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Saxons make it four I-8 wins on the season

The Saxons' Griffin Seeber nears a pin of Coldwater Vincent Motta during their 135-pound bout Wednesday at Hastings High School. (Photo by Perry Hardin)

Hastings added two victories to its Interstate-8 Athletic Conference record by knocking off Marshall and Coldwater at an I-8 Quad at Hastings High School Wednesday (Jan. 22).

The Saxon varsity wrestling team opened the evening with a 52-24 victory over Marshall. Mason Denton kicked off the dual for the Saxons at 130 pounds with a 13-5 major decision. Robby Slaughter, Matthew Thompson, Gabe Trick, Payton Miller and Tyler Dull followed with five straight pins to put the Saxons up 34-0.

Jackson Dubois and Shane Dillon also picked up pins for the team and Zach Chipman won on a void.

Against Coldwater in the final dual, the Saxons again got off to a strong start again with pins from Griffin Seeber, Slaughter and Trick, and then a disqualification for flagrant misconduct adding another six points for Miller. Joe Turnes won against a void in the Cardinal line-up, extending the Saxon lead to 30 to -3.

Hastings went on to a 54-23 win by adding pins from Dubois, Shane Dillon, Cohen Smith and Denton.

Hastings was 4-2 in I-8 duals on the season before heading to Parma Western last night.

The Saxons built on the league success Saturday at the Flushing Duals, wining four of their five duals.

In the first round of the day, the team took it’s only loss in a tough match against Clio, 33-45. Zach Chipman started the match off with a quick 16-second pin. He was followed by Slaughter and Trick, who also scored pins against Clio. Denton picked up a 4-2 decision, and Carter Smith and Ethan Bennett won on voids for the team.

Against Mt. Morris in round two, the Saxons pulled out a 47-34 win. Dillon started off the dual with a 18-3 technical fall. Chipman, Denton and Slaughter followed with pins. Dull, Carter Smith, Dubois and Bennett won on voids.

In the first round of the Silver bracket, the Saxons defeated Henry Ford II Utica 44-36.

Cohen Smith picked up a 34-second pin to start off the dual, and was followed by pins from Denton, Slaughter, Trick and Dubois. Dillon had an 11-0 major decision, and Dull had a 13-2 major decision. Bennett picked up another win on a void for the team.

The Saxons met up with home team Flushing in the fourth round and scored a 39-32 win. Denton started off the dual with a close 3-2 decision, and was followed by Slaughter scoring a 19-3 technical fall, and Seeber earning an 11-1 major decision to put the Saxons up 12-0. Dull, Carter Smith and Chipman then pulled out pins. Dillon closed the dual with a 9-8 decision.

In the final round of the day, the Saxons pulled out their closest win of the day, defeating Grand Ledge 39-37 to finish the day in fifth place. Slaughter picked up the first pin of the dual and was followed by Dull, Chipman and Dillon Neal who also picked up pins for Hastings. Tyler Oliver and Bennett picked up victories against voids in the Comet line-up. In the final match of the dual, with the Saxon team up by five points, Denton held his opponent to a 4-3u decision, only giving up three team points and leaving his team up by two.

Slaughter finished the day with a 5-0 record. Chipman, Denton, Dull and Bennett all finished 4-1, while Dillon, Trick, and Carter Smith had a 3-2 records.

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