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Bolday is an All-Stater again


Sam Lyscas, Ed Niemi one win away from medal round



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March 10, 2010
TRI-CITY AREA — Capac junior 189-pounder Thomas Bolday made it back-to-back years with All-State honors (given to the top-eight in each weight class) by earning a third last Thursday through Saturday at the Division 3 individual wrestling state finals.

Bolday, who was eighth in the weight division as a sophomore, started his successful run against Napoleon junior Jacob Olson on Thursday. Those grapplers headed into their battle sporting 56-5 and 24-14 marks, respectively.

When their confrontation ended, it was Bolday who prevailed via a pin with 3:59 gone.

The following day Bolday collided with South Haven senior Allen Antonson, who brought a 44-8 record into their clash.

It was there Bolday raised his tournament mark to 2-0, earning an 8-5 win at Antonson's expense.

That meant Bolday would square off versus Onsted senior Joe Stark, who brought a 58-1 mark into their contest next.

Their clash drew to a close with Stark, the eventual state champion, handing Bolday a 10-5 setback.

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Capac 189-pounder Thomas Bolday (top) ranked third in his weight class at the Div. 3 state finals. photo by Kevin Kissane.

Those aforementioned outcomes landed Bolday a spot in Saturday's action.

It was there he tangled with Shelby senior Richard Rodriguez, who was 47-12 when they tangled, first.

That meeting would see Bolday pin Rodriguez, the eventual fifth-place finisher, with 2:25 gone.

He then went up against Goodrich junior Jarred LaBelle, who sported a 42-10 mark coming in, for third place honors.

That bout ended with Bolday notching a pin 4:02 in.

For his showing, Bolday secured All-State status (given to the top-eight finishers in the weight class).

Bolday wrapped up the season with a 60-6 mark.

Imlay City sophomore Sam Lyscas (135) and Capac senior Ed Niemi(171) came within one win each of locking up All-State accolades.

Lyscas began his tournament stint Thursday against Williamston junior Paul Sawaya. Those grapplers headed into the contest owning 56-3 and 46-8 marks, respectively.

When their encounter drew to a close, it was Lyscas who prevailed via a 3-1 overtime verdict.

The favorable outcome proved a milestone for Lyscas as it marked his 100th career win.

The following day Lyscas squared off versus Newaygo senior Austin Dingledine, who took a 50-4 mark into their battle.

It was there Lyscas dropped to 1-1, thanks to an 8-3 setback. Dingledine would go on from there to claim a second-place finish.

Lsycas then watched his tournament run draw to a close with an 11-5 loss to Brooklyn Columbia Central junior Jared Grundy, who was 41-9 at the time they collided. Grundy would go on from there to rank eighth in the weight class.

With the results, Lyscas concluded the season with a 57-5 mark.

His win total represents an Imlay City school record.

Niemi started his tournament run Thursday against Otsego senior Trevor Davis. Those wrestlers entered the matchup with 54-5 and 41-12 records, respectively.

The match went the six-minute distance with Davis, the eventual third-place finisher, claiming a 13-5 win.

The following day Niemi squared off versus Clare senior Zach Simon, who was 35-8 when they met.

It was there Niemi improved to 1-1, thanks to a 9-4 victory.

Niemi then exited the ranks of those grapplers still active in the tournament as he dropped a 14-6 verdict to Cass City sophomore Josh Jensen, the eventual eighth-place finisher.

With his showing, Niemi finished the campaign at 42-14.

Capac's Brian Kulman (145), Imlay City's Matt Myers (160), Almont's Derek Kopp (189) and Capac's Pat White (285) also competed at the state finals, each going 0-2.

Kulman, a senior, opened his tournament stint Thursday against Coloma senior John Tanner. Those grapplers headed into the contest owning 48-2 and 54-8 marks, respectively.

When their battle ended, it was Tanner who had registered a 14-10 triumph. He would go on from there to place sixth in the weight class.

The following day Kulman tangled with Reed City junior Brian Mitchell, who took a 26-9 mark into their battle.

It was there Kulman watched his tournament run draw to a close with a 10-6 loss to Mitchell.

With the results, Kulman concluded the season with a 54-10 mark.

Myers, a senior, began his tournament run Thursday against Roscommon senior Eric Meyer. Those wrestlers entered the matchup with 50-9 and 51-2 records, respectively.

Their contest went the six-minute time limit with Meyer, the eventual third-place finisher, earning a 12-1 win.

The following day Myers exited the ranks of those grapplers still active in the tournament when he was pinned by Durand senior Chris Wellman, who brought a 45-17 mark into their battle.

With his showing, Myers finished the campaign at 50-11.

Kopp, a junior, started his tournament stint Thursday against Dundee junior Justin Heiserman. Those grapplers headed into the contest owning 22-13 and 57-3 marks, respectively.

When their clash ended, it was Heiserman (the eventual state champion) notching a 12-1 win.

The following day Kopp faced Wyoming Godwin Heights senior Darwin Mathis, who was 33-12 when they squared off.

It was there Mathis, the eventual seventh-place finisher, eked out a 9-8 victory.

With the results, Kopp concluded the season with a 22-15 mark.

White, a senior, opened his tournament run Thursday against Lake Odessa Lakewood senior Ryan Steverson. Those wrestlers entered the matchup with 30-8 and 49-0 records, respectively.

It was there Steverson, the eventual state champion, pinned White with 34 seconds gone.

The following day White exited the ranks of those grapplers still active in the tournament when he was pinned by Gladstone senior Jacob Hadel, who took a 34-14 record into their battle.

With his showing, White finished the campaign at 30-10.

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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