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By Chuck Klonke
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Anchor Bay wrestling coach Jim Morisette is glad he let assistant coach Al Biland talk him into making some lineup adjustments for the Tars' Macomb Area Conference Red Division dual meet with Warren Woods-Tower on Wednesday.
"Coach Biland wanted to bump them up. I wasn't happy about it but he talked me into it," Morisette said after Anchor Bay's 38-16 victory kept the Tars unbeaten in the tough MAC Red. "We bumped the whole lineup up after 125 (pounds).
"Colton Stancavage, Luke Brazil, Jeff Andrews, Zach Myers were all giving up some big-time weight. These guys don't complain. They smile at that. They just do what they're asked to do. There will be a time when they can wrestle for themselves. Tonight they had to wrestle for the team and they love doing it. It makes coaching easy."
In the other matches, Anchor Bay defeated L'Anse Creuse 56-21, Warren Woods-Tower beat Romeo 51-19 and L'Anse Creuse edged Romeo 38-37.
Anchor Bay got off to a good start, winning four of the first five matches. Alex Moses started things off with a pin at 125 and Nolan Romanoski won a 3-2 decision from Steven Najeeb, Joey Schindler got a win for the Titans, but Andrews and Brazil each won decisions to give the Tars a 15-3 lead.
Wins by WWT's Austin Frederick and Jujuan Lovejoy cut the Tars' lead to 15-9, however a pin from Patrick Dufty at 171 started a streak of four straight Anchor Bay wins that was capped by heavyweight Reno Giacalone's pin.
"For the first time, we experienced no momentum throughout the dual meet," said Woods-Tower coach Greg Mayer. "We got in a hole early and never got a chance to dig out. We had a great effort tonight. We wrestled hard. My hat's off to the Anchor Bay guys. They had a game plan and executed it perfectly. They're well-coached.
"We got frustrated and showed our youth on a few occasions. We'll see how they handle it. It's the first time they've really gotten their tails kicked. We'll see how they respond in practice. We always tell them that you don't lose if you learn something."
Morisette said that every match was critical.
"There were so many pivotal matches," he said. "We're not that many points better than them. Sometimes if a kid loses and only gives up three points it's big. It was tough. We beat a team with real good coaches, but we have some good coaches here, too."
"Coach Biland gets a well-deserved pop tonight," Morisette said. "I don't mind saying this one is on him."
In a match featuring two county meet champions, Anchor Bay's Jack Medley improved to 37-1 with an 18-6 major decision over Chaise Mayer at 112 pounds.
Greg Mayer said that David Stepanian (103) made some good adjustments in winning his match. He also praised the work of Frederick and Lovejoy.
L'Anse Creuse came back from a 31-20 deficit to spoil Romeo's Parents Night. Joe Lechkun got things rolling with a pin at 285. Romeo was void at 103 and Michael Rademaker clinched the win with a pin at 112.
"We knew Romeo would be amped up on Parents Night so we knew we had to do some shuffling around," said Lancers coach David Prince. "We didn't use the same lineup we used against Anchor Bay. We bumped quite a few people up and it worked in our favor."
Some other key wins came from Jacob Girard, who won 8-7 in overtime at 145, a ;pin by freshman Sidney Ogilvie at 171.
"Everybody did their part," Prince said. "We kept our shoulders off the mat and we got them when we could."