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Trenton takes second at Doyle McIntosh Invitational

Vince Bartaway was one of two Trenton wrestlers with 5-0 records at the Doyle McIntosh Invitational on Dec. 7. Photo by Dave Chapman

On Dec. 7 Trenton hosted its annual Doyle McIntosh Team Tournament to open the season and finished second.

The Trojans went 4-1 for the day, as they beat Farmington 51-20, Divine Child 76-3, Airport 47-21 and Fordson 60-15 and only lost to tournament champ Annapolis 36-34.

5-0 wrestlers for the day were Jackson Rickman (119) and Vince Bartaway (160-171), while Caleb Coleman (130-135) was 3-0. Finishing with 4-1 records were Brandon Russo (112), Ian Collier (125), Connor Charping (135-140), Nolan Rickman (140-145), Jack Thomas (189) and Josh Berry (215). Brandon Vincent (145-152) was 2-1, and both Aaron Magryta (103) Josh Frye (160-171) were 3-2.

“We wrestled really well for the first time out, but made a few mental mistakes that caused us from winning the tournament,” said Trenton Coach Tom Bluhm. “We're a very young team with a big upside.”

The defending Downriver League champion Anderson Titans kicked off their season on Dec. 7 with a third-place finish at the Westland John Glenn Rocket Duals. As a team, the Titans were 4-1 for the day, beating Ypsilanti Lincoln, Melvindale, Roseville and Utica Eisenhower. Anderson’s sole defeat was to John Glenn, which came in second at the tournament, behind champion Clarkston.

5-0 records were posted by the Titans’ Dante Rivera-Garcia (112) Logan Parks (140), Jacob Balogh (145) and Chris Pauley (189). Cody Stanley (152) and Cody Tis (215) were both 4-1.

Melvindale placed fourth at the tournament with a team record of 3 - 2. The Cardinals started the day with a 37 -36 loss to Clarkston, then went on to beat Allen Park 63 -9, Belleville 45 -31 and Romeo 42 -29. The other defeat was a 39 -33 loss to Southgate.

“I thought we competed well,” said Melvindale Coach Faisal Munassar. “Our wrestlers wrestled hard, but I (saw) a lot of mistakes that we need to work on come Monday.”

Allen Park also competed in the Rocket Duals and placed 11th. The Jags were 1-4 for the day, with the sole victory being a 36-25 win against Roosevelt. In addition to the Melvindale loss, Allen Park was also beaten by Belleville 67-12, Romeo 54-30 and Livonia Franklin 59-16. In individual action, Dylan Miner (112) was 4-1 while Shane Atkinson (125) and Ben Lewis were 3-2.

Carlson placed second out of 15 teams at the 49th annual Garden City High School Christmas Wrestling Invitational on Dec. 7. The locals finished behind only champion Wayne Memorial.

Alex Franco (145) finished first with a 3-0 record-with three pins-and brought home his first-ever high-school gold medal. Max Underwood (160) finished first, as well, going 3-0 and earning his first gold at the high-school level.

Second-place finishes went to Travis DeRossett (130), Zack Underwood (215), both with 3-1 records, and Doug Bunea (189), with a 2-1 record.

In third was Mason Brotte (125), Billy Gibson (135) and Andy Mydloski (171); all with 3-1 records. A fourth-place finish went to Jordan Ferrell (171) with a 2-2 record.

Woodhaven finished second in pool action at the Rochester King of the Ring Team Tournament on Dec. 7 and took fourth place overall.

Earning 5-0 records for the day were Xavier Graham and Derek Hillman, with Hillman defeating a returning state champ from Rochester and taking home MVP honors of the tournament upper weights. With a 4-1 record, Billy Duncan also had a strong day, which included a win against a state-ranked wrestler from Holt.

Lincoln Park was one of 15 teams to compete in the Warren Lincoln Invitational on Dec. 7.

Team scores were not kept during the tournament.

The Rails had a first-place finish from Tyler Castillo (112), a second-place from Jesse Jividen (103) and a sixth-place from both Devon Carson (145) and Sonny Botello (171).

Branden Bussell (135) and Quinn Chapman (152) posted 3-2 records, while going 2-2 were James Rodgers (130), Zander Moore (171) Julian Pena (189) and heavyweight Jordan Hottum.

Summit went 2-3 as a team on Dec. 7 at Onsted High School in the Wildcat Team Duals. The Dragons beat Onstead 39-30 and Quincy 39-24, while losing to Jackson Lumen Christi 39-35, White Pigeon 52-27 and Grass Lake 42-29.

Area standout T.J. Barnes (152) went 5-0 for the day and earned his 150th career win. In the process, he knocked off a state-ranked wrestler and was named tournament MVP for the upper weight classes. 4-1 records for the day belonged to Daryl Conley and Shane Conn, while match wins were also earned by Kyle Buijck, Jeremiah Gaynier and Caleb Patrick.

Last Updated: 12/13/2013 3:33:15 PM EST

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