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Huron's John Svoboda (left) took on Carlson's Jordan Terrell at 160 pounds during the semifinals Thursday night. Photo by Dave Chapman
DISTRICT WRESTLING: Huron survives early scare and wins the title (PHOTOS/TOUT VIDEO)
Carlson's Zachary Underwood (top) and Huron's Deion Copley battled at 215 pounds during Thursday's semifinals. Photo by Dave Chapman
Trenton's Vincent Bartaway (left) and Riverview's Marcus Wright wrestled at 160 pounds during Thursday's semifinal. Photo by Dave Chapman
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The favored Chiefs barely hung on to beat Carlson 35-32, while two-time defending champ Trenton was knocked off 39-33 by Riverview.
In the finals, Huron easily took care of the Pirates 49-22 and earned the Division 2, District No. 156 trophy. On Wednesday, the team will take on host Tecumseh for the regional championship.
For the Chiefs to advance Thursday, it came down to the last match against the Marauders.
Carlson’s Jerry Lakos (103) pinned Huron’s Bailey Zablocki to put his team up 32-26, but the squad had to void at 112 pounds, setting up a 32-32 tie with one match to go.
Judah Caballero (119) then broke the deadlock by knocking off the Marauders’ Brent Neasz 12-8 and he launched his squad into the district final.
“I was sweating at the beginning,” said Huron Coach Jake Shulaw. “Carlson’s a good team, Lance is a great coach.”
Winning in Tecumseh, however, will take a much better performance, he said.
“I’m not sure we’re where we need to be right now,” Shulaw said. “We’ve definitely got more work to do. We need to put a little more effort in and get focused for regionals.”
The other semifinal saw Riverview get five pins en route to its defeat of the Trojans, who were one point shy this year of winning the Downriver League title.
Coming up especially big for the Bucs was Caleb Barron (189), as he bumped up two weight classes and beat Trenton’s Jack Thomas, a wrestler who took third at last week’s DRL Meet.
Although Riverview then went on to take a tough defeat, Coach Jason Dodd still left New Boston in a decent mood.
“It’s hard to be too upset, Huron’s a really good team,” he said. “We beat a really good team tonight in Trenton, (the) defending district champs; regional finalists last year. I don’t think too many people picked us to beat them. All in all a pretty good night, congrats to Huron, they’re a quality team.”
In the finals, the Chiefs got victories from Caballero (119), Steve Poet (125) Jon Wellman (130), Roger Maddux (140), Logan Ritchie (160), Justin Collins (171), Deion Copely (215), Jakob Davis (189) and Jeff Henderson (285).
Huron’s winners in the semifinal were: DJ Christie (112) Caballero (119), Wellman (125), John Svoboda (160), Ritchie (171), Collins (189) and Henderson (285).
In the finals, Riverview got wins from Michael Wright (103), Marina Goocher (119), Teddy Lossing (135), Brandon Garcia (145) and Victor Korkis (152).
Against Trenton, the Bucs picked up wins from Michael Wright (103), Kyle Sparks (112), Lossing (135), Garcia (145), Korkis (152), Marcus Wright (160), Josh Wojtowicz (171) and Caleb Barron (189).
Trenton got wins from Jackson Rickman (119), Ian Collier (125), Connor Charping (130), Brad Boler (140), Josh Berry (215) and Ean Purcell (285).
Wrestlers getting a win for Carlson, against Huron, were Lakos (103), Billy Gibson (130), Travis DeRossett (135), Nathan Skuratovich (140), Alex Franco (145), Max Underwood (152) and Zachary Underwood (215).
All four squads will compete at individual districts Saturday in Milan and on Wednesday the Chiefs will travel to Tecumseh for regionals.
Last Updated: 2/7/2014 12:05:29 PM EST