WILLIAMSTON — The field at the Williamston Classic varsity wrestling tournament last Saturday went 23-teams deep and drew programs from all across the state. This included programs from as far away as Lansing, Okemos, Haslett and Newaygo, none of which were able to keep pace with Southgate Anderson, which placed first with 183.5 points. Taking second for this event was New Boston Huron with 177.5, Saline was a close third with 177 and Carman-Ainsworth fourth with 155. Finishing fifth with 153 was Big Rapids, Sand Creek had 152.5 and Eaton Rapids was seventh with 120. That left Arenac Eastern in eighth with 97, Leslie had 93 and Yale was 10th with 90.5. Next up was Owosso in 11th at 87, Farwell was a distant 12th with 67, Gibraltar Carlson had 64. Corunna and Salem grabbed the 14th and 15th spots with scores of 59 and 58.5, respectively, Bay City Central and Fordson tied for 16th with 57 and Williamston had 54.
One highlight for the Cavaliers was Jerron Thomas taking his third-straight tournament title at 285 lbs. This came after a trio of pins and a 6-3 win over New Boston Huron’s Mike Long. Tae Pendleton was also a champion for the second tourney in a row at 189 by downing Yale’s Derek Desloover.
The Cavaliers’ lone second-place performance came from Malik Dawkins at 140, who lost his title bout to Yale’s RJ Smith. Carman- Ainsworth wrestlers that took third, were Aaron Dupree at 119 by pinning New Boston Huron’s Eli Caballero and Darion Vaughn did the same at 130 against Eaton Rapids’ Lane McVickers in 1:47.
Saginaw hosted a Saginaw Valley League- South quad meet on Jan. 16 where the Cavs bested Saginaw Heritage, 37-31, and, Saginaw, 77-6. Among the wrestlers going 2-0 for Carman-Ainsworth were Thomas, Pendleton, Vaughn, Dupree, Cameron Brown at 130, Jawanza Edwards at 112 and Demmetrie Hall at 103. Also present was Flint Northern, which got taken out by Heritage, 63-18, and Saginaw.
The Cavs are at the Allen Park Tournament on Saturday before ending the regular season on Wednesday at Tri Valley Conference-East rival Birch Run for a quad meet.