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Michigan weather shortens Gary Rivers Memorial Invitational

by Justin Scott

contributing reporter

This year’s annual Gary Rivers Memorial Wrestling Invitational already had a different setup than previous years. Instead of a 16-team tournament with pool play followed by a semifinal and final, this year would be a rotation of four duals with highly ranked Michigan squads which included Detroit Catholic Central, Richmond, Romeo, DeWitt and Niles. However, due to inclement weather on Saturday and less than ideal road conditions the latter two, who were two of Lowell’s four opponents that day, were not able to make the trip.

The Red Arrows dominated in their wins over Romeo and Division three’s number two ranked team, Richmond. The Red Arrows topped Richmond 58-7. Starting at 171 pounds, the Arrows jumped out to a 9-0 lead thanks to a pin by Jacob Lee and a decision by Derek Mohr. Richmond would sandwich wins at 285 on a 2-1 decision and 112 on a 12-2 major decision, but it was all Lowell outside of that. Lowell was given two wins via forfeit and ended the dual with three straight pins by Austin Boone, James Fotis and Doak Dean.

After a Landon Miller pin, Lowell led 18-0 before Romeo would get on the board. Starting with a Zeth Strejc pin at 130, Lowell would go on a 40-0 run to end the dual. 

Lowell would also face Cedar Springs and Greenville in their conference openers last Friday at Lowell Middle School. The Red Arrows would jump out to a 35-0 lead against Cedar Springs to lock up their dual with the Red Hawks early. Winning matches for LHS in their 58-16 win were Boone, Dawson Jankowski, Strejc, James Link, Landon Miller, Keegan Nugent, Jacob Hough, Mohr, Lee and Dean. 

The results were even more lopsided against Greenville as Lowell won 62-6 over the Yellow Jackets. Gage Ritter recorded the only points for Greenville, picking up a pin at 103. After that, Lowell swept 112 through 285, including pins from Nugent, Hough, Dean, Carson Crace and Link. The 2-0 conference start for the Red Arrows gets them closer to their 11th straight OK White championship. The team is at home twice this week as they host Alumni Night against Clinton on Friday. All Lowell wrestling alumni are encouraged to attend. The team will also have their first ever hall of fame inductions. On Saturday, Lowell will host Clinton, Dundee and Davison in the Lowell Super Quad. The Red Arrows will only take on Dundee and Davison that day with action starting at 11:00 am.

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