IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City wrestling team took first place last Saturday at the Ovid-Elsie Tournament.
Imlay City’s winning output was 192 points. They were followed by Swartz Creek (138 points), St. Johns (124.5), Ovid-Elsie (120.5), Flushing (91), Central Montcalm (81), Vassar (78), Bath and Haslett (42 each), Valley Lutheran (33), Breckenridge (25.5) and Eaton Rapids (13.5).
A group consisting of Cristian Rojas , Julian Rojas, Anthony D’Ambrosio and Chris Torres led Imlay City with firsts. Cristian Rojas won the 125-pound title when he pinned Swartz Creek’s Hayden Pletscher with 4:35 gone; Julian Rojas claimed the distinction of champion at 130 pounds with a 6-4 victory over Breckenridge’s Derek Mayle; Anthony D’Ambrosio garnered the 152-pound title when he pinned Swartz Creek’s Keagen Larion with 4:37 gone; and Torres earned the distinction of champion at 285 pounds when he pinned Central Montcalm’s Waylon Lingeman with 34 seconds elapsed.
Dominic D’Ambrosio and Lance Wolford supplied Imlay City’s seconds. The former reached the 119-pound title match where he fell 7-3 by Ovid-Elsie’s Cole Workman and the latter made it to the championship at 189 pounds where he was pinned by Swartz Creek’s Cayde Updike with 1:08 gone.
Tanner Land (103) and Brady Vanderploeg (171) gave Imlay City thirds. Land ended his day when he pinned Swartz Creek’s Bowden Griwatsch with 1:56 elapsed and Vanderploeg wrapped up things when he pinned Ovid-Elsie’s Dylan Coven with 2:26 gone.
Christopher Galiana (130) contributed a fifth to Imlay City’s cause, Galiana completed his tournament run when he pinned Swartz Creek’s Brady Taubitz with 5:25 elapsed.
Imlay City also received a sixth courtesy of Morgan Santaella. He ended his stint at 125 pounds when he was pinned by Flushing’s Mitchell Ross with 2:54 gone.
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.