Vikings place 10 on all-area wrestling team

The Niles wrestling team placed 10 wrestlers on the All-Southwest Michigan Wrestling team, which was released Thursday.

Named to the first team for the Vikings were senior Quintin Smith and junior Mitchell Findeisen.

Smith finished the 2015-16 season with a record of 35-11, while Findeisen finished with a record of 40-9. Findeisen finished fourth at the state finals.

Edwardsburg’s Hunter Vargo (52-6) and Michael Higley (52-4) were also first team selections.

Lakeshore’s Austin Franco was named Wrestler of the Year, while Decatur’s Jack Richardson was named Coach of the Year.

The team was selected by the area wrestling coaches.

 

ALL-AREA WRESTLING TEAM

Wrestler of the Year

Austin Franco, Lakeshore

 

Coach of the Year

Jack Richardson, Decatur

 

First Team

103: Nick Baldwin, Lawton (43-15); 112: Austin Franco, Lakeshore (48-1); 119: Michael Higley, Edwardsburg (52-4); 125: Hunter Vargo, Edwardsburg (52-6); 130: Lucian Parish, Decatur (51-6); 135: Mitchell Findeisen, Niles (40-9); 140: Ethan May, Decatur (54-4); 145: Quintin Smith, Niles (35-11); 152: Zach Menck, Lawton (44-7); 160: Zach Checkley, Decatur (47-17); 171: Anthony Reo, Paw Paw (47-5); 189: Dominick Reo, Paw Paw (51-6); 215: Devon Kozal, Bangor (48-1); 285: Logan Kennedy, Decatur (49-6).

 

Second Team

103: Kody Walker, Dowagiac (35-8); 112: Andrew Flick, Niles (41-8); 119: Coy Helmuth, Decatur (49-6); 125: Tony Williams, Lakeshore (43-8); 130: Brenden Hall, Niles (38-9); 135: Jesse Lochmondy, Brandywine (44-8); 140: Courtland Lamberton, Niles (40-14); 145: Cody Carlisle, Lakeshore (34-17); 152: Devonte Gaskill, Niles (25-13); 160: Mike Nuygen, Dowagiac (18-8); 171: Joey Hess, Edwardsburg (46-11); 189: Blake Parsons, Edwardsburg (50-8); 215: Isaac Weir, Lakeshore (38-9); 285: Jason Craig, Lawton (49-9).

 

Honorable Mention

103: Daniel Villalobos, Bangor (37-17); 112: Garret Cleveland, Berrien Springs (40-9), Dennis Rayford, South Haven (30-12), Owen Flowers, Decatur (45-5), Dylan Amm, Lawton (45-11); 119: Gage Williams, Dowagiac (34-8), Cade Stephenson, Niles (34-16), Mike Kachur, Brandywine (38-9); 125: Ramiro Williams, Berrien Springs (37-11), Kris Wigent-Kinyon, Dowagiac (17-10); 130: Kaci Lintz, Brandywine (36-16), Adam Eger, Buchanan (38-11), Martiece Wright, South Haven (30-18); 135: Jacob Kelly, St. Joseph (29-11), Dillion Richey, Cassopolis (35-13); 140: Robert Dente, Lakeshore (24-13), Nathan Tackitt, Dowagiac (30-14).

145: Axton Gerhold, Decatur (40-18), Ryan Buchar, Brandywine (28-23), Lucas Marks, Edwardsburg (34-17); 152: Elijah Luth, Decatur (37-11), Carter Hall, St. Joseph (16-9), Mason Hiler, Dowagiac (33-11), Kristen Hertsel, Brandywine (34-13); 160: Austin Cline, Edwardsburg (27-10), Jacob Graham, Buchanan (31-16), Garrett Lerner, Brandywine (15-7); 171: Aaron Spear, Lakeshore (27-16), Dayton Smith, Niles (18-17), Scotty Hassle, Dowagiac (23-6), Sam Burge, Brandywine (46-11); 189: A.J. Green, Cassopolis (46-7), Tyler Hill, Lakeshore (35-13), Tim Eising, Berrien Springs (24-19); 215: Gage Wells, Berrien Springs (30-12), Braulio Sosa, Niles (22-20), Sam Sosa, Niles (16-4); 285: Bryce Robinson, Lakeshore (33-13), Robert Barringer, South Haven (24-14), Jason Echeverria, Niles (21-11), Tyrique Moore, Berrien Springs (33-18), Dave Curl, Watervliet, Reece West, Cassopolis (35-11).

 

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