Huron's Deion Copley (red and white) won the individual championship at 215 pounds during Saturday's Huron League Meet. Photo by Dave Chapman


WRESTLING: Huron places second, Riverview fourth at Huron League Meet (PHOTO/TOUT VIDEO)

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The Huron Chiefs wrestling team’s performance at Saturday’s Huron League Invitational in Jefferson was solid, and parallel to how well they have wrestled all season long to this point. But according to Coach Jake Shulaw, it could have been even better.

“Our normal 119 pounder probably would have been a finalist but he’s out with a concussion,” Shulaw said. “And we just didn’t do well enough in the consolation bracket to win it all. When we had guys start to get knocked out in the (semifinals), I knew we were in trouble.”

Jefferson finished first in the meet with 198 points and Huron totaled 182 to wind up in second. Airport finished in third with 146 points, Riverview placed fourth with 129.50 points and Milan rounded out the top five with 88 points.

Flat Rock finished in sixth with 78 points. Grosse Ile ended the day with 16 points to place seventh and SMCC scored zero points on the day to finish in eighth.

Riverview Coach Jason Dodd said he was a bit disappointed in the fourth-place finish.

“We were hoping to be a little bit higher, but we had a couple matches that didn’t go in our favor today,” Dodd said. “Overall, though, we had a lot of guys that wrestled well. The Huron League is just tough. The league has taken a really big step forward as far as depth and quality go. We have five or six really good teams in the league now.”

Seven Pirates placed within the top three on Saturday. Kyle Sparks (112) and Teddy Lossing (135) placed third while Victor Korkis (152), Marcus Wright (160) and Josh Wojtowicz (171) took second. Michael Wright (103) and Brandon Garcia (135) each went 3-0 on the day and were crowned champions of their respective weight classes.

“Michael Wright wrestled well, and that’s two championships already for Brandon and he’s only a sophomore.” Dodd said. “He almost has 100 victories already.”

Two Ram wrestlers finished in third place on Saturday in Branden Fisher (135) and Joey Talerico (103).

In the 125-pound class, Grosse Ile’s Tanner Coolsaet won 8-0 by decision to take home third place.

The runner-up Huron Chiefs placed nine wrestlers in the top three. Roger Maddux placed third in the 140-pound class and Jakob Davis took third in the 189-pound class. Finishing in second for the Chiefs was Nick Phelps (130). Huron went home with six championships, as Judah Caballero (112), Jon Wellman (125), Logan Ritchie (160), Justin Collins (171), Deion Copley (215) and Jeff Henderson (275) all went undefeated on the day.

Shulaw spoke highly of his Saturday first-place finishers.

“Those guys are studs, they should all be going to the state meet and hopefully placing pretty high,” he said. “They work hard; they’re all leaders. Jeff and Deion are seniors. Logan’s got a shot to do something special. He broke our record for most pins on a season with 103. Hopefully these guys will be doing well at the state meet.”

Huron League wrestling districts begin next week and 13-8 Riverview will take on Trenton while Huron (23-7) will face Carlson. The winners of those two duals will wrestle each other.

“It’s not going to be easy, at all,” Shulaw said. “Trenton’s tough, we only beat them by a couple points earlier in the year and Carlson’s an up-and-rising team. So we’ll see what happens."

Last Updated: 2/2/2014 12:25:40 PM EST