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Tri-City Times All-Area wrestling team stacks up with best around


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April 07, 2010
TRI-CITY AREA — With a combined record of 730-193, the 2009-10 edition of The Tri-City Times All-Area wrestling team is one that could tangle with the best around.

Here is a look at who made the squad and the credentials they accumulated en route to those accolades:

Josh Scillian, Imlay City, 103 pounds.

Scillian wound up with a 44-9 mark, representing a success rate of 83.0 percent, while collecting 19 pins during the 2009-10 campaign.

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The senior also registered a second at the Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School; and added a fourth at the Cros-Lex High School-based Blue Water Area Conference Tournament in his third campaign with Imlay City's squad.

"He was one of the leaders of our lightweights this season," Imlay City Coach Ken Day said. "Josh is very coachable and could be relied on to come through each time out," he noted.

"He ended his career with over 100 wins despite wrestling just three years. Josh can be proud of what he accomplished in his three years with our program."

RJ See, Imlay City,

112 pounds.

See put together a 37-10 record, a success clip of 78.7 percent, with 18 pins this winter.

The freshman also furnished a second at the Imlay City High School-based Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational plus tacked on a third at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Cros-Lex High School.

"He had an outstanding debut season for us," Imlay City Coach Ken Day said. "RJ came at you from the opening whistle and did not let up," he emphasized.

"He was one of the hardest workers. It will be great having him on our team for three more years."

Taylor Lawrence, Almont, 119 pounds.

Lawrence posted a 29-7 mark, representing a success rate of 80.6 percent, while collecting 14 pins during the 2009-10 campaign.

The senior managed 29 takedowns, 22 three-point nearfalls, 10 two-point nearfalls and 12 reversals en route to those numbers in his fourth campaign with Almont's squad.

Lawrence also notched firsts at The Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School and the Byron Invitational; plus added a second at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Cros-Lex High School.

Dylan Creger, Almont,

125 pounds.

Creger logged a 38-5 record, a success clip of 88.4 percent, with 20 pins this winter.

He contributed 44 takedowns, 31 three-point nearfalls, 14 reversals, and eight two-point nearfalls along the way in this his third campaign on Almont's team.

The junior also generated a first at the Imlay City High School-based Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational; obtained a second at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Cros-Lex High School; provided a third at the Byron Invitational; and added a fourth at a Division 3 individual district hosted by Richmond High School.

Gideon Gaiter, Capac,

125 pounds.

Gaiter produced a 43-16 mark, representing a success rate of 72.9 percent, while collecting 29 pins during the 2009-10 campaign.

The sophomore generated 58 takedowns, 41 escapes, 31 reversals, 10 three-point nearfalls and four two-point nearfalls en route to those numbers in his second season with Capac's squad.

In addition to those numbers, Gaiter contributed 250 team points (his team's third highest total) during the 2009-10 campaign.

Gaiter also ranked second at the Blue Water Classic hosted by Port Huron Northern High School; took second at the Imlay City High School-based Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational; and pulled up third at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Cros-Lex High School.

"He was just a sophomore this year but did a tremendous job," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "Gideon really made solid improvement throughout the season and is just starting to realize his potential," he noted.

"With him being so young the sky is the limit. He has a lot of potential but he will have to continue to work hard to realize that potential. We will be counting on Gideon to be someone who can make the commitment and become one of our leaders and go to guys for the next couple years."

Gaiter, who was one of Capac's captains, concluded his second season on Capac's squad as an All-Blue Water Area honorable mention selection.

Jake Scillian, Imlay City, 130 pounds.

Scillian compiled a 40-13 record, a success clip of 75.5 percent, with 16 pins this winter.

The sophomore also furnished a first-place finish at The Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School in his second campaign on Imlay City's team.

"He had a good year for us despite competing in a tough weight class," Imlay City Coach Ken Day said. "Jake was a mainstay in our lineup and we expect his success to continue in his next two seasons with our team," he noted.

Sam Lyscas, Imlay City, 135 pounds.

Lyscas provided a 57-5 mark, representing a success rate of 89.4 percent, while collecting 27 pins during the 2009-10 campaign.

His win total set an Imlay City school single season record in his second year with Imlay City's squad.

The sophomore earned the distinction of weight class champion at the Imlay City High School-based Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational; took seconds at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Cros-Lex High School and at a Richmond High School-based Division 3 individual district; and registered a third at a Division 3 individual regional hosted by Richmond High School.

Lyscas also won one match at the Division 3 individual state finals hosted by The Palace of Auburn Hills.

"He is a technically sound wrestler," Imlay City Coach Ken Day said. "If Sam continues to work on his strength he has the potential to become a state placer as a junior and senior," he emphasized.

"He has already made a name for himself in his two years with the team. By the time he leaves here Sam (who already has reached the 100-win plateau) should rank at or near the top of our career leaders in several areas," he noted.

Joshua Kaiser, Capac,

140 pounds.

Kaiser logged a 39-19 record, a success clip of 67.2 percent, with 24 pins this winter.

He supplied 56 takedowns, 45 escapes, 44 reversals, 24 three-point nearfalls and seven two-point nearfalls in his fourth season with Capac's squad.

In addition to those numbers, Kaiser contributed 209 team points (his team's seventh highest total) this winter.

The senior also earned the distinction of weight class champion at the Imlay City High School-based Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational and Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Cros-Lex High School.

"He finished his career with an excellent season," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "Joshua wound up with 106 career wins which is number 14 on the all-time list at our school," he noted.

"He provided us with a strong presence in the middle of our lineup and was one of our go-to guys. Joshua was a major reason for our success this season and I hope our returners step up to the challenge of filling his shoes. We will miss his great attitude and intensity."

He wrapped up his final season on Capac's squad as an All-Blue Water Area honorable mention choice.

Kevin Creger, Almont,

140 pounds.

Creger managed a 35-9 mark, representing a success rate of 79.5 percent, while collecting 19 pins during the 2009-10 campaign.

The sophomore furnished 42 takedowns, 12 three-point nearfalls, 10 reversals and eight two-point nearfalls in his second season with Almont's squad.

He also won his weight division at a Richmond High School-based Division 3 individual district; took seconds at the Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School and Cros-Lex High School-based Blue Water Area Conference Tournament; plus tacked on a fourth at the Byron Invitational.

Jake Newton, Imlay City, 140 pounds.

Newton put together a 22-21 record, a success clip of 51.2 percent, with five pins this winter.

The freshman also claimed a second-place finish at a Richmond High School-based Division 3 individual district.

"He improved a lot from the start of the season until the end," Imlay City Coach Ken Day said. "The key to that success was Jake wrestled more within himself than he did early on," he noted.

Brian Kulman, Capac,

145 pounds.

Kulman furnished a 54-10 mark, representing a success rate of 84.4 percent, while collecting 38 pins during the 2009-10 campaign.

The senior generated 120 takedowns, 47 three-point nearfalls, 35 escapes, 27 two-point nearfalls and 22 reversals along the way.

In addition to those numbers, Kulman contributed 304 team points (his squad's second highest output) to Capac's cause.

Kulman watched his four-year stint on Capac's squad draw to a close with a 156 career wins. His win total was the second best in school history.

He also picked up firsts at the Port Huron Northern-based Blue Water Classic and Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School; obtained seconds at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Cros-Lex High School and a Division 3 individual district hosted by Richmond High School; took fourth at a Richmond High School-based Division 3 individual regional; plus earned the right to compete at the Division 3 individual state finals hosted by The Palace of Auburn Hills.

"He had another great year for us and has been a dominant force in our lineup," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "Brian finished the season with 54 wins and was a regional and state qualifier," he noted.

"His 156 wins rank him second on our all-time list. Brian also owns career takedown (306) and tech falls (17) records. He is one of those rare individuals that put everything out there. I'm proud to have been his coach and hope that we are fortunate enough to have some guys in our future that have his type of character."

Kulman ended the 2009-10 campaign as an All-Blue Water Area first team selection.

In addition to that, Kulman received his team's co-MVP and Outstanding Senior Awards.

Josh Kunath, Almont,

152 pounds.

Kunath wound up with a 33-5 record, a success clip of 86.8 percent, with 20 pins this winter.

He managed 35 takedowns, 13 three-point nearfalls, 13 two-point nearfalls and eight reversals in this his third season with Almont's squad.

The junior also won the 160-pound weight class at the Byron Invitational; took 152-pound weight division honors at the Imlay City High School-based Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational (earning MVP honors for the upper weight classes); supplied a second among 152-pound competitors at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Cros-Lex High School; plus ranked third among 152-pound weight class participants at the Richmond High School-based Division 3 individual district.

Matt Myers, Imlay City, 160 pounds.

Myers amassed a 50-11 mark, representing a success rate of 82.0 percent, while collecting 25 pins during the 2009-10 campaign.

The senior ranked second among 152-pound weight class entries at Imlay City High School-based Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational; pulled up second out of 160-pound weight division competitors at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Cros-Lex High School and at a Richmond High School-based Division 3 individual district; provided a third at a Division 3 individual regional hosted by Richmond High School; plus competed in the 160-pound weight class at the Division 3 individual state finals contested at The Palace of Auburn Hills in his third season on Imlay City's squad.

"Here was someone who was always trying to improve," Imlay City Coach Ken Day said. "As you can tell from Matt's list of accomplishments, that time was well spent," he noted.

"He was a difficult opponent to wrestle. If you got a win against him it was well deserved."

Derek Gottschalk, Capac, 160 pounds.

Gottschalk provided a 44-8 record, a success clip of 84.6 percent, with 26 pins this winter.

He notched 100 takedowns, 29 escapes, 13 two-point nearfalls, 12 three-point nearfalls and five reversals in his fourth season with Capac's squad.

In addition to those numbers, Gottschalk contributed 230 team points (his squad's fourth highest output) to Capac's cause.

He also generated first-place showings at the Blue Water Classic hosted by Port Huron Northern High School and Imlay City High School-based Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational; plus added a third at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Cros-Lex High School.

"He finished the season with 44 wins and season-best quick pin time of seven seconds," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "Derek was one of those guys we could count on to get us through some tight matches," he noted.

"He is a rugged competitor and and you always know what you are going to get when he steps out on the mat. Derek brought an aggressive style that often sparked the rest of the team to wrestle even harder. We will miss Derek next season but he has left a good example for our younger guys to follow with his attitude and intensity."

He finished the year as an All-Blue Water Area second team choice.

Ed Niemi, Capac,

171 pounds.

Niemi logged a 42-14 mark, representing a success rate of 75.0 percent, while collecting 22 pins during the 2009-10 campaign.

The senior generated 50 takedowns, 36 reversals, 35 escapes, 25 two-point nearfalls and 20 three-point nearfalls along the way.

In addition to those numbers, Niemi contributed 217 team points (his squad's sixth highest output) to Capac's cause.

Niemi garnered a first at the Imlay City High School-based Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational; a second at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Cros-Lex High School; a third at a Richmond High School-based Division 3 individual district; obtained a fourth at a Division 3 individual regional hosted by Richmond High School; plus won a match in his weight class at The Palace of Auburn Hills-based Division 3 individual state finals.

"He has consistently improved every year and his hard work paid off in his final season with a trip to the state finals," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "Ed is a great example of a guy that stuck with it through some tough times, kept working hard and had success because of that work ethic," he noted.

"He was a major reason for our success this season and I hope our returners step up to the challenge of filling his shoes. We will miss his great attitude and intensity."

He finished his final season on Capac's squad as an All-Blue Water Area honorable mention pick.

In addition to that, Niemi was voted the recipient of Capac's Outstanding Senior Award.

Thomas Bolday, Capac,

189 pounds.

Bolday furnished a 60-6 record, a success clip of 91 percent, with 41 pins this winter.

He registered 66 takedowns, 32 three-point nearfalls, 25 reversals, 17 escapes and 16 two-point nearfalls in his third season with Capac's squad.

In addition to those numbers, Bolday contributed 329 team points (his squad's highest output) to Capac's cause.

The junior also claimed firsts at the Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School and at a Richmond High School-based Division 3 individual district; took seconds at the Blue Water Classic hosted by Port Huron Northern High School; a Richmond High School-based Division 3 individual district and at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Cros-Lex High School; plus tacked on a third (good enough to attain All-State status) at the Division 3 individual state finals hosted by The Palace of Auburn Hills.

"He had another outstanding year for us," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "Thomas finished with 60 wins, which was a single season school record," he noted.

"He was a regional qualifier, state qualifier and All-State. Thomas has 150 career wins so far. We will be expecting big things from him again next year and hopefully his work ethic and leadership will be a real positive for our team."

Bolday ended the season as All-Blue Water Area first team selection.

In addition to that, Bolday (who was one of Capac's captains this winter) was a co-recipient of his team's MVP Award.

Chris Bly, Capac,

215 pounds.

Bly managed a 33-15 mark, a representing a success rate of 68.8 percent, while collecting 22 pins during the 2009-10 campaign.

The senior accumulated 30 takedowns, 24 reversals, 17 three-point nearfalls, 10 escapes and 10 two-point nearfalls along the way.

Bly also collected fourths at the Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational hosted by Imlay City High School and at a Division 3 individual district hosted by Richmond High School.

"This was his first season in our varsity lineup," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "Chris stepped right in and was a force in our upper weights," he noted.

"He has been a guy that worked hard and continued to improve every time out. Chris is a great example of a guy that stuck with it through the years, kept working hard and had great success because of that work ethic. We will miss Chris next year in our upper weights but he has left a good example for our younger guys to follow if they want to be successful."

He wrapped up the season as an All-Blue Water Area honorable mention choice.

In addition to that, Bly was named the recipient of his team's Most Improved Award.

Pat White, Capac,

285 pounds.

White supplied a 30-10 record, a 75.0 percent success clip, with 21 pins this winter.

He collected 26 takedowns, nine escapes, five reversals, three three-point nearfalls and one two-point nearfall in his fourth season with Capac's squad.

In addition to those numbers, White contributed 168 team points (matching his squad's ninth highest output) to Capac's cause.

The senior also took second at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament hosted by Cros-Lex High School; ranked third at a Richmond High School-based Division 3 individual district; furnished a fourth at a Division 3 individual regional hosted by Richmond High School; plus competed in his weight class at The Palace of Auburn Hills-based Division 3 individual state finals.

"He had an outstanding career for us and capped it off with a trip to the state finals," Capac Coach Jason Klink said. "Pat really turned it on at the end of the year and led by example," he noted.

"He is another example of a guy that stayed with it through the tough times and just kept working hard. Those types of people will always excel in the end. He was one of the guys that would do a lot of extra work outside of practice like waking up and running early in the morning before school started. We will miss Pat next year and I hope some of our younger guys will follow his example of a great work ethic."

White completed his final season on Capac's squad as an All-Blue Water Area honorable mention second team choice.

In addition to that, White was voted the recipient of his team's Outstanding Senior Award.

Second team- Mykle Dedenbach, Capac, 112 pounds; Andrew Pawlaczyk, Imlay City, 119 pounds; Matt Schuman, Capac, 119 pounds; Kyle Guerrero, Imlay City, 125 pounds; Brandon Schalm, Capac, 130 pounds; Dan Cornish, Capac, 135 pounds; Pat Finn, Almont, 145 pounds; Corey Downing, Almont, 145 pounds; Aaron Smith, Capac, 152 pounds; Nick Nivison, Imlay City, 152 pounds; Nick Ouillete, Almont, 160/171 pounds; and Derek Kopp, Almont, 189 pounds.

Coach of the Year- For directing Capac to their sixth straight Division 3 district title, a runnerup regional finish and a second at the Blue Water Area Conference Tournament, Jason Klink earns Tri-City Times All-Area Coach of the Year accolades.

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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