TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Central welcomed the new wrestling season Wednesday night, hosting Traverse City St. Francis, Kingsley and Kalkaska in a series of dual matches.
The host Trojans defeated Kingsley 56-12 and topped Kalkaska 57-15. Kingsley and Kalkaska each earned a close victory over St. Francis, 30-18 and 30-14, respectively. The Kalkaska-Kingsley score was unreported.
Amadeus Vasquez (145), Austin Bills (152), John LaLonde (160), Josh Glezman (171), Moswen Kirksey (189) and Jason Ochoa (heavyweight) each picked up a pair of individual victories for Central, but it was freshman Carter Schmidt who dazzled Trojans coach Don Funk.
Schmidt only wrestled against Kalkaska at 125 pounds and pinned his opponent.
"He has a great natural ability and feel on the mat," Funk said. "He's picked up our technique and taken it to another level. He was dominant in every position against a tough Kalkaska wrestler."
Ochoa also had a nice night. Ochoa returns as Central's heavyweight from last season, following a his season at left tackle for the Central football team.
Funk said Ochoa has improved "ten fold" since last season.
"He's more physical, more aggressive," Funk said. "For a heavyweight he's powerful and pretty fast."
Luke Linder (14), Bill Crick (215), Ethan Ramsey (125), Kadin Crosley (215) and Gabe Weaver each picked up a Central victory.
St. Francis featured a trio of double winners despite its two losses. Gavin Wilmonth (152), Andy Simaz (160) and Brennan Nicodemus (171) all captured two wins apiece.
"Wilmonth is a freshman. He wrestled well for his first time out on the varsity stage," St. Francis coach Mike Simaz said. "He had one pin and one match he won in the last second on a takedown, 3-1. Andy wasn't really challenged in either one. Brennan got a pin in the first match and forfeit in the second match."
Ethan Hicks (119) and Justin Harlan (140) each went 2-0 on the day for Kalkaska.
TC West 60
Benzie Central 15
TC West 70
Double winners: Dominic Goff (112), Ian Kuschell (125), Damien Ballan (135), Hunter Derry (140), Reese Moore (152), Jacob Hickey (160), Owen Mathie (171), Zac Masiewicz (285).
Single winners: Wiatt McGarry Costello (103), Kaleb Annis (130), Wyatt Nied (130), Gage Payberg (135), Gabe Flowers (145), Hunter Nied (189), Dominic Howell (215).
Central Lake 54
Central Lake (3-0, 1-0 Ski Valley): Ethan Kelly 13 points; Skyler Spangler 13 points, 8 rebounds; Grant Papineau 10 points, 10 rebounds.
Bellaire (0-2): Mitch Lampman 11 points; Luke Niepoth 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists; Dave Yuhaus 6 points; Riley Holik 6 rebounds, 4 blocks, steal.
UP NEXT: Central Lake at Onaway, Friday; Bellaire at Mancelona, Wednesday.
Elk Rapids 76
Suttons Bay 35
Elk Rapids (1-1): Mason Travis 13 points; Jack Hawkins 12 points; Jacob Sayre 11 points; Gordie LaFontaine 11 points; Robert Fager 8 points; Preston Ball 7 points; Marlin Starkey 7 points; Charlie Anderson 5 rebounds.
Suttons Bay: Sean Wilson 16 points, five three-pointers.
UP NEXT: Elk Rapids at Frankfort On Wednesday.
Bear Lake 94
Mason County E 62
Bear Lake (2-1, 2-0 WMD): Trey Gilbert 34 points, 3 rebounds 5 steals, 5 assists; Zack Belinsky 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals, 5 assists; Bradley Novak 19 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks.
UP NEXT: Bear Lake host Mesick on Friday.
Gaylord SM 53
Joseph Moeggenberg hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to gave Gaylord St. Mary a 53-52 overtime win over Mancelona.
Gaylord St. Mary (1-1, 1-0 Ski Valley): Brady Hunter 14 points; Drew Koenig 11 points.
Mancelona (2-1, 0-1 Ski Valley): Matt Boyer 22 points, 6 rebounds; Jayden Alfred 11 points, 10 rebounds; John Ancel 8 points.
UP NEXT: The Ironmen travel Friday to Johannesburg-Lewiston; the Snowbirds visit Forest Area, Friday.
Glen Lake 62
Glen Lake (2-0): Xander Okerlund 19 points, 10 rebounds; Reece Hazelton 20 points, 4 assists; Joey Fosmore 10 points; Drew Peterson 9 points, 14 rebounds.
Charlevoix: Evan Solomon 16 points; Jacob Mueller 13 points.
UP NEXT: The Lakers travel Friday to Buckley.
Lk. Leelanau SM 36
Leland (2-0): Gavin Miller 20 points; J.J. Popp 20 points; Jack Munoz 11 points.
Lake Leelanau St. Mary (0-2): Nathan Smith 12 points; Jacob Schaub 8 points.
UP NEXT: The Comets travel Friday to Onekama; the Eagles travel Friday to Suttons Bay.
East Jordan 49
Central Lake 9
East Jordan (2-0): Jayden Weber 22 points; Lily Black 10 points; Madeline Malpass 7 points.
Central Lake (0-1): Finch Vanniman 2 points; Makayla Graham 2 points; Alexis Cain 2 points.
UP NEXT: East Jordan host Ellsworth on Monday.
TC Central 7
TC Central (1-5, 1-1 BNC): Will Dawson 2 G (unassisted and shorthanded on first goal), A; Charlie Douglass 2 G (one shorthanded, one power play), Nick Sommerfield 2 A; Chase Adams G; Ethan VanderRoest 2 A; Nathan Weber A; Carson Peters G (unassisted), 2 A; Drew Swanson G; Grant Neuhardt 10 saves.
UP NEXT: Northville at TC Central, Friday.
— Compiled by Brett A. Sommers, Jake Atnip and James Cook.
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