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Riverview stands tall at county tournament

Riverview walked out onto a talented mat last Saturday at the Wayne County Championships at Wyandotte Roosevelt and proved it is among the best teams in the area after finishing an impressive fifth out of 26 teams.

Overall, the Pirates had nine wrestlers place in the top eight of their respective weight classes.

Plymouth finished first with 200 points followed by Westland John Glenn (150.5), Dearborn Heights Annapolis (149.50), Livonia Franklin (148), Riverview (126.50) and Canton (108.50).

It was the highest ever placing at the County championships for Riverview.

“While we are somewhat happy with our performance, we are far from satisfied,” said Coach Jason Dodd. “Our goal was top three and we fell a little short. So we just need to go back to work. We are a very young team and every time that we properly train, we get better.”

Captain Brandon Garcia was a county champion at 145 pounds.

The super sophomore defeated Soufus Nielsen of Plymouth 10-5 in the championship match.

Finishing runner-up for the Pirates was junior Kyle Sparks at 112 pounds. Senior captain Teddy Lossing (135) finished third.

“Teddy had a very tough weight class,” said Dodd. “He had his first loss the season in the semifinals to three-time all-state wrestler Ben Griffin of Canton. But he followed that up by defeating Austin Hussing of Dearborn Heights Annapolis for the bronze. He was ranked No. 8 in the state going into the tournament.”

On Wednesday, Riverview split its first Huron League duals of the season. The Pirates lost a very tough opener to Monroe Jefferson 36-34.

“It was a great dual and it came down to the last match,” Dodd said. “When it was all over, both teams had won seven matches each, but they had one more pin.

“It was a kind of a hollow feeling because we have high team expectations this year and we were undercut right out the gate (in league). In addition to losing the pins battle (5-4), we had a key late scratch to the starting lineup on Tuesday, due to a sprained wrist. I feel that had an impact on the outcome as well, but ultimately it comes down to the pins count. We just laid them down one too many times (our own shoulders); actually five times too many.”

The Pirates did rebound by defeating a depleted Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central team 84-0.

The Falcons only had six wrestlers and the Pirates scored falls (pins) against all six and improved to 2-1 on the season.

Double winners on the night included Michael Wright (103), Marina Goocher (119), Teddy Lossing (140), Brandon Garica (145), Dakota Martin (152), Josh Wojtowicz (171/189).

Seniors Kyle Terrell (285) and IppoKroutas Makarounas (285) split time in the varsity lineup, with both recording 1-0 records. Terrell pinned his Jefferson opponent and Makarounas pinned his SMCC opponent.

The Pirates wrestled yesterday at the Livonia Franklin Invitational.



Huron

It’s still early in the season but the Huron Chiefs are already throwing their weight around.

The Chiefs won all five matches to take first place at the Dave Melton Memorial Duals at Huron on Saturday.

The key match was Huron’s 33-30 victory over Trenton. Joe Cox used a late takedown to beat a solid opponent at 140 pounds to put Chiefs ahead by nine points with one match remaining.

Huron also beat Novi 53-16, Yale 49-29, Howell 46-24 and Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 57-18.

Judah Caballero (112 pounds), Jon Wellman (125), Nick Phelps (135), Logan Ritchie (160) and Jeffrey Hender¬son (heavyweight) all ran the table, going 5-0 on the day.

Eli Cballero and Deion Copley both went 4-1.

On Wednesday night, the Chiefs improved to 11-2 on the season with a 69-6 win over Grosse Ile and a 45-30 win over Carleton Airport.

Double winners for Huron were Bailey Zablocki, Judah Caballero, Eli Caballero, Nick Phelps, Logan Ritchie, Riley Griffin and Deion Copley.

Huron will wrestle at the Goodrich Tournament of Champions on Dec. 28. On Jan. 4, they will be at the Monroe County Sheriffs Invitational.





Flat Rock

Flat Rock pinned down a 63-15 win over Grosse Ile but lost a tough 45-32 match to Carleton Airport in a double-dual meet at Airport on Wednesday. The Red Devils had to void five weight classes because of a small roster.

Against the Jets, the Rams had wins by James Brannon at 103, Jason Johnson won by pin at 125, Brandon Fisher won 11-0 at 140, Nick Stedman won by pin at 145 and Eric Antolak won 18-7.

Against Grosse Ile, Fisher won 7-3 and Jacob Salter won with a pin at 152.

“The kids wrestled really well,” said Flat Rock assistant coach John Cecil.

Last Saturday, Flat Rock finished an impressive fourth out of 16 teams at the Napoleon Tournament.

Carlson finished first overall.

For the Rams, Bannon and Jeff Jones each took second place.

Third-place medals went to Sean Bradley, Johnson, Fisher, Stedman, Salter and Antolak.

Fourth-place medals were awarded to Garrett Coplen and Corby O'Leary. Mark Coplen won a fifth-place medal.

Flat Rock is off until the Summit Tournament on Dec. 28.





Last Updated: 12/20/2013 2:53:55 PM EST

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