The Clare Varsity wrestling team played host to Freeland, Midland, and Alma on Tuesday December 20th. The Pioneers opened up the evening with a dual against Freeland, followed by a square off with Alma.
Starting off the evening in the 103 pound weight class, the Pioneers gave up a quick 6 by void and then yet another 18 in the next 3 weights all by void. Freshmen Zack Betzer was pinned in the 1st period followed by another void for Clare at 135 to put Freeland on top, 36-0. The Falcons kept it rolling with another pin in the 145 pound division putting Freeland on top, 42-0. The Pioneers hit the heart of their line-up and Dominik Herkel got the ball rolling for Clare by pinning in the first period to put the Pioneers on the board, 42-6. Sophomores Logan Emery and Brandon Ayris followed pinning their opponents to give the Pioneers 18 on the board. Freeland snapped back with a pin at 171 to go up, 48-18. Freshmen Brenden Hensley and sophomore Tyler Orwig came back strong pinning their opponents to bring the match score, 48-30. The Falcons scored the last points of the evening by pinning at heavyweight to make the final score, 54-30 in favor of Freeland.
The young Pioneers tried to bounce back against Alma in the second match of the night, but voiding 30 points and only winning 3 of their matches; proved to be too much for Clare. Zack Betzer, Brenden Hensley, and Tyler Orwig all pulled out a pin for the Pioneers, but the dual meet ended with Alma on top, 52-18.
Midland beat Freeland, 37-33. Alma beat Midland, 48-27.
“It was a tough day for our squad. We wrestled some really good competition in our matches against Freeland and Alma, but the inexperience of our team got the best of us today. The only thing we can do is get up, dust ourselves off, and learn from our mistakes. Then get right back at it after the first of the year when the Jack Pine Conference opens up. ” – Coach McKay.