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Eagles top Walled Lake Central in semifinal, blitz Warren Mott in final

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Wrestling - 2/15/2017 

Walled Lake Central 24
Hartland 43
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The road to the Division 1 team state wrestling tournament went through Walled Lake Central, but that’s also where it stopped for the host school at Wednesday’s regional comnpetition.

Defending state champion Hartland used its experience and depth to oust the Vikings 43-24 in the semifinal round, then rolled over Warren Mott 72-12 in the finals, the same identical score it recorded last year against the Marauders, to reach the state tournament for the 16th consecutive year. The Eagles were relentless against Mott, tallying all 12 victories by pin with 11 of them coming in the first period.

Mott had beaten Southfield A&T 42-23 in the other semifinal as the Warriors, just like the Vikings, saw their team season end.

It was the third straight season the Eagles have beaten Walled Lake Central en route to the team state tournament, and all at the Vikings’ gymnasium.

“A lot of things have gone our way in the gym,” said Hartland coach Todd Cheney, whose squad lost a 31-27 decision to Central two weeks ago. “It’s a little different team than we had the last time.”

And what a difference they made. Cheney said he bumped every wrestler from 140 to 215 up a weight class, and the strategy worked. After Central’s Ben Freeman pinned Devon Pietila in the first period in the match opener at 140, the Eagles took over. They rang up four straight victories, including two by fall, before Central’s 189-pounder Nick Onwenu stopped the rush with a victory. Hartland resumed with three more straight victories, piling up a 31-9 advantage and forcing the Vikings to win the last five matches to have a chance. That didn’t happen as the Eagles rang up two victories by fall in that stretch, clinching the win. Central’s core wrestlers, unbeaten Warren Stanfield III and Nick Freeman, didn’t get a chance to compete as the Eagles, who had five victories by fall, voided the final two weight classes after the victory was assured.

Vikings coach Al Freeman lamented missing a few wrestlers, but acknowledged the Eagles’ strength and the his team’s solid season. “We lost a couple of swing matches … (but) the whole season went well (for us). We progressed like we thought we would. I guess it’ll make us better in the long run.”

Southfield A&T coach Eric Moon was rational with the defeat. “Getting this far is a big deal,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of first-year wrestlers and for them to come out in the regional is a big deal.”

The Warriors, who this season merged with Southfield Lathrup, who had no wrestling program, to form Southfield A&T, is essentially the same squad from old Southfield High, which only once before advanced as far as team regionals. “Not winning the league (OAA White) was kind of a driving force to winning districts,” Moon said.

The Warriors gave up a few key pins against Mott, and voided two weight classes. Max Doggett (171), Landon Clark (215), who pulled out a victory in overtime, and Isiaah Berry (125), were victories for the Warriors.

Hartland will learn of its seeding when they're announced Sunday. Last year the Eagles were seeded No. 1 en route to the state championship.



140 - Ben Freeman (WLC) pinned Devon Pietila 1:08; 145 - Tanner Culver (H) def. Tanner Bryan 7-3; 152 - Reece Hughes (H) pinned Liam Kinjorski 3:02; 160 - River Shettler (H) pinned Ben Curry :29; 171 - Joey Livingston (H) def. Josh Hernigan 18-6; 189 - Nick Onwenu (WLC) def. Reece Anguish 8-1; 215 - Andrew Spisz (H) def. Connor Merchant 10-6; 285 - David Dunville (H) pinned Ben Smerdon 5:59; 103 - Wyatt Nault (H) def. Sam Freeman 10-6; 112 - TJ Daugherty (WLC) def. Corey Cavanaugh 3-1; 119 - Kyle Kantola (H) pinned Ryan Reigal :30; 125 - Carter Hankins (H) pinned Joseph Bakkal 1:15; 130 - Warren Stanfield III (WLC) by void; 135 - Nick Freeman (WLC) by void.


140 - Gustavo Dehno (WM) by void; 145 - Dakota Jones (WM) pinned Sheikh Sene 2:45; 152 - Shane Kuebler (WM) def. Deonte Wrack 6-3; 160 - Elijah Borden (S) def. Josh Sitek 7-4; 171 - Max Doggett (S) Steve Rusanchin 20-5; 189 - Jeremiah Smith (S) def. Alex Kuebler 7-5; 215 - Landon Clark (S) def. Austin Pruitt 4-1; 285 - Nick Barnhart (WM) pinned Keon Walker :22; 103 - Matthew Hickey (WM) pinned Jaylen Bush 5:16; 112 - Steve Salyers (WM) def. Kris Smith 7-0; 119 - Michael Perkins (WM) by void; 125 - Isaiah Berry (S) pinned Nick Austin 2:11; 130 - Dejon James (S) def. Andrew Kakoos 8-3; 135 - Justin Schweimie (WM) by void.



145 - Reece Hughes (H) pinbned Shane Kuebler :19; 152 - River Shettler (H) pinned Dakota Jones :50; 160 - Joey Livingston (H) pinned Josh Sitek 1:19; 171 - Reece Anguish (H) pinned Stephen Rusanchin 1:59; 189 - Andrew Spisz (H) pinned Alex Kuebler 1:04; 215 - John Hartman (H) pinned Austin Pruitt 1:33; 285 - Chris Berry (WM) pinned David Dunville :43; 103 - Wyatt Nault (H) pinned Matthew HIckey 1:52; 112 - Corey Cavanaugh (H) pinned Marques Sayajon 1:20; 119 - Kyle Kantola (H) pinned Michael Perkins 1:12; 125 - Carter Hankins (H) pinned Andrew Kakoos 1:38; 130 - Josh Latham (H) pinned Xavier Cross 1:18; 135 - Greg Pietila (H) pinned Justin Schwemie 3:38; 140 - Nick Masters (H) pinned Chris Perkins 1:20.

RECORDS - Hartland 32-3.

Last Updated: 2/15/2017 10:54:16 PM EST

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