2018-03-08 / Sports

Davison’s Chambal, Facundo secure state titles

By Austin VanDaele
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Davison’s Alex Facundo overpowers an opponent during last weekend’s individual state finals. Facundo took home the title at 152 lbs. 
Photo by Timothy Mucciante Davison’s Alex Facundo overpowers an opponent during last weekend’s individual state finals. Facundo took home the title at 152 lbs. Photo by Timothy Mucciante DETROIT – Two Davison wrestlers, Andrew Chambal at 112 and Alex Facundo at 152, both secured state titles during the individual state finals at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday and Saturday.

Chambal’s run at 112 began with a win by technical fall over Rayvon Perkins of East Kentwood before defeating Fair Haven-Anchor Bay’s Al Biland by an 8-3 decision in the quarterfinal. Chambal then defeated Andrew Hughes of Grand Ledge by a 5-3 decision in the semifinals before winning by a 7-1 decision over Nick Alayan of Macomb-Dakota in the first-place match.

At 152, Facundo started his tournament with a win by fall over L’Anse Creuse’s Justin Barone at 2:27. He then defeated Battle Creek-Lakeview’s Mason Evans by technical fall in the quarterfinal before moving on to defeat Trent Myre of Oxford by fall at 2:33. In the first-place match, Facundo defeated Detroit Catholic Central’s Cameron Amine by a 4-2 decision for the state title.

Davison also had multiple other wrestlers competing in the tournament with many placing on the day.

At 171, Cal Stefanko finished as the state runner-up and began his tournament with a win over Tyler Waterstrat of Rockford by a 7-2 decision. Stefanko then defeated Colin Jagielski of Temperance-Bedford by a 7-3 decision in the quarterfinal before winning by a 6-2 decision over Grand Rapids-Forest Hills Central’s Isaac Torrey in the semifinal. Stefanko’s lone loss came in the championship match, where he dropped a 5-0 decision to Dakota’s Layne Malczewski.

Jay Nivison at 160 finished third overall and began with a 12-3 major decision win over Earle Weaver of Royal Oak. In the quarterfinals, Nivison defeated Zsigmond Squiers of East Kentwood by fall at 2:47 before losing to River Shettler of Hartland by a 3-0 decision in the semifinals. Nivison then defeated Port Huron Northern’s Dylan Seaton by a 9-3 decision in the consolation semifinals before securing third place with a win over Dakota’s Dustin Solomon by a 3-2 decision.

Finishing fourth overall was Marc Shaeffer at 135, who won his opening match by technical fall over Hartland’s Greg Pietila. Shaeffer then lost to Derek Gilcher of Detroit Catholic Central in the quarterfinal but would bounce back with an 11-2 major decision win over Ethan Polick of Clarkston in the second consolation round. He then went on to defeat Rockford’s Connor White by a 12-9 decision and Southfield Arts & Technology’s Isiah Berry by 5-3 decision to advance to the third-place match. Shaeffer then took his second loss of the tournament, losing by a 9-4 decision to Hudsonville’s Jack Samuels.

At 285, Aaron Gilmore finished sixth overall after starting his tournament run with a win over Belleville’s Jaden Rice by fall at 2:53. In the quarterfinals, Gilmore defeated Seth Hoonhorst of Hudsonville by a 5-2 decision before losing to Steven Kolcheff of Detroit Catholic Central by decision in the semifinals. Gilmore then lost his consolation semifinal match to Dakota’s Rahi Khalil and his fifth-place match to Grand Ledge’s Brady Riggs by injury default.

At 112, Steven Garty finished seventh overall and started his run with a win over Ben Manly of Brighton by a 4-1 decision. Garty then lost to Dakota’s Nick Alayan by sudden victory in the quarterfinals before rebounding and securing a win by fall over Russ Rusnell of Livonia-Franklin at 1:33 in the second consolation round. In the third consolation round, Garty lost to Walled Lake Central’s Sam Freeman by a 5-4 decision before securing a win by injury default over Al Biland of Fair Haven- Anchor Bay in the seventh-place match.

Also picking up a seventh-place finish was Brian Case at 152. Case began his tournament with a win over Fair Haven- Anchor Bay’s Nino Tranchida by a 5-3 decision before losing his quarterfinal match to Cameron Amine of Detroit Catholic Central be major decision. Case then defeated Woodhaven’s Joseph Muzzin by a 3-2 decision in the second consolation round but lost to Hartland’s Tanner Culver in the third consolation match by sudden victory. In the seventh place match, Case faced Tranchida again, this time coming away with a win by sudden victory.

At 125, James Johnston lost his opening match to Stone Moscovic of Detroit Catholic Central by a 7-2 decision before bouncing back and defeating Dakota’s Andrew Barrett by an 8-2 decision. Johnston’s tournament came to a close in the second consolation round, however, after losing by a 10-7 decision to Dominic Todaro of Romeo.

At 130, Raymond Cole lost his firstround match to Jared Riggins of Jackson by a 9-3 decision. Cole then defeated Hartland’s Carter Hankins by sudden victory in the first consolation round before losing to Zach Wells of Utica Ford II by tiebreaker.

Also competing from Davison was Trevor McGowan at 189, who lost his opening match to Greyson Stevens of Brighton by a 5-0 decision. McGowan defeated Walled Lake Central’s Greg Zavalnitskiy by an 8-5 decision in the first consolation round before losing to Rory Cox of Detroit Catholic Central by a 1-0 decision in the second consolation round.

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