Prep wrestling: Holt earns 21st title in row

Prep wrestling: Holt earns 21st title in row

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Prep wrestling: Holt earns 21st title in row

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Holt bested Grand Ledge for the third time in eight days with a 39-24 win in the team district final on Wednesday.

Holt, which also beat Grand Ledge in the season finale a week ago and in the CAAC Blue tournament on Staurday, earned its 21st consecutive team district title and 32nd in 43 years.

The Rams, who had to rely on a victory in the final five seconds of their match at Grand Ledge seven days earlier, won in a more convincing fashion on Wednesday because of a lineup adjustment that created more favorable matchups.

“This weekend at our league meet we finally got everyone down to their right weights,” coach Rocky Shaft said. “So we decided to go straight up and see what happens, and good things happened.”

The Rams moved Dominick Trevino, Marco Reyes and AJ Presley down a class and then inserted Adam Turner at the end into the 160-pound slot. All four got victories with Trevino and Presley getting pins in their matches.

Holt won that stretch between 140 and 160 pounds by a score of 14-4 last Wednesday, but with the lineup adjustment, the Rams won that same stretch 20-0 in the district final.

As Turner earned a 10-2 victory at the end of that key stretch, Holt clinched the district title with a 27-point lead (36-9) and only 24 possible points left.

“It feels great. It’s my senior year, and we beat Grand Ledge three times,” said Trevino, who wrestled at 140 pounds. “It just feels awesome.”

As Holt hoisted the district championship trophy, Grand Ledge coach Steve Delaney stopped his team as they headed to the locker room and had them watch Holt’s celebration. The Comets return all but two wrestlers next year.

“I want them to feel that, so it can motivate them into the postseason and into the offseason,” Delaney said. “They know we can do really good things if we put the work into it, so I wanted them to see that and I want it to burn a little bit.”

The Rams advance to a Division 1 team regional semifinal on Wednesday at Everett against the winner of the Battle Creek Lakeview district.

Shaft said matchups will determine how far the team goes.

“They had a nice night tonight but in wrestling it all comes down to how you match up,” Shaft said.

“We have some solid kids that we can move around and take advantage of some of those situations, but it’s really about matchups.”

Trevino, however, was more direct with his answer to how far his team can go.

“We’re going to state,” Trevino said. “That’s our goal, we’re going to state.”

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