2015-03-08 / Sports

Hornets repeat as mat champs

BATTLE CREEK – New Lothrop’s varsity wrestlers posted a dominating performance last weekend in the Division 4 state team wrestling finals at Battle Creek’s Kellogg Center to lock up their second straight state title.

After brushing aside Cass City 64-9 in the quarterfinals, the Hornets dispatched number four seed Manchester 38-22 in the semifinals, and breezed past number three seed Hudson 38-24 in the finals.

In the finals, Hudson built a 9-0 lead through the first two weight classes before Cole Hersch at 130 lbs. and Gabe Bennett at 135 lbs. knotted things up at 9-9. Steven Garza II took a major decision at 140 and the Hornets didn’t trail again.

Hudson got within one, trailing 22-21 after winning by decision at 189 lbs., but that was as close as it got.

Hudson knocked off number two seed Decatur 39-33 in their semifinal contest.

The Hornets only surrendered their lead once briefly, 10-7 in the semis against Manchester before quickly pulling away.

As a team, the Hornets finished the season with a 29-1 record, their only loss coming to Division 3 champion Richmond.

Complete match results are as follows.

SEMIFINALS

New Lothrop (NL) 38, Manchester (M) 22

285 – David Robertson (NL) 5-0 dec. Stevie Suliman (M); 103 – Tommy Malloy (NL) 14-1 major dec. Blake Belaire (M): 112 – Brendan Abrigo (M) p. :52 Aubrey Stone (NL): 119 – Ethan Woods (M) 11-3 major dec. Connor Krupp (NL); 125 – Dalton Birchmeier (NL) 19-3 tech. fall Miquel Grammatico (M): 130 – Cole Hersch (NL) p. :49 Matt Smith (M); 135 – Nick Dettling (M) 14-7 dec. Gabe Bennett (NL); 140 – Steven Garza II (NL) 11-3 major dec. Brock Vlcek (M); 145 – Trevor Copes (NL) 6-0 dec. Corey Johnson (M); 152 – Erik Birchmeier (NL) 9-3 dec. Garrick Ockerman (M): 160 – Matt Cuevas (M) 8-6 dec. Johnny Robinson (NL); 171 – Trevor Humphrey (M) p. 1:49 Cole Wendling (NL); 189 – Caleb Symons (NL) 17-3 major dec. Hunter Carson (M); 215 – Brandon Henige (NL) p. 3:58 Conner Paul (M).

FINALS

New Lothrop (NL) 38, Hudson (H) 24

119 – Tyler Roberts (H) p. :25 Austin Birchmeier (NL); 125 – Roddy Hamdan (H) 8-2 dec. Dalton Birchmeier (NL); 130 – Cole Hersch (NL) p. 1:05 Chris Wollet (H): 135 – Gabe Bennett (NL) 7-6 dec. Michael Prock (H); 140 – Steven Garza II (NL) 13-4 major dec. Mason Lopinski (H); 145 – Trevor Copes (NL) p. 1:38 Nick Welch (H); 152 – Kyle Johnson (H) p. 2:18 Zach Hall (NL); 160 – Erik Birchmeier (NL) 6-2 dec. Clayton Brockway (H); 171 – Tylor Grames (H) 11-8 dec. Johnny Robinson (NL): 189 – Mitch Ely (H) 4-1 dec. Joe Fisher (NL); 215 – Caleb Symons (NL) won by forfeit; 285 – David Robertson (NL) p. :42 Emanuel Holder (H): 103 – Tommy Malloy (NL) 16-6 major dec. Dylan Leathers (H); 112 – Zak Lopinski (H) 4-2 OT dec. Connor Krupp (NL).

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