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Juniors Belew and Brumm win regional titles

Maple Valley junior Jesse Brumm, a two-time state medalist, has an arm raised after a first period pin of St. Louis' Conner Daniels in the first round of the 130-pound bracket Saturday at the Division 4 Individual Regional Tournament hosted by Carson City-Crystal High School. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Lions sending four to Ford Field

Brett Bremer

Sports Editor

Things got tougher and tougher as the tournament wore on for Delton Kellogg junior Hunter Belew Saturday, but he met every challenge.

Belew qualified for the individual state finals for the second time in his varsity wrestling career, besting Beaverton's Jacob Cassiday in the 171-pound championship match at the Division 4 Individual Regional Tournament hosted by Carson City-Crystal Saturday.

Belew scored a bit late takedown in the second period against Cassiday, putting him to his back in the closing seconds to take a 5-1 lead. Belew had the only two take downs of the match.

He'll be joined at the Division 4 Individual State Finals at Ford Field in Detroit March 6-7 by four Maple Valley wrestlers, AJ Raymond, Gage Ertman, Matthew Slaght and Jesse Brumm who all had top four finishes at Carson City-Crystal Saturday.

Brumm, a two-time state medalist, won the 130-pound weight class Saturday to improve his season record to 43-1. He scored a 6-1 win against Hesperia's Mack Baird in the 130-pound championship match, after a 12-3 major decision in the semifinals over Hesperia's River Roberson. Brumm got his day started with a quick pin of St. Louis' Conner Daniels.

Belew had two pins to open the tournament as well, sticking Bad Axe's Cody Bailey 51 seconds into their 171-pound quarterfinal match. He followed that up by pinning Carson City-Crystal's Nash Akin in 3:!6 in the semifinals.

The Panther pack wasn't as big as it could have been. DK had four regional qualifiers, but Vinnie Quick was the only other one able to wrestle Saturday. Quick was bested in his two matches to finish the year with a 21-18 overall record.

All five Maple Valley regional qualifiers took the mat, and four got through.

Gage Ertman reached the championship finals for the Lions at 103 pounds, falling 9-3 to St. Charles' Isaiah Mullins to close the day. Ertman is now 38-8 on the season. He opened the tournament by quickly pinning Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port's Tyson Steinman. He followed that up with a 9-6 semifinal victory over New Lothrop's Daven Lockwood.

Slaght, a state medalist as a freshman, was third at 112 pounds for the Lions and Raymond fourth at 171 pounds. Slaght pinned Lakeview's Bryce Jacobs 4:06 into their consolation semifinal match to secure his spot in the state finals, and then defeated Gabe Mullins from St. Charles 10-7 in the match for third. Raymond pinned Bailey from Bad Axe 3:52 into their blood round (consolation semifinal) match, then was bested 4-3 in the match for third by Akin.

Maple Valley's David Hosack-Frizzell got one win in the 189-pound bracket, in the first round of consolation, but was pinned by Beaverton's Jake Fischer in the blood round.

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