by Angie Asam–Staff Writer
The Onaway Cardinal wrestling team will host the annual Dick Dunn Memorial Tournament this Saturday with wrestling beginning at 10 a.m.
Last Saturday they were at the Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational in Ionia and Wednesday they traveled to Mio to take on the host Thunderbolts and the Cardinals of Whittemore Prescott.
Wednesday evening started with Onaway defeating Whittemore Prescott 48-30 in a battle of the Cardinals. The dual started at 119 pounds with senior Joe Traynham winning by pin in 1:58. At 125 pounds Zeke Nave won by pin in 3:51 and Onaway took a 12-0 lead.
Ray Self won by pin in 30 seconds at 130 pounds and Jesse Watson won by pin in three minutes at 135 pounds.
At 152 pounds Juan Janeczak lost by pin in 1:23. Elijah Shockley won by pin in 1:59 at 189 pounds.
Troy Klein (160), Lucas Tollini (171) and Keegan Freel (215) each won by void.
AGAINST THE Thunderbolts Onaway fell 52-18. Traynham won by pin in 3:33 at 119 pounds, Nave won by pin in 1:12 at 125 pounds and Shockley won by pin in 1:58.
“I thought the boys wrestled hard tonight, much better than a week ago. It is always fun to see us as such a small team beat a team that has more athletes, that means we beat them on the mat and not in the void column,” said coach Mark Grant.
“Elijah (Shockley) had a great night recording two pins over tough kids. His season improvement is fantastic as he understands positions better and makes fewer mistakes. More than that, he is having a lot of fun and that is great for all of us,” said coach Grant.
SATURDAY IN Ionia the Cardinals wrestled some tough competition. Traynham was the Cardinal’s highest placer as he was second at 112 pounds. Traynham pinned Ovid Elsie’s Dillan McGinnis in 4:38 and Zac Hellebuyck of Imlay City in 55 seconds to reach the semifinals. In the semifinals he pinned Eric Spidle of Powers Catholic in 4:54 to reach the finals.
In the finals Traynham was pinned by Erie Mason’s Robert LeFevre in 4:39 to finish second.
Nave was fourth at 125 pounds. He started the day with a pin in 1:54 over Brendan Wall of De La Salle. In the quarterfinals he pinned Erie Mason’s Jared Dutra in 3:25. In the semifinals he lost 10-3 to Anthony Pizzo of Clawson. In the match for third place he lost 3-1 to Robert Rogers of Bentley to finish fourth.
Shockley was fifth at 189 pounds after starting the day with a pin of Lapeer’s Jared Harris in 5:33. He then fell to Cameron Fyffe of Clarenceville 3-1 before winning three straight matches to finish fifth.
Shockley pinned Hunter Spies of Almont in 4:03, Frank Ragona of De La Salle in 4:04 and Michael Jabboori of Clawson in 1:59.
Tollini was sixth at 171 pounds. He started the day with a loss to Sam Lee of Lutheran North by pin in 2:55. He then had a bye before pinning Erie Mason’s Cody Graves in 53 seconds. He then defeated Brandon Romero of Clawson 8-3 to reach the match for fifth place. That match would be a rematch against Lee of Lutheran North who this time defeated Tollini 5-3.
Janeczak (152) was 2-2 on the day and earned seven team points. Klein (160) was 1-2 and had a bye to score two team points.