Imlay City 135-pounder Kevin Ahrens tightens his grip on West Branch Ogemaw Heights’ foe Andrew Funsch at The Tri-City Times Spartan Invite. Ahrens won their title match in overtime. photo by Kevin Kissane.
January 21, 2009
TRI-CITY AREA — The Capac, Imlay City and Almont wrestling teams turned in respective showings of third, fourth and seventh last Saturday at the Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School.
When the final scores were added up, Rochester Adams topped the standings with 210 points. They were followed by West Branch Ogemaw Heights (124 points), Capac (122.5), Imlay City (122), Lapeer West and Oxford's 'B' team (121.5 each), Almont (62.5), Cass City (60), Brown City (48.5), Orchard Lake St. Mary's (38) and Algonac (zero).
Brian Kulman, Derek Gottschalk, Thomas Bolday and Shawn Kaiser led Capac with second-place finishes that day. Kulman gained admittance to the 140-pound title match where he dropped a 17-5 verdict to Rochester Adams foe Kurtis Davenport; Gottschalk fell by a 14-9 count to Rochester Adams' Matt Biniecki in the championship encounter at 152 pounds; Bolday reached the 171-pound title match where he dropped a 21-10 verdict to Rochester Adams counterpart Matt Hart; and Kaiser was pinned by Rochester Adams' Jason Finney in the championship encounter at 215 pounds.
Capac also counted fourths from Matt Schuman, Ed Niemi and Tom Ray. Schuman made the 103-pound consolation final where fell by a 15-6 count to Oxford 'B' team adversary Keegan Cantera; Niemi gained admittance to the consolation final at 189 pounds where he was pinned by the Oxford 'B' team's Nick Hadorn; and Ray made the 285-pound consolation final where fell by a 3-1 count to Lapeer West foe Aaron Secrest.
Kevin Ahrens paced Imlay City with a first-place showing. Ahrens advanced to the 135-pound title clash where he picked up a 4-2 overtime victory over West Branch Ogemaw Heights' Andrew Funsch.
Sam Lyscas and Josh Timmer provided Imlay City's seconds that day. Lyscas gained admittance to the championship match at 119 pounds where he was pinned by Rochester Adams' Chris Lillie with 4:20 gone; and Timmer lost via the injury default route to West Branch Ogemaw Heights' foe Josh Burton in the title clash at 285 pounds.
Mike Galanos, Nick Nivison and Mason Day added thirds to Imlay City's cause. Galanos reached the 112-pound consolation final where earned a 4-2 win against Orchard Lake St. Marys' Eric Stock; Nivison advanced to the consolation final at 145 pounds where he registered a 2-0 victory over Oxford 'B' team counterpart John Hessler; and Day reached the 152-pound consolation final where he registered a 9-5 triumph against Lapeer West's Kyle Bannister.
Dylan Creger and Josh Kunath led Almont with second-place finishes that day. Creger reached the title match at 125 pounds where he fell by a narrow 3-2 count to West Branch Ogemaw Heights' adversary Chris Hebert; and Kunath advanced to the 160-pound championship encounter where he dropped a 6-5 verdict to Lapeer West's Jon Morelli.
Taylor Lawrence and Nick Vassallo rounded out the list of Almont placewinners with fourths. Lawrence gained admittance to the 119-pound consolation final where he fell by a 12-9 count to the Oxford 'B' team's Josh Roe; and Vassallo advanced to the consolation final at 140 pounds where he dropped a 15-4 verdict to Lapeer West rival Radu Feneser.