The Clare Varsity Wrestlers blazed through the snow storm on Saturday morning to attend Reed City’s sixteen team individual tournament. The Pioneers are missing some key members in their line-up but that didn’t stop six Clare wrestlers from going out and bringing home a medal.
In the 145 pound weight class, junior Dominik Herkel earned himself a 4th place medal after a tough loss in his finals match to Cormac Bevins of East Grand Rapids by decision, 6-4. Sophomore Logan Emery followed in the 152 pound weight class division earning himself a 4th place medal. Sophomore Brandon Ayris wrestled extremely well on the day and was bumped down into the consolation finals after losing to number one seed Tristin Rosted of Manton by a score of 13-12 in the semi-finals.
However, Ayris rebounded and beat Kobina Ofori-Dankwa of Nouvel Catholic Central by decision, 11-6 to bring home a 3rd place medal. Sophomore Riley White wrestled tough in the 171 pound weight class after starting his day off with a loss to Jake Haring of Farwell, White came back and won 3 straight matches to take home a 5th place medal.
Sophomore Tyler Orwig wrestled in the 189 pound weight class and started his day off with a loss but came back with 2 straight wins before losing to Cody Koper of Gladwin which earned Orwig the 6th place medal. The last wrestler for Clare to bring home a medal was Senior Ty Simon who wrestled in the 275 pound weight class. Simon wrestled through to the semi-finals where he was beat by Miguel Correa of West Ottawa, and then another loss for Simon in the finals sent him home with a respectable 4th place medal.
“This was a pretty good look at what individual districts are going to be like. There is a lot of good competition out there and it is going to be a tough road to make it states this season. The intensity of practice the next 2 weeks will have to be at an all time high. We wrestle Sanford Meridian and Pine River head-to-head on Wednesday night, and then we host the Jack Pine Conference tournament the following Saturday.”