The Lakeview wrestling team — ranked No. 9 in the state in Division 1 — had its ‘A’ squad compete in the Brighton Invitational on Saturday and it’s ‘B’ squad battle it out at the Jim Wade Family Classic/Climax-Scotts Invitational.
At the Brighton Invitational, a duals tournament, the Spartans’ Rodney Harvey earned a first-place finish at 189 pounds by going 5-0 and Lakeview was fifth as a team.
Also at Brighton and with 4-1 records for Lakeview were Brandon Williams at 125 pounds, Colin Read at 130, Ross Pennock at 145, Max Pennock at 152, Raunel Packer at 171 and Chaz Meredith at 285.
At Climax-Scotts, Lakeview finished fourth as a squad with 135 points. First was Parchment with 293. Also, locally, the Athens/Climax-Scotts co-op program was fifth with 119 points, Colon was sixth with 97 and Galesburg-Augusta was ninth with 51.
With second-place finishes for Lakeview were Brendan Stevens at 103 pounds (2-1 record) and Grant Anderson at 285 (2-1). With thirds were Brandon Rose at 125 (2-1), Blake Wilson at 130 (3-1) and Caleb Kennedy at 215 (3-1). And, with fourths were Thlung Sum at 112 (2-2) and Eli Reasons at 145 (2-2).
Named outstanding wrestler at C-S, earning the Shawn Armstrong award, was 135-pounder Zach Mobley of Athens/C-S, who placed first in his weight class.
Other local top-four finishers at C-S were by Athens/C-S’s Steve Waring at 112, who was second; Athens/C-S’s Todd Myers at 119, who was second; Colon’s Darrin Abraham at 125, who was fourth; Colon’s Jared Webb and Athens/Climax-Scotts’ Tanner Nixon, who were third and fourth, respectively, at 140; Colon’s David Parrish, who was fourth at 152; Colon’s Jesse Binkley, who was second at 171; G-A’s Taylor McNally, who was second at 189; Colon’s Sam Jarrell, who was fourth at 215; and Athens/Climax-Scotts’ Travis Rupert, who was fourth at 285.
Dan Taylor Memorial at Hillsdale: Harper Creek placed eighth out of 14 teams with 57.5 points in the individual tournament.
Placing third for the Beavers were Mitch Coon (130 pounds, 3-1) and Jacob Bishop (135 pounds, 4-1). Caleb Masten placed fourth (285 pounds, 2-2).
Jackson Parma Western Invitational: Pennfield’s Taylor Brown brought home the title at 112 pounds. Brown defeated the second seed that had a 21-2 record in the semifinals, and then beat a top seed who was a returning state qualifier, 4-2, for the crown.
Also for Pennfield, with seconds were Austin Tuttle at 125, Nick Burnett at 130 and Justin Parker at 189. With fourths were Kurtis Babcock at 103 and Dylan Huff at 119.
Paul Smeltzer Memorial/Union City Invitational: Host Union City finished in second place out of nine schools by winning their pool with victories over Mendon (33-30), Hastings “B” (57-14), Eau Claire (56-12) and Marshall (42-27). Union City lost to Coldwater 43-24 in the finals.
Jared Shepard at 130 pounds and Tyler Howard at 140 both had 5-0 records on the day for the Chargers, with Howard voted the Randy Cooper award for being outstanding wrestler in the 103-140 weight classes. Going 4-1 for Union City were Taylor Howard at 152 and Scott Alwood at 215. And with winning records were Matt Vaccaro at 112, Tristan Banks at 119, Spencer Connell at 145, Justin Jones at 160 and Davis Fettes at 285.
Marshall finished third as a team. The Redhawks beat Eau Claire 69-12, Hastings “B” 42-34, Mendon 40-33 and White Pigeon 42-36; and lost to Union City.
Chris Hall went 5-0 for Marshall at 125 pounds. With 4-1 marks were Madison Hautau at 285, Parker Votava at 130 and Eric Doane at 103. At 3-2 were Kiefer Bartlett at 112, Sebastian Marshall at 145, Jadon Austin at 152, Bobby Owens at 140, Will Mason at 171 and Will Nash at 103.
51st L.H. Lamb Invitational at Hastings: Bronson, ranked No. 4 in Division 4, finished second in the team standings with 193 points; Hastings was first with 200.
Winning weight class titles for the Vikings were Wes Disbro at 112 pounds, Jake Littlefield at 119, Hunter Machus at 125, Khle Scheenks at 130 and Joe Albarran at 140. With a consolation final win for Bronson was Jordan Jimenez at 189.
Bronson 36, (at) Cassopolis 26 (Fri.): Skyler Sobeski led a balanced Bronson attack with eight points. Also for the Vikings, Amberly Bercaw had seven points, six rebounds and three assists; Mallorie Bassage had six points and seven rebounds; and Kelsey Scheenks had six boards.