Tri County takes second place at Lakeview Invitational

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 1:44 pm on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lakeview’s Nolan Saxton goes for a pin during his semifinal match on Saturday at the Lakeview Invitational. Saxton went on to win the match and the 112-pound championship.

LAKEVIEW — Four area teams participated in Saturday’s individual wrestling format Lakeview Invitational.

The Tri County Vikings placed second out of 15 teams with 157.5 points. Behind tournament winner Mason County Central’s 172.

The Belding Redskins were third (135), Lakeview Wildcats fourth (123.5) and Montabella Mustangs fifth (117.5).

“Overall, the tournament went well. It ran smoothly and all of the participating coaches and athletes were respectful,” Lakeview coach Todd Barton said. “Hosting 15 teams made for tough competition. There were a lot of tough match ups throughout the day.”

The Vikings had eight wrestlers place.

Tri County’s Nick McGhan took first place at 103 with an 8-3 decision over Ionia’s Cameron Mahlich. Jesse Britton placed second at 130. Britton lost a tight 3-2 decision to Montabella’s Dustin Scott.

Finishing third for the Vikings were Justyn Veneklasen (140), Lucas Prater (145), Jarrod Tague (160)  and Jayson Van Dyken (189). Fourth place finishers were Tucker Martin (125) and Bryan Scott (152).

The Redskins had two winners and five placers overall.

“Overall we wrestled well. We’ve been working hard in the room and it’s starting to show on the mat,” Belding coach Travis Meyer said. “I was pretty happy with the quality mat time that our young guys got and really impressed with how a few guys wrestled.”

Nate Cooley was first at 125 with a 12-5 win over Mason County Central’s Trevor Skinner. Neil McCully defeated Mason County Central’s Josh Quinn to finish first at 189.

Tri County’s Jesse Britton, right, battles with Belding’s Jesse Scheidel during Saturday’s Lakeview Invitational. Britton won the match.

“He (McCully) showed up and wrestled from the first whistle of round one until the final buzzer of his championship match,” Meyer said. “He got a lot of quality time on the mat at a tough tournament and we want to carry that on into March.”

Brady Phelps (140) and Michael Walker (160) both placed second. Jesse Scheidel was third at 130.

The host Wildcats had five placers with two of them champions.

Champions were Nolan Saxton (112) and Terry Grieser (152). Saxton defeated Ionia’s Jordan Richardson 11-4, while Grieser knocked off Mason County Central’s Spencer Knizacky 9-7.

“Nolan came ready to wrestle with only one mission: dominate with impressionable fashion, and he did just that,” Barton said. “Terry came in with the mindset that nobody other than himself was going to stand on the first place spot of the podium he built the year prior.”

Garrett Cavendish (171) placed second. He lost to Montabella’s Jonny Durham 7-1.

Austin Davy (119) placed third, while Tony Seaborn (140) was fourth.

Montabella also placed five wrestlers, but led the tournament with three first place finishers. Taking first were Dustin Scott (130), Joey Durham (160) and Jonny Durham (171).

Scott defeated Britton 3-2, Joey Durham knocked off Belding’s Walker 6-4, while Jonny Durham defeated Cavendish.

Zack Taubitz finished second. He lost to Reed City’s Adam Kehr 15-0. Dan Davidson (285) was third.

Team wrestling continues on Wednesday. Belding will host Comstock Park, Lakeview is at Big Rapids, Montabella is at Laingsburg and Tri County is at Spring Lake.

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