MARSHALL - The Marshall/Lakeview wrestling team split a pair of matches, falling to Adrian 53-17 before picking up a 42-30 win against Fulda/Murray County Central, at a home triangular Tuesday.
Tiger sophomore Ramzi Gregoire celebrated his 60th career win after the first of two pins he earned on the night in the 152-pound weight class.
Gregoire pinned Adrian's Hunter Heitkamp in three minutes, 32 seconds to reach the wrestling milestone.
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Marshall’s Ramzi Gregoire celebrates winning the 60th match of his high school career with a pin against Adrian Area’s Hunter Heitkamp in 3 minutes, 32 seconds on Tuesday at Marshall High School.
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Marshall’s Matt Facile tangles with Fulda/Murray County Central’s Ben Blanchette during the 132-pound match. Blanchette defeated Facile with a 6-3 decision.
"It was awesome," Gregoire said. "He's been my rival since fifth-grade. It's the first time I beat him."
Gregoire also pinned Warrior opponent Nathan Beech at the 3:00 mark, giving Marshall/Lakeview a commanding 36-9 lead.
Ninth-grader Dylan Dulas and sophomore Nick Erbes won by forfeit to give the Tigers the early edge against Fulda/MCC. Ninth-grader Devyn Martzloff, senior Brent Breczinski and eighth-grader Wyatt Martin then followed up with a pin apiece.
"The guys we needed to come through for us, did, and we got some big wins," Tiger head coach Justin Bouwman said. " We wrestled tough. Wyatt, our eight-grader, came up with a big pin and that kind of sealed it for us. It's nice to see these young kids have success."
Eighth-grader Brenden Otto won by forfeit at 220 pounds.
"Fulda/MCC had some extra open weights that we were able to fill, which was nice for us," Bouwman said. "Our younger kids matched up well."
Wins were tougher to come by for Marshall/Lakeview (3-9 overall) in the match against the Dragons (11-4 overall). Along with Gregoire's memorable pin, ninth-grader Toby Semler and senior Matt Facile each won by major decision, while Erbes, who hit the 60th career win milestone on Dec. 12, won a 5-0 decision.
"Ramzi got a big win for us," Bouwman said. "That was his 60th win, so that was a big win for him. Toby got a big win and Nick wrestled really tough for us. Nick, right now, is probably one of our more dominant kids. Matt and Brent, they're wrestling tough matches, too. They're kind of flip-flopping weights now, so it's a little bit of an adjustment for Brent. Matt's wrestling really well."
Bouwman has confidence in Breczinski, that he'll be able to settle in at the new weight class.
"Matt decided he wanted to cut down and go to 132 and wrestle there the rest of the year, which is okay, but somebody has to move then," Bouwman said. "Brent went up and it takes a little bit of an adjustment to go back up. You have to gain weight back and get back into your strength. He's done it for us before and Brent makes pretty good adjustments with it."
The biggest downfall for the Tigers this season has been having a slim roster and having to forfeit a number of weight classes. Against Adrian, Marshall/Lakeview forfeited four of the last five weights, giving the Dragons a 53-17 edge.
But with tournament time just around the corner, the Tigers want to keep on improving as best they can, to put themselves in as good as a position as they can for the future. Gregoire said he was satisfied with the season so far, but he has even higher hopes for the post-season.
"I'm just getting back from having a concussion," he said. "Now, I want to prepare to go to state."
Fulda/MCC (1-5 overall) dropped both matches, but earned individuals wins from a number of wrestlers. Against Marshall/Lakeview, Clayton Hartle and Dylan Nelson stuck their opponent, while Ben Blanchette and Tanner Nelson won by decision. Ethan Heintz and Breylan Jacobson won by forfeit.
Marshall/Lakeview 42, Fulda/MCC 30
106: Dylan Dulas (M) won by forfeit; 113: Clayton Hartle (F/MCC) pinned Toby Semler, 5:44; 120: Nick Erbes (M) won by forfeit; 126: Devyn Martzloff (M) pinned Jon Gehl, 2:12; 132: Ben Blanchette (F/MCC) decision Matt Facile, 6-3; 138: Brent Breczinski (M) pinned Jimmy Carlson, 0:59; 145: Wyatt Martin (M) pinned Will Gehl, 0:55; 152: Ramzi Gregoire (M) pinned Nathan Beech, 3:00; 160: Ethan Heintz (F/MCC) won by forfeit; 170: Tanner Nelson (F/MCC) decision Jarrett Louwagie, 6-2; 182: Dylan Nelson (F/MCC) pinned Brandon Appel, 0:52; 195: Breylan Jacobson (F/MCC) won by forfeit; 220: Brenden Otto (M) won by forfeit; 285: Double forfeit.
Adrian 53, Marshall/Lakeview 17
106: Skylar Hieronimus (A) pinned Dylan Dulas, 1:38; 113: Toby Semler (M) major decision Alex Fuestenberg, 10-0; 120: Nick Erbes (M) decision Greg Kern, 5-0; 126: Ryan Elias (A) pinned Devyn Martzloff, 5:50; 132: Matt Facile (M) major decision Logan Nelson, 14-1; 138: Michael Preuss (A) pinned Brent Breczinski, 5:16; 145: Logan Rogers (A) technical fall Wyatt Martin, 17-1; 152: Ramzi Gregoire (M) pinned Hunter Heitkamp, 3:32; 160: Carter VanDyke (A) won by forfeit; 170: Matthew Slater (A) pinned Jarrett Louwagie, 2:28; 182: Double open; 195: Andy McCann (A) pinned Brandon Appel, 1:10; 220: (Name not available) (A) won by forfeit; 285: (Name not available) (A) won by forfeit.