The tri-county area collected seven of the 14 Metro League individual championships up for grabs at the Metro League Meet on Saturday.
The four area schools also had four runner-ups and eight earned third or fourth place.
No one earned more champions than Lake Fenton, who had three of them. Linden and Holly had two. In runner-up positions, Linden had two while Fenton and Holly had one each. More about Linden’s wrestlers can be found elsewhere in this publication.
The Holly Bronchos placed in a tie for third at the meet, while Lake Fenton was seventh. Fenton placed 10th.
The Blue Devils had a strong showing with three firsts, earned by Ty Johnson (112), Jack Conley (125) and Zolen Marron (215).
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Marron, a senior, capped the league season by earning a pin in the semifinals before beating Holly’s Kolten Steele 3-0 in the title match. Lake Fenton’s other champions are freshmen. Johnson earned pins in his first two matches and then beat Clio’s Trento Idalski by a 16-8 major decision in the finals. Conley earned two pinfall wins, including one in just four seconds in the semifinal round, to earn his spot in the finals. He beat Swartz Creek’s Wyatt Mathews in the finals by a 7-3 score.
Lake Fenton’s other placers were Gavin Lawrence (145) in third and Jaden Ketchum (119) in fourth.
“Our hammers wrestled well,” Lake Fenton varsity wrestling coach Vance Corcoran said. “And we had Jaden Ketchum place fourth, which was huge, especially being only his second tournament back. I think for the overall young people we have, we did an outstanding job on Saturday.
“We were only 30 points out of first place and we lost to the league champs in our division by four this year. So with the improvements of our kids over this season and the kids coming up next season and the offseason workout that we have planned, I think we’re looking very good for the near future. Now it’s time to buckle down and get these kids to Ford Field and see how they finish.”
Holly had two champions — Nate Young (140) and Jacob Gonzales (152). Young earned pinfall wins in each of his three matches, including a pinfall win in 4:25 against Corunna’s Xavier Anderson in the title match. Gonzales earned his title with three pinfall wins and a 9-4 decision title win against Linden’s Jimmy Roti.
Also placing were a second-place finish by Kolten Steele (215), a third-place finish by Tyler Hild (189) and a fourth-place finish by Scott Hermann (171).
The Fenton Tigers didn’t have any champions, but did have three placers.
Lukas Zywicki (189) placed second, recording a tight 6-3 decision loss against Goodrich’s Kevin Patterson in the title match. Kyle Dunfield (130) earned a third-place finish while Kendra Ryan (103) recorded a fourth-place finish.