Prep Roundup: Dow hockey wins big; MHS, Dow, Meridian finish top 10 in wrestling

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Billy VanSumeren scored four goals Wednesday to lead Dow High to a 6-0 win over Big Rapids in nonleague hockey.

The Chargers led 1-0 after one period, then scored four times in the second to open up a 5-0 advantage.

Nolan Sanders had a goal and an assist, while Caden Chritz scored the other goal, and Ryan Pomranky and Jack Wolohan each added two assists. Tucker Pomranky, Andrew Morrison, Max Rastello, and Isaac Skinner each had one assist, while goaltender Collin Lemanski made 18 saves to earn the shutout.

Dow outshot Big Rapids 36-18.

“The boys played well today. We play well when we play with energy, keep it simple, and move the puck, and I thought we did all three tonight,” said Chargers’ coach Dick Blasy.

“Collin was solid in net, as always, and that gives everyone a lot of confidence,” Blasy added. “Billy just does what he does best, and that’s shoot the puck. His shot is so heavy and accurate, which makes it very tough on opposing goalies.”

Dow will host Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.


Midland High finished fifth out of 24 teams Thursday at the Freeland Invitational wrestling tournament.

Cole Schelb won his weight class and remained undefeated on the season for the Chemics, while John Hine reached the final of his weight class before falling 7-3.

Also placing for Midland were Dylon Anderson (third at 119 pounds), River Eurton-Henderson (fourth at 130), Tommy Miller (fifth at 112), Ryan Ludwig (fifth at 125), Daniel Berg (sixth at 135), and Wilson Shinske (sixth at 285).

The Chemics will head to the Dow High quad on Wednesday.


Dow High’s wrestling team finished seventh out of 24 teams at the Freeland Invitational on Thursday.

Aidan Wardell went 4-0 at 189 pounds to win his weight class, while Jacob Batha was second at 119 pounds with a 3-1 record. Wardell was the top seed in his division and won all four of his matches by pin.

Also placing for the Chargers were Brennan Finney at 4-1 (fifth at 130 pounds) and Dawson Studebaker at 4-1 (fifth at 152). Not placing for Dow but winning one match apiece were Bryce Rohn at 125, Robert Batha at 135, Noah Black at 140, and Adam Brenske at 215.

“Today’s tournament was a good way to weigh out where we are as a group. The guys wrestled hard and are showing a lot of determination and grit,” said Dow coach Nick Wardell. “I am happy to see the progress that the majority of the team is making.

“Three of the four placers for Dow outplaced their seed. Brennan Finney was seeded ninth and placed fifth, Dawson Studebaker was seeded seventh and finished fifth, and Jacob Batha was seeded 10th and knocked off both the second- and third-seeded wrestlers to finish second. Jacob had a very good day.”

The Chargers will host a quad on Wednesday.


Meridian’s wrestling team took ninth out of 24 teams Thursday at the Freeland Invitational.

Alex Goodson won the 140-pound weight class for the Mustangs, while Elliot Noyes took third at 135, and Dawson Kolka was sixth at 215.

Not placing but going 2-2 for Meridian were Justin Wood at 125 and Ethen Methner at 130.

“We only entered seven guys today, so for us to finish inside the top 10 shows how well they all performed. We definitely took a step forward from last week,” said Meridian coach Corey Cordero.

“It was a tough tournament, and we were competitive with everyone. Alex won his second tournament (championship) of the season, Elliot continued to look solid (in) placing third, and it was Dawson’s first time placing in a high school tournament, which was super exciting,” he added.

The Mustangs will head to Millington on Wednesday.