FLINT TWP. – The Carman-Ainsworth wrestling team enters its 2018-19 campaign with a young core of wrestlers that possess very little varsity experience. The Cavs lost eight seniors to graduation and return just four wrestlers from a season ago that have varsity experience, while the remainder of the team is made up of underclassmen and first-year varsity wrestlers.
Sophomores Larry Brown Jr. at 130lbs., Jacob Petty at 152 and Nathan Taylor at 171 and junior Trevon Bennett at 285 round out the returning members of last season’s team that finished third overall in the Saginaw Valley League. All four are looking for strong showings throughout the season while also being looked to for leadership to guide the young core that makes up the team.
New to the team includes just three upperclassmen in seniors Randall Broome and Corban May and junior Kodey Durbin. Sophomores Isaac Robinson and Cedriek Thomas and freshmen Omar Al Hallak, Jacob Durbin, Alex Holmes, David Mathis and Jabril Muhammad make up the rest of the varsity squad.
“We’re young, but we’re expecting to get better as the year goes on,” noted assistant coach Michael Gross. “The first two meets, we did really well. Better than expected. We lost to heritage by five points and lost to Bay City Western by 11. We’re just looking to improve.”
The Carman-Ainsworth wrestling team finished fourth at the Owosso Invitational in Owosso last Friday.
At 103 lbs., Jabril Muhammad lost both of his matches against Owosso opponents, losing by fall at 1:11 to Joey Devaras and at :53 to Cody Fields, but won by fall over Mt. Pleasant. At 125 Omar Al Hallak lost his match to Owosso by technical fall and lost by fall to Mt. Pleasant.
At 130, Larry Brown Jr. picked up a win by fall over Owosso at 5:53, but lost to Mt. Pleasant by fall. Cedriek Thomas lost both his matches at 140, losing to Owosso by fall at 2:42 and to Mt. Pleasant, also by fall. At 152, Jacob Petty lost by 3-0 decision to Owosso and defeated Mt. Pleasant by forfeit.
At 160, Jacob Durbin lost his first match to Owosso’s Colton Blaha by fall at 2:17, but then defeated Owosso’s Justin Schonberg by fall at :53. He then lost to Mt. Pleasant by fall. At 171, Nathan Taylor won both of his matches over Owosso opponents, defeating Erick Foster by fall at 3:24 and Alex West by fall at 2:30.
At 189, Isaac Robinson won by fall over Matt Churchill of Owosso at 3:13 and defeated Mt. Pleasant by fall. David Mathis lost his match at 215 by fall to Mt. Pleasant, as did Randall Broome, also at 215. Trevon Bennett at 285 won both of his matches over Owosso opponents, defeating Chris Ott by injury forfeit and Gideon Millar by fall at 1:23. He then lost to Mt. Pleasant by fall.
Last Wednesday, Carman-Ainsworth competed in a Saginaw Valley League quad at Bay City Western, losing to Bay City Western, 45-34, and Saginaw Heritage, 46-31.
At 103, Muhammad picked up a win by forfeit over Heritage and a loss to Bay City Western by fall. Al Hallak finished with a forfeit win over Heritage and a win by fall over Bay City Western. At 130, Brown Jr. finished 2-0 with a win by fall over Bay City Western and a win by decision over Heritage.
Thomas finished 1-1 at 145 with a win over Bay City Western by fall, but a loss to Heritage by fall. At 145, Petty lost both of his matches by fall. At 160, Durbin finished 1-1 with a win by fall over Bay City Western, but a loss to Heritage by fall. Taylor won both of his matches at 171, winning by fall over Bay City Western and by major decision over Heritage.
At 215, Broome defeated Heritage by fall and Bay City Western by major decision. Bennett split his matches at 285, losing by decision to Bay City Western, but winning by fall over Heritage.
Carman-Ainsworth hosted a Saginaw Valley League quad Wednesday after press deadlines and is at Clio Saturday.