Bennett, Durbin advance to regionals



Carman-Ainswroth’s Jacob Durbin, shown here at Lapeer on Jan. 16, qualified for the regional round. Photo by Austin VanDaele

Carman-Ainswroth’s Jacob Durbin, shown here at Lapeer on Jan. 16, qualified for the regional round. Photo by Austin VanDaele

BAY CITY – Two wrestlers from Carman-Ainsworth qualified within the top-four of their respective weight classes to advance to the individual regional tournament at Saturday’s individual district tournament at Div. 1 Bay City Western. Wrestlers qualified for regionals with a top-four finish at the district level in each weight class.

At 285 lbs., Trevon Bennett finished second, starting with a bye in the opening round before defeating Port Huron Northern by fall at 1:35. In the semifinal, Bennett won by a 1-0 decision over Midland Dow before losing to Bay City Western in the first-place match.

Also qualifying for the regional tournament was Jacob Durbin at 152, who finished fourth. Durbin defeated Cody Casemore of Swartz Creek by fall at 5:52 in the first round before losing to Davison’s Brian Case by fall in the second round. Durbin went on to defeat Port Huron by forfeit in the first consolation round and Saginaw Heritage by an 8-7 decision in the consolation semifinal before losing to Midland Dow in the third-place match by fall.

At 103, Jabril Muhammad lost his lone match of the day by disqualification against Swartz Creek’s Destine Bishop. Omar Al Hallak at 119 won his first match of the day over Midland by a 10-8 decision. Al Hallak then lost to Davison’s Steven Garty by fall in the quarterfinal and Flushing’s Jackson Harner by fall in the first consolation round to finish his day.

At 125, Larry Brown Jr. won his first match of the day over Lapeer’s Dyani DeMoss by fall at 3:41, then was defeated by fall against Port Huron Northern. He went on to win by fall over Saginaw Arthur Hill in the first consolation round before losing by fall to Brennen Herr of Flushing to end his day.

Nathan Taylor, at 171, won his first match by fall over Bay City Western at 1:58 before losing by fall in consecutive matches against Port Huron and Saginaw Arthur Hill, respectively.

At 189, David Mathis lost his lone match of the day by fall against Port Huron.

Anthony Compaore, at 215, began his day with a bye in the first round before losing to Flint Southwestern by fall in the quarterfinal. He went on to defeat Bay City Western by a 5-0 decision before losing to Bay City Central in the consolation semifinal. At 215, Corban May received a bye in the first round before losing by fall in consecutive matches to Bay City Central and Port Huron, respectively.

Last Thursday, the Cavaliers competed in their Div. 1 team district tournament at Swartz Creek. Carman-Ainsworth lost 68-0 to Grand Blanc in the opening round, with each of its three competing wrestlers losing by fall. In the other semifinal, Swartz Creek won 66-18 over Flint. Grand Blanc won the district, defeating Swartz Creek 48-6 in the championship dual.

Both Bennett and Durbin advance to represent Carman- Ainsworth at the Div. 1 regional tournament at Clarkston Saturday.

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