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Belleville's Jamonty Houze won his match in the 140 weight class Feb. 5 against Wayne Memorial. Photo by Mark McMullen

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WRESTLING: Belleville, Ypsilanti bow out in district semis

Both Belleville and Ypsilanti wrestling headed to Tuesday night’s district semifinal at Westland John Glenn with high hopes.

Neither the Tigers or Grizzlies got the result they desired, both falling in the semifinals. Belleville lost to Wayne Memorial 44-26, while John Glenn defeated Ypsilanti 51-24.

The Grizzlies started out slow as they gave up 18 points early.

“We ended up losing, but a tough loss,” Ypsilanti head coach Claudell Ruffin said. “I thought the guys fought hard, definitely.

“We gave up 18 points, but for the most part all the guys wrestled hard. We had a couple swing matches where we were winning and they ended up on top of us and that type of deal. So, for the most part, they gave 110 percent. That’s all you can ask.”

Ypsilanti’s Kyle Abdellatif won his match at 135 against Steve Spencer in the first period with a pin at 1:26.

“He’s been doing well all year,” Ruffin said. “He only has a couple losses.”

A few matches later, Grizzly Dayton Darling won by pin in the first period at the 1:15 mark.

“He actually did a good job,” Ruffin said. “He executed well and got a pin for us. We got four and we was looking to try and get six, but we got four.”

Belleville on the other hand faired pretty well early on. Tiger Brandon Bellant had a pin fall just 25 seconds into the 155 match, Chris Brown won his match 8-2 in the 119 weight class and Jamonty Houze won his match 25-7 in the 140 class.

“They all did what they were supposed to,” Belleville head coach Derek Phillips said. They went out and got me high points.

“My lower weights did a great job or at least my middle weights did. I’ve got a lot of young wrestlers in the lineup. They went out fighting, we just came up short in some areas.”

Near the end of the meet Tiger David Tooley, 215, was down by nine points, but came back in the third period to pin Wayne Memorial Sean Moody at 4:41 mark.

“Straight from nothing, but heart,” Phillips said. “He was down by eight, nine points (and) a lot of kids would give up at that point, roll over or just accept the loss.

“Tooley kept fighting, we chose top, Tooley found the cradle and stuck the kid.”

While the team portion of the season ended for both Belleville and Ypsilanti Wednesday night, both teams will send wrestlers to individual districts at Saline.

Last Updated: 2/6/2014 4:31:12 PM EST

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