2008-02-14 / Sports

Martians dominate conference competition

By Michael Selecky
VIEW Sports Writer

GOODRICH — After a regular season that saw the Martians ranked first in Division 3 for its entirety, while volleying between third and fourth for the entire state according to www.michigangrappler.com, the light at the end of the tunnel finally became visible as the squad took their initial foray into postseason competition this season after hosting the Genesee Area Conference (GAC) tournament last Friday.
With a total of 14 weight classes to be had, Goodrich took first place in six of them, including Grant Overcashier (130), who won his third league title, and Mark Weber (135), who became a GAC champion for the fourth year in a row.
Also placing first were Kirk Britton (125), Joe Hopkins (140), Kyler Elsworth (171) and Kyle March (189). Those taking second for their weight class include CC Weber (103), Nick Gatchell (152) and Drew Weil (160), while coming in third was David Garr (119) and Jarrad LaBelle (145).
Overall, the Martians won the event with 202 points, followed by Durand (185), Montrose (138.5), New Lothrop (133), Byron (105.5), Lake Fenton (53), LakeVille (37), Bendle (21), Mt. Morris (19) and Bentley (6).
For the year, CC Weber is now sixth in Div. 3 at 103 lbs. according to michigangrappler.com with a record of 41-11, Britton is third at 125 lbs. at 40-5, Overcashier is 51-0 and first at 130 lbs., Mark Weber is also first at 135 lbs. with a record of 45-3 and coming in eighth at 140 lbs. is Joe Hopkins at 37-8. At 171 lbs., March is 45-7 and ranked fourth in the state, Elsworth is first at 189 lbs. at 51-0 and Nick Lovell is 10th at 215 lbs. with 38 wins in his 50 decisions.
In the upcoming team districts, which take place today for teams in Div. 1 and 3, the Martians will compete in LakeVille District No. 190-3 that will also include Flint Powers. Team regionals will take place Feb. 20.
This season LakeVille is 1-8 in league dual meets, but should get a strong performance from junior Donald Whitehead, who got his 100th career win at 215 lbs. earlier this year. He is currently ranked fifth in Div. 3.
Powers recently scored 56 points at its Big Nine Conference meet at Davison, good enough for last place in the six team league.
Big Nine meet
Last Friday, at the Big Nine Conference tournament, Grand Blanc scored 134 points to take fourth place behind host Davison, who scored 269 to finish first. Coming in second was Carman-Ainsworth with 175.5, Flint Kearsley was third at 164.5, in fifth place was Flushing with 97.5 and Flint Powers was sixth with a score of 56.
Leading the Bobcats was Ryan Hargraves (152), who won his second Big Nine championship to up his record this year to 31-6. Coming in second were Terrance Frank (112), Ric Hogerheide (130), Zack Young (171) and Luke Domanski (24-6).
“Ryan pinned Charles Wade of Kearsley in the semi-finals and won 19-3 over Aaron Goodman of Kearsley in the finals, said coach Scott Turnbow. “Terrance had a lead in the finals against Cody Robbins of Davison, where he was looking to win his third Big Nine title, but was pinned with nine seconds remaining in the first period.”
Finishing third was Bill Kinter (160), while Dakota Storm (103), Patrick Williams 9119) and Ashruf Eidelsafy (215) all placed fourth.
“Bill is a real team player and would’ve likely won a league championship at 171 lbs., but he wrestled in one of the toughest weight classes in the tournament where he lost a hard fought 3-8 decision to second seed state qualifier, Nick Boan of Davison in the semi-finals,” Turnbow said. “In the consolation finals, Bill won 12-1 over Christian Mewhort of Flushing.”
In postseason competition, Grand Blanc will host District No. 105-1 today against Flint Southwestern and Holly.
During the Flint Metro League’s regular season, Holly was 6-1 in conference dual meets, which put them in second place behind Oxford (8-0). At the conference meet last Saturday, Holly scored 173.5 points to finish behind Oxford (190.5), but ahead of Linden (143.5).
If the Bobcats get past the Bronchos, they will face Flint Soutwestern, who has an initial-round bye within the district and belongs to the Saginaw Valley Conference. Team regional’s take place Feb. 20.

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