Manville, Aronoff, Freeman shine at Grappler Fall Classic

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- The one-day Grappler Fall Classic held on Saturday in Battle Creek, Mich. was a solid tournament with some high level wrestling, even though the day of competition was a marathon in nature. Most notable of the champions in the high school elite division were Carson Manville (South County, Va.) at 119 pounds, Grant Aronoff (St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla.) at 135, and Ben Freeman (Walled Lake Central, Mich.) at 140.

Carson Manville
Manville, ranked No. 2 overall among junior high wrestlers, beat wrestlers that finished third place or better in their high school state tournament last year in his last four bouts. In the round of 16, it was a 2-1 victory over Jack Medley (Anchor Bay, Mich.), while it was a 3-1 overtime victory over Jordan Crace (St. Paris Graham, Ohio) in the quarterfinal, before an 8-5 victory over Austin Franco (Stevensville Lakeshore, Mich.) in the semifinal. The championship match was a 5-3 victory over two-time state champion Mike Mars (Westland John Glenn, Mich.).

Aronoff, ranked No. 31 overall in the Class of 2018, had a technical fall, major decision, and pin in his matches prior to the final. That championship match was a 9-5 victory over Breyden Bailey (Indianapolis Cathedral, Ind.), who has finished third in all three of his high school season state tournaments.

Freeman, ranked No. 30 overall in the Class of 2017, had three pins and a major decision from his four matches in the tournament; this included a pin in 2:41 over three-time state finalist Francisco Valdes (Miami Southwest, Fla.) in the championship bout.

98: Jesse Mendez (Indiana) dec. Riley Bettich, 4-2
105: Noah Horst dec. Hunter Olson (Walsh Jesuit, Ohio), 6-2
112: Rayvon Foley (Ann Arbor Pioneer, Mich.) by forfeit over Jake Canitano (Solon, Ohio)
119: Carson Manville (South County, Va.) dec. Mike Mars (Westland John Glenn, Mich.), 5-3
125: Carlos Champagne (Marian Catholic, Mich.) dec. A.J. Facundo (Davison, Mich.), 9-4
130: Kevon Davenport (Detroit Catholic Central, Mich.) pinned Angel Perez (Miami Southwest, Fla.), 2:26
135: Grant Aronoff (St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla.) dec. Breyden Bailey (Indianapolis Cathedral, Ind.), 9-5
140: Ben Freeman (Walled Lake Central, Mich.) pinned Francisco Valdes (Miami Southwest, Fla.), 2:41
145: Markus Hartman (Barrington, Ill.) dec. Cameron Amine (Detroit Catholic Central, Mich.), 6-2
152: Colt Yinger (Mechanicsburg, Ohio) dec. Kyle Hatch (Warsaw, Ind.), 9-6
160: Nick Kiussis (Brunswick, Ohio) dec. Ryan Thomas (St. Paris Graham, Ohio), 4-2 TB
171: Zac Braunagel (Althof Catholic, Ill.) dec. Collin Lieber (Croswell-Lexington, Mich.), 12-9
189: Kordell Norfleet (Marian Catholic, Ill.) dec. Jared Ball (Hilliard Darby, Ohio), 7-2
215: Ryan Vasbinder (Byron Center, Mich.) dec. Diata Drayton (Mt. Carmel, Ill.), 5-0
285: Devon Kozel (Bangor, Mich.) dec. Chase Beard (Allegan, Mich.), 7-4


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