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Richmond wrestlers win 13th straight district championship

Posted Thursday, February 11, 2010 by JASON ALEXANDER

ARMADA — Richmond couldn’t have had a more dominant start to the beginning of its postseason quest to win a Division 3 state title.


Well, maybe one more victory.


The Blue Devils lost just one match Thursday en route to their 13th straight district championship.


Richmond defeated Croswell-Lexington in the final, 76-3, after routing Armada in the semifinal, 83-0.


The Pioneers defeated Yale in the other semifinal, 37-22.


“Our goal is to win state, and that’s it,” senior 125-pounder Grant Hafner said. “There is nothing else we are looking for.”


Richmond, ranked No. 2 in Division 3, advances to the Montrose regional and faces the winner of the Otisville-LakeVille district.


The bracket also includes the district winners from Chesaning and Capac.


“Now these guys see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Richmond Coach Brandon Day said. “Sometimes in December and January, they go, ‘Here we go again.’”


Richmond (43-4) made it to the state quarterfinals a season ago before losing to Dundee.


The Blue Devils also won their sixth straight Blue Water Area Conference championship last week.


On Thursday, they dominated and at one point earned 25 straight wins.


“They are getting stingy about giving up points,” Day said. “I’m real happy with their performance.”


Beau Barton (152), Robert Clancy (171) each earned two victories via pins. Austin Cattara (103), Brandon Pawlak (125), Hafner (130), Patrick Baruth (135), Preston Treend (140-145) and Roger Crump (160-171) all had two wins.


Cros-Lex’s Bryce Quinn (189) was the lone wrestler to earn a victory against the Blue Devils. He won a 10-4 decision against John Gaffney in the third-to-last match of the night.


“We were happy to get past Yale and happy no one got hurt against Richmond,” Cros-Lex Coach Joe Lilly said. “We knew they’d be tough.”


The Blue Devils are eager to continue their quest.


“We have improvements to make. There are always things we can clean up, but we wrestle pretty decent,” Hafner said.

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