2018-01-07 / Sports

Tribe grapplers compete at Freeland

FREELAND – Chesaning’s varsity wrestlers competed in the 54th annual Freeland Invitational on Thursday, Dec. 28. The Indians placed eighth out of 12 schools.

Shepherd led the field with 160 points. Caro was second with 134. Sanford Meridian was third with 123. Midland was fourth with 116. Garber was fifth with 111. Bay City Western was sixth with 108. Grayling was seventh with 106. Chesaning was eighth with 97 points.

Sophomore Jordan Rodriguez led the Tribe, finishing first at 112 lbs, with a 12-7 decision over Caleb Cline of Shepherd in the finals.

Dawson Giesken took second at 119 lbs. following a tough 13-6 loss to Mateo Diaz of Midland in the finals.

Colton Juliet also finished second with a loss to Lance Clark in the finals. Juliet was also awarded the Denny Getz award for outstanding wrestling and overcoming adversity.

“Having three athletes make the finals is a great accomplishment because this is a really tough tournament,” said Chesaning coach Jeremy Reiber. “Jordan and Dawson are two of the hardest workers on the team, and their efforts are definitely paying off. They both wrestled at the top of their game today.”

Reiber continued, “The big surprise for us was sixth seed Colton Juliet winning three matches in a row, including a 3:16 pin over the number three seed Berkeley Rooker of Pinconning in the quarters, and a huge 5:35 pin over the number two seed Nolan Van Loo of Freeland in the semifinal match-up.”

Jake Stevenson finished fifth for the Indians in his weight class. Also winning matches on the day were Nick Vargas, Shelbi Daniels and newcomer Jordan Goward.

On Saturday, Dec. 16, the Indians went 3-2 at the Frankenmuth team tournament, good for fourth place. They defeated Flint 60-14, Millington 39-33, and Frankemuth 45-30. The Tribe lost to Ovid-Elsie 37-33 and to Clio 38-26.

“We had a good day considering we are giving up four weight classes and still earned three wins,” Reiber said.

Juliet went 5-0 on the day. Rodriguez, Vargas, Stevenson and Quaid Wilkins each went 4-1. Giesken, Jaden Aguado and Angelica Escamilla each won three matches. Nate Martin, Ben Albosta and Daniels added two wins apiece.

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