TCU takes fourth at tournament

In their first match TCU Titan wrestler Levi Nelson (left, on top) takes on Justin Grindland of Lewiston-Altura/Rushford in the 126-pound class of the TCU Titan Invitational in Montgomery. For more photos, click on the blue button. (Wade Young Photo)

Mason Brownlee had a dominating performance in the 138-pound class, going 3-0 to win the championship.  Mikel said Brownlee won by pin, technical fall, and defeated a wrestler from St Clair in the finals by major decision.

 

The Tri-City United Titans  held their first Titan Invitational on Saturday in Montgomery, and the Titans came in fourth place with 139.50 points, behind Lewiston-Altura/Rushford at #1 with 202, New Prague at #2 at 188, and Waterville-Elysian-Morristown/Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton in 3rd with 159.50.
“Our kids wrestled well today. Hopefully we can continue to improve throughout the rest of the season,” said Titan Coach Brian Mikel.
The results are:
According to Mikel, Justin Kopet wrestling at 106 pounds was 1-1 on the day. 
“Justin had an outstanding match against a wrestler who had previously defeated him last week,” Mikel said. “He won 12-11, despite wrestling most of the match with a deep cut on his chin. Justin really showed a lot of guts at the meet.”
At 120 pounds, Jonah Johnson had a great day, Mikel noted, taking second place. He defeated the second seeded wrestler 7-4 for a trip to the finals.
“Jonah has really been stepping up his performance at the right time of the season,” the coach said.
Wrestling at 126 pounds,  Levi Nelson went 3-1 for a third place finish. Mikel noted that Nelson wrestled very well and is finding a way to win the close matches.
In the 132-pound class,  Mason Rutt went 2-2 on the day for a fifth place finish.   “Mason is still battling back from a knee injury and needs to get back into wrestling shape.   He still had a good day,” the coach said.
Mason Brownlee had a dominating performance in the 138-pound class, going 3-0 to win the championship.  Mikel said Brownlee won by pin, technical fall, and defeated a very good wrestler from St Clair in the finals by major decision.  
“Mason is starting to take it to the next level at the right time,” Mikel said.
  At 145  pounds, Max Arroyo went 3-1 for a third place finish. The coach said Arroyo is also finding ways to win close matches in the third period.
Marko Arroyo, at 152  pounds, went 3-1 for a third place finish as well.  
“Marko had an outstanding match is his third place bout winning by a score 3-1 against a very good New Prague wrestler,” Mikel said. “Marko was also unseeded going into the tournament.”
At 160 pounds, Josh Selly had probably the toughest weight bracket in the tournament with several state ranked wrestlers, the coach noted.
“Josh was seeded fourth and ended up taking third.  Josh showed good leadership today,” Mikel said.
In the 170-pound class,  Kyle Hubert had a busy day going 3-2 for a third place finish.  The coach noted that Hubert had to come all the way through the wrestle back round and got the team some much needed team points.
At 182, Joe Kalina was 0-2 on the day and did not place.   “Joe is working extremely hard and showing improvement with each match.  His work ethic sets a nice example for the younger wrestlers,” Mikel said.
In the heavy weight class at 285  pounds, Alex Burns had a nice day going 2-1 for a third place finish.  Alex was ahead late in the match against the number one seed, but made a mistake late in the match. The coach said he showed good mental toughness coming back strong to finish third.