EAST KENTWOOD — The Carman- Ainsworth wrestling team advanced six wrestlers to the individual wrestling tournament at East Kentwood last Saturday and managed to advance two wrestlers to the individual state finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills from March 3-5.
Junior Jake Weissend won the 135 lb. weight class by defeating Oxford’s Mike Thomas in the finals, 3-2. He opened the tournament with a 7-1 decision over Dominic Rens of Hudsonville followed by a 5-4 victory over Patrick Rooker of Davison.
Mark Byrd took second place at 285 lbs. after being pinned by Davison’s Ryan Hankins in the finals at 3:01. The junior won his first match over Tyler Rose of Grand Haven, 9-4, and won his semifinal match against Brandon Midcalf of Saginaw Heritage, 4-2
Not qualifying for the state tournament were Aaron DuPree at 119 lbs., CJ Ballinger at 140 lbs., Tae Pendelton at 171 lbs. and Alex Fetterman at 189 lbs.