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Raiders win nailbiter, 42-34



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January 27, 2010
TRI-CITY AREA — The Almont and Imlay City wrestling teams posted 2-0 and 1-1 marks pitted against Blue Water Area Conference foes last Wednesday at Almont High School.

The opening dual of the evening saw Derek Kopp pin William Podeski with 2:35 elapsed during their 189-pound confrontation, the last of 14 matches on the slate, and that assured host Almont of a 42-34 win against Imlay City.

A group consisting of Dylan Creger, Nick Ouillette, Jake Ferrell and Chase Orzel gave Almont victories via the pinfall route as well. Creger needed 2:55 to down Kyle Guerrero at 125 pounds; Ouillette required 1:31 to defeat 171-pound foe Jordan Deel; Ferrell took 1:45 to upend Austin Winslow at 215 pounds; and Orzel needed 1:12 to turn back heavyweight counterpart Rojelio Oliva.

Corey Downing supplied the next best Almont showing, prevailing via technical fall. Downing registered an 18-1 triumph against Dillon Gilbreth at 145 pounds.

Kevin Creger gave Almont a win by major decision, accomplishing the feat with a 13-2 outcome versus 140-pound adversary Steven Priesel.

Taylor Lawrence chalked up the other Almont victory. Lawrence left the mat with a 4-1 triumph against Andrew Pawlaczyk at 119 pounds.

Josh Scillian, RJ See, Sam Lyscas, Matt Myers and Nino Mosher paced Imlay City with wins by pin. Scillian took 38 seconds to best 103-pound rival Logan

Kunath; See needed 3:32 to conquer Nick Justice at 112 pounds; Lyscas required 2:36 to beat 135-pound foe Kurtis Creger; Myers took 5:57 to turn back Pat Finn at 152 pounds; and Mosher needed 30 seconds to down 160-pound counterpart Tim Zehnder.

Jake Scillian was the other Imlay City grappler who prevailed. Scillian posted a 12-1 win against Roger Savonne.

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Imlay City 140-pounder Steven Priesel grabs ahold of the leg of Almont counterpart Kevin Creger during their mat confrontation last Wednesday. photo by Kevin Kissane.

Later that evening, Almont picked up a 58-21 victory over Blue Water Algonac.

Logan Kunath, Justice, Dylan Creger, Kevin Creger, Finn and Jason Feys led Almont with triumphs via the pinfall route. Kunath needed 39 seconds to down Jake Fredricks at 103 pounds; Justice took 56 seconds to prevail versus 112-pound counterpart Chris Boisvert; Dylan Creger required 2:39 to beat Branden Balogh at 125 pounds; Kevin Creger needed 1:35 to down 140-pound adversary Will Churchill; Finn took 1:08 to upend Cody Strassburg at 145 pounds; and Feys required 3:42 to turn back 152-pound foe Carson Marlow.

Kurtis Creger (135) and Ouillette (171) provided Almont with wins by void.

Lawrence and Savonne added victories by technical fall to Almont's cause. The former accomplished the feat with a 15-0 outcome versus 119-pound counterpart Billy Meldrum and the latter outpointed Jamie Gill, 17-2, at 130 pounds.

In the night's other match involving a Tri-City team, Imlay City notched a 61-16 triumph against Yale.

A group consisting of Jake Scillian, Lyscas, Jake Newton, Nick Nivison, Myers and Podeski paced Imlay City with wins by pin. Scillian required 1:40 to beat Josh Hoist at 130 pounds Lyscas needed 4:38 to upend 135-pound foe Mason Carpo; Newton took 32 seconds to defeat Hunter Huffman at 140 pounds; Nivison required 1:31 to best 152-pound counterpart Kane Liebler; Myers needed 31 seconds to fend off Gavin Smith at 160 pounds; and Podeski took 3:54 to conquer 215-pound adversary Clayton Houston.

Josh Scillian (103), See (112), Pawlaczyk (119) and Guerrero (125) gave Imlay City victories by void.

Mosher rounded out the list of Imlay City grapplers who prevailed. He claimed a 15-10 triumph against Colby Raymo at 171 pounds.

With the results, Almont goes to 15-2 and 4-0. Imlay City now stands at 18-14 and 1-3.

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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