Cavs face Michigan’s best at wrestling tourney

Carman-Ainsworth’s Tae Pendleton (right) faces off with his opponent.

Carman-Ainsworth’s Tae Pendleton (right) faces off with his opponent.

NEW LOTHROP — Despite their status as the top two varsity wrestling teams in the state for Div. 2 according to, St. John’s and Lowell still had their work cut out for them at the New Lothrop Invitational last Saturday.

That’s because this 18-team field also included the fourth- and fifthranked squads for Div. 3 in Whitehall and Birch Run, as well as the host Hornets and Addison, which are currently second and fifth in Div. 4.

While this may have put Carman- Ainsworth in the unenviable position of having to work its way through this hotbed of competition one match at a time, the squad responded with an 81- point performance, good enough for eighth place.

Taking the top spot was St. John’s with 262.5, New Lothrop was a distant second with 157 and Birch Run had 136. Grabbing the fourth spot was Whitehall with 129.5, Lowell had 107.5 and Addison was sixth with 83.5. That left Caro in the seventh position at 82.5, Midland Bullock Creek was ninth with 64 and Sanford Meridian scored 59. The rest of the field included Montrose with 56.5, Alma 53, Marquette 50, Belding 41, Chesaning 36, Goodrich 36, Durand 30, and Bay City Central 28.

Individually for the Cavaliers, Jerron Thomas downed Marquette’s Ranger Rossway to claim the heavyweight championship.

Overall, Carman-Ainsworth’s only individually ranked wrestler is senior Aaron Dupree. Currently, the 119- pounder is 10th in the state for Div. 1.

The Cavs competed at a Saginaw Valley Conference crossover quad meet yesterday featuring Midland and Mt. Pleasant.

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