WRESTLING: Power, Poupore Lose in Semifinals, Continue Wrestling Saturday at the Palace

 03/04/2017 - 01:18
After winning his quarterfinal match against Isiah Berry Friday, Daniel Poupore, a Saline junior, signals to the heavens to honor his late teammate Ryan Estrada.

Saline High School wrestlers Dylan Powers and Daniel Poupore lost their MHSAA Division 1 semifinal bouts Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Powers lost an 8-4 decision to Davison’s Brenden McRill, the defending state champion, in the 189-pound division. Powers, a senior, lost his second match of the season. He has a 42-2 record.  Powers can do no worse than sixth place and can finish as high as third place. He’ll face either Josh Dodd (39-10) or Chris Hackney (50-5) for the chance to wrestle in the consolation final.

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Poupore, a junior, suffered a heartbreaking loss in the semifinal. Poupore lost to Davison’s AJ Facundo, 5-3, in overtime. Like Powers, the worst Poupore can do is finish sixth and the best he can finish is third. He’ll face either Nick Barrett (48-9) or Nolan Klapec (19-6) for a chance to wrestle in the consolation final.

Powers advanced to the semifinals by defeating Bryan Carrie by Tech Fall and winning a 5-1 decision against Nick Onwenu. Poupore’s record is now 45-4. Poupore advanced to the semfinal by winning a 7-5 decision over Seth Sota and 3-2 decision over Isiah Berry.

Both Poupore and Power will stand on the all-state podium when the tournament wraps up Saturday.

Tran Longmoore
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