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2003 - 2004

One to the Finals
One moves on to the championships and one to the consolations semi-finals.  Jeremy Bloom scored a technical fall on Chris Reed of Portland, 21-6, to face Brian Boudro of Armada in the Finals tomorrow at 4:00 PM.  Devin Young lost a tough one to Brandon Putman of Caro 5-2.  He moves to the consolation Semi-Finals tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM and then the medal round at Noon.  I won't have access to the 'net until late tomorrow so check-in at for tomorrows results.  I'll be in touch when I get home.


Two to the Semis
Devin Young and Jeremy Bloom are headed for the semi-finals tonight at the Palace.  Devin beat Nick Davis of Corunna 7-4 and Jeremy pinned Nathan Whitmore of Bridgeport in 2:50.  Dusty Stiffler dropped his second match to Shane Hoag of Wyoming Rogers and bows out of competition.  The semis are at 7:00 PM, I'll be in touch.


Hornets 2 for 3 on Day One
Devin Young and Jeremy Bloom both won their first round matches to advance to the quarter-final round tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM.  Devin scored a major decision against Steffen Merrill of Allendale 17-7 and Jeremy Bloom stopped Brooks Graham of Mason County Central with a second period Technical Fall 17-2.  Dusty Stiffler dropped his first match and is back on the mat in tomorrows' consolation round at 8:30 AM. 
I'll keep you informed!


Time to Get'er Done!
Well, we're in Auburn Hills, the guys are relaxing with a little Playstation II, and tomorrow is the day.  Devin Young, Jeremy Bloom, and Dusty Stiffler start their final high school tournament tomorrow.  Wrestling starts at 2:30 pm at the Palace of Auburn Hills and it's the largest scholastic wrestling tournament in the country.  Eight hundred and ninety-six wrestlers in four divisions.  You can follow the action as it happens here or better yet make the trip and cheer the boys on.  We are in division three with Devin at 145, Jeremy at 160, and Big Dusty Stiffler at 215.  I'll do my best to keep you informed and I hope I see you there!


Hornets Rule Honor Roll Meet
Four of five boys from Williamston added one to their wins column last night at The Lansing Area Wrestling Officials' Honor Roll meet at Lansing Eastern.  At 140 pounds Brad Simmons blanked Phil Emmons of Holt 6-0,  Devin Young earned a major decision over Drew Richards of Lansing Eastern 13-4 at 145, and Big Dusty Stiffler pinned Eastern's Thomas Martell in 5:49.  In the premier match-up of the night at 160 pounds our undefeated and number 1 ranked Jeremy Bloom put on the line against Jacob Wyatt of Lansing Sexton.  Wyatt is ranked number 2 in division 2 and came in with a 35-2 mark. 

1st Period: Bloom takes Wyatt down with a swing single, rides him out, leads 2-0 at end of 1st

2nd Period: Wyatt takes down, escapes, then fights off a Bloom single leg and comes back with a double for a takedown, Wyatt leads 3-2. Bloom escapes at the end of the period to tie the match 3-3 going into the 3rd.

3rd Period: Bloom starts down. Wyatt rides Bloom out for the first minute or so with no problem. Wyatt is warned for stalling on top, then Bloom escapes with about 20 seconds left. Wyatt shoots in on a deep shot at the edge of the mat but doesn't get the takedown, only 4 seconds left. Right at the whistle Wyatt attempts a quick shot but no time, Bloom wins 4-3 to move to 46-0.

Also on the mat for the Hornets was Tim Grant at 171 pounds who dropped a close 4-3 decision to Dylan Haan of Charlotte.

It was a good night to be a Hornet!  Read more about it in the Lansing State Journal here.

Now it's all about the big show.  Devin Young, Jeremy Bloom, and Dusty Stiffler are working hard in their quests for a state title.  The largest high school state tournament in the country starts next Thursday at the Palace of Auburn Hills with first round action at 2:30 PM.  I hope I see you there!



Five Advance
Sorry the update took so long but there is lots of work getting ready for next weekend's Individual Regional Tournament at home. 
The Hornets bowed out of the Team Tournament last Thursday.  We posted a win against Bath-Laingsburg but lost the District Championship to a deep team from Perry.
In Individual District action on Saturday at Napoleon, five Williamston grapplers moved on to Regional competition.  Placing third were Devin Young at 145, and Tim Grant at 171.  In the runner-up spots were Brad Simmons at 140, and Dusty Stiffler at 215.  And continuing his winning ways Jeremy Bloom advanced his record to 42-0 and brought home his second district championship.
Regional action starts at home at 10:00AM on Saturday as we bring in the Highland Park District and see who gets to make the trip to the Palace.  Check the Hornets' Nest a little later in the week and all of the Regional brackets will be posted.  As always we would love to have you dive in and give us a hand.  See you there!


Five Champs!   
At the inaugural CAAC Division 3 League Wrestling Tournament the Hornets sent five to the top of the podium, the most of any league team.  Bringing home the gold were Brad Simmons at 135, Devin Young at 145, undefeated Jeremy Bloom at 160, Tim Grant at 171, and Big Dusty Stiffler at Heavyweight.  Also placing for Williamston were Jeff Kane at 103 in third place and Brian Hickner in fourth at 189.  Congratulations Guys!
Thursday we host the Team Districts at 6:00pm.  The first round will be Perry -vs- Ovid-Elsie and Williamston -vs- Bath(Laingsburg) with the District Championship match to follow. I'll see you there!


Criteria Again!
For the third time this season the Hornets needed a rule book to come away with the victory.  After dropping the first match of the evening to a solid New Lothrop team the guys in green wrestled Carson City-Crystal to a 42-42 tie and won on the eighth criteria, total number of takedowns.  In thier first match CCC defeated Central Montcalm 39-39 also on the eighth tie breaker.  That puts our regular season record at 8-7.
Saturday we travel to the CAAC Division III tournament at Lakewood, wrestling starts at 10:30am.  Next week we host the Team Districts on Thursday night.  The Semi-Finals start at 6:00pm with Perry -vs- Ovid-Elsie and Williamston -vs- Bath(Laingsburg) with the finals match to follow.  I know I'll see you there!


Tournament Time
Well, the Hornets dropped the last league dual at home on Thursday losing 51-27 to Haslett, but it was still a fun night.  In front of a nice parent's night crowd Jeremy Bloom announced his verbal commitment to wrestle for the Spartans of Michigan State. 
He will be attending college on an academic scholarship and majoring in pre-med with plans for being an anesthesiologist.  Jeremy has a long background in wrestling starting when he was 8 years old.  His father Scott was a state champion at Dansville and a Collegiate wrestler at Olivet and has always been one of his coaches.  Jeremy is a four year letter winner at Williamston and a 2 year co-captain of his team.  After finishing second in the state in D3 at 160 pounds last season and wrestling for the second year for Team Michigan at the Cadet & Junior National Freestyle and Greco Roman Championships in Fargo, ND he is having a stand-out senior year.  Jeremy is currently 33-0 and has won the following invitationals: Stockbridge, Bridgeport, Howell, Grand Ledge, Williamston, Quincy, and Constantine.  He was named the Outstanding Wrestler at Grand Ledge and Williamston.  Overall his career win total is quickly approaching 150.  He again plans to compete at the Junior Nationals before enrolling at MSU and being a part of the Spartan Wrestling Team with two of his best friends that also helped to make him a great wrestler, Nick and Andy Simmons.
In addition to his accomplishments on the mat he was also one of the football team's MVPs, First Team All-Conference, and he was named to the Football Academic All-State First Team.  In the spring he plans on continuing his contributions to the track team as a pole vaulter and discus thrower.  Jeremy carries a perfect 4.0 GPA and is number 1 in his class. Congratulations Jeremy!!!
This week the Hornets travel to Carson City on Wednesday for a pair of matches at 6:00pm and then on Saturday go to Lakewood for the CAAC Division 3 League Tournament at 10:30am.  It's Tournament time and several of our grapplers are sure to make a splash in the post-season so I hope I see you there!


Grapplers Strong at Constantine
After dropping a close league meet to the Gladiators of Fowlerville on Thursday night (results), the Hornets buzzed into Constantine and sent 7 wrestlers to the medal stand.  Cory Alchin finished in 4th place at 119 pounds, and 103 pounder Jeff Kane, 171 pounder Tim Grant, and Big Dusty Stiffler at 215 pounds finished in the 3rd slot. Atop the medal stand in first place were Brad Simmons at 135, Devin Young at 145, and Jeremy Bloom at 160. As a team we finished in 5th place in the 8 team field.
The final regular season league meet is Thursday night at home.  Come cheer the Hornets on against the Vikings of Haslett and also be there for a very special announcement after the meet.  Whistles at 7:00pm, see you there!
Blizzard Update
Well, since there's no school today I don't have to run off to practice so I can bring you all up to date on the mat action.
Last Thursday the grapplers traveled to Lakewood where they were upended by the Vikings.  Devin Young and Jeremy Bloom both earned decisions and Brad Simmons won by forfeit. The final score was Lakewood 57, Williamston 12.
Saturday proved to be a much better day for the Hornets. At the Quincy Invitational five Williamston boys wrestled their way into the finals.  Devin Young, Jeremy Bloom, and Tim Grant all went 3-0 on the day for the Gold. Brad Simmons and Dusty Stiffler both finished in the second slot with Brian Hickner finishing fourth.  Also scoring points for the green were Jeff Kane and Cory Alchin.  The Hornets' finished fifth in the 10 team field.
Thursday we are back in league action at Fowlerville, whistles at 7:00pm.  See you there!


2 Williamston Champions
Devin Young and Jeremy Bloom GOT'ER Done today The Jim Mooney Williamston Classic winning the 145 and 160 pound weight classes.  Jeremy was also named Outstanding Wrestler for the upper weights and 119 pounder Shane McKerchie of Ludington was OW for the lower weights.  Also placing for the Hornets was Dusty Stiffler, 3rd at 215, and Brad Simmons, 4th in a loaded 135 pound class.   Complete results are here.
Thursday we travel to Lakewood, the match is at 7:00pm.


Classic Time
It's time for the 41st Annual Jim Mooney Williamston Classic and a Classic it will be.  This years tournament features 21 teams from across the state who are bringing over 230 athletes to vie for 14 gold medals.  It will be a great day of action on the mat.  Whistles are at 8:30 AM and the finals should begin at approximately 6:00 PM.  I know I'll see you there, but if I don't check The Hornets' Nest for all of the results.


Bloom Outstanding Wrestler
The Hornets traveled to Grand Ledge yesterday for a 8 team round-robin tournament.  Jeremy Bloom and Dusty Stiffler both wrestled their way to Gold medals and Jeremy was named one of two Outstanding Wrestlers for the day.  The other OW was Brandon Johnson of Grand Ledge who defeated our Devin Young in a great 4-2 overtime finals match at 145 pounds, look for both of those boys at the Palace in March.  Brad Simmons finished in the runner-up slot as well.  Others medaling for Williamston were Jeff Kane and Tim Grant both finishing in third place.
Remember Saturday is the 41st Jim Mooney Williamston Classic, whistles at 8:30am, see you there!
Hornets Sting Panthers
In the first home match of the season and the league opener the Williamston grapplers downed DeWitt 39-36.  Jeremy Bloom, Tim Grant, Dusty Stiffler, and Brad Simmons all scored first period falls to lead the Green to the win.  The box score is available here.
Saturday we are at the Grand Ledge Invitational.  It's an 8 man round-robin so there will good action all day.  Whistles at 9:30am, see you there!
And remember the Jim Mooney Williamston Classic is next Saturday, January 17th.  We are hosting a 21 team field and the wrestling will be great.  We would love to have you lend a hand.  It's an 8:30am start, see you there too!


Home Opener
Our Grapplers open at home tonight with the Panthers from Dewitt.  Whistles at 7:00pm, see you there!
Saturday we travel to Grand Ledge, wrestling at 9:30am.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Happy Holidays from all of us in the Williamston Wrestling Family.  I hope you got everything you were hoping for.  My little gift to you is the web page is finally up to date.  There are some pictures from the start of the season and all of the box scores are available.  Check it out.  I'll have some more new pictures up this weekend too. 
We are back on the mat with our home opener against DeWitt on January 8th, I know I'll see you there!  Also mark your calander for January 17th for the Jim Mooney Williamston Classic.  Wrestling starts at 8:30 am and we could sure use your help.  If you can pitch-in just drop me an email.
Perfect at Bridgeport
It took a rule book to sort it out but the Hornets came away from Bridgeport with a perfect 5-0 record.  In pool action Williamston defeated Marysville 39-34, Beaverton 48-30, and earned a 33-33 6th criteria tiebreaker win over hosts Bridgeport.  In the other pool North Branch defeated Croswell-Lexington and Midland Dow.  In the Championship match against North Branch once again we tied, 42-42, and this time won on the 8th tiebreaker criteria.  Then in a bonus fifth match we defeated Croswell Lexington 39-30.  Going undefeated were Brad Simmons, Devin Young, Jeremy Bloom, and Dusty Stiffler.  Box scores are here.


Toughening Up
The Hornets wrestled hard last night and split a pair on the road.  Despite giving up 30 points to injury and the flu our Grapplers defeated Parma Western 39-33.  In the second match we beat Hillsdale on the mat 26-13 but the forfeits caught up with us and we lost 43-26 on the scoreboard. Box scores are here.
Saturday we wrestle at the Bridgeport Big Red Duals.  Whistles at 9:30, see you there!
To get to Bridgeport take I-69 toward Flint then North on I-75 at Exit 133 - Saginaw, to the Bridgeport Exit 144B. 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.


Top Ten
The Williamston grapplers wrestled to a top-ten finish in the very competitive Howell invitational on Saturday.  Five Hornets made a trip to the awards platform.  Jeff Kane finished in sixth place at 103 pounds, Brad Simmons was fourth at 135, Devin Young and Dusty Stiffler both brought home the Silver at 145 and 215 respectively, and Jeremy Bloom won the Gold at 160 pounds.  Complete results are available here.
We are back in action on Wednesday at the Hillsdale Quad,  remember this is a change from some of the printed schedules. Wrestling starts at 6:00pm.  See you there!


Rough Opener
The Hornets had a rocky start to the dual meet season last night at the Corunna Quad.  We wrestled hard but were unable to come away with a win. We dropped the first match to Owosso before being upended by the hosts from Corunna.  Look for scores here.  For those of you who were there, the kid is fine and should be back on the mat in a week.
Saturday the Hornets are at the Howell Invitational, wrestling starts at 9:00.  See you there.
A Quick Reminder
The Hornets wrestle tonight at the Corunna Quad.  Whistles are at 5:30pm.  We face Owosso in the first match and Corunna in the second.
Also a schedule change - Next weeks Quad at Hillsdale is Wednesday the 17th, not Thursday the 18th.
See you tonight!


A Great Start

The Williamston Grapplers got off to a fine start at the Stockbridge Invitational today crowning 4 champions, 2 silver medallists, and 2 thirds and finishing a strong second behind the host Panthers.  Jeff Kane, Devin Young, Jeremy Bloom, and big Dusty Stiffler all took home the gold with Brad Simmons and Tim Grant in second place.  All the Hornets are looking good and moving toward their early season goals.  Complete results are here

We are back in action on Wednesday at the Corunna Quad.


A New Beginning
I bet you all thought I forgot about you!
Not True.  Life has just been very busy and a lot of that has been getting the Hornets ready to open the season. That happens on Saturday at the Stockbridge Invitational.  Wrestling starts at 9:30 AM, hope you join us.
Keep checking the web site and I promise I'll have lots of news for you soon.

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