2016-02-18 / Sports

Wrestlers rule districts; 13 advance

By Dan Nilsen
810-452-2648 • dnilsen@mihomepaper.com


Max Johnson was one of seven Davison wrestlers to win individual district championships, taking the 112-pound title last Saturday at Bay City Western. 
Photo by Dan Nilsen Max Johnson was one of seven Davison wrestlers to win individual district championships, taking the 112-pound title last Saturday at Bay City Western. Photo by Dan Nilsen AUBURN – Davison opened postseason wrestling in its usual dominating fashion last week, routing two teams in the Div. 1 team district last Wednesday at Lapeer and winning seven individual titles while qualifying six other wrestlers for regionals in Saturday’s individual district at Bay City Western.

The third-ranked Cardinals crushed Lapeer 67-12 and Grand Blanc 69-0 in the team district. They hosted a team regional Wednesday night after Index deadlines, taking on Flushing while Bay City Western wrestled Traverse City West in the other semifinal. The winner advanced to the state finals Feb. 26-27 at Central Michigan University’s McGuirk Arena.

On Saturday, Brenden McRill, Steven Garty, Max Johnson, A.J. Facundo, Deven Perez, Brian Case and Gabe Ellis all won individual district championships at Bay City Western.

McRill, ranked No. 1 by michigangrappler.com at 189 pounds, pinned his way to the title in 2:42, 59 seconds and 5:34.

Garty did likewise at 103, pinning in 49 seconds, 3:06 and 1:48.

Max Johnson, ranked No. 1 at 112 and the 2014 state champion at that weight, scored a technical fall, a pin in 4:28 and a 10-2 major decision over seventh-ranked Vincent Priante of Traverse City West in the final.

Facundo, the 112 state champion last year and ranked third at 119 this year, won that weight with a 19-second fall, a 16-5 major decision and a pin in 2:46 in the final.

Deven Perez, ranked third at 125, won that title with pins in 1:21 and 34 seconds and a 13-7 decision over Western’s Victor Schoenherr, who is ranked second at 119.

Case, a freshman ranked second at 135, won that crown with a technical fall, a 16-4 major decision and a pin in 1:09.

Ellis recorded a 45-second pin and a 9-4 decision, then pinned top-seeded Mike Lambert of Traverse City West in 3:39 for the 160 title.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class advanced to the individual regional this Saturday at Oxford. Finishing second for Davison were Tanner Thomas at 215, Ryan Schlak at 130, Kurt Schlak at 145 and Trevor McGowen at 152. Placing third were Logan Mabbitt at 189 and Cal Stefanko at 145.

The top four placers at the regional advance to state finals March 3-5 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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