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A dozen wrestlers From Branch County to compete in State Wrestling Tournament


Bronson, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, twelve wrestlers from the county, including seven from Bronson, have qualified for the state individual finals coming up the weekend after next at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The dozen advanced to the finals by finishing in the top four in their weight divisions as they competed Saturday in the MHSAA individual regional tournaments.

Branch County had one regional champion with Bronson senior Leo Mora winning the 171 pound title in the Division Four Regional at Bangor. Also headed to the Palace from Bronson with second place finishes are Hunter Machus and Dan Erwin as well as third place finishers Brett Burtrum and Brandon Losinski along with fourth place medalists Jake Littlefield and Kahle Scheenks. Also in Division Four, at the Hudson Regional, Quincy had four qualifiers for the finals led by the runner-up finish earned by Nate Smith. Joining Smith for the Orioles will be third place finisher Luke Wiser and fourth place finishers Jacob Massey and Tyler Smith. And Coldwater will be represented at the Palace by Mohammed Aljabaly, who earned a fourth place finish in the Division Two regional at Eaton Rapids. The state wrestling tournament team finals are coming up Friday and Saturday at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek and Bronson will be there after winning last Wednesday’s regional at Decatur.

The pairings for Friday’s quarterfinals were  announced yesterday and Bronson received a fourth seed. The Vikings will go up against 5th seed Sand Creek with the winner moving on to compete against the survivor of the match between number-one seed Hudson and Norway. All of the Division 4 quarterfinals matches begin at 5:30 Friday with the semi-finals and finals on Saturday.

In high school sports tonight, the schedule includes a Branch County girls basketball matchup with Coldwater at home against Quincy. We’ll have the game on the radio and also stream the audio on-line at wtvbam.com. Our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 begins at seven o’clock with the tip-off set for 7:30 following the junior varsity contest, which begins at 6 p.m. There’s no freshman game. Also tonight in girls hoops, it’s Bronson at Colon while Union City hosts Battle Creek St. Philip and Tekonsha is at Will Carlton Academy.  And in reserve boy’s basketball, the Coldwater j-v and freshman teams play at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix in make-up contests for the games that were postponed by snow on January 31st. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater girls basketball coach Ken Smoker.