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Capac wrestlers second at the Blue Water Classic


January 13, 2010
CAPAC — The Capac wrestling team claimed a second-place finish last Saturday at the Blue Water Classic.

Port Huron Northern High School is where the action unfolded.

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Capac 145-pounder Brian Kulman tightens his grip on a mat foe at the Blue Water Classic. photo by Kevin Kissane.

When the final scores were announced, Port Huron Northern's 219-point output set the pace. Capac pulled up second, thanks to a 211-point total, and Oxford's 'B' team managed 154 for third. They were followed by Dakota (144 points), Richmond's 'B' team (140.5), Saginaw Nouvel (102), Lapeer West (93), Ann Arbor Pioneer (87), Grosse Pointe North (84.5), Port Huron High (83.5), Rochester (73), Lakeshore (68), Yale (57), Chippewa Valley (40.5), Anchor Bay (30), Memphis (23) and New Haven (21).

Brian Kulman and Derek Gottschalk led Capac with firsts that day. Kulman reached the 145-pound title encounter where he claimed a 25-10 win against Port Huron Northern's Chad Hughes, while Gottschalk advanced to his championship encounter at 160 pounds where he picked up a 6-5 victory over Ann Arbor Pioneer's Justin Bose.

A group consisting of Gideon Gaiter, Aaron Smith and Thomas Bolday gave Capac seconds. Gaiter gained admittance to the 125-pound title encounter where he dropped a 10-5 verdict to Port Huron Northern's Camden Sebring; Smith reached the 152-pound championship clash where he was pinned with 3:20 elapsed by Port Huron High's Billy Hilliker; and Bolday advanced to the 189-pound title encounter where he dropped a 10-4 verdict to Port Huron Northern's Austin Pickering.

Brandon Schalm furnished the lone Capac third that day. Schalm reached the consolation final at 130 pounds where he prevailed by forfeit over Port Huron Northern's Richard Hall.

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Capac also received a fourth courtesy of Ed Niemi. He advanced to the 171-pound consolation final where he dropped an 11-7 verdict to Dakota's Ryan Beroit.

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.
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