TRI-CITY AREA — Imlay City (291 points) outscored Chesaning (203), Midland Dow (178), Cass City (177), St. Clair (145), Brown City (118), Standish Sterling (115.5), Capac (92), Hartland (90), Pinconning (80), Sandusky (67), Bendle (64), Ubly (56), Marlette (55.5), Lutheran North (45), Avondale (36), Caro (31), Elkton Pigeon BayPort (29) and Houghton (12) en route to a first-place finish last Saturday at the Caro Tournament.
A group consisting of Dominic D’Ambrosio (119), Cristian Rojas (125), Julian Rojas (130) and Anthony D’Ambrosio (160) led Imlay City with firsts. Dominic D’Ambrosio ended his title run when he pinned Brown City’s Wynn Blake with 41 seconds gone; Cristian Rojas matched his finish position when he pinned St. Clair’s Nathan Tallon with 1:29 gone; Julian Rojas completed his title run when he pinned Midland Dow’s Brennan Finney with 1:37 elapsed; and Anthony D’Ambrosio equaled his finish position when he pinned Sandusky’s Chase Hartz with 4:53 gone.
Tanner Land (112), Lance Wolford (189), Latham Perry (215) and Chris Torres (285) contributed Imlay City’s seconds that day. Land dropped a 13-0 title match verdict to Standish Sterling’s Tyler Foco; Wolford was pinned with 55 seconds gone in his championship clash versus Midland Dow’s Aiden Wardell; Perry dropped a 5-2 title match verdict to Hartland’s Jacob Pretzer; and Torres was pinned with 2:57 elapsed in his championship clash versus Chesaning’s Brenden Quackenbush.
Aaron Evely (152) gave Imlay City a third. Evely closed out his stinton the mats when he pinned Brown City’s Tanner Gingell with 46 seconds gone.
Conner Wildie (135) and Austin Herrera (145) provided Imlay City with fourths that day. Wildie wrapped things up when he was pinned by Brown City’s Easton Jager with 1:35 gone and Herrera concluded his run when he dropped a 20-6 verdict to Pinconning’s Darrius Cooper.
Christian Rager (103) secured the lone Imlay City sixth. Rager ended tournament action when he pinned Avondale’s Jesse Watton with 4:05 gone.
Travis Dupont (130) rounded out the list of Imlay City placewinners with an eighth. Dupont wrapped up action when he pinned Caro’s Connor Gilds with 17 seconds elapsed.
Derek Mason paced Capac with a first. He accomplished the feat with a 5-1 championship bout win against Cass City’s Cameron Gottschalk at 145 pounds.
Tyler McKenney, a 103-pounder, gave Capac a second in his weight class. McKenney closed out his stint on the mats with a 7-0 title match loss to Chesaning’s Quintin Everett.
Hunter Tyson provided Capac with a third. Tyson ended the day with a 7-5 victory over Caro’s Blake Sizemore at 171 pounds.
John Schoen (152) and Jesus Guerrero (215) added eighths to Capac’s cause. The former notched his finish with an 8-3 triumph against Chesaning’s Grant Sampson and the latter equaled his placing with a 3-2 win over Cass City’s Eric Kester.
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.