Chippewa Hills ends Chieftains season in quarterfinals
KALAMAZOO — Bonus points are always key in a big wrestling match.
They turned out to be huge in Dowagiac’s 47-21 loss to No. 3-ranked Remus Chippewa Hills in the Division 3 state quarterfinals at Wings Event Center Friday afternoon.
The Chieftains, the No. 6 seed in Division 3, gave up five pins and a technical fall to the Warriors, who opened up the quarterfinal match by winning the first six bouts and building a 29-0 advantage.
That is when things got interesting.
Dowagiac (26-9) won four consecutive bouts, three by pins, to cut the Chippewa Hills’ lead to 29-21 heading into the 135-pound contest.
Dylan Elmore got the ball rolling for the Chieftains as he pinned Carson Hayes in 2:30 at 112 pounds.
Jessie Edge pinned Daylin Wittig in four minutes at 119 before Alex McIntosh pinned Justin Bonner in just 39 seconds to make it 29-18.
Senior Kody Walker then bumped up two weight classes and defeated Bray Haynes 10-4 at 130 pounds to pull Dowagiac within eight points.
The Warriors (24-0) would win the final four bouts, two by way of pins, to close out the match and the season for the Chieftains.
Chippewa Hills advanced to Saturday’s noon semifinals match against No. 2 seed Richmond, while No. 1 seed Dundee faced No. 4 seed Whitehall in the other semifinal.
Dundee defeated Comstock Park 59-6, Whitehall defeated Birch Run 38-34 and Richmond defeated Alma 57-18.
In Division 2, Lakeshore was also ousted in the quarterfinals as the Lancers fell to Eaton Rapids 35-26.
DIVISION 3 QUARTERFINALS
REMUS CHIPPEWA HILLS 47, DOWAGIAC 21
103: Daylin Wittig (RCH) p. Tyler Huston 0:53; 112: Dylan Elmore (D) p. Carson Hayes 2:30; 119: Jessie Edge (D) p. Ozzie Manito 4:00; 125: Alex McIntosh (D) p. Justin Bonner 0:39; 130: Kody Walker (D) d. Bray Haynes 10-4; 135: Korante Lowrey (RCH) d. Deny White 8-7; 140: Caleb Fate (RCH) p. Xander Keller 1:35; 145: Brandon Russell (RCH) p. Gage Williams 3:15; 152: Austin Young (RCH) d. Nick Turnbow 5-2; 160: Jaycob Sharp (RCH) d. Lamberto Paredes 7-2; 171: Robert Granberry (RCH) t.f. over Terry George 15-0; 189: Chayton Wiggins (RCH) d. Justin Lyle 8-1; 215: Billy Koepf (RCH) p. Caleb Murphy 3:04; 285: Andrew Vinton (RCH) p. Wyatt Bailey 1:55.
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