AUBURN – Three Carman- Ainsworth wrestlers extended their seasons another week by placing in the top four at last Saturday’s Div. 1 individual district tournament at Bay City Western.
Senior Elijah Brandon was second at 103 pounds, junior Ronald Roland finished third at 215 and junior Grayden Hamilton was third at 285. The top four placers in each weight class advanced to this Saturday’s regional at Oxford, where the top four will move on to the state finals March 3-5 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Brandon won decisions of 11-7 and 9-4 to get into the championship final, where he lost to top-seeded Steven Garty of Davison in 1:48. Brandon will take a 41-15 record to the regional.
Roland beat Davison’s Aaron Gilmore 2-0 but then lost to Davison’s Tanner Thomas 14-5 to drop into the consolation bracket. He came back with 4-1 decisions over Grand Blanc’s Donald Moses and Midland Dow’s Brent Booth to win the third-place spot and take a 47-11 record to Oxford.
Hamilton opened with a pin in 3:58 but then fell to eventual champion Dan Perry of Lapeer in 2:36. Hamilton battled back with a pin in 2:26, then beat Lapeer’s Eddie Brecht 3-1 in the third-place final and is 48-9 going into the regional.
Dominique Horton went 2-2 at 160, falling just short of the third-place final. Going 1-2 were Jacob Yost at 112, Damion Wilkes at 119 and Clifford Boxley at 125.
Going 0-2 were Anna Alfaro at 112 and Keondrece Johnson at 171.
The Cavaliers wrestled two close dual meets in last Wednesday’s team district at Swartz Creek, beating the host Dragons 42-36 in the semifinals, then falling to Flushing 39-36 in the final. Going 2-0 for the night were Horton, Roland, Hamilton, Brandon, Yost and Wilkes.
Both meets went down to the final bout, where the pressure fell on sophomore Nathan DeLong both times. DeLong won the Swartz Creek dual with a pin at 140 pounds, then wrestled up to 145 against Flushing and lost a tough 8-3 decision.
Flushing advanced to the team regional last night at Davison, where it met the third-ranked Cardinals in the semifinals.