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Riverview impressive at Garden City Christmas Invitational

Grosse Ile sophomore Mike Wickowski had two wins in a meet against Crestwood and Woodhaven's B team. Photo by Tom Alexander

Riverview opened the wrestling season last Saturday at the highly competitive Garden City Christmas Invitational. The Pirates finished a solid seventh place out of 15 teams.

The debut included two champions for Riverview. Captain Brandon Garcia (152 pounds) won his weight class with three straight pins. His performance also earned him MVP honors as the sophomore opened the season in style.

Junior Kyle Sparks captured the championship at 112 pounds when he defeated teammate junior Marina Goocher 3-1 in the final.

“It was a good feeling to have two wrestlers, at the same weight, make the championship match,” said Riverview Coach Jason Dodd.

“It just shows how competitive the practices are at certain weights.”

In addition to Goocher's second-place finish, sophomore Michael Wright finished third at 103 pounds. Senior Caleb Barron (160), senior Josh Wojtowicz (171) and freshman Evan Begeman (215) finished fifth for the Pirates. Seniors Collin Barron (125) and Kyle Terrell (285) and junior Marcus Wright (171) finished sixth for the Pirates.

On Wednesday, Riverview opened the dual-meet season with a 49-21 win over Melvindale in a home "spotlight" dual. The match featured a ceiling-mounted spotlight, which was centered over the mat, with the rest of the gym lights off.

“It was awesome,” Dodd said.

After falling behind 21-9, the Pirates ran off eight straight wins, including six by pin. Riverview ended up winning 10 of the 14 varsity matches.

“It was a really good feeling because Melvindale is always a very tough opponent and they beat us last year,” Dodd said.

Senior captains Teddy Lossing (140) and Victor Korkis (152) both won their matches. Other winners included Wojtowicz (171), Barron (189), Terrell (285) and Sparks (112), Goocher (119) and Wright (160).

“Goocher’s win at 119 was huge for her,” Dodd said. “She won 12-11 in double overtime, after trailing 8-4 going into the third period.”

Sophomore captain Brandon Garcia (145) and Freshman Evan Begeman (215) rounded out Riverview victories.

The Pirates wrestled at the Wayne County Championship on Saturday at Wyandotte Roosevelt High School.



Huron

Huron opened the wrestling season with a 3-2 record at the tough Birch Run Duals last Saturday, finishing third among 12 teams.

The Chiefs defeated Bay City John Glenn 73- 6, Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary 65-6 and Alma 52-19. Huron lost to Remus Chippewa Hills 39-27 and Birch Run 44-21, both ranked teams.

Logan Ritchie (160), Justin Collins (171) and Jeff Henderson (heavyweight) went 5-0 on the day for the Chiefs.

Bailey Zablocki ( 103), D. J. Christie ( 112), Jon Wellman ( 125), Riley Griffith (189) and Deion Copley (215) were 4-1.

On Wednesday, Huron defeated Canton 52-18.

Winners were Za¬bolicki (103), Christie (112), Judah Caballero (119), Wellman (125), Nick Phelps (130), Ritchie (160), Griffin (171), Bryce Thomas (189), Copley (215) and Henderson.

Huron took the matt on Saturday at the Dave Melton Memorial Dual tournament at Wayne Memorial.

The event included Howell, Novi, Trenton, Yale and Chippewa Valley.



Flat Rock

The Flat Rock Rams opened the season with a strong performance last Saturday at the 18-team Warren Lincoln tournament.

Junior Eric Antolak won four matches for Flat Rock.

Three wins were posted by juniors Mark Coplen, Brandon Fisher and sophomore Jeff Jones.

Wrestlers with two wins were freshmen James Brannon and Joey Talerico and juniors Jacob Salter and Jason Johnson.

On Wednesday, Flat Rock beat Erie Mason 48-24 after trailing 18-0.

Junior Jason Johnson got the Rams rolling at 125 pounds with a pin in the second period. After Johnson’s performance, the Rams got a win at 140 from junior Brandon Fisher, a pin by junior Nick Stedman at 145, a 14-4 win from junior Jacob Salter at 152, and a win on a void at 160 by Jared Lambrix.

Flat Rock then recorded an impressive four consecutive pins by freshman Eric Thomas at 171, junior Baily Hill at 189, Antolak at 215, and sophomore Jeff Jones at 285.

In the second match of the day was against Carlson and the Rams didn’t fare as well.

Brannon accepted a void at 103. Pins by Fisher, Salter and Jones capped the scoring.

The Rams traveled to Napolean on Saturday for a tournament.



Grosse Ile

The Red Devils don’t have enough wrestlers to fill out the lineup card but the team is working hard and the results are already showing up on the mat.

“We only have six wrestlers and only one senior,” said Coach Andrew Banas. “Our captain is Cooper Williams, our only senior. He works really hard and is a great example for the others. He’s also a good student.”

And he’s also a good wrestler. Williams had a victory on Wednesday in Grosse Ile’s dual-meet opener against Dearborn Heights Crestwood and Woodhaven. While the Red Devils lost both duals – it’s hard to win with only six wrestlers – they had plenty of strong performances.

Sophomores Jacob Barwikowski at 135 pounds and Mike Wickowski at 140 pounds both had two pins on the night for the young Red Devils, who have four sophomores and a freshman on the roster.

Sophomore Tanner Coolsaet had two wins, including a pin at 125 pounds and freshman Holden Green (152 pounds) also had two wins, including a pin.

The Red Devils opened the season last Saturday at the Garden City Invitational.

Coolsaet took second overall at 125 and Wickowski was third overall at 140.

The Red Devils wrestled at the Wayne County Championship on Saturday at Wyandotte Roosevelt High School.





Last Updated: 12/13/2013 3:13:27 PM EST

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