2001 - 2002
A Family Affair
Sorry it took so long for me to get an update to you, but if you get the cold/flu thing that is going around you will certainly understand!
The Hornets and their families gathered Tuesday night at the Brookshire Inn to look back at the season and honor their own. As the evening went on everyone who spoke kept reinforcing the same thing. That was that we had become a family and maybe that is the most important thing that we could accomplish on or off the mat.
Sarah Bartig and Brandon Fredley were presented with "The Heart of a Champion" award from the Williamston Wrestling Club for showing us that a big heart is more important as winning every time. Jeremy Bloom was named the Most Improved and Kevin Bisard was presented with the Coach's Choice award. Casey Hulliberger was named the Most Valuable and Andy Simmons took home Outstanding Wrestler honors. Andy also received a plaque for his four years as a Jim Mooney Williamston Classic Champion and another for all of his accomplishments in going 219-0 in his high school career. The team presented the coaches with tokens of their appreciation and the six outgoing seniors presented me with a special plaque. I was blown away! It has been nothing but a pleasure to work with those guys for the last four years and I am grateful to know all of them. Thank you guys!
It was a very special night to end a special year.
Williamston Advances 4
The Hornets moved four on to the Finals at the Palace. Kevin Sharp finished in third place and Mike Rice was the Runner-up. Andy Simmons and Casey Hulliberger were crowned regional champs. Steve Dufrin, Devin Young, and Jeremy Bloom fell just short in their bid to advance. Results are available here.
In his first match today Andy broke the National record for consecutive wins in his first match bringing at 212-0. Then he finished the perfect to push it to 214-0. Congratulations Andy!!!
In Regional action at Comstock Park High School the Hornets split with defending State Champions Otsego seven matches each but came up on the short end 27-29. In the other Semi-Final match Wyoming Rogers dropped Allendale 35-32. Then in the Final Otsego moved on to Battle Creek with a 46-28 win over Rogers. The Williamston box score is here.
With his fall over Aaron Howe of Otsego, Andy Simmons tied the all time consecutive win record held by brother Nick at 211-0. Join us at home Saturday for the Individual Regional and watch wrestling history as it happens! Steve Dufrin, Devin Young, Andy Simmons, Kevin Sharp, Casey Hulliberger, Jeremy Bloom, and Mike Rice all compete to move on to the Finals. Whistles at 10:00 AM.
Seven Hornets Advance
Williamston made a strong showing at today's Individual District at home. The Hornets captured three Championships and advanced seven wrestlers to the Regional Tournament next weekend. Andy Simmons, Casey Hulliberger, and Mike Rice got the gold, with Steve Dufrin, Devin Young, and Jeremy Bloom in second and Kevin Sharp in third. They advance to next week's Regional once again Saturday at Williamston High School. Complete Results are available here.
The Hornets take to the mat again on Wednesday in Team Regional action at Comstock Park High School. In the opening match the Hornets face the defending Division III State Champs from Otsego with winner to face the winner of Wyoming Rogers -vs- Allendale. The first match is at 6 PM.
The Hornet Wrestling Team took their fourth consecutive District title tonight at home. In the Semi-Final round Williamston downed Portland, 40-29 and then dropped Perry in the Final 57-22. The box score is here. This advances the Hornets into Regional action next Wednesday at Comstock Park. I'll inform you of the pairings as soon as they are available.
The Hornets face off Saturday in the Individual District Tournament at home, wrestling begins at 10:30 AM.
Hornets Come Up Big
In today's Ingham County League Meet at Perry High School the Hornets came on strong. With 5 League Champions, 1 Runner-up, 1 Third, and 3 Fourth place finishes the Williamston Grapplers were able to capture the league tournament. The Hornets edged the Panthers of DeWitt 159-156 and ahead of the undefeated dual meet champions from Haslett. This pushed Haslett into sole possession of First Place overall and tied the Hornets and the Panthers for second, followed by Fowlerville, Portland, and Perry.
Sarah Bartig, Eric Fann, Kevin Bisard, and Joe Stubblefield finished the day fourth, Devin Young wrestled through from an early loss to finish third, and Steve Dufrin was forced to injury default in his Championship bout to finish second. Kevin Sharp, Casey Hulliberger, Jeremy Bloom, and Mike Rice were all crowned ICL Champions, and as he moved to 205-0 on his prep career, Andy Simmons became only the third wrestler to become a four time ICL Champion. Results are here.
Congratulations Hornets! You make us all very proud.
Join us on Thursday, February 14th at home as we host Portland and Perry for the MHSAA Team District Wrestling Championship. The first match is at 6:00 PM. and then again on Saturday for the Individual District with wrestling at 10:30 AM.
Williamston lost a heartbreaker tonight at Fowlerville. The Hornets wrestled to a 35-35 tie with the Gladiators and lost the match on the sixth criteria, total match points 83-78. The box score is here.
Saturday is the ICL tournament at Perry, action starts at 11:00 AM.
Simmons Reaches Milestone
With a fall at 1:12 over Kurt Ziegel of Hillsdale, Andy Simmons scored his 200th consecutive career victory in his final regular season home dual meet. He followed this with a 0:39 pin of Chase Kennedy of Brooklyn Columbia Central for number 201. This keeps Andy on pace to eclipse brother Nick's national record for consecutive victories of 211-0. Congratulations Andy!
In team action the Hornets split the pair with a 50 - 29 victory over Hillsdale and a 47 - 25 loss to Brooklyn Columbia Central. This brings the Williamston to 12-11 on the season. results are available here.
The Hornets are back in action Thursday night at Fowlerville in a make-up match from last week, wrestling is at 6:30 PM. Saturday the team travels to Perry for the ICL League meet, whistles are at 11:00 AM.
Getting Better Every Day
The Hornets continued their climb with a strong runner-up finish in the Constantine Invitational today, finishing just five points behind host Constantine. All of the Hornet wrestlers put points on the board including seven who battled into the finals. Steve Dufrin, Devin Young, and Jeremy Bloom finished in second place while a quartet in green took home the gold. Andy Simmons, Kevin Sharp, Casey Hulliberger, and Mike Rice finished atop the podium. Results are available here.
Join us for the final regular home dual meet Tuesday at 6:30 as we honor our moms and dads on parents night.
On The Road
Saturday's Invitational at Constantine is on so the Hornets are going to hit the road this afternoon. Wrestling starts tomorrow at 10 AM.
The Dual with Fowlerville has been rescheduled for next Thursday, February 7th at Fowlerville.
A Good Day at Quincy
The Hornets continue to improve with a third place finish in the 10 team Quincy Invitational Saturday behind Dundee and Constantine. Five Williamston wrestlers were in the finals bringing home 3 gold medals and 2 silvers. Andy Simmons, Casey Hulliberger, and Mike Rice were the champions with Devin Young and Kevin Sharp in the runner-up slots. Andy took home the award for the most pins in the shortest time and the Outstanding Wrestler award in the lower weights. Casey Hulliberger was the OW in the upper half. Also scoring points for the Hornets were; Steve Dufrin, Brandon Fredley, Jeremy Bloom, Kevin Bisard, and J.P. Stubblefield. Results are available here.
The Green goes back to the mat Thursday night in Fowlerville at 6:30 PM.
Williamston Falls at Home
The Hornets dropped a heartbreaker to league leading Haslett at home last night, 34 - 32. It was a great dual meet but Williamston fell just short in its bid to tie up the ICL. In the second match the Green downed the Panthers of Stockbridge 45-25 to move to 5-9 on the season. Results are available here.
Saturday the Hornets are at the Quincy Invitational, whistles are at 10 AM.
It Was A Classic!
With the top six teams separated by less than 20 points the 2002 Jim Mooney Williamston Classic was one the most competitive in recent memory. Hudson held on to take the Championship followed closely by Belleville, Chelsea, Mason, Plymouth-Salem, and Williamston. There was incredible wrestling all day with some big upsets and several finals matches that will live in Classic history. Complete results are available here.
Williamston had 6 wrestlers advance to the Medal Round. Andy Simmons, Casey Hulliberger, and Big Mike Rice stood atop the awards stand as Jim Mooney Williamston Classic Champions. Kevin Sharp was in the fourth place slot, followed by Steve Dufrin and Jeremy Bloom in sixth. Also scoring points for the Hornets were Devin Young and Kevin Bisard.
The Outstanding Wrestlers for the day both hailed from home. Andy Simmons for the lower weights and Casey Hulliberger for the upper weights.
What a great day of wrestling, an example of why some call it the world's oldest and greatest sport.
The boys in green return to the mat Thursday night at home to face league foe Haslett, followed by a dual with Stockbridge. Wrestling begins at 6:30 pm, see you there.
Hornet Split at Home
The Hornets dropped a close league match to the Panthers of DeWitt tonight at home 31-36 before downing the Aggies of Dansville 54-30. the box score is available here.
Don't forget the Jim Mooney Williamston Classic is Saturday at Williamston High School. Wrestling begins at 8:30 am.
Williamston Continues to Improve
The Williamston Grapplers showed continued improvement throughout the line-up yesterday at Grand Ledge. Andy Simmons was the 140 pound champion with Kevin Sharp and Jeremy Bloom in the runner-up spots. Check out the place winners here.
Also here are the details from Thursday night's quad at home.
The Hornets are back on the mat Thursday night at home with DeWitt and Dansville at 6:30 PM and The Jim Mooney Williamston Classic is Saturday with wrestling starting at 8:30 AM.
Hornets Bring Home Hardware From New Lothrop
Six Hornets advanced to the medal round today at the New Lothrop Invitational. Andy Simmons and Mike Rice brought home the Gold as the 140 and 215 pound champions. Kevin Sharp, Jeremy Bloom, and Casey Hulliberger finished in the third spot, and Steve Dufrin placed sixth. Overall Williamston finished in the fifth spot out of 19 teams. Scores are available here.
Next week there is a Wrestling Club meeting Wednesday night at 7:00 pm at the Middle School. The Home Opener with Portland, Albion, and Lapeer West is Thursday night at the High School at 6:30 pm, and Saturday we travel to the Grand Ledge Invitational at 9:30 am. Please join us!
Hornets leave Ramblers with a Flat
The Green posted a decisive victory tonight over the Ramblers of Perry in the league opener with a 45-25 win. Complete results are here. Saturday, part of the team will be in action at the Lansing Eastern JV Invitational. Look for the whole team to return to action Saturday January 5th at New Lothrop. Check the schedule, as there have been some changes.
3 Hornets Medal in Howell
Three Williamston Grapplers earned spots on the medal stand at the Howell Invitational today. Jeremy Bloom finished fifth with a 4-1 record for the day with his only loss to the eventual champion Nick Ortel of Goodrich. Mike Rice also went 4-1 for the third spot with a semi-final loss to Phil Theil of Traverse City West. And Captain Andy Simmons extended his undefeated prep record to 173-0 with the 140 Pound Championship. Steve Dufrin and Kevin Bisard also posted victories for the Hornets. Also picking up wins in the non-scoring consolation round were Eric Fann and J.P. Stubblefield. Complete tournament results are available at Howell Wrestling.
Thursday will find the Hornets visiting the Ramblers of Perry. Wrestling starts at 6:30.
Williamston Splits at Corunna
The Hornets split a pair tonight at the Corunna Quad. The boys in green drop the first to Corunna 54-15 and the winning the second 51-24 over Bentley. Results are available here.
IMPORTANT - SCHEDULE CHANGE
Saturday December 8, 2001 we will be at the Howell Invitational instead of Novi. Wrestling at Howell begins at 9:00am.
Hornet Have a Tough Day at the Duals
The Hornets opened the new season with a very tough day at The Michigan Duals yesterday competing against the very best teams from across the state. Everyone wrestled hard and there were a lot of encouraging moments but Williamston was unable to come away with a win. Look for much improvement in the weeks to come. Results are available here. We're in action next on Wednesday at the Corunna Quad, wrestling starts at 5:30.
Hornets Name New Coach
Williamston High School has named Adam Fedewa the new head wrestling coach for the Hornets. Adam is a resident of Williamston who brings a great deal of experience with him to our program. We're looking forward to a great season.
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