OWOSSO – A young Carman- Ainsworth wrestling team opened the season against some tough competition this past week.
The Cavaliers dropped a Saginaw Valley League dual to Lapeer 52-24 on Dec. 9 at Flint Northwestern, then fell to Owosso in a quadrangular last Saturday in Owosso.
At Owosso, the Cavs lost eight matches by fall to the Trojans but got a pin of their own from Grayden Hamilton, who pinned Tyler Grogitsky in 1:58 at heavyweight.
Carman-Ainsworth won five bouts against Lapeer. Jacob Yost pinned Gavin Monchau in 28 seconds at 112 pounds, Nathan DeLong beat Kenith Davis 5-2 at 140 and Dominique Horton pinned Austin Irelan in 5:18 at 160. Lance McGrath pinned Dakota Eldridge in 4:34 at 171 and Ronald Roland beat Sam Kinne 6-4 at 215.
Two of the Cavs’ losses to the Lightning were to Div. 1 state champion Dan Perry, who pinned Hamilton in 51 seconds at heavyweight, and to state placer Devon Pingel, who pinned Matthew Durbin in 1:33 at 189 pounds.
The Cavs did beat host Northwestern in their other SVL dual, but details were not available.
Carman-Ainsworth hosted Bay City Western and Midland in another SVL triangular Wednesday night after View deadlines. The Cavs will wrestle in the County Meet this Saturday at Davison.