November 23, 2014

Pinny tops Gladwin, SSC to advance to regional

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Pinny's Taylor Pomaville picked up a crucial four points with his major decision victory at 112 pounds.
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Pinconning wrestling coach Wayne Purtell and wrestler Charlie Burch celebrate the Spartans' 35-34 district championship victory over Gladwin on Wednesday.
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John Stark survived some close calls in his match at 171 pounds, going the distance in an 11-10 loss that set the stage for Coty Swinson's match-ending pin that gave Pinny a 35-34 win.
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Pinconning's wrestling team shows off its first team district championship trophy since 2003.
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By Brent Baker|Special to the Independent
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            PINCONNING — Pinconning's wrestling team felt pretty good about Coty Swinson's chances of picking up a pin in the final match of Wednesday's district championship clash with Gladwin.

                  Having that match mean something was another problem altogether.

                  Even though 171-pounder John Stark didn't win his match with Swinson lurking on deck, his gutsy performance -- twice staving off pins and coming back from a 9-2 deficit to within 11-10 -- kept Pinny in contention. Swinson then closed the deal with a second-period pin that gave the Spartans a 35-34 victory and their first district title since 2003.

                  "That was just intense," said Pinny coach Wayne Purtell. "Every kid wrestled with a lot of heart. They've been working really hard, and they've accepted that if they want to reach their goals, win trophies and stand on the podium, that they need to pay the price, and they've done that."

                  Swinson took the mat with Pinny trailing 34-29 and needed a pin — worth six team points — to clinch the win.

                  "We had a lot of confidence in him," Purtell said. "He wanted to get it done right away, but we knew he would have to break the kid down first. He (Gladwin's Cody Koper) was wrestling not to get pinned, and he wrestled smart."

                  Swinson finally ended it 52 seconds into the second period, setting off a Spartan celebration.

                  But none of that would have been possible without Stark's performance. Twice Gladwin's Travis Thorington was close to a pin -- which would have given the Flying G's an insurmountable lead -- and twice Stark dodged the bullet, once when the first period ran out before Thorington to get the pin, and once when Stark twisted out of trouble on his own.

                  Still, he trailed 9-2 after two periods, and even a major decision (four team points) would have been trouble for Pinny, as it would have faced a six-point deficit.

                  "I don't know where we were with tiebreak criteria," Purtell said. "We didn't want it to end tied an have it come to that."

                  Stark came nearly all the way back, scoring a reversal, two takedowns and two-point near-fall to end up losing by one -- a loss that was very much a victory for his team.

                  "I felt like I had to win, or the team would lose," Stark said. Coming back was "all in the heart. Your team is looking at you, your coaches are looking at you, and the people in the stands are looking at you. I just needed to do it."

                  "He's been wrestling a lot better the past few weeks," Purtell said. "He's been putting a lot of extra into it, and it's paying off."

                  The Spartans trailed 18-0 after Gladwin got wins from Mitch Foor (215), Kody Emrentt (285, void) and Josh Kish (103), and 24-7 after a pin by Joe Greaves at 125. Pinny got a win at 112 by Taylor Pomaville, who picked up an extra team point with a last-second near-fall that gave him a major-decision win; and Adam Pawelski (119).

                  Tyler Wieland (130), Tyler Espitia (135) and Seth Haas (140) followed with consecutive pins to give the Spartans their first lead at 25-24.

                  From there the lead changed hands four more times, with Gladwin getting wins from Derek Faber (145) and Alex Gatz (160) and Pinny from Charlie Burch (152).

                  The Spartans beat Gladwin 46-36 two weeks ago, but as Purtell noted, that didn't mean a whole lot this time around.

                  "A couple kids that won that night didn't win tonight," he said. "That match doesn't mean anything when you go at it again."

                  Pinny (29-9) advances to next week's Bullock Creek regional where it faces Freeland (22-9) one semifinal. Swan Valley (31-1) takes on Frankenmuth (25-17) in the other semifinal, with the winners facing off for a trip to the team state finals in Battle Creek.

                  The Spartans advanced to the final with a 57-18 victory over a young Standish-Sterling team that also was wrestling without defending state qualifier Machylle Porter, who hopes to be back on the mat in time for Saturday's individual district tournament.

                  Pinny's winners in that match included Arthur Espitia (103), Pomaville (112), Pawelski (119), Mark Walworth (125), Wieland (130), Tyler Espitia (135), Haas (140), Burch (145), Hardy (152) and Lucynski (160).

                  Jesse Bashor (215), Andrew Roe (285) and Qwinn Shorkey (171) had wins for the Panthers.

 

Pinny sends six to regional; Porter lone SSC representative

                  STANDISH — Pinconning followed up Wednesday's team district championship by earning six medals at Saturday's Division 3 individual district tournament at Standish-Sterling, while the host Panthers had one.

                  The top four finishers also earn trips to the Division 3 regional tournament at Houghton Lake on Feb. 28.

                  Pinny's Tyler Wieland (135), Seth Haas (140) and Charlie Burch (145) each finished second in their weight class, while Adam Pawelski (119), Brian Hardy (145) and Coty Swinson (189) each placed fourth.

                  For Standish-Sterling Machylle Porter (160), wrestling his first tournament after missing several weeks with an injury, finished fourth to keep his season alive.

                  The top four finishers in each weight class at next week's regional finals advance to the individual state finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

 

 

Pinconning 35, Gladwin 34 (District championship)

Wt.

Result

Score

215

Mitch Foor (G) def. Pat Witzke (P) by fall, 0:28

0-6

285

Kody Emrentt (G) win by void

0-12

103

Josh Kish (G) def. Arthur Espitia (P) by fall, 1:32

0-18

112

Taylor Pomaville (P) def. Mike Lasort (G) by major dec., 12-3

4-18

119

Adam Pawelski (P) def. Loren Dassay (G) by dec., 18-7

7-18

125

Joe Greaves (G) def. Mark Walworth (P) by fall, 2:30

7-24

130

Tyler Wieland (P) def. Brandon Johnson (G) by fall, 0:33

13-24

135

Tyler Espitia (P) def. Dennis Hillier (G) by fall, 1:39

19-24

140

Seth Haas (P) def. C.J. Zettle (G) by fall, 2:17

25-24

145

Derek Faber (G) def. Brian Hardy (P) by dec., 10-5

25-27

152

Charlie Burch (P) def. Nick Willford (G) by maj. dec., 15-5

29-27

160

Alex Gatz (G) def. Colton Lucynski (P) by maj. dec., 11-3

29-31

171

Travis Thorington (G) def. John Stark (P) by dec., 11-10

29-34

189

Coty Swinson (P) def. Cody Koper (G) by fall, 2:52

35-34

 

Pinconning 57, Standish-Sterling 18 (District semifinal)

Wt.

Result

Score

189

Jesse Bashor (S) win by void

0-6

215

Andrew Roe (S) def. Pat Witzke (P) by fall, 1:15

0-12

285

Double void

0-12

103

Arthur Espitia (P) win by void

6-12

112

Taylor Pomaville (P) def. Areall Johnson (S) by fall, 0:45

12-12

119

Adam Pawelski (P) def. Meagan Heiser (S) by fall, 1:23

18-12

125

Mark Walworth (P) def. Macie Ball (S) by fall, 2:49

24-12

130

Tyler Wieland (P) def. Miranda Sweet (S) by fall, 0:45

30-12

135

Tyler Espitia (P) def. Bryan Jones (S) by dec. 8-5

33-12

140

Seth Haas (P) def. Gary Egan (S) by fall, 0:55

39-12

145

Charles Burch (P) def. Joe Moon (S) by fall, 1:05

45-12

152

Brian Hardy (P) def. Rob Bingham (S) by fall, 5:09

51-12

160

Colton Lucynski (P) def. Rachelle Doremus (S) by fall, 0:33

57-12

171

Qwinn Shorkey (S) def. John Stark (P) by fall, 4:41

57-18

 

 

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