Regionals: Dreads send four wrestlers to the Palace

Four Dexter wrestlers finished among the top four at the Division 2 Individual Regionals (7-2) at Eaton Rapids on Saturday and advanced to the state finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 2-4.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the State Finals. All four of the Dreadnaughts who qualified for the Regionals made it through to the Palace.

At 160 pounds, Adam Burton defeated Zach Miller of Coldwater 8-7 before falling 7-6 to Chelsea’s Guy Reynolds, who ended up finishing second overall. A senior, Burton bounced back with an 11-6 win over Charlotte’s Anthony Williams. In the three-four finals, Burton lost to Niles’ Davin Simpson.

Burton, who finished fourth, will take his 33-12 record to the State Finals.

Dexter’s Will Feldkamp entered and exited Saturday’s Regionals with an undefeated record at 189 pounds after running the table to finish first overall. The senior opened with a pin of Sturgis’ Gage Bail in 51 seconds and then defeated Brad Wilton of Mason 6-5. He won the championship match 8-0 over Haslett’s Nevin Brittain.

Feldkamp improved to an impressive 51-0 on the season.

Dexter’s Ryan Clements brought his 42-7 record into regionals and had a solid day for the Dreadnaughts as the senior took second overall to advance to the State Finals.

He defeated Trever Brooks of Harper Creek in the opener and then defeated Cade Stephenson of Niles 10-3 to advance to the championship match. Austin Franco of Niles pinned Clements in 55 seconds to take first overall.

At 152 pounds, Dexter’s Kyle Burton (43-14) advanced to the Palace after coming back from a tough 10-7 opening-match loss to Cody Carlisle of Stevensville Lakeshore. The Dexter senior defeated Carter Hall of St. Johns (4-1) and then beat Robert Glover of Niles 3-2 to reach the consolation finals where he lost 11-3 to Tanner Beach of Jackson Northwest.

The Dexter wrestling team also held two bottle/can drives to help raise money for a suite at The Palace for the wrestlers to have a place to relax before and in between matches and for their families during the state finals. With the two drives they were able to raise half of the money for the suite.

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