Local wrestlers eliminated from state tournament

Published 6:43 pm Saturday, March 12, 2005

By Staff
AUBURN HILLS – All of the Brandywine and Buchanan wrestlers were eliminated from the Michigan High School Athletic Association Lower Peninsula State Wrestling Finals Friday night.
Brandywine's Adam Simons was pinned by Beal City's Marty Schafer in 2:36 at 189-pounds in Division 4.
Buchanan's Nick Wheetley and Ryan Carrigan survived the opening round of the consolation bracket, but were eliminated in the consolation quarterfinals.
Wheetley dropped an 11-3 decision to Erie-Mason's Brandon Griffin at 119-pounds in Division 3.
Carrigan was edged by Remus Chippewa Hills' Keith Cotter, 4-3, at 275-pounds.
On Friday afternoon, Wheetley decisioned Dean Amos of Kalkaska, 11-8, while Carrigan pinned James Weaver of Otisville-Lakeville in 2:42.
Buchanan's Todd Taylor and Jim Connors were eliminated from the tournament with a loss.
Taylor lost to Luke Kropetz of Gladwin, 6-3. Connors lost to Nick Williams of Cheboygan, 12-9.
Dowagiac's Jeromy Northrop was defeated in his quarterfinal match.
Northrop (50-3) was pinned by John Fulger of Montrose in 3:45.
Northrop won his consolation round match against Jeff Bancroft of Grayling with a pin in 2:33.
Dowagiac's Kyle Bennett was eliminated following a techinical fall (18-3) to Nathan Browning of Durand.
Cassopolis' Justin Tucker advanced to Friday night's Division 4 semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Todd Barton of St. Louis.
Tucker (47-5) was defeated by Josh Burtch of Whittemore-Prescott, 9-3.
Burtch (58-3) advanced to the semifinals with a pin of Tyler Hall of Clinton in 1:17.
Cassopolis' Randy Hemminger was eliminated in the second round of consolation matches by Joey Kokenakes of Clinton, 11-3. Hemminger won his first round consolation match as he decisioned Jerico Hayward of Marlette, 5-3.
Cassopolis' Zach Deubner lost to Andre Sanson of Brown City, 3-0, while Cassopolis' Kenny Brown lost to Ryan Confer of New Lothrop in the first round of consolation matches, eliminating them from the tournament.