Saline wrestling brought a small team to Wyandotte Saturday. But the small team produced big results.
Saline finished first with 164 points – 11 better than second place Wyandotte Roosevelt. Chelsea was fifth with 111.5 points.
Coach Chad O’Brien was happy with the team’s performance.
“We took 10 wrestlers and eight of them placed. Five wrestled in the finals. The best part was that even with only 10 competitors we took first as a team,” O’Brien said.
Cade Gilless (17-3), wrestling at 171, starred for Saline. Gilless opened the meet by pinning Fenton’s Blake Baird in 19 seconds. In the quarterfinal, Gilless pinned Utica Ford’s Noah Bright in 1:31. Gilless won his semifinal match by pinning Jesus Pasencia, of Roosevelt, in 1:24. In the first-place match, Gilless pinned Wayne Memorial’s Jalen Adams in 1:17. Gilless picked up 30 points for Saline.
Gilless was voted as the tournament’s Most Valuable Wrestler in the upper weight classes.
Zach Sabin (20-2) won the 215-pound division. He pinned Fenton’s Seth Sutter in 44 seconds and Roosevelt’s Matt Gardner in 33 seconds. In the semifinal he defeated Churchill’s Matt Wilson by pin a 3:12. In the first-place match, Sabin pinned Mahdy Abdellatif, of Ypsilanti, with a pin at 5:09. Sabin also picked up 30 points for the Hornets.
Three other Hornets advanced to the first place match. At 189 Joshua Brannan (12-3) won by void, fall and decision before falling in overtime to Dearborn’s Dean Elder. At 103, Brett Marvin won with a bye, technical fall and pin before he lost in the first-lace match. Marvin improved to 19-6. At 145, Elliot Hill (18-2) won with a bye, a tech-fall and decision before he lost in the finals.
CJ Kraft was third at 160, Luke Hoyt was fifth at 135, and Harrison Hill was sixth at 152. Colton Waltson and Brett Thornell also wrestled for Saline.