Warriors advance

BRISCOE: Warriors' senior wrestler Kevin Briscoe. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BRISCOE: Warriors’ senior wrestler Kevin Briscoe. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

Chippewa Hills wrestling moves on to state semifinals

BATTLE CREEK —  Chippewa Hills’ wrestling team is two wins away from a state championship.

The Warriors defeated Allegan 46-24 at Kellogg Arena Friday in a Division 3 state quarterfinal match to keep their season going.

The Warriors (27-3) face Richmond (30-5), 11:45 a.m. Saturday in a state semifinal clash. Saginaw Swan Valley (40-1) and Dundee (24-5) are in the other semifinal.

The title match is 4 p.m. Saturday at Kellogg Arena.

“We’re in the state semifinals, we’re pretty excited,” Chippewa HiIls coach Nate Ethridge said. “The kids wrestled well today.”

The Warriors started out sizzling against Allegan with three straight points, a forfeit and major decision to boast a 28-0 lead. They got pins from Jaycob Sharp (135) over Ben Diaz in 53 seconds, from John Wixson (140) over Nate Hunziker in 1:23 and Mason Dey (145) over Leon Hough in 0:40.

David Spedowski (152) won by void and Kevin Briscoe (160) scored a 12-4 win over Trey Boerman.

Allegan mounted a surge with three straight wins. Levi Sabin (171) defeated Eric Russell 16-1, Austin Farrell (189)  pinned Brendan Barry in 5:54 and Chase Beard (215) pinned Billy Koepf in 3:52.

Kyle Vandenbrooks (285) extended the Warrior lead to 31-17 with a 7-2 win over Jacob Holmes. Levi Sabin decisioned Brandon Russell 13-1 to make it 31-21.

The Warriors clinched it with three straight wins.

Kaden Ellis (112) pinned Jake Orr in 0:39, Mike Felix (119) decisioned Ricky Jefferson 5-3 and Austin Young (125) pinned Justin Wiseman in 0:28.

Joey Orr (130) of Allegan defeated Slade Todd 7-4 to end the match.

“It was a program win, a team win,” Ethridge said.

Richmond has been in the title match the last five seasons. They were runners-up to Dundee the last two years.

“Richmond has a great program,” Ethridge said Friday night. “We’ll go over some last-minute details right now and hopefully our boys are mentally prepared and hopefully it’s a war.”

Ethridge said it’s not necessarily a matter of confidence for his team right now.

“It think it’s (a matter of) being prepared,” he said. “They know that we’re prepared and confident in the way they’re training and confident in their abilities. We’ll just go out and wrestle Chippewa Hills style.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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