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All Wrestling StoriesAfter securing back-to-back team districts with a victory over Huron a week ago, the Trenton wrestling team had six qualify for regionals over the weekend. Heavyweight Tom Stackpole led the Trojans with his second place finish. Dean Noffsinger (135), Vince Bartaway (145) and Shane Danyko (152) took third and Maverick Johnson (119) and Tyler Purcell (189) finished fourth. In a little bit of an upset, Danyko qualified at 152 for the Trojans but not teammate Gabe Wykle. Wykle beat Danyko in the second round, but then lost to Allen Park’s Tony Dunlap and was pinned by a Dearborn Heights Robichaud opponent. Danyko, meanwhile, won two matches in the loser’s bracket to finish third. In that match for third or fourth place, he pinned the Robichaud wrestler, who had knocked out Wykle. Overall the Trojans qualified six of their seven seniors. Bartaway is a sophomore qualifier. “The kids wrestled really good,” Coach Tom Bluhm said. “Some didn’t get out, but they wrestled really good.” Tonight the Trojans take on Melvindale in the first round of team regionals and will face the winner of the Annapolis-Tecumseh match if they move forward. “We’re just concentrating on Melvindale,” Bluhm said. “If we get through we’ll worry about Tecumseh. I would think they would win (but) you never know. That’s why you gotta wrestle.” After winning their first team district in quite some time, the Melvindale Cardinals had four kids make it to individual regionals on Saturday. Andrew Barron (135) was Melvindale’s champion of the day. Ameer Munassar (119) finished second, Dylon Maki (160) finished third and Ramzy Yousef (112) finished fourth. The Allen Park team had three wrestlers qualify for regionals. Leading the Jags was Sean Speer (119) who was district champion. Tony Dunlap (152) and Robbie Brown (171) finished second place. Three wrestlers furthered their season for the Carlson Marauders. Paul Sawicki (145) led the team with his second place finish, Zach Underwood (215) finished third and Jake Mydlowski (171) finished fourth. A total of 15 local Huron League wrestlers qualified for regionals at individual districts over the weekend and the group was led by a host of Huron Chiefs. The Huron League champions produced eight regional qualifiers and four district champions at the 15-2 District on Saturday at Carleton Airport. Logan Ritchie (160 pounds) highlighted the local finishers by pinning his way to a district championship with a three-match run that totaled two minutes and 15 seconds. Joe Ferguson (130) wasn’t far off with a pinfall and a pair of technical falls to take first at 130 pounds. Jon Wellman took first at 112 pounds by defeating teammate Brandon Brooks in the finals by pinfall. Both Huron wrestlers qualified for regionals with their solid showings. The final Huron winner was Deion Copely, who won three matches by decision for the championship at 215 pounds. Judah Caballero earned a spot at regionals with a third-place finish at 103 pounds and teammates Nick Phelps (125) and Mike Long (285) will join after posting fourth-place finishes. Riverview crowned a pair of district champions and will be sending five wrestlers to regionals. Senior Matthew Rossi was the champion at 152 pounds after defeating Allen Park’s Tony Dunlap in the finals 10-7. Freshman Brandon Garcia pinned his way to the 140-pound finals, where he defeated Dearborn Divine Child’s Kevin Hart by technical fall 17-2. Teddy Lossing earned a second-place finish after he made it to the finals at 135 pounds and lost a battle with Melvindale’s Andrew Barron 3-0. Dakota Martin (145) and Victor Korkis (140) will also make the trip to regionals after earning fourth-place finishes. Huron and Riverview regional qualifiers will travel to Tecumseh on Saturday for the 8-2 Regional. Division 3 That same day at Napoleon High School, another pair of Huron League grapplers earned trips to regionals with top-four finishes. Flat Rock’s Dakotah Dockter pinned his way to the finals at 215 pounds where he fell to Dundee’s Jay Sroufe in a competitive final 4-3. Grosse Ile’s Kyle Karrar also qualified with a fourth-place finish at 140 pounds. Dockter and Karrar will travel to Manchester on Saturday for the 12-3 Regional. Summit Academy had one wrestler make it out of districts to regionals. T.J. Barnes (152) is currently ranked fifth in the state and finished second in his weight class. Barnes lost to the number three ranked kid in a 3-2 sudden death overtime. This year he has already broken the school record for career wins and is just three wins away from setting the record for single season wins and is currently 48-2. Sportswriter Shane Preston contributed to this report.
Huron's Mike Long (285 pounds) battled his way to third place at the Division 2 district at Carleton Airport. Photo by Dave Chapman.
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