Bobcats fall to No. 3-ranked Raiders

Brandywine’s Sam Burge pins Decatur’s Fritz Williamson at the Division 4 Team Regional in Mendon Thursday. (Leader photo/RON HARNER)

Brandywine’s Sam Burge pins Decatur’s Fritz Williamson at the Division 4 Team Regional in Mendon Thursday. (Leader photo/RON HARNER)

MENDON — Brandywine saw its 2015-16 dual wrestling season come to a close Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the semifinals of the MHSAA Division 4 Mendon Regional.

The Bobcats lost 64-18 to No. 3-ranked Decatur.

Winners for Brandywine (29-10) were senior Jesse Lochmondy (pin at 135 pounds), freshman Garrett Lerner (pin at 160) and junior Sam Burge (pin at 189).

Bobcats coach Rex Pomranka talked about the strides made by all his wrestlers during the season.

“Everybody on the team made improvement — from our top guys to our newbies,” Pomranka said.

One example of a newcomer coming a long way was  freshman Searra Inman (103).

“Earlier in the year, (Decatur freshman Dylan Elmore) stuck her,” Pomranka said. “She came back and went three periods with him.”

Inman scrapped with Elmore in a 21-12 loss that saw the lead see-saw back and forth early on. The two featherweights were tied 9-all going into the second period. The bout ended up being the only one that went the full six minutes between the Bobcats and Raiders.

Lochmondy scored a quick takedown and two-point near fall before ending his match in 37 seconds.

Lerner trailed 2-0 at the end of the first period and earned a pin in 3:56.

Bure tallied two takedowns and a three-point near fall before getting a fall in 1:48.

Brandywine was in the regional after winning an 11th straight district championship.

 

DIVISION 4 MENDON DISTRICT

Semifinals

DECATUR 64, BRANDYWINE 18

(Competition Began at 119)

103: Dylan Elmore (D) m.d.  Searra Inman 21-12; 112: Emilee LaPorte (D) won by forfeit; 119: Owen Flowers (D) p. Dallas Fahey :22; 125: Coy Helmuth (D) p. Michael Kachur 1:08; 130: Lucian Parish (D) p. Kaci Lintz :39; 135: Jesse Lochmondy (BW) p. Kohl Matlock :37; 140: Axton Gerhold (D) won by forfeit; 145: Ethan May (D) p. Ryan Buchar 3:11; 152: Elijah Luth (D) p. Jacob Kimbrough :49; 160: Garrett Lerner (BW) p. Everrett Blonde 3:56; 171: Zac Checkley (D) p. Kristian Hertsel 5:33; 189: Sam Burge (BW) p. Fritz Williamson 1:48; 215: T.J. Conklin (D) p. Joshua Jones 2:45; 285: Logan Kennedy (D) p. Aaron Casto 1:18.

Varsity record: Brandywine 29-10.

 

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