Grand Haven sophomore Camden Bertucci saw his dreams of a state title in the 112-pound weight class come to a disappointing end during the semifinals of the Division 1 individual state finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday.
Bertucci, who was a runner-up last year as a freshman, was pinned by Westland John Glen’s Kyle Gillies in the second period.
Gillies is undefeated on the season at 55-0 while Bertucci is now 42-2. He will attempt to work his way through the consolation bracket today with a chance to place as high as third.
Dakota Juarez also came up short in his quest for an individual state title as he suffered his first loss of the season on Friday. The Buccaneer junior dropped an 11-4 decision to Jordan Cooks of Davison in the semifinals at 160 pounds.
Juarez, now 43-1, begins action today in the semifinals of the consolation bracket.
Connor Moynihan lost his first match of the day on Friday, suffering an 11-8 loss to Tyler Wildmo of Davison. Moynihan, now 39-3, bounced back to beat Tyler Petrone of Roseville and will wrestle against Shane Shadaia of Rochester in the consolation bracket today.
Bucs’ senior Matthew Mulcahy also lost his opening match on Friday as he was beaten 5-0 by Brandon Sunday of Temperance Bedford.
Mulcahy then lost to Warren DeLaSalle’s Joe Schudt, 5-4, in the consolation round, ending his run at the state tournament.
Sophomore Antonio Reyes is also out of the tournament after losing his first two matches. He was defeated 9-3 by Drew Martin of Sterling Heights on Friday.
BELCHER MOVES ON
Spring Lake senior Billy Belcher lost his first match on Friday as Tecumseh’s Joe Rebottaro edged the Lakers’ heavyweight 2-1 in overtime.
That dropped Belcher into the consolation bracket, where he pinned Zaid Abdellatif of Ypsilanti. Belcher (44-3) will face Jon Kratovich of Allegan today in the consolation round.
Fellow Laker Shane Skorupski (27-21) lost both of his matches at the finals, including suffering a 5-0 setback to Bay City Western’s Jacob Alarie today.
TROJANS’ WRESTLERS BOW OUT
All four of Fruitport’s state qualifiers have bowed out of the Division 2 tournament.
The lone first-round winner, 152-pounder Austin Fialek, lost his opening match on Friday, suffering a 2-1 loss to Jordan Tarrence of Flint Kearsley. Fialek then lost to Gunner Harrison of Stevensville Lakeshore, 7-3.
Fruitport’s Collin Butler bounced back from his loss on Thursday to score a 13-0 major decision over Trenton’s Vince Bartaway on Friday. Butler then lost to Dillon Ellsworth of Lapeer East, 2-1.
Fruitport’s Alex Foster lost both of his matches at 125 pounds, as did Tommy Martinez at 130.