2002 - 2003
Another Season Closes
Well I always have a case of the overs this time of year, but this year it isn't as bad. You see nothing is really over, with no Seniors on the team, nothing is really over. It was just a beginning for some great things we're going to accomplish next year.
Monday night the wrestlers and their families gathered to celebrate the season. Jeff Kane and Dusty Stiffler were named the most improved wrestlers. Devin Young and Jeremy Bloom were awarded as the Outstanding Wrestlers. The Takedown Trophy went to Jeremy along with the Most Valuable Wrestler award. There were lots of memories and talk of things to come. I think next season is going to be great.
Keep an eye open for updates on the USA wrestling season. A lot of the guys plan on wrestling through the spring season and qualifying for Team Michigan. I'll keep you informed.
Also you may want to log onto The Mat next week to track the progress of Nick Simmons and the rest of the MSU Spartans at the NCAA Finals. Nick was named Big Ten Freshman of he year and is poised to do great things at the Nationals. The finals can be seen on ESPN next Saturday at 7 PM.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced
that the exit/entrance ramp adjacent to The Palace of Auburn
Hills will be closed until late May.
Northbound drivers heading to the Palace (M-24): remain on 1-75 to Joslyn Road exit (Exit 83), turn right on Joslyn Road to Brown Road, then head east on Brown Road to M-24.
Southbound drivers leaving the Palace (M-24): continue south on M-24 to Opdyke Road, continue south on Opdyke Road to University Drive, then left on University Drive (Exit 79) to 1-75.
Northbound traffic leaving the Palace of Auburn Hills and Southbound traffic entering the Palace of Auburn Hills can continue to use Exit 81 adjacent to the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Well like always I hope I see you there!
A Great Week
The Williamston Wrestlers just finished up a great week. Thursday night the host Hornets downed the Bath Bees, 59-18, in the District Semi-Finals while the Ramblers of Perry dropped the Raiders of Portland, 51-30 on the other mat. Then our grapplers show they came to wrestle and won their fifth consecutive District Championship with a 43-21 score over Perry. This earns the Hornets a trip to Napoleon on Wednesday for the Team Regional. Williamston meets perennial power house Dundee in the first match at 6:00 PM, but I think we are ready to wrestle! The District box scores are here.
In Individual District at home on Saturday Williamston advanced six wrestler to Regional competition next Saturday at Alma. Aaron Hitchcock was 4th at 112 pounds, Brad Simmons, Tim Grant, and Dusty Stiffler (119, 152, 215) all won their consolation finals to finish 3rd, and Captain Devin Young finished in the Runner-up slot at 140. Captain Jeremy Bloom won his first district championship at 160 pounds. The action starts at 10:00 AM next Saturday morning at Alma High School. Results are available here.
Well I think I'm back in operation and pretty much up to date.
Tomorrow night finds the Hornets at home hosting team district action at 6:30 PM. In the preliminary matches Portland and Perry go at it and the Hornets hope to sting the Bees from Bath. Then the winners will wrestle for the district title, and a trip to Napoleon on next Thursday for Regionals.
Saturday also finds Williamston at home playing host to the Individual Districts. Wrestling starts at 10:30 AM. Hope to see you there.
More Weekend Improvement
The Hornets continue to get better on the weekends. All twelve of the Williamston Grapplers that competed at Constantine on Saturday scored points for the team and six of the twelve placed in the top 3 of the nine team field. Joe Bloom, Tim Grant, and Dusty Stiffler finished in the third spot, and Bradley Simmons finished as the runner-up. Captains Jeremy Bloom and Devin Young both improved on their second place finishes from last season coming home with the gold. The full results are here.
Thursday night is parents night at home as we entertain Carson City Crystal and Brooklyn Columbia Center. See you at 6:30 PM. Also remember there is a Wrestling Club meeting Wednesday night at the Brookshire Inn at 7:00 PM.
The Hornets came up on the short end on the scoreboard despite winning on the mat. Williamston topped Haslett 25-24 in the contested matches but lost 48-25 after giving up 4 forfeits. The box score is here.
Saturday we wrestle in the Constantine Invitational at 9:30 AM. Hope to see you there.
Williamston lost another tough league dual last night in DeWitt. The Hornets came up on the short end 38-27. The box score is here.
The grapplers are on the mat again Saturday at the Quincy Invitational. Wrestling starts at 9:30 AM. Hope to see you there.
Hornets Improve at Classic
Williamston sent five wrestlers to the podium at the 40th annual Williamston Classic yesterday. Bradley Simmons led the team with a runner-up finish at 119 pounds with a 3-1 mark. Devin Young, Jeremy Bloom, and Dusty Stiffler also went 3-1 on the day for third place medals, and Tim Grant went 4-1 to finish fifth. Also putting points up for the Hornets was Joe Bloom finishing at 2-2.
In the team race Mason won the Classic with 188.5 points, followed by Belleville at 166.5, and Shepherd at 156.5. Williamston finished in the middle of the eighteen team field with 85 points and ninth place. Complete results are available here.
The Coaches named the 135 pound final the Classic Match of the Day won by Mike Goethe of Plymouth Salem. The Outstanding Wrestler in the lower weights was Shane McKerchie at 112 pounds from Ludington and in the upper weights, Casey Steffen at 152 pounds from Flat Rock took home the honors. Casey was also recognized for only being the third wrestler to win four Jim Mooney Williamston Classic championships.
Once again it was a Classic. Thank you to all of the teams, coaches, officials, trainers, and hard working volunteers of the Williamston Wrestling Club who make it an outstanding day.
The Hornets are back on the mat Thursday at DeWitt, whistles at 6:30 PM.
The Hornets put two wrestlers at the top of the podium Saturday at Grand Ledge. Bradley Simmons was the 119 Pound champion and Jeremy Bloom was the 160 pound winner. Also placing for Williamston were Devin Young , fourth at 140 pounds, Eric Fann, sixth at 145, and Dusty Stiffler fourth at 215. Results are here.
Thursday we travel to Portland, wrestling at 6:30. And remember next Saturday is the 40th annual Jim Mooney Williamston Classic. Wrestling starts at 8:30 AM. If you would like to help out please contact me at Brad@WilliamstonWrestling.com .
Ramblers Edge Hornets
The Hornets dropped another close league meet at home tonight, losing to the Ramblers of Perry 38-36. Williamston won on the mat with 5 victories in 8 contested matches but gave up 4 forfeits to Perry's 2. The box score is here.
Williamston is back in action Saturday at 9:30 AM at the Grand Ledge Invitational. Whistles at 9:30 AM, see you there.
Five Medal at New Lothrop
The Hornets fought their way through a rough day at the New Lothrop Invitational Saturday to finish 11th out of 19 teams. A strong squad from Caro edged host New Lothrop for the team title followed by Montrose in the third spot. For Williamston; Brad Simmons fought off an early loss to go 3-1 on the day for fifth place at 119 pounds. Joe Bloom finished in the sixth spot at 135 with a 2-2 mark. At 140 pounds Devin Young also went 2-2 for fourth place. Tim Grant put up a 3-1 record for a 152 pound third place finish and at 160 pounds Jeremy Bloom also went 3-1 to place second after losing a close final to former State Champion and runner-up Goidosik from St. Charles.
The Hornets are back in action Thursday at home against the Ramblers of Perry. Wrestling at 6:30, see you there.
Hornets Continue to Improve
The wrestlers from Williamston nearly won the 1st annual Bridgeport Bearcat Challenge on Saturday. The Hornets won their pool with victories over Croswell-Lexington, Beaverton, and Bridgeport 'A' and then fell just short in the final, losing to division 1, Midland Dow 41-39. Going a perfect 4-0 for Williamston were, Brad Simmons, Joe Bloom, Devin Young, Jeremy Bloom, and Dusty Stiffler. Brad Simmons was also named the Outstanding Wrestler in the lower weights. Complete results are available here.
Now we're off for a couple of weeks for the holidays, but we are still going to be working hard for our next outing at the New Lothrop Invitational on January 4th.
Happy Holidays to you from the entire Williamston Wrestling Family!
Williamston Gets Tough at Howell
The Hornets continue to improve sending 5 wrestlers to the medal stand at the tough Howell Invitational yesterday. Joe Bloom finished in the sixth spot at 135 pounds after going 3-2 on the day, with Tim Grant putting up a 4-1 mark to finish in fifth place at 152. At 160 pounds Captain Jeremy Bloom dropped a close semi-final match before going on to finish the day with a win to end up third with a 3-1 record. Freshman Bradley Simmons wrestled in what might have been the toughest bracket of the day at 119. He wrestled three tough matches before losing in the finals to junior Nate Smith of Eaton Rapids. And finally at 140 Captain Devin Young scored his first tournament championship going 4-0 on the day winning in the final, 11-9, over Kevin Peterson of Portage Central. Also scoring points for the Hornets were Jeff Kane and Adam Pease. As a team the Hornets scored 94 points and posted an eighth place finish in a seventeen team field. For complete results visit http://www.howellwrestling.com/.
The Hornets are back in action on Saturday at the Bridgeport Big Red Duals. Wrestling starts at 10 AM. To get to Bridgeport take I-69 toward Flint then north on I-75 ( Exit 133 - Saginaw ) to the Bridgeport ( Exit 144B - Dixie Hwy. ) Go west ( right) on Dixie Hwy. and the first right is Bearcat Blvd. turn and the school is less than a mile. It is about 70 miles. Join us for anther great day.
Hornets Drop League Opener
Williamston dropped a close one at home against Fowlerville in the league opener on Thursday night. In a spirited match the Hornets won on the mat winning 6 of 11 contested matches but gave up three forfeits to lose the dual 42-30. The box score is available here.
Saturday the Hornets are in action at the Howell Invitational. Wrestling starts at 9 AM. Note this is a change from the printed schedules.
It's almost here!
I bet you all thought I forgot about you! It has been an awfully long time since I have given you any news about our Hornets. Well fear not, I'm still here and the news will be flowing.
Since I last wrote the staff has been hard at work getting ready for the new season. I have been extra busy in the workshop finishing construction on several improvements for the wrestling room which should be in place by the start of practice, three weeks from today.
We have also been at work helping to select a new head coach for the team and will have an announcement very soon. Coach Fedewa departed to return to his roots in Portland, along with wife Katie and new daughter Ruthy Scarlet. He will teach and coach at Portland High School.
The next several weeks will bring updates to The Hornets Nest web site as information on the team becomes available. Until then visit The Locker Room section of the web site where you can download the preliminary schedule for all of our meets and tournaments.
Well the boys from Williamston are back from the Cadet and Junior National Championships in Fargo North Dakota. There were ups and downs but it was all connected by a lot of fun and new experiences. Tim Grant was winless at the tourney but he did improve with each match and looks forward to next year. Devin Young competed in only the freestyle cadet championships and finished 1-2. Still quite an accomplishment at the largest wrestling tournament in the world with nearly 4000 competitors. Jeremy Bloom wrestled both greco- roman and freestyle posting a 5-4 mark despite a nasty case of strep throat. Jeremy also competed in the National Cadet Duals in Colorado where he wrestled to a 5-5 record. Williamston grad Andy Simmons was in the junior division where he finished second in the greco-roman competition and third in freestyle.
After so many days on the road the boys are happy to be at home as are the coaches. But we're all ready to return next summer.
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