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Coldwater wins Paul Smeltzer Memorial wrestling meet in Union City


COLDWATER, mi (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, it was a full slate of wrestling meets for county schools on Saturday, including Coldwater winning the Union City Paul Smeltzer Memorial Invitational. The Cardinals took the title match over runner-up Union City 43-to-24. Nine schools competed at the meet. Before defeating the Chargers for the championship, Coldwater beat Michigan Center, Olivet, White Pigeon, and the Union City B squad.

The Cardinals improved their overall record to 11-and-15. Finishing 5-and-0 on the day were Austin Siegel, Mohamed Aljabaly, and Josh Powers, while going 4-and-1 were Nooh Aljabaly, Holden Chesher, Yousif Aljabaly, Jason Woodhams, Randy Brown, Kelly Anzaldua and Kegan Brown. Taking home Most Outstanding Wrestler honors in the upper weights was Austin Siegel. The host Chargers won their pool with victories over Mendon, the Hastings B squad, Eau Claire and Marshall. Jared Shepard and Tyler Howard were 5-and-0 on the day while going 4-and-1 were Taylor Howard and Scott Alwood. Voted the Randy Cooper award for the outstanding wrestler in the 103-to-140 weight classes was Tyler Howard.

Quincy was at the Clinton Invitational and the Orioles finished eighth out of 16 teams. Quincy had 6 wrestlers place, led by Luke Wiser with a second place finish. Nate Smith had a fourth place finish while Tyler Massey, Dalton Hard, and Jake Massey each placed fifth, and Tyler Smith had a sixth place finish.

Bronson finished second at the Hastings Invitational. The Vikings had 193 points, well ahead of third place Charlotte with 127. Hastings won the meet with 200 points. And in gymnastics, Coldwater finished 12th out of 18 teams at the Rockford Invitational.

Coldwater senior standout Kylie Dudek claimed first place in the all-around category to capture the title over nearly 100 gymnasts from around the state and help the Lady Cardinals post their highest team score of the season at 126.625. Coldwater started their competition on the uneven bars with their highest team score of their four meets so far this season with Dudek taking second place. Earning her first ever qualifier on the bars and posting the second highest Cardinal score was freshman Amanda Daoud while junior Becca Harmon collected her first regional score of the season. Balance beam was the second event for Coldwater and Dudek took sixth place while Amanda Daoud performed well with a stuck routine.

On the floor exercise, Coldwater posted a season high score with a fifth place showing by Dudek. Another highlight came from Darby Kahler, who secured her spot in the post season with her fourth regional qualifying score. Earning her first regional score with a new routine was Becca Harmon. Saving the best for last, the Lady Cardinals vaulted to their third team Regional qualifying score. Dudek took first place with a 9.55. Sophomore Jenny Daoud, with an 8.1 and Kahler at 8.05 both earned the right to compete in the post season with their performances going 4 for 4 on the vault for the season. Coldwater returns to action tonight for a triangular meet against Holt at Mason High School.

Elsewhere on tonight’s high school sports schedule, in boy’s basketball, Quincy plays at home against Napoleon while Tekonsha is at Litchfield.

Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s Coldwater girls basketball coach Ken Smoker.