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Anderson's Mariano Burgos performs a double-leg tackedown on Woodhaven's Mickey Sutton. The Titans squeaked by the Warriors 36-33 with a pin in the final match on last week.


WRESTLING: Anderson beats Woodhaven, Trenton on opening night of DRL (PHOTO)

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The Anderson wrestling team has been called “the team to beat” this season and the Titans started their season with a bang against their two toughest opponents, Trenton and Woodhaven in a Downriver League quad match.

The Titans defeated Trenton 44-30 and rallied back to beat Woodhaven 36-33 on a last-match pin.

Double winners the Titans were Raven Schmitt (119), Jarad Fernandez (125), Alex Molloy (130), Tyler Carson (135), Logan Parks (140) and Jacob Balogh (145).

Bobby Fisher (103), Josh Lockwood (152) and heavyweight Julius Rodriguez all finished 1-1.

Coach Jerry Frazier said knew it would be tough facing their biggest opponents right off the bat and was pleased with the way his team wrestled.

“We knew the implications were huge,” he said. “We’re still trying to get where we need to be as a team, (but) a win is a win and we’ll take it.”

Against Anderson, the Trojans had six winners.

Brando Russo (103), Josh Fry (171), Tyler Purcell (189), and Josh Berry (215) all won by a technical fall.

Ian Collier (112) won by a 7-2 decision and Shane Danyko (160) won by a 13-8 decision.

It was a tight match and Trenton had a few seniors out of the lineup and a backup heavyweight in who got pinned.

Trenton beat Allen Park 53-21 in its other match-up.

Collier, Dean Noffsinger (140), Rob Cosgrove (145), Gabe Wykle (152), Purcell, Berry and heavyweight John Murdock all had falls.

Nolan Rickman (130) had a decision and Danyko had a major decision.

Woodhaven also beat Allen Park, winning 58-23.

The Warriors faced the Jaguars first, with Jared Ammons (152), Mickey Sutton (160), Troy Irvine (215), Quitin Rudell (285), and Austin Avison (130) winning by pins.

Matt Horne (112), J.C. King (145), and Derrick Hillman (189) won by decision and Jeff Cross (103) and Devin McClain (119) by void.

Against the Titans, Garret Weirich (171), Irvine, and Rudell won by pins.

Horne, Ammons, Sutton, and Hillman all brought in wins by decision.

Although Allen Park went 0-2, the Jags did have a pair of double winners in Sean Spears (125) and Dan Schmidt (135).

Robbie Brown (171) and Tyler Combs (140) also brought in victories.

“It was a rough start,” Coach David Bearden said. “Some of our key guys were not in the line-up. We are a young team and I think our inexperience showed.”

All four teams that competed at Southgate a week ago went to tournaments on Saturday.

Trenton hosted its annual Doyle McIntosh Tournament where the Trojans finished in first place after going 5-0 on the day.

During the day, the Trojans defeated Farmington (53-21), Dearborn Divine Child (78-6), Carleton Airport (57-15), Dearborn Heights Annapolis (42-34) and Dearborn Fordson (45-30).

Rickman, Noffsinger, Wykle, and Tom Stackpole all went 5-0 on the day.

Collier and Danyko went 4-1, and Vincent Bartaway went 2-1.

Brad Boler (119), Maverick Johnson (125), Joey Sainato (135), Fry, and Purcell all finished 3-2.

Coach Tom Bluhm said he felt good about his team’s performance over the weekend.

“We had a few young kids in there,” Bluhm said. “I thought the kids were in really good shape for this early in the year.”

Allen Park competed in the John Glenn “Rocket Duals” and finished 1-3 on the day.

Roseville (44-27), Melvindale (56-12), and Westland John Glen (49-21) all defeated Allen Park. The teams’ only victory of the day was a 51-24 win over Ypsilanti Lincoln.

Leading the Jaguars was Brown, who was 4-0 on the day.

Other strong performances came from Tony Dunlap (152/160) who went 3-1, and Roy Llamas (140/145).

Shane Atkinson (119), Schmidt, and Roman Urista (189) were all 2-2 in the tournament.

Woodhaven traveled to Rochester for the Rochester team dual meet where they placed fifth out of 10 teams and had several great matches.

The Warriors top performers were Horne, McClain, Ammons, Sutton, King, Hillman, Irvine, Rudell, Avison, John Hancock (125), Ian Sikina (135), and Justin Patton (189).

Anderson wrestled in the L’Anse Cruese tournament over the weekend where the Titans went 4-1 and finished second.

Schmitt, Molloy, Parks, Lockwood, and heavyweight Austin Sloan all went 5-0 on the day.

Fernandez, Carson and Balogh all finished 4-1 in the tournament.

Anderson faces Utica and Macomb Dakota tonight in the Utica Quad before traveling to the Bedford tournament on Saturday where five of the eight participating teams are state-ranked.

“We’ll really find out where our good kids are this weekend,” Frazier said. “We’ll see where we stand as individuals.

Last Updated: 12/11/2012 1:43:12 PM EST