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WRESTLING: Team champ Titans qualify nine individuals (PHOTOS)
Josh Lockwood helped the Anderson Titans win their sixth consecutive team district title last Wednesday and he won the individual 145-pound championship at the D1 district hosted by Anderson on Saturday. Photo by Dave Chapman.
Roosevelt's Vince Pizzo beat teammate Steven Storm en route to a 215-pound title in Southgate. Photo by Dave Chapman.
Lincoln Park heavyweight Blake Johnson beat Dearborn Fordson's Mo Bazzi 5-3 and won four matches at the individual regional to finish third. Photo by Dave Chapman.
Coach Jerry Frazier said he knew his team had a shot to get anywhere from six to 12 kids to regionals.
The Titans lost three close matches in the blood round, but Frazier was pleased with the nine that got through and said the kids wrestled well.
Anderson had two individual district champions.
Jarad Fernandez (112) and Alex Molloy (130) both won their weight class.
Raven Schmitt (119), Logan Parks (140) and Josh Lockwood (145) finished second, Tyler Carson (135) finished third and Bobby Fisher (103), Cody Tis (215) and heavyweight Austin Sloan finished fourth.
Schmitt and Lockwood were both regional qualifiers last year, Fernandez qualified for states and Molloy is a two-time state placer.
Tonight the Titans take on Detroit Catholic Central at Garden City in team regionals. DCC got 13 kids out to individual regionals and is ranked 12th in the state.
“We’ve got an uphill battle there,” Frazier said. “It’s a tough draw for us. We’ll go in there and battle with them and see what happens.”
Lincoln Park and Roosevelt each had two kids qualify.
Dylan McLeod (125) and Blake Johnson (285) each finished third for the Rails.
For the Bears, Vince Pizzo (215) finished district champion and Quentin Santiago (135) finished second.
Woodhaven, which was in Saline also had six wrestlers qualify for regionals over the weekend, including two district champions.
Mickey Sutton (160) and Derek Hillman (171) were both winners of their weight class.
Matt Horne (112), Jared Ammons (152), Justin Patton (171) and Chis Gutmann (189) finished fourth.
Sutton was seeded second and wrestled well on his way into the finals where he faced Salem’s Tyler Gross, who has been state-ranked all year.
Sutton controlled the match and won 10-8.
“Mickey looked impressive the entire day and is really focused and wrestling at a very high level,” Coach Jim Patton said.
Hillman continued his dominating season with a 7-3 victory over Wayne Memorial’s Sam Ekanem in the finals.
Patton said Hillman looks good and is staying focused as he closes in on the state championship.
Horne was seeded sixth and had to upset a number of good opponents to get out of districts but kept his eyes on his prize and will continue his season.
In the blood round, Horne faced Plymouth’s Brandon Harris, a returning state qualifier.
Earlier in the year, Harris defeated Horne but this time Horne controlled the match and dominated Harris 8-1.
Ammons had to wrestle exceptionally well in a deep pool of talented wrestlers in his weight class to qualify for regionals.
He was seeded fifth and knew he would have to upset in order to move forward. In the blood round, Ammons faced No. 2 seed Josh Wooten of Belleville, who came into the match with a 40-8 record.
Ammons easily dominated the match and overcame his opponent with a 16-6 major decision.
Justin Patton was another underdog for the Warriors, seeded sixth in his weight class.
He upset Saline’s Ryan Nagy, who was seeded fourth to get into the consolation finals.
In the finals, Patton was winning against the No. 1 seed from Bedford 6-2 but injured his shoulder and had to default out for fourth place.
Gutmann also had to wrestle tough in a deep, talented weight class.
In the blood round, Gutmann overcame a 7-0 deficit to earn his place in the consolation finals.
“I like the way Chris wrestles and never gives up,” Patton said. “He showed a lot of heart when he was down 7-0 but never quit.
Gutmann wrestled well but loss in overtime 8-6 in the finals.
“The Saline district was a really tough individual tournament with many state-ranked kids across several weight classes,” Patton said. “The kids wrestled very well and overcame several tough opponents in their weight classes to make it to regionals.
“A job well done by all the kids on Saturday even the wrestlers who did not qualify for regionals wrestled very well and we just missed getting a few more out.”
Last Updated: 2/12/2013 1:51:50 PM EST