2018-02-08 / Sports

Cardinals win SVL

By Austin VanDaele
810-452-2655 • avandaele@mihomepaper.com


Davison’s Marc Schaffer grabs hold of his Lapeer opponent during a meet on Jan. 17. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Davison’s Marc Schaffer grabs hold of his Lapeer opponent during a meet on Jan. 17. Photo by Austin VanDaele DAVISON – The Davison wrestling team was dominant winning its 21st team league championship during the Saginaw Valley League finals on Saturday.

Multiple wrestlers finished first in their respective weight divisions, beginning with Andrew Chambal at 112. Chambal started his day with a bye in both the first and second rounds before defeating Lapeer’s Gage Houghtaling by a 6-2 decision in the semifinals. He then defeated Flint Powers by fall at 1:23 to secure first.

At 130, James Johnston picked up a first-place finish after starting his day with a bye in the first round. Johnston then defeated Saginaw Heritage by fall at 1:25 and Arthur Hill by fall at 1:51 to move to the championship match, where he defeated Bay City Western by a 6-1 decision.

At 135, Marc Schaffer was also first and began his day with a first-round bye. Schaffer went on to defeat Bay City Central by technical fall, Arthur Hill by fall at 1:56 and Mt. Pleasant by fall at 0:51 for the win.

Brian Case at 152 finished first and started his run with a double bye. Case then defeated Bay City Central by fall at 1:22 and Midland Dow by a 3-1 decision to take home first. At 171, Cal Stefanko placed first, beginning his day with a first-round bye. Stefanko then defeated Mt. Pleasant by fall at :19 and Carman- Ainsworth’s Jordan Edwards by fall at 1:47 to move on to the finals, where a 13-6 decision gave him the win over Midland.

At 189, Trevor McGowan picked up a first-place finish. McGowan had a firstround bye and then defeated Bay City Western by fall at :48. He then defeated Mt. Pleasant by a 19-2 technical fall in the semifinals before defeating Bay City Central by a 10-8 decision for first.

At 285, Aaron Gilmore was crowned champion. Gilmore had a bye in the first round and then defeated Powers by fall at :36. In the semifinals, Gilmore defeated Bay City Western by a 24-9 technical fall before defeating Flint by fall at 2:31 to secure first.

Finishing in second on the day was Steven Garty at 119, who had a firstround bye before defeating Midland Dow by fall at :32. Garty then defeated Lapeer’s Gavin Monschau by fall at 1:31 before losing to Midland by fall in the championship match.

Both Raymond Cole at 140 and Travis Eads at 215 finished third on the day. Cole began his day with a bye before defeating Midland by a 19-4 technical fall. He then lost to Bay City Western by decision and went on to defeat Lapeer’s Kyle Fenner by a 12-7 decision in the third-place match. Eads also had a first-round bye that was then followed with a 9-8 decision win over Flint. In the semifinals, Eads dropped a match to Heritage by fall to place him in the third-place match, where he defeated Carman-Ainsworth’s Nathan Taylor by a 7-4 decision.

At 103, McKal Hankerd placed fifth after losing his lone match of the day to Bay City Western by an 8-5 decision. Also in fifth was Landon Kish at 145, who had a firstround bye before losing by a 3-2 decision to Carman-Ainsworth’s Mykah Lewis in the second round. Kish had back-to-back byes in the consolation bracket before defeating Bay City John Glenn by fall at 2:48 in the fifth-place match.

Tyler Jelinek at 160 finished in fifth place after a first-round bye and a loss to Carman-Ainsworth’s Dominique Horton by fall. In the consolation bracket, Jelinek had a pair of byes before defeating Mt. Pleasant by a 10-1 major decision.

At 125, Colby Tucker was sixth and began his day with a bye in the first round. Tucker then lost to Nathan Peterson of Carman-Ainsworth before having another bye in the consolation bracket. He went on to defeat Bay City Western by a 7-2 decision, but lost to Saginaw Heritage by fall in the fifth-place match.

TEAM DISRICTS: Davison hosted the Div. 1 team district tournament on Wednesday after press deadlines. The Cardinals took on Lapeer while Grand Blanc and Swartz Creek faced off in the other dual. The winner of the district will move on to face the winner of the Carman-Ainsworth district in the regional round on Wednesday, February 14. The Carman-Ainsworth district includes Saginaw Arthur Hill, Saginaw Heritage, Carman-Ainsworth and Flushing. Davison is the only state-ranked team included in either district, according to MHSAA.com, sitting at No. 5 in Div. 1.

INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS: On Saturday, the Cardinals will compete in their individual district tournament at Bay City Western. Davison will be joined by host Bay City Western, Carman-Ainsworth, Flushing, Grand Blanc, Lapeer, Midland, Midland Dow, Saginaw Arthur Hill, Saginaw Heritage, Swartz Creek, Traverse City Central and Traverse City West.

Davison is the only state-ranked team in the listed field, though Flushing’s Ben Cushman will be looking for a repeat of a state championship last season, winning at 215 a year ago and currently ranked first at 189 this season. Bay City Western’s Victor Schoenherr is also state-ranked, coming in at fourth at 145 after placing third overall in the state tournament at 135 last season.

The Cardinals have a number of favorites that will look to make a deep run in the individual state tournament, including Chambal at 103, who finished third in the state last season and is currently ranked first among wrestlers at 103 with a record of 21-1, according to trackwrestling.com.

Case at 152 will also be looking for a deep run, currently boasting a record of 28-5 as the second-ranked wrestler in his division. Meanwhile, A.J. Facundo at 130 (6-1) and Alex Facundo at 145 (19-0) are both listed as the second-ranked state wrestlers in their respective divisions, but it is unclear if they will compete as neither competed at the recent Saginaw Valley League championships.

The Cardinals will have many other wrestlers looking to make deep runs as Garty at 119 (23-5), Jaron Wilson at 125 (15-9), Schaeffer at 145 (24-5), Jay Nivison at 152 (20-4), Stefanko at 171 (27-1), McGowan at 189 (23-6) and Gilmore at 285 (24-5), among many others, will look to make an impact.

The top four wrestlers in each division will move on to the regional round next Saturday, February 17, to face the champions from the Troy district. The individual finals will be held March 2-3 at Ford Field in Detroit while the team finals are slated for February 23-24 at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo.

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