March 25 • 08:17 PM

Ahrens, Bolday All-State

Imlay City's Kevin Ahrens fourth, Capac's Tom Bolday eighth at state wrestling tourney

Imlay City 140-pounder Kevin Ahrens fends off a takedown bid by Coloma’s Matt Kiser at the state finals. photo by Kevin Kissane.

March 18, 2009
TRI-CITY AREA —Imlay City senior 140-pounder Kevin Ahrens and Capac sophomore 189-pound Tom Bolday saw to it that they would bring home All-State honors (given to the top-eight in each weight class, earning respective showings of fourth and eighth, last Thursday through Saturday at the Division 3 individual wrestling state finals.

The Palace of Auburn Hills served as the venue for the competition.

Ahrens opened his successful run against Kingsley sophomore Joey Leach on Thursday. Those grapplers headed into the fray owning 53-6 and 46-6 marks, respectively.

When their clash drew to a close, it was Ahrens who had prevailed via a pin with 5:11 elapsed.

The following day Ahrens tangled with Coloma senior Matt Kiser, who entered the their confrontation at 44-10.

It was there Ahrens improved his tournament standing to 2-0, thanks to a pin with 5:59 gone.

That meant Ahrens would square off versus Big Rapids senior Seth Schaner, who took a 51-2 mark into their match, next.

That battle ended with Schaner, the eventual state champion, earning a 7-6 win at Ahrens' expense.

Those aformentioned outcomes assured Ahrens a spot in Saturday's action.

It was there he met Goodrich senior Joe Hopkins, who was 52-10 when they squared off, first.

That matchup would go the distance with Ahrens picked up a 4-3 victory over Hopkins, the eventual fifth-place finisher.

That meant Ahrens would take on Saginaw Swan Valley junior Troy Lamson, who owned a 60-4 mark coming in, for third place honors.

It was there Lamson eked out a 5-4 triumph.

For his showing, Ahrens earned All-State accolades (given to the top-eight finishers in each weight class).

Capac’s Tom Bolday battles Big Rapids foe Drake Renas in 189-pound action at states. photo by Kevin Kissane.

Ahrens concluded his senior year with a 56-8 mark.

His win total represents an Imlay City school record. That improved on the former mark of 53 victories, first set by Dom DeYonker during the 2005-06 season and later equaled by Ahrens during the 2007-08 campaign.

Bolday started his run at states against Delton-Kellogg senior Stephen Romero on Thursday. Those grapplers headed into the fray sporting 47-13 and 43-5 marks, respectively.

When their bout wrapped up, it was Bolday who had claimed an 8-7 win.

The following day Bolday squared off versus Big Rapids sophomore Drake Renas, who entered their clash at 45-7.

It was there Bolday dropped to 1-1, thanks to a 2-1 setback to Renas (the eventual sixth-place finisher).

That meant Bolday would collide with Ishpeming's Jacob Bonetti, who took a 36-8 mark into their match, next.

The contest drew to a close with Bolday prevailing via an 11-4 count.

The following day Bolday tested his mat skills twice.

Bolday began the aformentioned stretch against Chippewa Hills senior Colt Miller, who took a 51-11 mark into their match.

The encounter wound down with Miller, the eventual fourth-place finisher, securing a 4-3 victory.

That meant Bolday would meet Onsted junior Joe Stark, who owned a 54-16 mark, for seventh place honors.

It was there Stark registered a 10-1 triumph.

For his showing, Bolday locked up All-State plaudits (given to the top-eight finishers in each weight class).

Bolday completed his sophomore season with a 49-16 mark.

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