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LAKE FENTON - Hartland’s meatgrinder of a schedule continued Saturday at the Lake Fenton Invitational, where the Eagles were confronted with another set of quality teams.

Macomb Dakota, ranked No. 8 in Division 1, was among them and the Eagles capped their 5-0 day with a 48-19 victory over the Cougars.

“Our past week and a half has been absolutely ridiculous with the tams we have wrestled,” said Hartland coach Todd Cheney. “I think we’ve wrestled 13 duals in a two-week span, and I wanna say six of them are ranked. Obviously when you get into that grind, it gets pretty tough.”

Hartland, though, has handled the grind, including a 28-26 victory over No. 2 (Division 2) ranked Lowell last week.

At Lake Fenton, Hartland beat Grand Blanc (49-19), Marysville (43-27), Lake Fenton (59-16) and Tecumseh (50-27) before taking down Dakota.

Sage Castillo, Reece Hughes, Logan Vish, Jacob Gorial and Lucas LaForge each finished with unbeaten records for Hartland.

Tecumseh put up a fight but the Eagles put up bonus points as Joey Livingston (145) scored a technical fall and Logan Vish (152), Jacob Gorial (160), Lucas LaForge (171) and Noah Lopez (103) each earned victories by fall.

Against Dakota, Hartland took the first three matches and Dakota was looking at a 15-0 deficit. Jack Morris won a 4-1 decision over Joey Livingston as the Cougars finally got on the scoreboard. But Vish (152) pinned Nick Papas, Gorial won by void, Andrew Spisz pinned Ramy Wahby at 171 and LaForge earned a first-period pin over Nick Gaveski at 189 as Hartland took a 33-3 lead.

Hartland’s Ben Dumond got a 3-2 overtime victory over Rahmi Khalil, the credited his workout partners and tough practices for the victory. “A lot of hard work,” said Dumond, who lost an earlier overtime match this season. “It’s good to go in there and finally win in an overtime period.”

Dakota’s Layne Malczewski earned a technical fall over Garret Potter at 112, but paid a price to get it.

“He got a chin to the back of the head so it looked like a golf ball,” said Dakota coach Ed Skowneski, whose squad finished with a 3-2 record. “It’s kinda what I expected … with some guys out, but they came out and wrestled hard. A lot of my young guys did well.

Dakota beat Grand Blanc, Lake Fenton and Marysville during the tournament.

Last Updated: 1/26/2015 4:31:14 PM EST


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