The St. Johns wrestling team emerged victorious again in the CAAC Red, winning the conference tournament as the host school on Saturday.
The Redwings finished with 318 total points. DeWitt was second with 286.
Fowlerville, Owosso, Ionia and Haslett rounded out the rest of the league meet in that order.
“I thought the team wrestled well. We were going out there to have fun and wrestle the best that we can and putting the least amount of pressure on us,” St. Johns coach Derek Phillips said. “I think the kids did a real good job of competing hard and we had some good wins by some individuals.”
Ian Parker (112 pounds), Lucas McFarland (119), Zac Hall (140), Mark Bozzo (145), Logan Massa (160), Angus Arthur (189), Ty Wildmo (215) and Nic Sturgis (285) all won five matches to go through the day undefeated for the Redwings, who will begin the chase for their fifth consecutive Division 2 state championship at districts in Owosso next weekend.
“Now it’s like a new season starts,” Phillips said. “These tough matchups help prepare us for districts, regionals and states. We’ve had a pretty tough schedule up to this point, but I think we’re peaking at the right time and everyone in the lineup is getting better and better.
“I think we’re wrestling the best we have all year.”
Aaron Young (130 pounds), Kameron Melton (135) and Gabe Larner (152) all went unbeaten in five matches for the Panthers.
Kyle Roberts and Mason Litz went 5-0 for Fowlerville at 125 and 171 pounds, respectively. Dalton Roberts was also 5-0 at 103 pounds for the Gladiators.