The Clare and Farwell varsity wrestling teams competed at the Chippewa Hills individual districts on Saturday, Feb. 9 with the Pioneers getting four qualifiers on to regionals and Farwell advancing five.
Junior Brandon Ayris (171) was the top finisher for Clare, coming in second place, suffering a loss to Gladwin’s Duane Hillier in the finals.
Senior Dominik Herkel (145) and junior Logan Emery (160) both placed third in their respective classes. Herkel topped Mason County Central’s Jordan Steiger in the third-place bout while Emery pinned Justin Steiger, of Mason County Central in his third place bout.
Sophomore Brenden Hensley (189) narrowly punched his ticket as well, finishing fourth place after falling to Tyler Boerma in the third-place match.
“There was some extremely tough competition at this tournament,” Clare head coach Kyle McKay said. “There are a lot of good wrestlers that finished their season earlier than expected. It’s time to put our nose to the grindstone and prepare for the upcoming regional tournament. It is my expectations that all four of these wrestlers will advance to the state finals if they wrestle as they did on Saturday.”
Farwell’s top finisher was junior Tristen Zienkiewicz (160), who was topped by Wesley Asel of Garber in the final.
Senior Quincy Crawford (130) and freshman Clay Forfinski (103) both took third place finishes to move on as well, with senior Lane Romanelli (285) clinching a regional spot with a fourth place finish.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6 both Clare and Farwell had their team seasons coming to an end, suffering district semi-final losses at Clare High School.
The host Pioneers fell to Chippewa Hills 58-19 and Farwell fell to Reed City 44-34.
The individual regional tournament is Saturday in Kingsley.