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WRESTLING: Cards go 5-0 to win Airport Invitational

With a perfect 5-0 record, the Melvindale wrestling team took first place at last Saturday’s Carleton-Airport Invitational.

The Cardinals finished ahead of fellow Downriver League opponents Carlson (4-1) and Woodhaven (3-2), which took second and third, respectively, as well as Ypsilanti Lincoln (3-2), Summit Academy (2-3) and Ann Arbor Huron (0-5).

For the day, Melvindale beat AA Huron 57-18, Summit 64-12, Airport 37-30, Lincoln 51-27 and Carlson 43-28.

Leading the Cards was Ryan Large-Agee (145), who finished with a 5-0 record in the tournament.

Melvindale wrestlers with 4-1 records were: Sammy Almoharmy (112), Julian Saldana (119), Ben Durisin (125), Josh Hoak (13), Ameer Munassar (135), Ross Ladach (171), Manuel Roldan (189) and Rafael Mitchell (HWT).

Carlson earned its second-place finish in the tournament by beating Lincoln 46-26, winning 66-6 against a bandit team made up of extra wrestlers, taking down fellow DRL opponent Woodhaven 43-24 and knocking off Airport 32-31.

The Marauders’ Brent Neasz (119), Max Underwood (152) and Zach Underwood (215) all posted 5-0 records and both Doug Bunea (189) and Jerry Lakos (103) finished up at 4-1.

“I was pretty happy with our performance on Saturday,” said Marauders Coach Lance Hassell. “This was the first team tournament where our kids each competed five times and by the end of the day I could tell they were worn out, but they still wrestled tough.”

Woodhaven’s three team wins at the event came in the form of a 51-27 victory against the bandit team, a 57-18 defeat of AA Huron and a 54-20 victory over Summit.

Top wrestlers for the Warriors were Xavier Graham (103) and Hunter Grasso (119), who both went 5-0 for the day, as well as Justin Patton (171), who posted a 4-1 record.

Pickney Seasons Beatings Invite

Anderson competed at the annual Seasons Beatings Invite in Pickney last Saturday and came away with a second-place finish for the day.

The Titans, who were the only DRL representatives, went 4-1 in the tournament, beating Howell, Dansville, Erie Mason and Monroe. The lone defeat for the locals was against a state-ranked Hartland squad, which finished the day in first place.

5-0 records for Anderson belonged to both Logan Parks (140) and Jacob Balogh (145). Finishing 4-1 for the Titans were Cody Stanley (152), Chris Pauly (189) and Cody Tis (215), while heavyweight Joe McCourt earned a 3-0 record at the event.

“Overall it was a pretty good day,” said Titans Coach Jerry Frazier. “We wrestled very well. I was very happy.”

Livonia Franklin Invitational

At last Saturday’s Livonia Franklin Invitational, Roosevelt placed fourth as a team with a total of 176 points. Howell (242 points) took first for the day and was followed by Livonia Franklin (236.5) in second and Riverview (197.5) in third. Highlighting the day for the Bears was Quentin Santiago (152), who finished first in his weight class and was voted the Tournament Most Valuable Wrestler for the upper weights. Roosevelt’s Collin Vargo (135) earned his way to the final in his weight class and lost there by only two points, giving him a second-place finish.

Jeremiah Jaucik (103) and Ethan Delannoy (145) both took third place for the Bears, while teammates Lucas King (112) and Aaron Young (119) both brought home fourth-place finishes in their respective weight classes.

Fifth-place finishes at the event belonged to the Bears’ Colton Thompson (125), Brendan Hickey (171), Joe Lowe (189), Buchanon Divaskiba (215) and David Marshall (285).

Allen Park (157) also represented the DRL at the Livonia Franklin Invitational and came away with sixth place as a team, finishing just behind fifth-place Milan (157.50) and ahead of seventh-place Onsted (143.5).

Shane Atkinson (125) had the top finish of the day for the Jaguars, as he took first place in his weight class.

Allen Park’s Tim Durocher (189) finished in second, while Ben Lewis (130), Jake Chapman (160) and Dustin Sabourin (215) all took third place at the event in their respective weight classes.

Fourth place belonged to the Jags’ Owen Balestrieri (285), while Dylan Miner (112) and Roy Llamas (140) both came in fifth. Rounding things out for the Allen Park squad was Matt Skarbinski (130) in sixth place, Devin Tenerowicz (119) in seventh and Jared Rieden (152) in the ninth spot.

Last Updated: 12/27/2013 1:16:53 PM EST

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