Coming off of Thursday’s district championship over Lincoln, Saline’s wrestlers continue to make a statement in the SEC at Bedford by sending five athletes to regionals.
Ticknor, Boxeth, O’Sullivan, Funk, and Cornelius are make up the five that will compete for the top four spots in their weight class on their home mats at Saline High School for a shot at the state title at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Anthony and Schmitt also wrestled for the Hornets, however were unable to make the regional cut.
Ticknor (43-5), the 112 pound junior began his district bouts with a bye, followed by a pin at 1:07 over Kylie Lindsay from Monroe. His success continued into the semis as he defeated Lincoln Park’s Dylan Mcleod only to lose to Mitch Rogaliner of Bedford in the finals.
Saline’s senior captain, the 125 pound Ryan Boxeth (38-8), did not fair as well as his lighter teammate. Nonetheless, Boxeth did surpass many wrestlers for his ticket to regionals. He started with a bye, then dominated Wyandotte Roosevelt’s Ben Maday with a 16-1 tech-fall. In the semifinal, he lost an incredibly close overtime decision match 5-4 to Raven Schmitt from Southgate Anderson. This loss sent him into the consolation bracket, and his 5-3 overtime win over Bedford’s Bryce Davis propelled him to the consolation final. There, he came up short 5-1 against Westland John Glenn’s Quinn Dupraw, giving him a fourth place finish, a finish that took tons of toughness, one good enough to wrestle another weekend.
The Hornet’s 130 pound wrestler, O’Sullivan (37-7), had a first round bye as well, before he dealt serious damage on his side of the bracket to Deandre Moore of John Glenn and Tito Sanchez of Woodhaven by defeating them 8-2 and 8-3 respectively. This put him in the finals, which was reported as “his goal” by the Patch, against Southgate Anderson’s Alex Molloy who beat O’Sullivan 8-2.
135 pound Dustin Funk (28-14) followed a similar path to his captain, Boxeth, as he lost in the quarter finals 5-3 in overtime against Southgate Anderson’s Tyler Carson following a first round bye. In the consolation bracket, he pinned Hunter Manke from Belleville, and won a 9-2 decision against Woodhaven’s Jarrod Ammons. In the final, he lost a close match 9-8 to Marcel Mrech of Woodhaven to give him the fourth place finish in his weight division.
At 140 pounds, Cornelius (30-12) lost midway in the tournament like Funk and Boxeth, but succeed where they failed. His day began with the pin of teammate Stephan Slattery at 1:24, which preluded his second round pin of Lincoln Park’s James Chapman at 4:30. Cornelius would face some adversity in the semifinal against Monroe’s Steve Johnson, and lose 7-4 by decision. This would send him down to the semifinal of the consolation bracket where he would win 10-3 over Roberto Davis of Lincoln Park. He completed his quest for a finals win against Wayne Memorial’s Allen Parker 13-7 to gain him the third place needed to wrestle at regionals.
Show your Hornet pride this Saturday at Saline for these fantastic five wrestlers.
Wrestling begins at 9:30 AM.