WARREN – The Carman- Ainsworth wrestling team finished 16th with a team-total 51 in the Clash of Champions at Warren Woods-Tower Saturday. Holt secured first with a 289.5, Warren Woods-Tower was second with 262.5 and Cedar Springs third with 202. Despite the low finish, the Cavs had multiple wrestlers finish within the top-eight of their respective weight classes.
At 171 lbs., Nathan Taylor was the Cavs’ highest finisher, taking fourth overall in his weight class. Taylor started his tournament with a win over Warren Woods-Tower by fall at 3:36 and then had a bye in the second round. Taylor then went on to defeat Lake Shore by fall at :51 in the third round before losing his first match of the day to Cedar Springs by technical fall. In the third-place match, Taylor lost by fall to Center Line to take fourth.
Trevon Bennett finished fifth overall and started his day with a first-round bye before winning by fall over Frasier at 2:00. In the third round, Bennett lost to Lapeer by sudden victory, but he quickly recovered with a win over Holly by injury default in the consolation bracket. Bennett then won his fifth-place match by a 9-2 decision over Center Line.
Jabrill Muhammad finished eighth at 103 and began his tournament with a win by fall over Berkley at 1:03. He then received a bye in the second round before losing in consecutive matches to Holt and Lakeview, respectively, to place eighth. Larry Brown Jr., at 125, also finished eighth, starting his day with a win by fall over Berkley at 2:14. After a second-round bye, Brown Jr. lost his third-round match to Warren Woods-Tower by fall before losing by fall to Warren Fitzgerald in the consolation bracket.
At 119, Omar Al Hallak finished with a pair of losses on the day to both Lincoln Park and Lamphere. Jacob Durbin, at 152, lost to both Southfield and Warren Fitzgerald in his two matches of the day and David Mathis, at 215, lost to both Madison Heights Lamphere and Warren Woods-Tower’s B team.
Last Wednesday, Carman-Ainsworth split its duals during a home quad, losing 48-18 to Bay City John Glenn and winning 25-24 over Midland Dow.
Finishing 2-0 on the day were Brown Jr., Durbin, Taylor and Bennett. Brown Jr. won by major decision over Dow and by an 8-5 decision over John Glenn and Durbin won by fall at 4:15 over Dow and by 5-1 decision over John Glenn. Taylor won by fall over John Glenn at 1:27 and by 6-1 decision over Dow. Bennett won by 8-1 decision over Dow and by fall at :35 over John Glenn.
Al Hallak finished 1-1 with a 12-9 decision win over Dow and a loss to John Glenn. Muhammad won by forfeit over Dow, but then lost to John Glenn by fall. At 215, Corban May lost to John Glenn by fall. David Mathis, also at 215, lost by fall to Dow.
Carman-Ainsworth was at a Saginaw Valley League quad at Lapeer Wednesday after we had gone to press.