Brandywine wins eighth straight championshipPublished 10:34pm Thursday, February 7, 2013
THREE OAKS — Winning team district titles is becoming routine for the Brandywine wrestling team. The Bobcats rolled to their eighth straight district crown on Thursday, rolling past Cassopolis, 63-13, in the Division IV finals.
Brandywine, which stands at 27-4, advances to the team district regionals next Wednesday at Decatur High School. The Bobcats will face the Bronson District winner.
In the semifinals, Brandywine beat Eau Claire, 72-6, and Cassopolis beat River Valley, 46-30.
“They’re all important,” said Brandywine coach Rex Pomranka about winning another team district championship. ”It’s great anytime you can bring hardware home to your school. It’s just another way to keep our season going on.”
In the finals, the Bobcats got pins from 215-pounder Charlie Rodriguez (1:36), 285-pounder Cory Katterheinrich (5:10), 112-pounder Chance Eberly (:38), 125-pounder Jeff Cornell (:45), 130-pounder Brandon Earles (1:30), 135-pounder Paul Lochmondy (:49) and 145-pounder Chanc Ravish (:39).
“We’re always improving and we tell our kids to go out and go hard,” Pomranka said. “(Getting pins) has been our whole season. My philosophy is that we try to go out and pin people. That’s what the kids understand and that’s what we’ve been doing.”
Cassopolis coach Josh Rinehart thought his team would face a great challenge competing against Brandywine.
“Coming down here I thought it would be tough,” said Rinehart. “We’ve seen them a couple times this year. I was hoping a couple guys would give me six good minutes, but that didn’t happen. I’m really happy with our heavyweight (Mike Dussel). He only weighs 245 or 248 and we had a good game plan that worked for two and half periods.”
The Rangers got a major decision win (9-1) from 119-pounder Khalil Brown and 8-6 win from 160-pounder Zack Newton. Newton’s reversal with :05 left in the third period broke a 6-6 tie.
“That’s the fourth time Newton has wrestled (Vince Sallee),” Rinehart said. “He’s 3-1 against him so that was nice. It was also good to get a win at 119.”
Brandywine barely broke a sweat in its win over Eau Claire as the Bobcats won eight matches by forfeit. Brandywine got pins from 135-pounder Brandon Earles (1:03), 140-pounder Paul Lochmondy (:53), 152-pounder Chanc Ravish (2:29) and 160-pounder Vince Sallee (3:08).
Pomranka still sees plenty of room for improvement from his team.
“There’s always little things to work on,” the Bobcats coach said. “If you don’t find stuff to work on you get complacent and go backwards.”
Cassopolis clinched its semifinal match after getting a pin (3:25) from David Sopaseuth at 152 pounds. That gave the Rangers a 40-30 lead with a match remaining.
Other Cassopolis pins against River Valley came from 119-pounder Brown (1:11), 145-pounder Jesse Richey (3:33), 160-pounder Newton (1:21), 215-pounder Joe Emerson (2:17) and 285-pounder Dussel (1:07).