Saline split a dual meet at Dexter Wednesday, defeating Ypsilanti 60-9 and falling to Bedford 51-22.
The Hornets opened against SEC Red Rival and state powerhouse Bedford.
The Mules opened with a pin at 103, despite a solid effort from David Gould, and void 112. Saline got on the score board with a 5-4 victory by Elliot Hill at 119.
After Dylan Hughes was pinned at 125, Kyle Hartmann picked up a tough 4-1 victory at 130.
Junior Daniel Poupore followed with first period pin at 135. Poupore looked every bit like like a returning all-state wrestler.
“The last two years I’ve finished seventh in the state. This year, my goal is to win the state championship and I think I can do it,” Poupore said.
Saline picked up another six points when senior Chris Birchmeier won with another first period pin.
The match was tied at 18 when Bedford went on a four bout streak to pull away.
Saline picked up another win at 189 where senior Dylan Powers earned a 12-0 victory over Hunter Gandee. Powers twisted Gandee into a pretzel but to Gandee’s credit, he refused to be pinned.
Saline had no trouble defeating a shorthanded Ypsilanti team.
The Hornets won the first four bouts by pin. At 140, Birchmeier won with a first period pin. Nolan Krause also won with a first period pin. Cade Gilless won by decision. Ethan Capobianco (171) won one of the longest bouts anyone has ever watched, defeating Devon Morgan in the 7th period when he got a point for an escape.
Saline’s final win came from Dylan Powers, who won with a first period pin.
Powers is wrestling in the super tough 189 class this year, up from 171 last year. His goal is to reach the state finals and he knows it won’t be easy.
“A lot of the guys in this division cut weight to make 189 and I worked out all year to get this heavy. So some of the guys are going to be stronger than me. I’m going to have to beat them with quickness,” Powers said. He was sixth in the state at 171 last year.
Powers also wants to see his team beat Bedford this year and take the SEC Red.
“It’s not going to be easy. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ll keep working and see how it goes next time out,” Powers said.