Lansing wrestlers scored three victories on the mat but Tioga collected six forfeit victories and rolled to a 69-17 victory against the Bobcats in Interscholastic Athletic Conference action Monday night at Lansing High.
Prior to the match, Lansing alumna Kyle Dake was honored for his career achievements at both Lansing and Cornell University, where he won four national championships in an unprecedented four weight classes. He is a volunteer assistant at Cornell while training for the 2016 Olympics.
The school hung a banner, which was unveiled before Monday’s dual, with Dake’s career highlights listed on it. He was also a two-time state champion and three-time high school national champ while at Lansing.
“It’s pretty awesome, just because Lansing’s the only place I’ve really ever known,” Dake said on Monday prior to the ceremony. “I grew up there, lived in the same house my entire life, went to the same school system and then even going to Cornell, I’m still very much connected to the Lansing community. I’ve always had really good relationships with all the teachers and staff at Lansing, and for them to honor me for my accomplishments so far is pretty amazing.”
Tioga took over the show after the ceremony, although Hunter Obinski (106 pounds) scored a 89-second pin of the Tigers’ Max Johnson to give the home team a brief 6-3 lead. Tioga got two pins and a forfeit victory in the next three matches, and outscored Lansing 36-0 over the last six matches with five forfeits and a pin.
Lansing’s other winners were Greg Lee at 132 and William Koll at 145. Both were bonus-point wins, Lee pinning Tioga’s Tyler Chilson in 5 minutes and Koll — a two-time state champion — stopping Zachary Blayda by technical fall in 3:04 (19-3).