The South Lyon Matcats wrestling club was all over the place last week, winning a dual and bringing home medals from several different tournaments.
Things started Feb. 4 with a dual meet against the Pinckney club. The Matcats went on to win, 45-18.
“We had some really big wins from many of our first-year wrestlers,” coach Steve Richardson said. “The kids and parents really enjoyed the dual meet atmosphere.”
Special for Richardson was having a former Matcats wrestler, Noah Etnyre, as the referee.
“Noah is one of our veteran wrestlers whose been with us for six years,” Richardson said. “He is a consistent state qualifier, one of our best wrestlers and a real leader and friend to every Matcat.
“Noah has taken the year off of competition to recover from an unrelated injury. He did an outstanding job at officiating our dual meet. I hope he doesn’t get comfortable in this role; we expect him back in full force next season.”
The Matcats sent a few wrestlers to Sanford for a tournament.
“This was a big tournament, with some really tough competition,” Richardson said. “Our boys brought it and we came home with some well-deserved medals.”
Ryan Henderson finished first and Travis Richardson was runner-up. Placing third were Ryan Chanko and Easton Hardesty.
Also Saturday, Simeon Mardossian traveled to Cleveland to compete in Ohio’s last regular tournament of the season. He missed placing by one point.
The majority of the Matcats traveled to Dexter, a tournament featuring more than 700 wrestlers.
“The Matcats again took top points, placers, pins and wins,” Richardson said. “We’re winding down the regular season and it’s nice to see so many of our kids competing at such a high level.”
In the Novice Division, first-place finishers were Wyatt Lees, Nathan Radley, Brady Mathews, Ben Radley, William Shaeffer and Andrew Slevin.
Runners-up were Aiden Garcia, Marc Evangelista, Luke Whitehouse, Hunter Oliver and Hunter Parvu.
Placing third were Jack McHugh, Drew Abrams, Max Honiss, Justin Levine and Conner Sprauge.
Evan Rhode and Ben Machesky finished fourth.
In the Open Division, Brandon Oliver, Trent Vella and Sabrina Nauss took top honors.
Beck Yurkounas earned second, Parker Yurkounas third and Bronson Shinkonis fourth.
The Matcats also scrimmaged Sunday with Team Michigan Select.
“Team Michigan Select, Michigan’s national dual meet team for grades 6 and under, requested a joint practice with some of the veteran Matcats this past Sunday,” Richardson said. “This was a high-intensity scrimmage that challenged our Matcats against some of the best wrestlers in the country. The practice was led by the Matcats coaching staff along with USA wrestling coaches and a special guest, Zach Hall, who wrestlers for the University of Michigan.”
Richardson said the practice lasted three hours and was great for both squads.
“The coaches from USA wrestling were so impressed they asked the Matcats for a few more practices like it,” he said. “We’re really honored that this national team wants to work with our team. We are respected for our level of wrestling, but more for our sportsmanship, integrity and hard work.”