Northern’s Randon Seres advances to Regional
Matt Sheehan, Times Herald
February 12, 2017
For dozens of area wrestlers, the season isn’t over just yet.
Saturday’s individual district rounds saw hundreds of wrestlers around the state battle on the mats for a spot in next weekend’s regional tournament. In order to get one step closer to the state finals at The Palace, wrestlers needed to place in the top four in their respective divisions.
Port Huron and Port Huron Northern had a tough go at a competitive tournament in Troy as the Huskies were the only area team to push a wrestler through to the next round. That lone Division 1 wrestlers onto the Oxford regional is Northern’s Randon Seres (112), who took fourth in his bracket.
Marysville reigned at the Division 2 tournament in Goodrich as they pushed 11 wrestlers through to the regional meet they will host next weekend.
Austin Keeley (215), Nick Hall (119), Kyle French (125), Doug Ferrier (145) and Nino Bastianelli (171) all shined for the Vikings with first place finishes on Saturday, and Tyler Gates (160) also placed second. Brett Hudson (103), Keegan Warren (112), Nick Gates (130), Cody French (135) and Wyatt Grimes (140) rounded out the Vikings qualifiers as all five of them earned fourth place finishes.
Armada also had a good showing at Goodrich with three qualifiers as Robert Nowik (130) took second, Trent Grabowski (171) earned third and Nathan Nowik (189) placed fourth.
Yale and St. Clair each have one wrestler moving to next weekend as well as the Bulldogs had Brendan Connelly (112) and the Saints had Jared St. James (152) each earn second place finishes.
Richmond and Algonac had dominant showings at the Division 3 tournament at Richmond as the teams combined for 27 regional qualifiers.
The Blue Devils had 14 wrestlers earn top four spots with 10 grapplers winning district titles in Tyler Marino (215), Austin Kilburn (103), Roy Costello (112), Hunter Seguin (119), Alec Ziza (125), Alex Roberts (145), Eric Barr (152), David Kaltz (160), Hunter Bergeon (171) and Colton McKiernan (189).
Richmond’s August Aiken (285), Josh Barton (119) and Gary Resk (140) all earned second place and Owen Vannatter (135) took third.
Algonac had a program-record 13 wrestlers move onto the regional tournament with Mike Nykoriak (285) and Mark Langewicz (130) leading the Muskrats with their district titles.
Taking second place for Algonac was Robert Jewell (215), Drake Hiltunen (125), James Ladd (145), Jack Jewell (152), Dakota Dunn (160) and Zach Randall (171). Jason Perez (103) and Brendan Budzeak (140) each earned third place finishes and Conner Geerlings (140), Noah Babin (152) and Ozzy Kinch (171) placed fourth.
Croswell-Lexington and Capac also represented its programs well at Hill-McCloy.
The Pioneers will have seven wrestlers in next weekend’s tournament as Joe Hayden (140) and Collin Lieber (171) each led the way with district titles. Garrett Gelinski (140), Paul Scaramuzzino (145) and Keagan Silverthorn (160) all took second for Cros-Lex, and Xavier Herman (171) took third and Chris Lilly (125) placed fourth.
Capac’s Anthony Trudo (130) placed first with two pins in less than 30 seconds and a tech fall win in the finals. Dylan Wojie (112) placed second and Thomas Tyson (171) also took fourth place for Capac.
Marlette and Sandusky each saw four wrestlers earn bids to next weekend’s tournament at New Lothrop, and Brown City also will have two grapplers competing as well.
Marlette’s Andrew Webster (112) and Isiah Stewart (125) led the Red Raiders with district titles. Cody Sanchez (103) placed second for the Red Raiders and Anthony Jackson (125) took fourth.
Sandusky’s Cody (160) and William Hartz (171) each took second place while Trevor Mata (112) placed third and Jacob Horst (140) earned fourth.
Brown City had a strong showing in the 285 pound bracket as Bradley Gierman won the district title and Lukas Fortune took third place.
Memphis had a solid tournament at Clinton as they’ll bring five Yellowjackets to the New Lothrop regional.
Clayton Lemanski (103), Harry McCloskey (119) and Patrick Seifert (135) placed second, Tyler Lemanski (145) took third and Austin Shivers (140) placed fourth.