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Devils dominate at district

Posted Sunday, February 14, 2010 by Paul Costanzo
RICHMOND -- Richmond's wrestling team has been dominant all season.
But its best wrestling may still be on the horizon.

The Blue Devils continued a dominant district week on Saturday with 10 district champions, 12 finalists and all 14 wrestlers qualifying for the regional, which will be held Feb. 20 at Richmond.

"We're definitely peaking at the right time -- our coaches are doing a good job of that," said junior Dakota Boldrey, who won the 171-pound title. "It comes from all of our coaching, and it's not just in the room; it's in the classroom and outside of school as well."

The lowest any Richmond wrestler finished was third on the day, as the team only suffered two losses that didn't come at the hands of a teammate.

Stephen Ireland (103), Dominic Cattera (112), Josh Rivard (119), Justin Russo (125), Patrick Baruth (130), Preston Treend (135), Brian Henke (145), Adrian Morang (152) and Roger Crump (160) all joined Boldrey atop the medal stand. The 10 champions is a school record.

"The kids performed really well," Richmond co-coach Brandon Day said. "The kids are just wrestling good right now, I'm happy for all of them.

Yale had two champions, as Mike Tyranski (189) and Steve Lams (285) each came out on top.

Lams, who is now 45-1 on the season, dominated his weight class, defeating Birch Run's Trevor Timmreck 12-3 in the final after pinning his first two opponents on the day.

Tyranski defeated Capac's Tom Bolday in a thrilling 189-pound final. Tyranski got a takedown in the final seconds of the match to win 3-1. It's his second straight win over Bolday after dropping the first two meetings.

"I saw there were 11 seconds on the clock and I didn't want overtime," Tyranski said. "He's beaten me twice this year, so I had something to prove.

"My double-leg is my favorite; it's my No. 1, so I just went for it. Every muscle I had in me was just (focused on the takedown).'"

Almont's Kevin Creger won at 140 pounds, defeating Imlay City's James Newton 4-3 in the finals.

Birch Run's Aaron Brown was the other champion, winning the 215-pound weight class with a pin against Richmond's Greg Sebastian.

Dustin Pitcel also took second for Richmond, losing to Cattera in the 112-pound final, 7-2.

Casey Martin (125) and Garett Edwards (119) also qualified for Richmond, each taking third.

Russo might have scored the biggest win of the meet, knocking off Montrose's Cody Wray, who is a returning state champion. Wray entered the match undefeated, but Russo took control early on and left little doubt throughout the match in a 7-2 win.

"It feels great," Russo said. "It sends a statement that I'm coming to win (the state title)."

Said Day: "It's great for his confidence. Justin is the kind of kid, like Roger Crump, that grew up in Richmond his whole life, went through our middle school program -- I don't know if he ever won a middle school (Blue Water Area Conference) tournament, but he just kept working and working. His confidence has taken that next step. I'm happy for him."

Ireland knocked off fifth-ranked Josh Hobson of Birch Run in overtime, 8-6. Ireland improved to 20-0 on the year with the win.

Rivard had a dominant day at 119, pinning his first two opponents before defeating Birch Run's Corey Trijo 10-1 in the final.

Baruth was also impressive, winning 12-6 in the final over Chesaning's Josh Tithof, despite giving up two early takedowns and falling behind 4-1.

"Coach always taught us not to give up early," Baruth said. "The low single on my right leg, I just couldn't stop it (early on).

"I lost last year to my own teammate, so I wanted to come back and show them I could do it."

Treend defeated Imlay City's Sam Lyscas for the second straight week. Treend, who handed Lyscas his first loss of the season at the BWAC tournament, won 4-2, giving Lyscas his second loss.

Henke improved to 39-0 on the season, cruising through the competition by pinning his first two opponents and defeating Capac's Brian Kulman 16-1 in the final.

Morang received an injury default in the finals from Montrose's Jake Freeman.

Crump, a returning state runner-up, knocked off Imlay City's Matt Myers 13-4 in the finals.

Boldrey defeated Montrose's Trevor Atwell 13-7 in his final.

"Last year, I was really, really bad -- I had a .500 record," Boldrey said. "I just put in all the work. It makes me feel like I can actually do something with all the work I put in over the summer."

Capac had six regional qualifiers, as Ed Niemi (third at 171), Chris Bly (fourth at 215), Pat White (third at 285), and Dan Cornish (third at 135) will join Kulman and Bolday at the regional.

Croswell-Lexington was able to get two wrestlers through, as Bryce Quinn (third at 215) and Cody Dobson (fourth at 103) each qualified. Both are underclassmen.

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