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Assembly dual delivers electric wrestling atmosphere

by Justin Scott

contributing reporter

Over 700 LHS students and fans packed the Lowell Performing Arts Center for a dual between the Lowell wrestling team and Brighton. Music from DJ Jeffrey Schildroth played throughout the dual and the draw would provide for an exciting start.

Undefeated senior, Austin Boone kicked off the event. Boone pinned his opponent, as did James Fotis who came up at 152, sending the Lowell students into celebration. The excitement for the LHS students and the select few fans who were also able to attend the event would continue at 160 and 171 as Doak Dean and Jacob Lee both won decisions. 

The Red Arrows led 18-0 after 171, and 21-3 after a decision by Grant Pratt 215, but wouldn’t record a win after that falling to Brighton by a score of 35-21. Division 1’s number three ranked team went on an eight-match win streak to end the dual. 

“We wrestled one of the best teams in the country and I thought we performed pretty well in front of our home crowd. We came up a little short, but I feel like we have been improving each week, and that holds true with this week. Brighton is a really good team and we really appreciate them making the trip out to Lowell,” Coach Boudro told us.

With the score at 21-18, the bell rang which meant an exodus of the students who had provided a majority of the crowd had to leave for the day. Prior to this however, Lowell students were actively engaged in the dual, which was only available to the first 600 students who signed up. Throughout the early stages of the match, students could be seen holding up two fingers for takedowns and cheering on their fellow students. Small pockets of Brighton and Lowell parents were able to attend as well.

“The assembly dual was a great way to put an end to our regular season. The atmosphere that was created is like none you will ever see, and I feel like it will help us a ton when it comes to the postseason and possibly making a run at another state title.”

Later that day, Lowell dominated Forest Hills Central to continue their undefeated run in conference duals. Easton Lyons, Ramsy Mutschler, Zeth Strejc, Cole Huisman, Will Link, Keegan Nugent, Jacob Hough, Jacob Lee, James Fotis, and Doak Dean all recorded wins via pinfall. Karan Shahi won a decision and Ali Williams received a win via void to close out scoring for the Red Arrows. Forest Hills Central won via void at 215, and via decision at 125. The final score was 69-9.

LHS will have the OK White Conference Meet this week with districts starting next week.

On Sunday at the Michigan Wrestling Association’s girls state championship, Lowell’s Reese Gonzales won her second state championship as an individual. Lowell entered two wrestlers and tied for sixth as a team with Constantine. Allison Williams, Lowell’s other wrestler went 1-2 on the day. Forest Hills Central won the team portion of the event.

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