2018-02-08 / Sports

Flushing wrestling wins Flint Metro League title

By Kylee Richardson
810-452-2632 • krichardson@mihomepaper.com

Flushing’s Jeremy Parker works his Swartz Creek opponent at a meet on Jan. 17. 
Photo by David Roe Flushing’s Jeremy Parker works his Swartz Creek opponent at a meet on Jan. 17. Photo by David Roe HOLLY – The Flushing varsity wrestling team took home first place at the Flint Metro League tournament on Saturday, finishing the day with 192 out of nine teams. Holly was second with 184.5 and Kearsley was third with 157.5.

Flushing had three wrestlers take first in their respective weight classes – Brennen Herr at 112, Braxton Gabold at 145 and Ben Cushman at 215. Herr opened with a first-round bye and followed it up with a win by pin over Kearsley’s Machai Garza at 3:01 in the quarterfinals. In the semis, Herr won by fall over Brandon’s Quinn Hallberg. Herr then defeated Holly’s Nate Young by injury in the first-place match.

At 145 lbs., Braxton Gabold received first-round and quarterfinals byes. In the semis, Braxton Gabold won a 2-1 decision over Holly’s Carsen Cuthbert. Braxton Gabold then defeated Owosso’s Colton Blaha by fall at 3:03 to take first.

Ben Cushman remained undefeated on the season after taking first at 215 lbs. Cushman drew a first-round and quarterfinals bye. In the semifinals, Cushman then defeated Joe Loder of Swartz Creek by pin at :43. Cushman then won a 12-3 major decision against Clio’s Alex Yocom to take first.

Jeremy Parker also placed for Flushing, taking third at 189 lbs. Parker defeated Johnathan Marme of Linden by fall at 3:55 in the quarterfinals, but lost a 5-3 decision against Brandon’s Anthony Nicaj in the semis. Parker then bounced back in the consolation bracket, defeated Owosso’s Daniel Clevenger by a 9-1 major decision to advance to the third-place match. Park then won a 4-3 decision against Marme.

The Raiders had five wrestlers fall in their third-place matches to land in fourth place in their weight classes. At 125 lbs., Luke Mauerer opened the meet with a win by fall against Kaden Mitler of Clio in the quarterfinals, but followed it up with a 9-2 decision loss to Swartz Creek’s Brecken Griswatsch. In the consolation bracket, Maurer defeated Ethan Soff of Linden by an 11-0 major decision, but lost to Brandon’s Jack Culvey in a 4-2 sudden victory in the third-place match.

Chance Wilson, 130 lbs., lost his opening match against Brandon’s Curtis Venturino by a 6-0 decision. In the consolation bracket, Wilson defeated Clio’s Ethan Eickhoff by pin at 3:25 and Owosso’s Caleb Woodward by a 6-3 decision. In the third-place match, Wilson lost a 4-3 decision against Kearsley’s Rodney Richards.

At 140 lbs., Matthew Juhl defeated Elija Rodriguez-Garza of Kearsley by fall at 4:50, but lost to Fenton’s Brady Triola by a 10-1 major decision in the semis. Juhl then defeated Gavin Alderman of Brandon by pin at 5:06 to move on to the third-place match where he lost a 4-0 decision against Owosso’s Jaden Guru.

Bradley Zaraw lost his opening match at 160 lbs. against Mikey Nicaj of Brandon, but followed it up with a win over Fenton’s Luke Zywicki by a 5-0 decision in the consolation bracket. Zaraw then defeated Uzziah Delgado of Linden by pin at 3:50. In the thirdplace match, Zaraw lost an 8-2 decision against Kearsley’s Tyler Byczynski.

At 171 lbs., Devin Powells defeated Zack Harper of Swartz Creek by an 11-3 major decision, but lost a 10-0 major decision against Holly’s Cade Dallwitz in the semis. Powells then defeated Kearsley’s Brandon Fisher by fall at 2:22 before losing to Fenton’s Will Gavin by fall at 5:57 in the thirdplace match.

At 103 lbs., Treyton Gabold defeated Linden’s Michael Lescelius by fall at 5:12, but lost back-to-back matches against Fenton’s Luke Thornton by fall and Owosso’s Joey Devaras by an 11-7 decision. Sullivan Miller defeated Owosso’s Julian Palacio by forfeit at 119 lbs., but lost to Linden’s Justin Cygnar by pin and Brandon’s Bryson Gunn by a 9-1 major decision.

Patrick Mullally, 135 lbs., lost a 14-0 major decision against Swartz Creek’s Joe Carpenter and an 8-0 major decision to Linden’s Koleton Strauss. At 152 lbs., Matt Payne lost a 3-1 decision against Swartz Creek’s Brennon Larion and a 9-2 decision against Colton Powell of Linden. Conner Melancon, 285 lbs., was pinned by Fenton’s Devin Fuller, but followed it up with a pin against Richard Hayes of Owosso. Melancon was then eliminated after losing a 1-0 decision against Clio’s Blake Amy.

Last Wednesday, Flushing defeated Brandon, 42-32, and Owosso, 63-14, in a league tri meet. Flushing had seven wrestlers take wins against Brandon while 11 were victorious against Owosso.

Zaraw won by fall over Brandon’s Ronald Solis at 1:04. Cushman defeated Chris Henderson by pin at :09. Treyton Gabold won by fall at 2:16 against Quinn Hallberg. Herr pinned Diego Angeles at 1:12. Maurer also won by fall at 1:59 over Bryson Gunn. Both Juhl and Braxton Gabold won by void.

Against Owosso, Treyton Gabold won by fall at 1:21 against Joey Devaras. Herr pinned Julian Palacio at 1:12. Mauruer won by fall at :02. Juhl won a 9-6 decision against Jaden Guru. Payne won by fall at 4:53 against Justin Mills. Powells pinned Justin Schonberg at :41. Cushman defeaed Erick Foster by fall at :41. Parker won by fall at 2:54 against Daniel Clevenger and Melancon won by fall at 4:50 over Richard Hayers. Mullally and Jobe Halloun added wins by void.

Div. 1 team district at Carman-Ainsworth

Flushing faced Carman-Ainsworth during Wednesday’s team districts after we went to press. The winner was pitted against either Saginaw Arthur Hill or Saginaw Heritage for a chance to advance to team regionals on Feb. 14 to face the winner of the Davison district, which included Davison, Lapeer, Grand Blanc and Swartz Creek.

Flushing is 28-9 overall and 4-2 in the Flint Metro League this season. The Raiders have not faced Carman- Ainsworth at all this season. The only team of the three that Flushing has seen this year is Saginaw Heritage at the Heritage invite. Flushing won that meeting 65-12.

Flushing will have a strong chance to advance to regionals, but will likely meet a No. 5 Div. 1-ranked Davison in regionals. Flushing saw Davison once this season at the Flushing Duals.

Div. 1 individual district at Bay City Western

Flushing will travel to Bay City Western on Saturday to compete in the Div. 1 individual district. Along with Flushing and host Bay City Western, Alpena, Davison, Carman-Ainsworth, Grand Blanc, Lapeer, Midland, Midland Dow, Saginaw Arthur Hill, Saginaw Heritage, Swartz Creek, Traverse City Central and Traverse City West will also be in attendance.

Ben Cushman will be looking to repeat as state champion this season, but at 215 lbs. Cushman took first at 189 lbs. last year. Cushman is also completing his second consecutive undefeated season, finishing the regular season with a 38-0 record.

Braxton Gabold will also look to advance to the state finals for a second consecutive year. Gabold is 37-2 at 145 lbs. this season. Brennen Herr, 112 lbs., will be looking for revenge after only advancing as far as regionals last year. Herr has a 28-11 record this season.

Freshmen Treyton Gabold, 103 lbs., and Luke Mauerer, 125 lbs., will also be vying for their first state finals. Treyton Gabold went 32-9 this season while Mauerer was 31-7.

Other key wrestlers for Flushing will be Matthew Juhl at 140 lbs. with a 27-12 record, Conner Melancon at 285 lbs. with a 20-17 record and Sulliivan Miller at 119 lbs. with a 25-13 record. Jeremy Parker is also sitting at a 29-8 record at 189 lbs. Patrick Mullally has an 18-11 record at 135 lbs. Chance Wilson is 26-19 at 130, Bradley Zaraw is 19-17 at 160 and Devin Powells is 18-11 at 171.

The top four wrestlers in their respective weight class will advance to individual regionals at Clarkson on Feb. 17. Individual finals will be March 2 and 3 at Ford Field.

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