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Roche, Lambeth win Saginaw County wrestling crowns
The Frankenmuth varsity wrestling team has a pair of county champions.
Kris Roche and Nathaniel Lambeth won county titles. Roche wrestled at 189 pounds and Lambeth at 215 pounds.
The Saginaw County Wrestling Meet was held on Saturday, January 14, at Saginaw’s Heritage High School. A total of 16 schools competed in the all-day tourney, with the Eagles taking fifth place with 161.50 points. Birch Run won the meet with 275 points, followed by last year’s champion, Chesaning, with 271.50 points. Freeland was third (239 points) and then Hemlock (165 points).
FHS Coach Bob Slavik was pleased with his team’s effort on the that level.
“It was a good day of wrestling from top to bottom. We were 3.5 points out of a top four finish at the tournament. We missed a few opportunities to increase our lead going into the final round, falling to the eventual fourth-place Hemlock,” Slavik said. “They had more wrestlers in the medal round earning that edge.”
Roche opened with a bye, then defeated Michigan Lutheran Seminary’s Josh Bannick, Freeland’s Jacob Landrey and bested Birch Run’s Brockton Cook in the finals, winning an 8-1 decision
Lambeth began his day with a bye, then defeated MLS wrestler Aaron Wine, Heritage’s Roberto Perez and won the weight class when he downed Chesaning’s Wyatt Lanczynski in a 4-3 decision.
Chris Mills was runner up at 140 pounds and Chandler White was second at 125 pounds.
Mills had a bye to start the tourney, then beat Birch Run’s Ben Mudge, Chesansing’s Kyle Emmendorfer and lost in the championship bout to Birch Run’s Mason Breece, 13-1.
White also had a bye, then he stopped Swan Valley’s Nick Piwowarski and Hemlock’s Tyler Near before losing in the finals to Macintyre Breece of Birch Run (fall 3:24).
Danny Mills secured the Eagles lone third-place finish in the 160-pound weight class. Mills had a bye, defeated Birch Run’s Forrest White and lost to Swan Valley’s Gerald Bott. Falling into the consolation bracket, Mills defeated Freeland’s Drew Hanson and MLS grappler Ivan Hukee (fall :42) to take third place.
At 130 pounds, Tyler Proffer settled for sixth place. He began with a bye, then lost to Freeland’s Eric Tyson. Dropping to the lower bracket, Proffer beat Seminary’s Caleb Becker then lost in a forfeit to Nouvel Catholic Central’s Preston Brissette.
Three other ‘Muth wrestlers came home in seventh place: Shiloh Kotch at 145 pounds, Dane Foelker at 135 pounds and Gary Elm at 112 pounds. Kalika Reece was eighth place at 112 pounds.
Others who competed but did not place include Lee Croompton at 119 pounds and Jon Kelly at 285 pounds. Both won their open bouts before being sidelined.
“We were very impressed with the intensity and drive the entire team wrestled with,” Slavik said.
Frankenmuth will resume Tri-Valley Conference East Division action with a 6pm match at Otisville-LakeVille today (January 18) and then travels to the Brandon Tournament on Saturday, January 21.
The final regular-season home match will take place on Wednesday, January 25, when the Eagles entertain Ogemaw Heights, Pinconning and Caro at 6pm.
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