the Man of Steel Award at the Capac Wrestling Awards Night.

Tim Keillor, Imlay City, 189 pounds.

Keillor managed a 40-11 record, good enough for a 78.4 percent success rate, with 24 pins this winter.

The junior logged 190 team points, 30 escapes, 28 takedowns, 26 near falls and 18 reversals along the way.

He also provided a fourth at the Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School.

"Tim was called on to compete at a number of weight classes for us this winter," Imlay City Coach Ken Day said. "He still was able to collect a lot of wins despite giving up some weight to his opponents during most of his matches," he noted.

"Next season we will probably have him concentrate on just one weight class. That probably will be best for him during his senior year."

Keillor ended his third year on Imlay City's team as an All-Blue Water Area Conference honorable mention selection.

Shawn Kaiser, Capac, 215 pounds.

Kaiser notched a 41-15 mark, a 73.2 percent success clip, while furnishing 30 pins during the 2007-08 campaign.

The junior amassed 234 team points, logged 45 takedowns, provided 22 escapes, generated eight reversals and contributed six near falls en route.

He also claimed a second at the Blue Water Classic hosted by Port Huron Northern High School; plus added a fourth at the Armada High School-based Blue Water Area Conference Tournament.

"This was Shawn's first season in the varsity lineup and he stepped right in and was a force in the upper weights," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "He is a rugged competitor and you always know what you are going to get when he steps out on the mat," he noted.

"We will be expecting big things from Shawn next season and I think if he steps it up another notch he can come back and have a senior season he will be proud of. We need Shawn to be one of our leaders and we are counting on him to make that commitment and come back next season stronger than ever."

He concluded his third season on Capac's squad as an All-Blue Water Area second team pick.

In addition to that accomplishment, Kaiser shared his team's Most Improved Award with Andrew Bollaert at the Capac Wrestling Awards Night.

Alex Wegner, Capac, 285 pounds.

Wegner forged a 59-7 record, good enough for an 89.4 percent success clip, with 46 pins this winter. His win output and pin total were both single season Capac school records.

The senior provided 348 team points, notched 51 takedowns, supplied 13 escapes, logged eight near falls and collected eight reversals along the way.

He won his weight class at the Blue Water Classic hosted by Port Huron Northern High School; the Imlay City High School-based Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational; the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Armada High School; and a Division 3 individual regional hosted by Goodrich High School; took second at a Goodrich High School-based Division 3 individual district; plus registered a sixth-place finish (good enough to earn All-State accolades) at the Division 3 state finals hosted by The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Wegner ended his four-year run on Capac's team with 138 career triumphs. His win total was the fifth best in school history.

He also amassed 109 career pins, a Capac school record.

"Alex had another strong season for us and has been a consistent, dominate force in our lineup throughout his career," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "He had a great career for us and he will really be missed," he noted.

"I think he has been an outstanding model to our younger athletes. Hopefully, they will follow the model he set."

Wegner finished the season as an All-Blue Water Area Conference and All-Blue Water first team choice as well as a Division 3 All-State honoree.

In addition to those honors, Wegner claimed his team's MVP Award and Outstanding Senior Wrestler Award at the Capac Wrestling Awards Night.

Second team- Mike Galanos, Imlay City, 119 pounds; Taylor Lawrence, Almont, 112/119 pounds; Nick Curtis, Almont, 130 pounds; Zach Burns, Imlay City, 135 pounds; Dave Shindak, Capac, 135 pounds; Sean Cooper, Almont, 145 pounds; Mike Owen, Almont, 160 pounds; Steve Mack, Almont, 160/171 pounds; Arthur Andrade, Capac, 189 pounds; and Josh Timmer, Imlay City, 215 pounds.

Coach of the Year - Jason Klink, who directed Capac to a 38-7 overall mark (setting a school record for wins during a season), firsts at their own invitational, the Blue Water Classic, a top Division 3 district finish (the fourth straight year his team has accomplished the feat), seconds at a Division 3 regional, the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament, Marlette Invitational, the Bridgeport Tournament and the Saginaw Heritage Tournament; and a sixth at the Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School; earns Tri-City Times All-Area Coach of the Year honors.

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