[Mar 27, 2011]
DAY THREE: Not bad...Not bad, at all!! The MWC wrestlers finished the MYWAY State tournament strong on Sunday. Two time defending state champion, Logan Ramsey was unable to "three-pete" when he picked up his first career loss in post season competition. Logan was simply the victim of moving up an age group and being the younger, smaller wrestler. Despite the loss, Logan put it behind him and showed real toughness when he then reeled off two more wins to capture third place in the 7&8 year old Heavyweight class.
Marcus Esse also competed on day three in the 5&6 year old 44lb class. In his first year of wrestling, Marcus made the state tournament but ran into some tough competition right away. Marcus dropped his first match to the eventual 5th place wrestler and then lost again in the consolation bracket to another tough wrestler.
In the high school division, the Marauders were led by Alvin Cholagh at 192lbs, who finished 5th among the older high school wrestlers. Alvin won his first three matches and advanced to the semi-finals before losing by a score of 4-2 to the eventual champion. In his first match in the consolations, Alvin got caught with a quick headlock and lost by fall. He rebounded, however, and won his final match by default to claim the 5th place medal.
Ben Cantrell (155lbs) and Kevin Papak (122 lbs) both competed and fought hard, but failed to medal in their respective high school weight classes.
The Marauder Wrestling Family will be pleased to learn that two former Marauders (both wrestling with other clubs or independently for personal reasons), Sean Phalen and Eric Rogers, finished as MYWAY Champions this year. Both wrestlers made sure to touch base with their former Marauder teammates and coaches during the tournament. We were proud for Sean and Eric just the same as if they were still wearing the black singlet and jolly roger!
In the final analysis, the Marauders ended up with five ALL STATE wrestlers out of 15 qualifiers. The All State Marauders are: Garett Strube - Runner Up (106lb/14&15); Logan Ramsey - 3rd Place (HwtA/7&8); Alvin Cholagh - 5th Place (192lbs/16-18); Jake Stenowski - 6th (218lbs/14&15); and James Renaud - 6th (138lbs/13&14). Congratulations to them and all who qualified and made the trip to Battle Creek!
DAY TWO: On the second day of the MYWAY State Tourney in Battle Creek, the Marauder Wrestling Club saw three of its members earn All-State honors. James Renaud capped his run at 138 lbs (13&14), finishing 4-3 for the tournament and capturing 6th Place. Renaud may have actually had a better finish, but took a head butt to the nose and couldn't stop the bleeding within the allocated 5:00 bloodtime.
In high school competition, the 9th and 10th grade Marauders were in action and brought home two medals. Sophomore Jake Stenowski finished in 6th place at 218lb and was 4-3 on the day. Stenowski wrestled well and picked an excellent time to begin his transformation into a total wrestler.
The headliner of the day, though, was Freshman Garett Strube, who placed 2nd at 106lbs. Strube started the day avenging his opening round from the MHSAA State tournament against Grandville's Dalton Deuel. Deuel had caught Strube in a head and arm in their opening round match at the Palace a few weeks ago. Today, though, Strube dominated Deuel in 10-1 victory. Strube then moved on to pick up two more tough wins to advance to the finals before losing to eventual champion, Kyle Gillies of Westland John Glenn.
The tournament will come to a close tomorrow with the 11th & 12th graders in action beginning at 10:00 am. Three Marauders will compete in the high school division tomorrow: Kevin Papak (122), Ben Cantrell (155), and Alvin Cholagh (192). In addition, Marcus Esse (44lbs) will be in action in the 5&6 year old division, while Logan Ramsey will begin the defense of his two time state championship at HWY in 7&8 year old division.
DAY ONE: The MYWAY State Tournament is underway in Battle Creek at the Kellogg Center! James Renaud (139lb) kicked off wrestling by losing his first match after a buy and then winning the next three. His last win came in the round of twelve and secured him at least an 8th place and All-State status! James will westle for 3rd place tomorrow beginning at 8:30 am. Kyran Daniels (113lb) wrestled tough, but ended up just short of a medal.
Tomorrow morning the 7 & 8 year olds and the 15 & 16 year old high school kids will wrestle for the chance to be All-State. Stay tuned! I will try to update the website tomorrow when I get a chance.
[Mar 13, 2011]
In only its fourth year of existence, the Marauder Wrestling Club took 30 wrestlers to the Metro Regional tournament on Sunday, March 13, 2011, and managed to send 15 wrestlers to the MYWAY State Tournament in two weeks, Mar 25-27, 2011. The Marauders were led by Logan Ramsey (Hwt/03-02), Nick Gillam (85lbs/99-98), Garett Strube (106lbs/96-95), Ben Cantrell (155lbs/94-92) and Vince Gennero (218lbs/96-95), all of whom finished first in their weight/age group. Strube, one of MWC's founding members, managed to pin his way through the field and take first at 106lbs.
Joining the five champions are Marcus Esse (4th @ 43lbs/06-04), Isaac Lazarowicz (3rd @ 55lbs/03-02), Kyran Daniels (2nd @ 112lbs 99-98), James Renaud (3rd @ 138/97-96), Kevin Papek (3rd @ 122lbs/94-92), Jalen Marion (2nd @ 128lbs/96-95), Brett Rodzos (4th @ 138lbs/96-95), Jake Fuller (2nd @ 155lbs/96-95), Alvin Cholagh (4th @(192lbs/94-92), and Jake Stenowski (2nd @ 218lbs/96-95).
[October 18, 2010]
Matt Jundy may have been the lone representative from Marauder Wrestling this past Sunday, but he made an excellent showing on behalf of our wrestling community. Matt ran off three consecutive wins to make the finals before dropping his first and only match of the weekend. Congratulations to Matt on his second place finish at Allen Park's Rumble in the Jungle!
This weekend is the last of the Borderwars tournaments and probably the last opportunity to compete before the regular season starts. It would be great to see a half dozen Marauders storm the mats at Michigan State this weekend. Think about it and make every effort to get one last tournament in before the season starts!
[October 3, 2010]
Warren Mott Freshman Garret Strube took first at the Holly Borderwars tournament on Sunday, October 3, 2010. Strube had a small chart, but won convincingly over both of his opponents at the 95lb class. In the 135lb class, Matt Jundy rallied after losing his first two matches to take second in a round robin competition among six wrestlers.
Congratulations to both wrestlers - first for competing and second for doing well. Look to join Strube, Jundy and teammate Kyle Gray when they travel to Allen Park, MI (downriver) for the next Borderwars competition on October 17th. These tournaments are great warm ups for the season and will pay dividends to all who participate.
[Sept 27, 2010]
Warren Mott Senior heavyweight Kyle Gray attended the Eastern Michigan University Borderwars Tournament this past Sunday, September 26, 2010 and walked away with the gold. Gray ran off five straight wins to claim the championship and qualify for the Borderwars Folkstyle National Championship tournament this November in Battle Creek, Michigan at the Kellogg Center. Nice job Kyle!!
Kyle and his teammates will move on to the Holly High School tournament next week, followed by the Allen Park tournament and the Michigan State University tournament. For more details on the Fall Tournament schedule, click on the "Off-Season: Events" link to the left.
[August 22, 2010]
Three Marauder wrestlers ventured out to try match their skills at a local Borderwars tournament this past weekend held at Troy Athens HS. Freshman Garrett Strube placed second at 95lbs in the 13 & 14 year old division. Junior Matt Jundy placed 4th in a stacked 135lb weightclass in the open division. Brett Rodzos also had a strong outing at the tournament, although he did not place.
All three wrestlers are to be commended for competing at the tournament on a lazy Saturday morning in August. Undoubtedly, their commitment will pay big dividends in the upcoming season.
Next Up: Allegan High School's Borderwars tournament.
[March 29, 2010]
Nine Marauder wrestlers, five youth wrestlers and four high school wrestlers, participated in the MYWAY State tournament at the Kellogg Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, this past weekend and five came with All-State honors. The young club that came into existence only three years ago has begun to create a buzz among the youth wrestling community. Obviously, the club's coaches, wrestlers and parents are doing something right.
The Marauders were led by Logan Ramsey who, for the second year in a row, was crowned State Champion. Young Logan pinned every opponent in less than a minute and waded through the competition in the 2003-05/HWT division as though they didn't exist. Last year Logan's finals match lasted :19 seconds; this year it took him :32 seconds to wrap up the championship match. Logan finished the year without having lost a single match in MYWAY competition.
Eric Rogers also made it to the finals in the 1997-98/184lbs division. Rogers had rolled into the finals with two pins in the early rounds and a 12-1 decision in the semi-finals. In the finals he lost a tough 3-0 decision to Landon Pelham of Tecumseh. Rogers' second place finish capped off a stellar season in which he also won the Mid Michigan Wrestling Association's (MMWA) State Championship.
Sean Phalen improved on this 6th place finish from last year with a 5th place finish in the 2001-02/56lbs division. Sean dropped a tough and close first round match before reeling off four straight wins. In the consolation semi-finals, Sean lost another close match with a controversial call that sent the match into overtime and a sudden death loss for Sean. Sean rebounded, however, to claim the fifth place match against Drew Woodley from Hartland. Sean's fifth place finish capped off an awesome season in which he won virtually every tournament in which he competed.
The weekend also saw the ascent of Garrett Strube, a founding member of the Marauder Wrestling Club. Garrett began wrestling only two years ago. Last year Garrett qualified for the state tournament, but one only one match before being eliminated. This year was a different story. Garrett advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Logan Griffin, the eventual state champion. Garrett injured his shoulder in the loss, but finished the match and went on to advance two more rounds before losing to Mohamed Yousiff, who went on to place third. Garrett's shoulder injury prevented him from wrestling his 5th place match and his injury default in that match netted him a 6th place finish in the 1995-96/86lbs division. Garrett will join the high school wrestling team next year where he is expected to start at 103lbs.
Kyle Gray capped off the All-State parade with a 7th place finish in the 1991-93/288lbs division. Gray advanced to the quarterfinals before losing 1-0 to Lonnie Morris of Waverly, the eventual third place finish. Gray then won his next two matches before losing 2-1 to Buster Wilson of Southgate. Ironically, it was Wilson who eliminated Gray in the blood round at the MHSAA state tournament at the Palace a few weeks prior. Gray won his final match on an injury default and secured his 7th place finish and All-State status.
Marauder wrestler Quinton Soard, wrestling up a weight at 218, lost in the blood round, needing one more win to secure all-state status. Noah Gramps, a first year wrestler, finished two matches away from All-State status. Noah was 1-2 on the day, with both of his losses being by a few points. Dean Degeer and Matt Jundy also competed at the State tournament, losing both of their matches, but representing the MWC with pride and class.
[March 13, 2010]
WMHS began its off-season efforts as it joined forces with the Marauder Wrestling Club on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the MYWAY Regional tournament at Dakota High School.
In all the Marauders will advance nine wrestlers to the MYWAY State tournament. Five youth members of the MWC and six high school members qualified for the state tournament, which will be held at the Kellogg Center in Battle Creek on March 26,27 & 28, 2010.
The young Marauders secured two Champions in Logan Ramsey at HWT in the 2003-05 age group and Sean Phalen at 55lbs in the 2001-02 age group. Eric Rogers finished 2nd at 183lbs in the 1997-98 age group, just as did Garret Strube at 85lbs in the 1995-96 age group. In a minor suprise, Noah Gramps, a first year wrestler, took third at 58 lbs in the 2001-02 age bracket.
Meanwhile, the high school athletes who joined with the youth wrestlers in their regional tournament, did exceptionally well. The older Marauders qualified six wrestlers for the state tournament in Battle Creek, although only four wrestlers chose to register for the state tournament. Heavyweight brothers Kyle Gray amd Dean DeGeer led the way with first place finishes at 91-93 and 94-95 age groups, respectively. Matt Jundy finished second at 133lbs and Quentin Soard placed fourth at 218lbs in the 94-95 age group. All four will wrestle in two weeks at States.
Ben Cantrell and Rafi Razzouq both placed third in their weight classes, but have not registered to wrestle at the state tournament due to previous committments. Also turning in solid performances on the day were Alvin Cholagh and Brett Rodzos, both of whom were one win away from qualifying for the state tournament.