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Devils, Tars advance to quarters

Posted Thursday, February 18, 2010 by The Times Herald

Richmond stormed through the Division 3 regional at Montrose on Wednesday night, earning its second straight trip to the state quarterfinals.

The No. 2 Blue Devils defeated No. 8 Capac 56-13 in the finals after beating Otisville Lakeville 60-7 in the semifinals.

Capac beat No. 9 Birch Run 33-24 in the other semifinal.

"Coach (Brandon) Day said, 'I just want it to be over,' before it started," said George Hamblin, who co-coaches the Devils with Day. "We used our depth to our advantage."

Austin Cattera (103), Sean Clancy (135, 140) and Roger Crump (171) were the only Devils to get two matches, each winning both.

Nate Henke, Mike Davis, Brandon Pawlak, Grant Hafner, Pat Baruth, Beau Barton, Austin Kratt, Robert Clancy, Ryan Peltier, Dustin Pitcel, Garett Edwards, Justin Russo, Casey Martin, Preston Treend, Brian Henke, Adrian Morang and Dakota Boldrey all picked up one win.

"There's no logical reason for us not to be the second seed (at state)," Hamblin said. "We've had a great year, but we still have work to do."

Brian Kulman (145, 152), Tom Bolday (215) and Pat White (285) each won twice for Capac.

Anchor Bay is headed to the Division 1 state quarterfinals for the first time since 2006. The Tars defeated Roseville 34-31 and L'Anse Creuse 46-22 in the final.

"We came up big. That's not bad when it's supposed to be a rebuilding year," Tars Coach Jim Morisette said. "I have one of the greatest coaching staffs ever put together. I'm lucky that (assistant Al Biland) was so positive these past three weeks with all the injuries we had."

Dave VanOverbeke (285), Eric Rybarz (103), Ben Donovan (125), John Yank (130, 135), Larry Rybarz (140) and Steve Sattler (152) each won twice for the Tars.

Anchor Bay and Richmond will learn their opponents at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Algonac lost to Grosse Ille 47-30 in the Division 3 regional at Dundee. The host Vikings defeated Grosse Ille in the finals.

John Hintzman (160), Mickey Devlin (171), John Thielk (189) and Zach Lowes (135) each won by pin for Algonac (9-10).

"With the youth I have on my team, over half my guys are freshmen and sophomores," Algonac Coach Jim Baker said. "I'm really proud of this group and very optimistic for the future."

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