Chippewa Hills wrestling takes 15th straight district title

Chippewa HiIls’ Colby Rosa (left) works on Big Rapids’ Jacob Alber duiing the semifinal match on Monday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REMUS — Chippewa Hills now has 15 Division 3 district wrestling titles in a row and did it in convincing fashion on Monday.

In the district tournament at the Reed City Middle School, the Warriors defeated Big Rapids 76-6 and then knocked off the host school which had a first-round bye, 70-12 in the title match.

The Warriors won all but one of the 14 weight classes against Big Rapids. The Warriors won five actual matches and took the rest by forfeit.

In the match over Reed City, the Warriors had 11 pins and one major decision and lost only two matches, both by pins.

Doublewinners of actual matches for Chippewa Hills were senior Dillon Bailey (215), and sophomores Colby Roosa (285) and Trenten Wiggins (160).

“You have to be ready to go, work hard and train hard,” said Bailey, who got a dramatic pin against Austin Fowler of Reed City while trailing 7-4.

Other wrestlers for the Warriors were seniors Dillon Bailey, Mason Hayes, Bray Haynes, Keigen Storey and Trevor Swix. juniors Justin Bonner, Taylor Gibson, Ozzawa Manito, Gabe Petoskey and Chayton Wiggins; sophomores Jonathan Calabrese, Paul Fortier, Riley Greene, Logan Hansen, Carson Hayes, Gavin Miller, Parker Thompson, Carl Whipple and Daylin Witting and freshmen Trever Gravelyn, Matt Miller, Keigen Storey. Robert Vanvleet and Craig Wernette.

Chippewa Hills is 27-1.

“Our boys wrestled great tonight,” Warrior coach Kevin Edwards said. “We had to make weight this past Saturday and turn around then make weight again today. That’s something they’re not use to. But they wrestled well tonight.”

The district was rescheduled from Thursday to Monday. The Warriors now have to make weight for Wednesday’s regional at Grayling. They wrestle Benzie in the first round.

“They have a good squad,” Edwards said. “They put together a nice program up there.”

Reed City got pins from Ryan Simmons (119) to pen the match and from Anakin Andrus (112) at the end.

“It’s nice to see Ryan and Anakin come up with a couple of wins,” Reed City coach Roger Steig said. “Chippewa Hills is a good team all the way through. To get a win against them, it takes a good wrestler to do it.

Kaelan McBride had a pin for Big Rapids over Chippewa Hills.

“Going up against Chippewa Hills in the first round is difficult,” Big Rapids coach Bruce Hoffman said. “They fill all the weight classes. We don’t mathematically have a chance to, win that meet. We still have some guys in individual regionals next weekend and we’re looking forward to that.”


Crossroads 78, Brethren 60

BIG RAPIDS — Britton Angell scored 33 points while Ethan Davis had 13, Isaac Slomp had 11 and Cody Carlson 10 in Monday’s win for Crossroads.

Crossroads, ranked honorable mention in the Associated Press’ Division 4 poll, is 14-1 overall and 12-1 in the league.

Crossroads plays Thursday at Walkerville.


Greenville 45, Big Rapids 26

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids fell to 4-9 with this nonleague loss on Monday to Greenville.

Adele Kemp had 16 points for Greenville. Josie Prince had eight points and Holly McKenna seven for Big Rapids.

The Cardinals had 28 turnovers.

“My kids play so hard,” Big Rapids coach Jessica Haist said. “They don’t give up and they battle. We have to get better with the ball.”

Big Rapids is home on Tuesday with Central Montcalm.

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