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  • Layne Malczewski of Dakota wins over Patrick Dufty of Anchor Bay. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Layne Malczewski of Dakota wins over Patrick Dufty. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
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  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)
  • Wrestling Dakota vs Anchor Bay February 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by David Dalton)

Cougars to make fourth quarterfinal appearance in five years

One of the better wrestling rivalries in Macomb County produced another close call and another Dakota victory.

Layne Malczewski and Frank Alcini won by decisions at 171 pounds and 189, respectively, as Dakota broke a 19-all tie and went on to a 31-23 victory over Anchor Bay in a Division 1 team regional championship match at Fraser on Wednesday night.

There were four lead changes. Each team posted one pin, the Tars had two major decisions and the Cougars one as bonus points were hard to come by in the battle of MAC Red Division powers.

“It’s a typical Anchor Bay-Dakota dual,” Cougars coach Ed Skowneski said. “Everybody wrestled their best. We’ve been working hard all year long for this. We finally got to go out there and wrestle and compete, and we got the win.”

Macomb County tournament champion Malczewski’s 4-1 decision over Patrick Dufty gave Dakota a 22-19 lead, and Alcini’s 4-2 triumph over Nick Cathey put the Cougars ahead 25-19 and enabled them to withstand Tar Luke Yenna’s major decision at 215.

With his team leading 25-23, Dakota heavyweight Rahim Khalil accepted a void for the final margin.

Jim Morisette, the Anchor Bay coach, lamented the absence from his lineup of a heavyweight and two other regulars who were out because of injuries.

“There’s nothing you can do about Lady Luck and the injuries,” Morisette said. “After what we did tonight, we’re pretty happy. Anchor Bay had a pretty darn good season.

“(The Cougars) have some really good kids, some tough-nosed kids.”

It was Dakota’s second consecutive state-tournament victory over the Tars, following a one-point district win in 2016.

The teams have combined to win four of the last five MAC Red Division championships.

Dustin Solomon’s 5-4 decision over Colton Stancavage at 160 lifted Dakota into a 19-all tie with Malczewski, Alcini, Wahby and Khalil penciled in to wrestle the final four matches for the Cougars.

“I felt pretty good going into that,” Skowneski said. “I saw in their eyes that they wanted it.”

Malczewski’s decision produced the final lead change of the match, and then Alcini, who moved up a weight class, squared off against Cathey in a 189 match that went to the wire.

“I run cross country, so I assumed I’d have more stamina than him,” Alcini said. “I knew it was going to come down to a grind.

“I told myself, ‘I’m going to drag him to a place where he doesn’t want to be.’ I took him down, rode him out, and we’re regional champions. But it wasn’t just me. We did what we did as a team.”

Dakota advanced to the state quarterfinals that will be at Central Michigan University next weekend. Quarterfinal teams will be seeded Sunday night.

It will be Dakota’s fourth quarterfinal appearance in five years.

“I’m really proud of our development as a team,” Alcini said. “We’re back and better than ever.”

Nick Alayan started the match with a pin at 103 to give Dakota a 6-0 lead.

The Cougars led 9-0 when University of Michigan recruit Jack Medley won by pin at 119 to start a 12-0 Anchor Bay run.

Tyler Sanders’ major decision at 135 lifted the Cougars into a 13-12 lead, but Tar Luke Brazil’s major at 152 followed a decision by Nino Tranchida and put Anchor Bay on top 19-16.

In semifinal matches, Anchor Bay defeated Lakeview 66-16 and Dakota defeated Fraser 65-11.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

DAKOTA 31, ANCHOR BAY 23

103: Nick Alayan, D, pin, Tyler Saferian, :48. 112: Andrew Barrett, D, dec., Al Biland, 3-2. 119: Jack Medley, AB, pin, Justin Tiburcio, 2:33.

125: Anderson Strunk, AB, dec., Connor Casey, 9-3. 130: Matt Dufty, AB, dec., Nick Barrett, 5-3. 135: Tyler Sanders, D, major dec. Damian Halt, 11-3. 140: Tommy Gawlowski, D, dec. Andrew Zielecki, 6-4. 145: Nino Tranchida, AB, dec. Reid Mahar, 12-9. 152: Luke Brazil, AB, major dec. Christian Karges, 9-1. 160: Dustin Solomon, D, dec. Colton Stancavage, 5-4. 171: Layne Malczewski, D, dec. Patrick Dufty, 4-1. 189: Frank Alcini, D, dec., Nick Cathey, 4-2. 215: Luke Yenna, AB, major dec., Jason Wahby, D, 13-0. 285: Rahim Khalil, D, won by void.

SEMIFINALS

ANCHOR BAY 66, LAKEVIEW 16

103: Al Biland, AB, pin, Tom Cacevic, 2:49. 112: Donald Furby, AB, pin, Mark Skeet, 3:41. 119: Jack Medley, AB, pin, Seth Stein, :27. 125: Tommy Schneider, AB, pin, Antonio Lovett, 2:35. 130: Andrew Valente, L, pin, Ryan Dych, 5:16. Kyle Gaydos, AB, pin, Shane Selby, :18. 140: Mott Dombro, AB, won by void. 145: Luke Morris, AB, pin, Anthony Ross, 1:17. 152: Luke Brazil, AB, pin, Joe Sergent, :30. Jacob Burley, L, major dec, CJ Quinn, 14-5. 171: Patrick Duffy, AB, pin, Taylor Gordon, :50. Luke Yenna, AB, pin, Bailey Lack, :30. Nick Cathey, AB, pin, Zack Richardson, :58. 285: Austin Bauslaugh, L, won by void.

Last Updated: 2/15/2017 9:59:40 PM EST