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January 9, 2010

Posted Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Paul Costanzo
January 9, 2010

Costanzo: Classic sure to boast good storylines

The Blue Water Classic makes things easy for me.

It's not often that we get a chance to see some of the best in any sport compete against each other one-on-one, but this mix of Macomb Area Conference and Blue Water Area Conference teams is perfect way for me to see exactly how our wrestlers stack up.

It's not everybody, but it's at least a pretty good sample size.

Here are some things to look out for if you make your way to Port Huron Northern today (tournament starts at
9 a.m. and should run into the early evening).


  • The team race. This might sound obvious, but it could be interesting today. Northern probably is the favorite with a nice combination of depth and guys who should finish near the top of their classes. The one hurdle Northern could run into is that its top four wrestlers all are in tough weight classes (more on that in a little bit). If their big guns don't win, it will be a true test of their depth.


    Capac always is deep, and like Northern, has some kids near the top, and they just so happen to be in the same weight classes.

    But watch out for Richmond, which is bringing most of its 'B' team, but a few 'A' team wrestlers who likely will make some noise. The Blue Devils are capable of winning this thing.


  • The 189-pound weight class. This should be the top class at the tournament, as it features three local wrestlers who are ranked in their division by Michigan Grappler.


    Tom Bolday of Capac probably is the favorite, as he's ranked No. 2 in Division 3, and already has a win against Northern's Austin Pickering this season. But Pickering is capable of getting even in his home gym.

    Let's not forget about Yale's Mike Tyranski, who could also make a little noise in that division, and likely will see Pickering in the semifinals.


  • The 125-pound final. This could give us the best single matchup of the day in Northern's Camden Sebring vs. Richmond's Justin Russo. Sebring is the Macomb County Tournament champion, and coming off an all-state finish a year ago, has had a great start to the season.


    Russo, meanwhile, has given some of the top wrestlers in his weight class (Chris Rau of Dundee and Chris Thiele of Swan Valley) some very tough matches. A sleeper in this weight class, however, could be Capac's Gideon Gaiter.


  • The 135-pound final. Northern's Spencer Olson and Richmond's Preston Treend should make for a heck of a match if it comes down to that. Both looked to be super motivated in the offseason, and I'd expect this match to go right down to the end.


    Top 5 Individuals

    1. Brian Henke, Richmond

    2. Josh Rivard, Richmond

    3. Tom Bolday, Capac

    4. Roger Crump, Richmond

    5. Camden Sebring, Port Huron Northern

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