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WRESTLING: Woodhaven finishes 2-0 at tough league quad (TOUT VIDEO)

Trenton, Anderson both finish 1-1

In a Wednesday night quad meet that brought together three of the Downriver League’s best teams, host Woodhaven posted a 2-0 record, while Anderson and Trenton both finished up at 1-1.

Allen Park competed, as well, and came away with a record of 0-2.

The Warriors beat the Jaguars 56-18 to start and then took down the Titans 40-33 for their two wins.

Anderson started out by edging the Trojans 36-34 and Trenton closed its night with a big 76-6 win against Allen Park.

After the Warriors and Titans got their first victories, both teams then squared off in a close battle.

Anderson was up 33-31 late in the match, but Woodhaven’s Hunter Grasso (119) beat Donte Rivera-Garcia, who is ranked No. 6 in the state in Division 1 at 112, to put his squad up 34-33.

The Warriors’ Devin McClain (125) then went on to knock off the Titans’ Bobby Hodge and give the home team a 40-33 victory.

Along the way, Woodhaven’s Derek Hillman (189) set the school record for wins, as his victory against Anderson’s Chris Pauly was the 164th of his high school career. The senior is currently ranked No. 3 in the state in Division 1 and No. 4 overall in his weight class.

Hillman said he was happy to break the record, but his primary goal was putting the Warriors in the best position to win Wednesday night.

“It feels pretty good, especially being (against) a rival of ours,” he said. “I was more focused on getting bonus points and winning for our team.”

Also earning wins for the Warriors in the match against the Titans were Noah Anderson (135), Jared Ammons (152), Billy Duncan (160) and Justin Patton (171). Duncan had suffered an earlier injury, but still wrestled strong and knocked off a tough opponent in Anderson’s Cody Stanley.

“Billy Duncan, what can you ask for, the kid’s got all kind of heart, said Woodhaven Coach Rudy Weirich. “(He) came in with stitches in his hand, hurt, pulled out a big win for us.”

The rest of his wrestlers stayed focused on winning, as well, he said.

“Everybody did their job,” Weirich said. “That was a team effort.”

For Anderson, Ben Wheeler (130) won against Woodhaven’s Bradley Jones, Logan Parks (140) won by void, Jacob Balogh (145) knocked off the Warriors’ Austin Avison, and Cody Tis (215), Cody Kwasniewski (HWT) and Tyler Bridge each won by void. Parks is currently ranked No. 4 in Division 1 and No. 6 overall, while Balogh earned an honorable mention this week in the state rankings.

In the other close match of the night, Trenton kicked things off with three consecutive wins against the Titans, as Logan Tsouris (125), Connor Charping (130) and Nolan Rickman (135) were all victorious.

Anderson’s Parks, Balogh and Stanley then came back and took three in a row for Anderson, but the Trojans’ Vince Bartaway (160) and Josh Frye (171) followed with a victory each to give their squad a 22-18 advantage.

Pauly and Tis went on to win consecutively for the Titans and reclaimed the Anderson lead at 27-22, but a victory from Trenton’s Ean Purcell put his squad back up by one.

Anderson bounced back again yet again, however, and got wins from Hoagland and Rivera-Garcia to go up 36-28.

The Trojans’ Jackson Rickman picked up a victory at the end, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Titans, who claimed the 36-34 win.

For Allen Park, Ben Lewis (130), Dustin Sabourin (189) and Roman Urista (285) all won in the team defeat against Woodhaven, while Dan Schmidt (140) picked up his squad’s lone victory in the loss against Trenton.



Last Updated: 1/23/2014 2:00:06 AM EST

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