Clinton’s varsity wrestling team opened its season by defeating Homer 67-12, but suffered a loss to Manchester 46-12 to follow.
“We came out very sluggish against Manchester and before we knew it, we were too far behind to catch up,” said Clinton coach Kevin Beazley.
Going 2-0 on the night for Clinton was Scott Noble (125), Jesse Sexton (152) and Drew Porter (160).
“We didn’t wrestle to our potential, but it is very early and we will see Manchester again for team districts,” added Beazley.
The wrestlers competed Saturday, Dec. 6, in Birch Run for their 12 team super duals and went 5-0 to win the championship.
It was the second season in a row that Clinton has won the championship trophy.
The Redskins went undefeated on the day by defeating Frankenmuth 62-18, Highland Park 50-30, Farwell 53-24, Bullock Creek 49-24 and Clio 34-32.
“We finally got things going after last Wednesday's loss and the ‘Skins wrestled great,” said Beazley. “We still have a lot of work to do, to get to Battle Creek, but I was very proud of how they wrestled on Saturday.”
In the championship match against Clio, Clinton was down 32-28 and it came down to Sexton to capture the victory for the team, and he did so in outstanding fashion with a pin pounded out in just six seconds flat.
Going 5-0 on the day were Eric Smither (103), Sexton (160), Andrew Tice (189) and Aaron Tice (215). Going 3-0 on the day was Drew Porter (171). Going 4-1 on the day was Scott Noble (125), Henry Kokenakes (130), Connor Koester (135) and Lee Smither (140).
Clinton’s Jessie Sexton (top) finished with a pin against Homer’s Jeremy Yates to start the season last Wednesday. At the Birch Run Tourney on Saturday, Sexton recorded a pin that won the championship for Clinton. PHOTOS BY TOM CULLER