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Ian Collier won twice Wednesday night, but the Trenton Trojans lost a controversial 35-30 decision to host the Tecumseh Indians in the finals of a Division 2 team wrestling district Wednesday night. Photo Credit: Dave Chapman


WRESTLING: Trenton wrestling team gets the short end of stick in Tecumseh

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Wrestling is a sport of inches and seconds, unfortunately for Trenton, they were just short of both counts Wednesday night as they fell 35-30 to host Tecumseh in a Division 2 regional wrestling final.

After falling behind 11-0 early and trailing as bad as 17-3, Trenton battled back to hold a 30-29 edge going into the final match at 171-pounds.

Cole Amstutz, a state-ranked wrestler at 160 took to the mat for the Indians he was too much for Josh Frye, recording a fall in 1:50 to send the sixth-ranked Indians to the state-quarter finals with a 35-30 victory.

“We should have been tied,” said Trenton coach Tom Bluhm. “If it were tied, we would have won on criteria.”

The meet started at 189, with Tecumseh jumping out quick, recording falls over Tyler Purcell and Josh Berry.

The heavyweight battle was one of the matches of the night, pitting third-ranked Tom Stackpole of Trenton against second-ranked Joe Rebbatorro. Neither of the mammoth wrestlers scored until the third period when Stackpole chose the bottom position and escaped in the first few seconds of the period.

Stackpole secured a late takedown to hold on for a 3-0 victory and Trenton's first points.

The Indian's stretched the lead back out with a quick pin at 103, before the Trojan's began to battle back.

Ian Collier recorded a first period pin and Maverick Johnson recorded a major decision to pull the score to within 17-13.

Nolan Rickman dropped a 3-2 decision at 125 and Brad Boler, who weighed in as at 119, was stuck in the first period at 130 as the Indians pulled back ahead 26-13.

In one of the key matches of the meet Dean Noffsinger (135) appeared to have pinned his opponent in the first period, but time expired before the referee called it.

Noffsinger had his opponent on his back again in the second period, but had to settle for a 17-6 major decision.

Rob Cosgrove (140) also appeared to have pinned his opponent, but had to settle for a 12-5 decision after the clock expired with his opponent on his back in the first period.

“Both of those were pins,” Bluhm said, still visibly upset about not getting either call. “That's five points we should have had right there, that's the difference in the meet.

“My team deserved to win.”

Cosgrove's win pulled Trenton to within 26-20 with four matches to go.

Vince Bataway (145) dropped a 6-2 decision to state-ranked Anthony Lesko before Gabe Wykle recorded a 29-second pin and Shane Danyko recorded a major decision 12-0 over a Tecumseh reserve at 160 to give the Trojan's their first lead of the meet with just the last match to go.

Tecumseh had been the heavily favored team with seven state-ranked wrestlers to Trenton's one.

Tecumseh got to the finals with a 57-15 victory over Dearborn Heights Annapolis in the semifinal. Trenton topped league rival Melvindale 48-22 to earn its finals birth.

The Trojan's were up 24-0 behind falls from Frye (171), Purcell (189), Josh Berry (215) and Stackpole (185) before Matt Cuerme (103) got on the board with an 8-4 decision for the Cardinals.

Collier (112) and Johnson (119) scored pins for Trenton to push the lead to 36-3 before Melvindale made a run at trying to get back into the meet.

Ameer Munnassar (125), Josh Hoak (130) Andrew Barron (135) Skylar Stotra (140) and Nathan Drocco each recorded wins to pull the Cards to within 36-28 before Wykle (152) and Danyko (160) recorder back-to-back falls for Trenton to make the final margin.

“We had a guy out and had to bump most of the little guys up a weight,” Melvindale coach Faisal Munassar said. “Our big guys didn't get the job done.”

Titans crushed

A week after winning their sixth straight team district title, the Anderson wrestling team fell to Detroit Catholic Central in a D1 regional semifinal in Garden City on Wednesday.

The Titans lost 65 to -1 with a point being taken away for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Anderson was hampered with several kids out from sickness or ineligibility.

Jacob Balogh started the meet out at 140 and lost to Malik Amine 15-0 in a technical. At 145, Logan Parks lost a close 3-2 decision to Chris Naubert.

Josh Lockwood had a 2-1 lead at 152, but lost in a 4-2 decision. At 160, Cody Stanley was pinned by Logan Marcicki 1:26 into the match.

Zach Ward was pinned 53 seconds into the 171 match by Drew Garcia and Chris Pauly, at 189, was also pinned 53 seconds into his match by Nick Giese.

At 215, Caleb Williams lost a 14-6 major decision to J.T. Ayotte.

Heavyweight Austin Sloan was pinned by Bob Coe 1:19 into their match and 103-pounder Bobby Fisher lost a close 9-8 decision to Tommy Herman.

The Titans voided 112 and at 119, Raven Schmitt lost a 20-10 major decision to Trevor Zdebski.

Jarad Fernandez lost a 10-4 decision to Evan Toth at 125, two-time state placer Alex Malloy was pinned 1:55 into his match with Ken Bode at 130 and Tyler Carson lost a 10-0 major decision to Myles Amire.

Anderson Coach Jerry Frazier said he thought his team wrestled a bit timid, and just was not ready for the strong Catholic Central team.

“The kids didn’t wrestle badly,” Frazier said, “(but) this is probably the best team we’ve faced all year.”

Sportswriter Samantha Elliott contributed to this report.

Last Updated: 2/15/2013 3:20:02 PM EST