FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
PETOSKEY — Five area youth wrestlers won state championships this weekend at the NEMWA State Championships held in Petoskey.
Aden Leonard of Kingsley, Clay Myers and Damien Ballan of Traverse City and Gavyn Merchant and Justin Grahn of Fife Lake each won state titles.
Leonard took the 75-pound weight class in the 9-10 age group.
Myers won the 125-pound crown in the 11-12 group, while Ballan won the 75-pound class in the same age range.
Merchant won his second state title in as many years, claiming the 49-pound class in the 7-8 age group, while Grahn was the top wrestler in the 61-pound class for ages 7-8.
Other top area placers in the tournament were: Kingsley’s Baron Leonard, 2nd, 77, 7-8; Traverse City’s Dutch Ballan, 2nd, 59, 9-10; TC’s Hunter Derry, 2nd, 11-12; Kingsley’s Tanner Martindale, 2nd, 59, 9-10; Kingsley’s Remy Cotton, 2nd, 80, 9-10; Kingsley’s Cole Kelly, 2nd, 162, 9-10; Fife Lake’s Kordell Birgy, 2nd, 55, 7-8; Fife Lake’s Isaac Grahn, 3rd, 58, 7-8; Kingsley’s Michael Cannon, 3rd, 49, 7-8; TC’s Andrew Schaub, 4th; and Kingsley’s Joe Moran, 4th, 71, 9-10.
OLIVET: Grayling’s Tyler McClanahan committed to play at Olivet College next fall. McClanahan was a unanimous first-team all-state selection last season at wide receiver.
AQUINAS: Glen Lake’s Clare Slack committed to play soccer for Aquinas College next fall. She’ll be teammates with former Laker Casey McDonough, who is a junior for the Saints.
JUNIOR A: The Traverse City Hounds completed a three-game weekend home sweep of Berkley with a 7-2 victory. Scott Luca had two goals for the Hounds, while Premysl Synek had four assists and Josh Smith three. Other goals went to Sergey Merzlov, Kevin Hansen, Nick Burton, Kevin Miloser and Patrick Rogowski. Vladislav Graevski earned the win in net, stopping 21 of 23 shots.
The YMCA Midnight Madness 3-on-3 basketball tournament is slated fro March 14. The event for boys and girls teams in grade 4-9 starts at 5 p.m. Registration deadline is March 6, with a cost of $120.00 per team. For more information, visit www.gtbayymca.org or call 933-9622.
WAGNER: Dwaun Anderson (Suttons Bay) had 12 points and six rebounds in Wagner’s 71-66 win over Mount St. Mary’s Saturday night. Anderson connected on 5 of 7 field goals, and also had two steals.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Braylon Rayson scored 19 points and Austin Stewart added 16 to lead Central Michigan past Northern Illinois 70-67 on Sunday. Stewart scored on a four-point play to give Central Michigan a 17-13 lead and the Chippewas led the rest of the way. Chris Fowler scored 15 points and dished out eight assists for Central Michigan (10-16, 3-11 Mid-American). John Simons (Cadillac) had seven points and three rebounds for the Chippewas.
WESTERN MICHIGAN: Shayne Whittington scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, his 10th double-double of the season, as Western Michigan beat Eastern Michigan 75-67 on Sunday. Western Michigan won its seventh straight game. David Brown added 20 points, 11 from the free throw line, and had seven rebounds for Western Michigan (18-8, 11-3 Mid-American Conference). Darell Combs had 21 for Eastern Michigan (15-12, 7-7), on 8-of-16 shooting.
NETS: Jason Collins is the NBA’s first active openly gay player, singing a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
MICHIGAN: The University of Michigan is holding talks about bringing top soccer teams Real Madrid and Manchester United to Michigan Stadium on Aug. 2 as part of the International Champions Cup.