March 11, 2009 TRI-CITY AREA — When the Division 3 individual state wrestling finals unfold this Thursday through Saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills there will be two grapplers hailing from Tri-City schools participating.
At 140 pounds, Imlay City senior Kevin Ahrens will begin his pursuit of All-State accolades (given to the top-eight finishers in each weight class) against Kingsley sophomore Joey Leach. Those grapplers head into battle with 53-6 and 46-6 marks, respectively.
The victor of that encounter tangles with the survivor of a match between Coloma senior Matt Kiser (43-10) and Zeeland West senior Joe Gonzalez (36-13).
In the 189-pound weight class, Capac sophomore Tom Bolday (47-13) starts his tournament stint versus Delton-Kellogg senior Stephen Romero (43-5).
The winner of that bout squares off versus the survivor of an encounter between Sanford Meridian senior Joe Krantz and Big Rapids sophomore Drake Renas. Those grapplers head into the fray with 45-5 and 44-7 records, respectively.