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ANALYSIS: Richmond regional offers great wrestling

Posted Sunday, February 21, 2010 by Times Herald

Some of the best wrestlers Division 3 -- and the state, for that matter -- has to offer will be at Richmond today for the individual regional.

Between the host Blue Devils, Swan Valley, Midland Bullock Creek and Caro, there will be several wrestlers on hand expected to place high in the state tournament. If they can survive the weekend, that is.

The most difficult weight might be 125 pounds, as both districts bring some heavy hitters.

Richmond's Justin Russo was a district champion but will have to get through Swan Valley's Chris Theile (one of his four losses on the season) to win a regional. But those two are no sure bet to make the finals.

Russo would have to get through either his teammate Casey Martin or Hemlock's Justin Tomasek in the semifinals first, while Theile has to deal with a defending state champion, Cody Wray of Montrose, or Bullock Creek's Derek Camilleri. The four wrestlers who survive this region will definitely be favored to place at The Palace.

The 145-pound class isn't much easier, if at all. Richmond's Brian Henke is probably the favorite, but Caro's Travis Jaster is also highly ranked. He beat Swan Valley's Matt Beebe in the district final, another highly ranked wrestler.

While Henke and Capac's Brian Kulman were the class of the Richmond district in the weight class, they'll both face tough competition in the first round as well. Henke gets Caro's Mike Daniel, who has just six losses on the year.

There are also some chances for local wrestlers to prove themselves in a big way.

At 119 pounds, Josh Rivard could get a chance at Swan Valley's B.J. Suitor, a three-time state champion. Suitor has already tasted defeat this year at the hands of a Blue Devil (Martin).

The wrestler with the most to gain is Richmond's Preston Treend, who could see Bullock Creek's Ryen Nieman in the finals at 135. Nieman has arguably been the most impressive wrestler in the state during the past two years.

On a personal level, Yale's Steve Lams can avenge his only loss of the season at 285 pounds if he meets Caro's Tyler Millerov in the finals.

While there are plenty of talented wrestlers coming in, let's also not forget about one truly entertaining rivalry that's right in our back yard. Yale's Mike Tyranski and Capac's Tom Bolday could very well meet in the finals at 189 again. If so, we're all in for another treat.

Individual Top 10

1. Brian Henke, Richmond; 2. Steve Lams, Yale; 3. Austin Pickering, Port Huron Northern; 4. Camden Sebring, Port Huron Northern; 5. Justin Russo, Richmond; 6. Roger Crump, Richmond; 7. Preston Treend, Richmond; 8. Stephen Ireland, Richmond; 9. Mike Tyranski, Yale; 10. Dominic Cattera, Richmond.

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