Two Hornets won individual district wrestling championships and a third is joining them at the regional tournament next Saturday.
Danny Poupore and Cade Gilless won their weight classes at the MHSAA Division 1 District 6 championship held at Wayne Memorial High School Saturday.
Poupore, a senior wrestling in the 130-pound division, had a first round bye. He pinned Ypsilanti’s Lucas Baker in just nine seconds and then pinned Southgate’s Logan Palishan in 14 seconds. Poupore won a 5-3 decision over Isaac Lefler in the finals. Poupore is 47-1.
Gilless, a sophomore wrestling at 160, advanced through the first round with a bye. In round two, he pinned Wyandotte Roosevelt’s Jalin Pitchford in 36 seconds. In the semifinal, Gilless battled to a 13-11 victory over Southgate’s Nolan Tis. Gilless clinched the district championship with an 8-2 victory over Josh Walters. Gilless is 36-10.
Sophomore Zachary Sabin, 25-11, is moving to the regional in the 215 weight class. He had a bye in round one and then won by pin in round two. He lost in the next round but then battled through the consolation bracket, winning by pin and then winning a 10-1 decision to finish third.
At 140, junior Elliot Hill was stopped just short of advancing. He opened with an 11-0 win and then won by pin in the second round. But was pinned by the eventual district champ in the semifinal. In the consolation round, Hill lost a 5-4 decision.
Freshman Brett Marvin went 2-2 on the day but came one win short of going to regionals at 103 pounds.
At 125 pounds, Kolton Malinczak, 33-13, won his opening round bout by pin but then lost an 8-4 decision in the next round. He stayed alive with a 10-1 victory but lost 5-2 to Monroe’s Julian Somers.
Jaylen Caruana won his 152-pound opening round bout by pin but fell in the second round. He won a 7-5 decision to stay alive once in the consolation round but fell in the blood round.
Julius Burtell won an opening round bout, 13-6, before falling at 145.