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WRESTLING: Huron's Chiefs continue to impress





A few of the Huron League big boys got together on Wednesday night in a wrestling showcase featuring local favorites Huron, Riverview and Flat Rock, along with Milan.

Huron added two more victories to the win column with an impressive 45-26 win over a solid Riverview team and a 54-28 victory over Milan.

The Chiefs are now 17-3 on the season, including a perfect 4-0 in the Huron League.

Judah Caballero, Eli Caballero, Jon Wellman, Nick Phelps, Logan Ritchie, Riley Griffin, Deion Copley and Jeff Henderson were all 2-0 on the night.

The Chiefs will be at the Williamston Classic on Saturday and next Wednesday travel to Jefferson for a battle of Huron League unbeaten teams.

“We wrestled pretty well overall, but not good enough to beat a quality team like the Chiefs,” said Riverview Coach Jason Dodd. “Right now, we have a few weaknesses in our lineup that we need to address.”

Riverview winners against the Chiefs were Michael Wright (103), Teddy Lossing (140), Brandon Garcia (145), Victor Korkis (152) and Josh Wojtowicz (189).

The Pirates bounced back from the loss to Huron with a 52-24 win over Flat Rock, taking 10 of the 14 matches. With the win over the Rams, Riverview improved to 10-4 on the season.

Double winners on the night for Riverview were Wright (103), Lossing (140), Garcia (145), Korkis (152) and Wojtowicz (189).

Despite coming out on the losing end, the Rams had some strong performances.

Winning for the Rams were Jeff Jones 285 pounds by pin; Jason Johnson at 125 pounds by pin for his 50th career win; Mark Kitchen at 130 by pin; and Branden Fisher at 135 by pin.

On Saturday, Fisher recorded his 60th career win.

In the dual-meet opener, Flat Rock toppled Milan 45-24.

Winning for the Rams were Eric Antolak at 215; Jones at 285 by pin; Justin Minnick at 119; Kitchen at 130; Fisher at 135 by pin; Mark Coplen at 140 won an exciting match 11-9; Jared Lambrix at 160 won by pin; and Cameron Theike at 171.

Riverview also wrestled at the Carlson Invitational on Jan. 11 and finished second overall with a 3-1 record. The Bucs defeated Fenton 57-19, Dearborn Edsel Ford 48-27 and Ypsilanti 48-29. The only loss came in the championship match to Carlson, 43-31.

“It was a great dual and came down to the final match,” Dodd said.

Posting 5-0 records were Wright (103), Marina Goocher (112), Garcia (145), Wright (160) and Wojtowicz (171). Senior captain Teddy Lossing (135) finished 4-1, with a tough decision loss to a No. 4 ranked wrestler from Ypsilanti.

The Pirates wrestled Saturday at the Lincoln Park Orange and Blue Classic. On Monday, they have a rescheduled home Huron League quad with Carleton Airport and Milan.

After rolling through their first four matches at the Lutheran Westland tournament on Saturday, the Flat Rock Rams rolled up against the host school in what turned out to be the match of the day.

The two unbeaten teams faced off in the finals and the match went back and forth. But the Rams fell 48-35 to finish second. Overall, it was a very good day for Flat Rock.

Flat Rock defeated Southfield 59-24, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 64-14, Dearborn Divine Child 62-22 and Redford Union 66-17.

The Rams three wrestlers go 5-0 on the day. Juniors Sean Bradley at 103, Branden Fisher at 135, and Jacob Salter at 152 all went undefeated. Going 4-1 on the day were juniors Nick Stedman at 140 and Eric Antolak at 215 and sophomore Jeff Jones at 285.

Six wrestlers went 3-2 on the day with freshman Joey Talerico at 112, sophomores Justin Minnick at 119, Garrett Coplen at 125, juniors Mark Coplen at 145, Mark Kitchen at 130 pounds and Bailey Hill at 189.

Salter was voted Most Valuable Wrestler at the tournament. Flat Rock’s dual record for the year is 8-6.

The Flat Rock Rams wrapped up the 2013 part of their season on Dec. 28 at the Summit Tournament.

The Rams went 2-3 on the day, posting wins against Monroe CC (51-24) and Summit Academy (57-16). The three losses were against Annapolis (66-15), Carleton Airport (48-30) and Livonia Franklin (39-31).

Flat Rock had eight wrestlers with winning records on the day. At 103 pounds, James Brannan went 3-2; at 119, Justin Minnick went 3-2; at 125, Jason Johnson went 4-1; at 135, Brandon Fisher went 4-1; at 145, Nick Stedman went 3-2; at 152, Jacob Salter went 4-1; at 215, Eric Antolak went 3-2; and at 285, Jeff Jones went 3-2.

Huron pinned down plenty of excitement, experience and accomplishments at the Warren Lincoln Duals Jan. 11.

The Chiefs finished 4-1 on the day against strong competition and took second place at the tournament.

Huron defeated Birmingham Groves (59-15), Sterling Heights (78-0), Orchard Lake St. Mary's (57-15) and Utica (55-9).

The only loss was a 38-36 setback at the hands of Warren Lincoln.

“Against Warren Lincoln we were winning 36-35 going to the last match and lost a 4-3 match,” said Huron Coach Jake Shulaw. “This was a great dual.”

Huron took second at the same tournament last year.

Huron was coming off a fourth-place finish at the Monroe County Sheriff's Invitational. Jon Wellman and Logan Ritchie were first-place finishers for the Chiefs.

Judah Caballero, Deion Copley and Jeff Henderson took second.

Nick Phelps was third, Jason Shulaw was fifth and Riley Griffin sixth.





Last Updated: 1/17/2014 1:24:10 PM EST

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