MT. PLEASANT — In their final chance to fine-tune their skill sets before the Michigan High School Athletic Association team and individual districts, the Cavs’ varsity wrestling team placed sixth at the Saginaw Valley League meet last Saturday with 117.5 points. Taking first was Davison at 295.5, followed by Bay City Western 225, Mt. Pleasant 147, Lapeer 140, Midland Dow 122, Bay City Central 98 and Midland 82.
The rest of this 13-team event included Powers 44, Saginaw Heritage 40, Saginaw 14, Saginaw Arthur Hill 2 and Flint Southwestern 0.
Champions for Carman-Ainsworth included Milik Dawkins (45-1) at 160 after beating BCW’s Cole Rechsteiner by technical fall 18-3 and edging out Davison’s Brendon McRill 3-1. Demetric Hall (28-3) also earned a title at 119 by pinning Saginaw’s Jessie Sanchez in 1:09 and BCW’s Alex Simmons in 1:41 prior to beating Davison’s AJ Facundo 5-3.
Coming in as a runner-up for the Cavs was Ronald Roland (27-13) at 215 with victories against Lapeer’s Jared Harris 5-4 and BCC’s Devonte Mysliwiski in 3:51, placing third was Derrien Vaughn (31-7) at 135 and Jacob Yost (33-16) was fourth at 103. Nathan Delong (20-21) also placed fifth at 130 and heavyweight Grayden Hamilton (24-16) was sixth.
As for yesterday’s team district No. 107-1 at Grand Blanc, the Cavs started out against the host Bobcats while Davison took on Swartz Creek. As for the ranked wrestlers in this draw, they include Grand Blanc’s Noah Gonser 125 and Cole Kemper at 140 and Carman-Ainsworth’s Derrien Vaughn at 135 and Milik Dawkins at 160..
Should they manage to dispatch the Bobcats, Carman-Ainsworth will then be in the unenviable position of trying to upend Davison despite the fact it’s the fifth ranked team in the state for Div. 1 according to www.michigangrappler.com.
The Cardinals have numerous individually ranked grapplers, as well, such as Max Johnson in third and AJ Facundo in sixth at 112, Deven Perez is fourth at 119 and Hunter Fifeld is eighth at 140. Lincoln Olson at 130 is probably Davison’s top threat, though, which explains why he’s ranked first for his weight class in the state.
The Cavaliers will also take the mat at Alpena individual district No. 2-1 on Feb. 14 against a field that includes Bay City Central, Davison, Grand Blanc, Lapeer, Midland, Port Huron, Port Huron Northern, Saginaw Heritage, Swartz Creek, Traverse City Central and Traverse City West.
One difference at this event will be all the individual talent from Lapeer, such as Dan Perry in second at 285, Jake Perry is second at 189, Pingel is first at 171, Kinne is eighth at 160 and Ellsworth is second at 145.