Five area wrestlers win finals opener

A pair of Buccaneers won their opening match at the Division 1 individual wrestling state finals on Thursday.
Tribune Staff
Feb 28, 2014

Dakota Juarez remained unbeaten on the season with a 15-5 major decision over Zach Carter of Waterford Kettering. Juarez, now 40-0, meets Aaron Wells of Sterling Heights Utica Ford today.

At heavyweight, Chase VanHoef won over Ali Wahab of Dearborn Heights Crestwood, 8-3. Now 36-5 on the year, VanHoef will meet Zach Wood of Oxford today.

The Buccaneers’ Aaron Cummings lost his opening match to Brednen McRill of Davidson, 10-9, at 152 pounds.

Cummings now takes on Tristen Szajna of Clinton Township Chippewa Valley in the consolation round.

In the Division 2 tournament, the Lakers’ Sawyer Smith won via an injury default over Max Wardell of Ortonville Brandon.

Smith, now 34-2 on the year, will meet Tobias Barnes of Romulus Summit Academy North (55-1) in today’s quarterfinal round.

Teammate George Nietering came up short in his opening-round match, suffering a 13-4 major decision to Garrett Kaercher of Warren-Lincoln.

Nietering (34-10) will attempt to rally through the consolation bracket, beginning with today’s match against Dustin Vires of Edwardsburg.

The Trojans sent six wrestlers to the individual finals, and two of them came away with opening-round victories.

Fruitport’s heavyweights went 1-1, with Chris Hendricks scoring a 7-0 win over Jacob Gnegy of St. Joseph. Teammate Kylan Sherman was pinned by Dauson Petty of Ogemaw Heights in the opening round.

Hendricks, now 43-1 on the year, will meet Michael Abouya of Warren-Lincoln today, while Sherman (10-6) will take on Jeff Henderson of New Boston Huron.

Austin Fialek won his opening match at 152 pounds, scoring a 6-2 decision over Dustin Clapp of Stevensville Lakeshore. Fialek, now 46-3, advances to meet Mike Willits of Madison Heights Lamphere (24-1) today.

Brothers Cameron and Collin Butler both suffered disappointing opening-round losses.

Wrestling at 112 pounds, Cameron Butler was pinned by undefeated Ian Parker of St. Joseph. Butler (32-10) had a consolation-round bye and will learn his next opponent today.

At 145 pounds, Collin Butler came up a point short in a 4-3 loss to Steven Kymes of Sault Ste. Marie. Now 42-4 on the year, Butler will meet Niles’ Quintin Smith today.

Tommy Martinez entered the finals with high hopes, but he suffered a 10-6 loss to Theodore Lossing of Rico in the opening round. Martinez (40-5) will meet Shawn Lindsey of Warren-Lincoln today.

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