2018-02-08 / Sports

Grapplers ready for district mats

By Sports Staff


Bentley’s Robert Rogers takes down a Vassar wrestler on Dec. 6. 
Photo by Brandon Pope Bentley’s Robert Rogers takes down a Vassar wrestler on Dec. 6. Photo by Brandon Pope BURTON – Bendle opened team districts on Wednesday at Bentley, following press deadlines, taking on Flint Beecher. As for the Bulldogs, they faced off with Flint Hamady and the winners of each dual will take on each other for the district championship.

None of the teams at the district are state-ranked, but there will be some tough grapplers competing. Most notably is Robert Rogers of Bentley, who is a two-time defending state champion and is currently ranked as the No. 5 grappler at his weight class in the state, regardless of division.

The Bulldogs will also be competing with Nodia Rogers at 119, Jake Brand at 130, Jeremiah Kinder at 145, Harry Carlquist at 160, Phillip DeWolf at 171, Edgar Maynard at 215 and Victor Shaw at 285.

As for Bendle, Synczre Dyson competes at 103, Christian Downer is at 140, Tyler Johnson at 140, Wesley Kimball at 145, Gradey Wagner at 160, Zach Murphy at 189, Mike Bates at 215 and Ryan Bushy at 285.

Both teams will also be at the same individual district on Saturday at Clinton along with Dansville, Flint Hamady, Lutheran Westland, Manchester, Memphis, Flint Beecher, New Haven, Pontiac Academy for Excellence, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest and Webberville.

Clinton is currently ranked No. 2 in the state in Div. 4 and Manchester comes in at No. 4. Clinton’s Noah Comar is the No. 4 grappler in the state at 125. – B.P.

BENDLE: At the Genesee Area Conference Championships on Saturday at Corunna, Gradey Wagner made it to the third round at 152 before losing by fall in 2:00 to Lake Fenton. Gage Clayton’s day ended in the second round of the consolation bracket by fall in 1:03 to Byron at 119. Wesley Kimball was pinned in :20 in the first round at 145 by Bentley and Zach Murphy won his consolation match by fall in 4:22 over Byron at 189. Ryan Bushy lost at 285 in the consolation semifinals to Byron at 1:37.

The Tigers were at Carson City Crystal last Wednesday, where they pulled out a 30-23 triumph in a dual against Coleman. Christian Downer won by void at 130, Bryce Cooper was pinned in 1:10 at 135 and Tyler Johnson was awarded a forfeit victory at 140.

Kimball lost by fall in 2:15 at 152, Wagner was pinned in 1:10 at 160 and Murphy won by fall in 2:10 at 189. Mike Bates lost by technical fall, 19-4, at 215 and Bushy and Synczyre Dyson won by void at 285 and 103 respectively. – B.P.

BENTLEY: Robert Rogers added yet another championship to his resume with a Genesee Area Conference title Saturday at 130 after tipping Mt. Morris by technical fall, 21-6, at 130. Jaden Jackson was victorious in the third consolation round at 145 over Flint Hamady by fall in :50 and Harry Carlquist locked up third place with a win by fall in 3:34 over Mt. Morris at 152. – B.P.

KEARSLEY: The Hornets finished third at the Flint Metro League championship tournament at Holly on Saturday with 157.5 points. Flushing was first with 192 and Holly took second with 184.5. Fenton was fourth with 150, Linden fifth with 129, Clio sixth with 1123.5, Swartz Creek seventh with 111, Brandon eighth with 105 and Owosso ninth with 69.5.

At 125, Andy Ruhstorfer secured Kearsley’s lone first-place finish on the day, beginning with a first-round bye before defeating Fenton by fall at 3:21. Ruhstorfer then defeated Brandon by fall at :59 in the semifinals and Brecken Griswatch of Swartz Creek by fall at 5:34 in the finals for the win.

At 119, La’Ron Ruffin finished second and began his day with a double bye. Ruffin then went on to defeat Holly by major decision, 13-2, before losing by fall to Linden in the first-place match. Trenton DiGenova at 135 finished second, also beginning his day with a double bye. DiGenova then defeated Linden by a 1-0 decision in the semifinals before losing to Fenton by a 5-3 decision for second place.

John Brown at 189 also picked up a second-place finish, beginning the day with a bye in the first round. Brown then defeated Travis Truett of Swartz Creek by fall at 3:02 and Holly by fall at 1:36 before losing to Brandon by fall in the first-place match. At 103, Jason Judd finished third after beginning his day with a first-round bye. He then defeated Owosso by an 11-1 major decision before losing to Brandon in a tiebreaker. Judd then defeated Holly by a 4-2 decision before losing to Owosso by decision in the third-place match.

Also picking up third-place finishes were Rodney Richards at 130 and Tyler Byczynski at 160. Richards began his run with a win over Swartz Creek’s Gavin Lawerence by technical fall before losing to Holly by fall. He then received two consecutive byes before defeating Brandon by a 6-2 decision in the consolation semifinals and Flushing’s Chance Wilson by a 4-3 decision in the third-place match. Byczynski’s day began with a firstround bye followed by a loss to Linden by decision. He then had another bye before defeating Swartz Creek’s Cameron Spohn by a 5-2 decision, Brandon by fall at 4:24 and Flushing’s Bradley Zaraw by an 8-2 decision to secure third.

At 112, Machai Garza started the day with a bye in the first round before losing to Brennen Herr of Flushing by fall at 3:01. Garza then received another bye before defeating Linden by forfeit and then lost to Owosso by an 8-6 decision in the consolation semifinals. Elija Rodriguez-Garza at 140 also started the day with a first-round bye before losing to Matthew Juhl of Flushing by fall. Rodriguez-Garza then had another bye before losing to Linden by decision in the third consolation round.

Nathan Lind at 152 began his day with a bye before losing to Linden by fall. Lind received another bye, but his day ended in the next round after losing to Holly by fall. At 171, Brandon Fisher started with a first-round bye before losing to Linden by fall. Fisher received another bye before defeating Clio by forfeit and then losing to Devin Powells of Flushing by fall in the consolation semifinals.

At 215, Gabe Mosher’s day began with a first-round bye before losing to Holly by fall. Mosher had another bye before defeating Brandon by fall at 4:26 and then losing to Joe Loder of Swartz Creek by fall in the consolation semifinals.

Last Wednesday, Kearsley was at Swartz Creek for a tri-meet and came away with a pair of wins over Clio, 47-36, and Swartz Creek, 48-30.

Judd, Garza, Ruffin and Ruhstorfer all defeated Clio by forfeit and Swartz Creek by fall in their respective divisions. DiGenova defeated Clio by technical fall and Swartz Creek by a 13-11 decision. Rodriguez-Garza was also 2-0, defeating Clio by forfeit and Swartz Creek by technical fall.

Brown won his lone match of the day over Clio by fall and Johnathan Bentley also won his only match of the day, defeating Swartz Creek by fall. Richards was 1-1 with a win by fall over Clio but a loss to Swartz Creek while Byczynski was also 1-1, defeating Swartz Creek by fall but losing to Clio. Lind, Mosher, Fisher, and Mereo Booth at 285 all finished winless on the day.

Team district at Kearsley

The Hornets host the Div. 2 district tournament today along with Flint and Clio, taking on Flint at 5:30 p.m. with the winner facing Clio, which has a bye. The winner will move on to face the winner of the St. Johns district that features St. Johns, Mt. Pleasant and Owosso. Of those teams, St. Johns is the only state-ranked team, according to MHSAA.com, sitting at seventh in Div. 2.

Following the team districts, Kearsley wrestlers will travel to Gaylord on Saturday to compete in the individual district tournament. Teams attending include Bay City Central, Bay City John Glenn, Clio, Flint, Gaylord, Marquette, Mt. Pleasant, Owosso, Petoskey, Sault Ste. Marie and St. Johns. Gaylord is currently ranked fourth in the state in Div. 2 while St. Johns is seventh.

At 135, Ruhstorfer will look for a strong finish as he currently sits at 28-1 on the season. Others that will also look to make a deep run in the tournament include Judd at 112, who is 27-7, Ruffin at 130, who is 26-6, DiGenova at 145, who is 26-8 and Brown at 189, who has a season record of 24-3. The Hornets will also be well-represented with others including Lind, Malik Davis, Byczynski, and Garza, among others. – A.V.

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