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Chiefs win fifth in row

Capac grapplers are district champs, besting Imlay City in the finals, 46-26

February 25, 2009
TRI-CITY AREA — The Capac wrestling team clinched their fifth straight Division 3 district championship, accomplishing the feat with a 46-26 win at Imlay City's expense in the title clash last Wednesday at Capac High School.

With the result, Capac (33-4) continues its postseason path next Wednesday at a regional hosted by Richmond High School. Their opponent for the semifinal clash, scheduled for 6 p.m., is Lutheran North (25-16). Imlay City watches a 27-20 campaign reach an endpoint.

Though his team handled Imlay City by a 58-10 count earlier this season, Capac Coach Jason Klink said he thought that their match would be a much closer one this time around.

"We had an outstanding night the first time around," Klink commented about the lopsided win. "This time we knew that Imlay City would give us a battle," he noted.

"We led just 33-26 with three matches left. However, we dug down and were able to pull away to win the title."

Capac 160-pounder Brandon Lossing works for a fall against Imlay City’s Matt Myers in last Wednesday’s district title encounter. photo by Kevin Kissane.

On the opposite sideline, Imlay City Coach Ken Day he was pleased with the intensity his team brought to the mat.

"I got no complaints," Day commented. "We have a young team that made it all the way to the district championship match," he noted.

"I was proud that we were able to compete for the district title. The future looks good for us as most of our starting lineup will be back next year."

In Wednesday's district championship matchup, Capac sent out Thomas Bolday first and Imlay City countered with 189-pounder Jordan Deel.

It was there Bolday brought the Capac faithful to their feet abruptly, pinning Deel just 10 seconds in.

Capac 215-pounder Shawn Kaiser then was awarded a victory by void, pushing his team's lead to 12-0.

Imlay City then cut their deficit in half, closing the gap to 12-6 when heavyweight Josh Timmer stopped Pat White with 1:15 gone.

Match number four would see Capac bounce back.

It was there Matt Schuman pinned 103-pounder Josh Scillian with 1:21 elapsed, pushing Capac's cushion to 18-6.

Imlay City then sent out Mike Galanos next, while Capac went with Dan Miller.

Their 112-pound battle drew to a close with Galanos emerging victorious, thanks to a pin with 2:21 gone.

That made it 18-12, Capac, at the time.

Capac then increased their lead to 21-12, aided by Gideon Gaiter's 8-5 win against Jake Scillian at 119 pounds.

Match number seven would pit Imlay City's Sam Lyscas against Capac 125-pounder Joshua Kaiser.

Their encounter drew to a close with Lyscas prevailing via a 10-2 count.

That trimmed Imlay City's deficit to 21-16.

The next two bouts saw Capac establish some breathing room.

It was there Brandon Schalm stopped 130-pounder Kyle Guerrero with 2:21 elapsed and Mike Parks pinned Steven Priesel at the 2:32 mark of their 135-pound encounter.

That left Capac holding a 33-16 advantage.

Matches 10 and 11 would end with Imlay City claiming wins.

Those aformentioned battles saw Kevin Ahrens pick up an 8-0 victory over Brian Kulman at 140 pounds, while Ethan Walker pinned 145-pound foe Clay Colwell with 3:22 elapsed.

That whittled Imlay City's deficit to 33-26 at the time. Their was now three matches remaining.

Capac sent out Darren Hunsucker next, while Imlay City countered with 152-pounder Mason Day.

When their encounter drew to a close, Hunsucker had pinned Day with 5:46 gone.

That outcome staked Capac to a 39-26 lead, assuring the Chiefs of yet another top district finish.

Brandon Lossing followed it up with a 20-6 win against 160-pound counterpart Matt Myers and Ed Niemi added a 4-3 victory over Nino Mosher at 171 pounds, putting the finishing touches on a 46-26 Capac triumph.

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