Bronson downs Mendon, WP to earn Division 4 district crown

BRONSON — The Mendon wrestling team saw its season come to an end in Wednesday’s Division 4 team districts with a loss to host Bronson 41-26.
“We knew we had to have everything go our way to win tonight. Bronson had a couple guys back in their lineup they didn’t have the first time we saw them,” said Mendon coach Caleb Stephenson.
Mendon defeated Bronson a few weeks ago 36-33 in a BCS League dual meet.
Bronson benefitted this time from the return of Ruger Ranney at 145 pounds and Nathan Caudill (285).
“For the most part things did go our way,” Stephenson said.
Wyatt Cool of Mendon pinned Gavin Alger of Bronson in 3:55 at 160 to start the match.
At 171, Cole Houtz of Bronson beat Austin Samson of Mendon 11-7.
At 189, Justin Matthews of Mendon lost by pin in 0:41 to David Erwin of Bronson.
At 215, Mikki Feister of Mendon lost 8-3 to Chase Gibson of Bronson.
Emmett Bingaman (285) from Mendon was defeated 9-0 by Caudill.
At 103, Ben Modert of Bronson won by forfeit.
At 112, Nik Andaverde of Mendon pinned Brendan Withington of Bronson in 1:51.
At 119, Logan Hunter of Mendon lost by pin to Eion Depaz in 5:59.
At 125, Wyatt Diekman of Mendon was pinned in 3:08 by Dillan Weatherton.
At 130, Kody Drewer from Mendon lost a 9-7 decision to Isaac Tappenden of Bronson.
At 135, Skyler Crespo of Mendon won 15-0 over Bronson’s Jake Murphy.
At 140, Chris Rios of Mendon fell 9-1 against Bronson’s Jacob Butters.
Mendon’s Sam Cleveland (145) was pinned by Ranney in 1:05.
At 152, Kaden Frye of Mendon bumped up a weight and earned a 10-5 decision over Bronson’s Isaac Robertson.
It was Frye’s 100th career victory.
“We started the meet in a perfect spot (160), and when our upper weights got through the heart of their lineup only giving up 16 points, we knew we were in business. We lost a couple really great matches in the last 15 seconds that we needed to win, but that’s the way it goes, and I was proud of those two in those matches, because they had big leads,” Stephenson said.
“It is a great lesson for them moving toward the individual district and next year.”
White Pigeon beat Colon/Burr Oak 78-6 in the other semifinal before suffering a 45-28 loss in the championship to Bronson.
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