Wildie and Land miss spot on podium


Imlay City’s Conner Wildie, Tanner Land and Dominic D’Ambrosio participate in the Grand March Friday at the Div. 3 state finals.

IMLAY CITY — Imlay City 138-pound wrestling standout Dominic D’Ambrosio closed out his high school career with a strong showing , earning a fourth place finish in his weight class at the Division 3 individual state finals this past week.

The tournament was held last Friday and Saturday at Detroit’s Ford Field.

D’Ambrosio opened his stint at states Friday when he registered a 6-2 win against Kingsley’s Cameron Dundas.

He then went to 1-1, dropping a 10-4 quarterfinal verdict to Grand Rapids Catholic Central foe Michael Wilson. His opponent would go on from there to claim a state title.

D’Ambrosio would square off versus Imlay City teammate Conner Wildie next. That bout drew to a close with him ahead 17-1.

Those outcomes placed him in Saturday’s consolation action.

It was there D’Ambrosio pinned Clinton’s Maurice Ames, the eventual eighth-place finisher, with 2:14 gone.

He then followed it up with a 5-3 victory over Ovid-Elsie’s Cole Workman, who would go on to garner a fifth.

D’Ambrosio then challenged Dundee’s Jeremy Amrhein for third place honors next. That confrontation concluded with Amrhein up 8-1.

With his performance, D’Ambrosio earned All-State accolades (awarded the top-eight finishers in each weight class).

D’Ambrosio ended the year with a 53-3 record.

Imlay City’s Tanner Land and Conner Wildie would fall one win shy of attaining All-State accolades as well, each going 1-2.

Land, a 120-pounder, began his tournament run Friday by pinning Gladwin’s Cruz Balcirek with 4:19 gone.

He then watched his tournament mark to 1-1 when he was downed 18-3 by Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Dale Gant, the eventual state champion.

The Imlay City grappler faced Traverse City’s St. Francis counterpart Tyler Sheeran next. It was there he bowed out with when he was pinned by Sheeran, the eventual fourth-place finisher, with 4:40 gone.

Land completed his junior season with a 45-9 record.

Wildie, a 138-pounder, started his stint at states Friday with a 17-2 loss to Alma’s Buddy Leonard, the eventual second-place finisher.

He then evened his tournament mark at 1-1, pinning Lakewood’s Bryson Boucher with 33 seconds gone.

Wildie then squared off versus D’Ambrosio next. That clash between Imlay City teammates wrapped up with D’Ambrosio, the eventual fourth-place finisher ahead 17-1.

Wildie ended his senior year with a 46-10 record.

According to Michigan grappler, Helzer’s bracket was the toughest out of the entire state tournament. It featured 11 returning state placewinners.

Kevin Kissane

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.