Nino Bastianelli had one heck of a week on the wrestling mats for Marysville.
On Wednesday the senor earned a pair of pins to help the Vikings retain the Blue Water Belt. Over the weekend he one-upped that performance at the Grandville Challenge, going 4-0 with two pins, a major decision and a tech fall.
Doing all of that to earn Times Herald Athlete of the Week honors was impressive, but what’s even more intriguing than all of his wins? The fact that he’s done it in the 171 pound weight class – a 30 pound jump from where he was last year.
“I’m pretty happy with how things are coming along this season,” Bastianelli said. “But I still have some work to do.”
The Vikings as a whole unit are performing well so far this season, highlighted by taking third place at Grandville ahead of Bay City Western – Division 1’s No. 10-ranked team.
“We’re pretty excited with how the season has started off,” Bastianelli said. “But we are keeping it one match at a time.”
The winning is nothing new to Bastianelli, who has ended his season with All-State status the last three years. It’s just the different weight that’s new, and so far it looks like he’s taking that in stride to start his final high school season.
“It’s just a matter of him just getting used to the weight class and we expect a little bit better and better every day,” Marysville head coach Rocky Palazzolo said. “And that’s been the case.”
Algonac rolls in Marlette
On Saturday at the Marlette Team Tournament, it was the Muskrats that took the title after going 5-0 with a combined score of 299-105 over the day.
Four Muskrats went 5-0 on the day in Jason Perez, Drake Hiltunen, Mark Langewicz and Casey Pruitt – who earned tournament MVP. James Ladd, Jack Jewell and Robert Jewell also went 4-0 on the day for Algonac.
Capac wins three matches in tourney
Capac went 3-2 in the Capac Team Tournament, defeating Memphis, Notre Dame Prep and West Bloomfield.
Justin Lee and Anthony Trudo both shined for the Chiefs as they both went 5-0. Omar Canelo also came up big for Capac, picking up four wins on the day.