Raider Wrestlers finish regular season with 20-3 record
The Raider Wrestlers capped off their regular season in strong form. With two events that totaled 7 duals where the Raiders won each dual establishing a final regular season record of 20-3 and becoming the CAAC White Champions.
Wednesday the Raiders hosted Ionia, Waverly and Okemos. The Raiders looked strong the whole night establishing wins against each opponent by double-digit margins: Ionia (63-12), Waverly (65-10), and Okemos (54-8). Highlight Wrestler of the night was Drew Miller as he outmatched his Waverly opponent James Wagner (Ranked #14 in Division 2) 9-5 in a back and forth battle. Drew was taken down first but then refocused, escaped and secured a takedown taking the lead, 3-2. After giving up an escape and a takedown, Drew once again responded by scoring and taking the lead with an escape and a takedown for himself making the score 6-5. Drew owned the 3rd period scoring 3 more points with an escape and a takedown and not giving up any points which secured the match 9-5. Way to go Drew!
Saturday, the Raiders traveled north landing in Ithaca to challenge Hemlock, Carrollton and the hosting team Ithaca. Again, the Raiders proved to be too much to handle as they established 13 pins on the day. The thrill of the day came from Deakin Guidi in his overtime - sudden victory win against his Hemlock opponent. With just :40 seconds left, Deakin Guidi was losing by 5 points and in the neutral position. He made a valiant attempt and secured a takedown and nearfall points to send the match into overtime. In overtime he attacked early and secured a quick takedown to win the match! Great focus and determination Deakin!
Watch the Raider Wrestlers on Facebook Live as they are home Wednesday, March 17th for Team Districts where they will face Belding in District Semifinals at 5:30pm. The winner of the District Semifinal will face Lakewood in the District Final at 6:30. Good Luck Raider Wrestlers!
Photo courtesy of Renae Goodman.