Hartland tops WLC, Warren-Mott to claim 15th straight regional title WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Wrestling - 2/17/2016 

Hartland 72
Warren-Mott 12
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COMMERCE TOWNSHIP — Some may call it their home away from home. Hartland wrestling coach Todd Cheney would agree with that.

His Eagles dominated the regional competition, topping host Walled Lake Central 48-16 in the semifinals before breezing past Warren-Mott, 72-12, in the championship match Wednesday night.

“This has been a good gym for us,” said Cheney, whose team collected its 15th straight regional title. “In 2012 we qualified all of our kids out of this (individual) regional, we’ve won a couple regional championships here, so it’s been a lot of fun. This gym has been good luck for us. We like coming here.”

His team sure wrestled like one comfortable with its surroundings. Mott’s Leann Abad opened the final with a pin over Hartland’s Keegan Harkins at 119 pounds. But from there, it was all Hartland.

Carter Hankins, Hayden Culver, Tanner Culver, Reece Hughes, Kyle Cavanaugh, Sage Castillo and Logan Vish all picked up falls, with six of those coming in the first period, to take a commanding 42-6 lead.

Mott stopped the bleeding, temporarily, with Kyran Daniels picking up a first-period pin at 171 pounds to make it 42-12.

But the Eagles closed out the match with five more falls to wrap up their regional title. Jeff Putz, Andrew Spisz, Brandon Krol, Kyle Kantola and Corey Cavanaugh picked up the wins for Hartland, which entered the postseason ranked No. 2 in Division 1. The team will now head to Battle Creek for the team finals. Hartland fell to Brighton, 31-25, in the championship match a year ago.

“We’re wrestling really well right now,” said Cheney, whose team has outscored its four postseason opponents by a combined score of 280-34. “We had the opportunity to wrestle a bunch of different kids tonight, but we’re not going to be able to do that from now on. For a lot of these kids, getting an opportunity to wrestle in a regional final, it’s a big deal.”

Mott reached the final with a 46-29 win over Birmingham Seaholm in the semifinals. Coach Paul Salyers’ team opened up a 12-0 lead on pins by Hunter Esse and Abad and never looked back. Justin Schwemle (fall at 135) and Gustavo DeLima (major decision at 140) helped the Marauders build a 25-5 lead after six matches.

Seaholm cut the lead to 25-17 on back-to-back falls by Blair Boerkel and Peter Donaghue at 145 and 152. But Mott answered back with consecutive pins by Kyran Daniels and Austin Pruitt to give their team a 20-point lead with four matches to go.

The Marauders entered Wednesday having won their first district championship since 2005. Advancing to the regional final was pure gravy, according to Salyers.

“This season was phenomenal,” Salyers said. “I’ve been telling the kids, ‘Win that match against Seaholm and you can call yourselves Top-16 in the state.’ We weren’t going to beat Hartland, unless it was another ‘Miracle on Ice’ situation. It was a great chance for us to get this far and wrestle some kids that are better than us, and we’ll get better by wrestling teams like this.”

Hartland beat Walled Lake Central in a semifinal in what was a tight match early on. The two teams split the first six matches, with the Eagles holding a slim 18-13 lead. But Hartland victories in seven of the final eight matches ended the Vikings’ season. Kaleb Marion, Nick Freeman, Ben Freeman and Haydn Kinjorski all picked up wins for Walled Lake Central.


119 pounds – Leann Abad (WM) p. Keegan Harkins 3:40; 125 pounds – Carter Hankins (H) p. Michael Perkins 1:04; 130 pounds – Hayden Culver (H) p. Andrew Kakoos 1:34; 135 pounds – Tanner Culver (H) p. Justin Schwemle :33; 140 pounds – Reece Hughes (H) p. Gustavo DeLima :20; 145 pounds – Kyle Cavanaugh p. Jacob Pruitt 2:16; 152 pounds – Sage Castillo (H) p. Cortland Cross :59; 160 pounds – Logan Vish (H) p. Steve Rusauchin 1:18; 171 pounds – Kyran Daniels (WM) p. Ryan Pietila 1:11; 189 pounds – Jeff Putz (H) p. Austin Pruitt 1:01; 215 pounds – Andrew Spisz (H) p. Goria Akash :58; 285 pounds – Brandon Krol (H) p. Nicholas Barnhart 1:08; 103 pounds – Kyle Kantola (H) p. Stephen Salyers :18; 112 pounds – Corey Cavanaugh (H) p. Hunter Esse :33


112 pounds – Hunter Esse (WM) p. Ryan Cummins 1:37; 119 pounds – Leann Abad (WM) p. Nathaniel Turner 1:00; 125 pounds – Mac Fritz (BS) tech. fall Michael Perkins 18-2; 130 pounds – Andrew Kakoos (WM) dec. Jack Burdick 8-5; 135 pounds – Justin Schwemle (WM) p. Nick Law 4:45; 140 pounds – Gustavo DeLima (WM) major dec. Dominick Campbell 10-2; 145 pounds – Blair Boerkel (BS) p. Ryan Hester 2:34; 152 pounds – Peter Donaghue (BS) p. Jacob Pruitt 1:59; Steve Kuebler (WM) p. Vlad Astapchyk 1:50; 171 pounds – Kyran Daniels (WM) p. Marcus Manzo :54; 189 pounds – Kenny Love (BS) p. Austin Pruitt :37; 215 pounds – Michael Schultz (BS) p. Goria Akash :37; 285 pounds – Nick Barnhardt (WM) won by void; 103 pounds – Stephen Salyers (WM) dec. Jackson Albright 3-0


112 pounds – Kyle Kantola (H) p. Joe Bakkal 1:33; 119 pounds – Carter Hankins (H) p. Dean Perry 1:01; 125 – Kaleb Marion (WLC) p. Drake Thomas 3:06; 130 pounds – Nick Freeman (WLC) dec. Garnet Potter 6-0; 135 pounds – Nick Donobile (H) p. Fernan Garza 3:02; 140 pounds – Ben Freeman (WLC) major dec. 17-4; 145 pounds – Kyle Cavanaugh (H) dec. Nick Costanzo 9-7, OT; 152 pounds – Sage Castillo (H) p. David Simon 1:11; 160 pounds – Haydn Kinjorski (BS) dec. Logan Vish sudden victory-2; 171 pounds – Lucas Laforge (H) dec. Nick Onwenu 3-0; 189 pounds – Andrew Spisz (H) d. Connor Merchant :34; 215 pounds – Jeff Putz (H) p. Ben Smerdon 4:42; 285 pounds – Brandon Krol (H) won by void; 103 pounds – Corey Cavanaugh (H) won by void

Last Updated: 2/17/2016 10:46:43 PM EST