By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dexter Dreadnaught Wrestling team (0-2) opened their season on the road on Dec. 5, traveling to Pinckney High School to take part in a quad involving Pinckney, Dexter, Annapolis, and Detroit Catholic Central (White).
Key losses from last year’s Dreadnaught team include George Deljevic (171) and Brian Kramer (171/189)
The Dreadnaughts were missing a few wrestlers on Dec. 5, but return a strong core of juniors this year who have been with third-year coach Matt Chisholm for five to six years of his 18 years of coaching wrestling in the Dexter community. Mark Young (215) was a regional qualifier last year and Jasper Howell (152) and Dylan Lorincz (130) both made it to district finals
“It’s a tough conference,” said Chisholm before the match on the upcoming season. “We’ve got Tecumseh, Chelsea, Bedford Saline. Powerhouses. They bring 30-40 kids to the program. It’s just a matter of keeping kids healthy. It’s always a challenge to say motivated. This is what they work for. Staying positive and working hard will be key.”
First, the Dreadnaughts faced the Annapolis Cougars, falling 51-28.
Kevin Blanchard (112), Eli Yount (119), Noah Drummond (125), and Jacob Joyce (130) had pins for the Dreadnaughts.
Against Detroit CC White, the Dreadnaughts fell 60-24.
Blanchard (112), Yount (119), Drummond (125), and Lorincz (135) picked up technical fall victories for the Dreadnaughts.
“I think our young guys stepped up,” said Chisholm post-match. “Our freshman look great. They went out with a lot of intensity and wrestled well. I think our juniors just need to get their heads together and remember what this is all about. It’s a good thing to get your head right before league play. I think it’s a good thing. We can go in the room tomorrow, get things straightened out and move forward.”
The hosting Pirates faced Detroit Catholic Central White, falling 51-28, and Annapolis, 39-39, falling to the Cougars in tiebreakers.
Lucas Nagle (125), Cody Emch (135), Ethan Roy-Borland (140), Tyler Lauzon (145) picked up wins for the Pirates against Detroit CC.
Against Annapolis, the match came down to the wire with Cougar wrestler Even Stewert (171) pinning Austin Koch of the Pirates in the last match to tie it at 39. Annapolis won the tiebreaker on pins.
Billy O’Donahue (119), Nagle (125), Blake Fradette (130), Emch (135). Roy-Borland (140), and Darren Avedisian (160) all picked up wins for the Pirates.
“A good showing,” said Pirates second-year head coach Jeremy Little. Little’s team has strong senior leadership and a large freshman class. “I’m impressed with how the guys competed, I had some guys in the lineup who hadn’t practiced much with injuries and stuff. A lot of freshmen. Two guys, a sophomore and a freshman who have never wrestled before. One of them got a pin today, Billy O’Donahue. My seniors represented well and a freshman went 2-0. Real promising. When my lineup gets where its supposed to beI’mim excited for this season.”