Prep Roundup (3-2-13)
AUBURN HILLS- Mio 125-pounder Zach Mack made the best of his final appearance at the state wrestling finals.
Mack won a state title on the final day of the Division 4 individual finals on Saturday, squaring off against Fife Lake Forest Area’s Matthew Elliott in the finals and pinning him in 3:42 for the win. He is Mio’s fourth state champion and first since Aaron Smith (140) won in 2009.
Mack was 5th last year at 125 pounds and was a four-time state qualifier for the Thunderbolts.
Rogers City’s Evan Lamb took fifth place at 135 pounds, marking the third straight year he has placed at the state finals. Lamb lost his bid for third place with a 5-3 loss to Martin’s Ryan Hunt, in his first match on Saturday, but rebounded to defeat Vandercook Lake’s Duane Brown 6-4.
Caleb Pommerenke (189) took seventh place for the Hurons. Pommerenke lost his first match on Saturday to Hesperia’s Eldon Graham 8-3, but won his second match against Bronson’s Brett Burtrum 11-0 by major decision. It was a rematch of both grapplers’ opening round matchup where Pommerenke defeated Burtrum 18-4 by major decision.
Rogers City’s Budnik wins state title
STERLING HEIGHTS-Rogers City freshman Bailey Budnik won a state title at the Division 4 individual bowling finals at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights on Saturday, defeating Burton Bentley’s Jeffery Green in the finals, 336-322.
After finishing seventh in the qualifying block, Budnik defeated Kinde North Huron’s Dennis Leggier in the round of 16, 352-299. He followed that up with a quarterfinal win over Riverview Gabriel Richard’s Zach Barr (429-349) and a semifinal triumph over Morley-Stanwood’s Brad Malmberg (434-322).
Alex Darga (33rd, 1082), Zach Hazel (35th, 1073) and Chris Bark (37th, 1063) all failed to make it out of the qualifying block.
In the girls finals, Rogers City’s Rebecca Bannasch lost in the semifinals to Oscoda’s Paige Huebel 396-303.
Bannasch finished 12th in the qualifying block and defeated Hemlock’s Shauna Trieb 375-308 in the round of 16 and Ithaca’s Haley Hofmann in the quarterfinals 460-382.
Ashley Budnik (17th, 1068), Jessica Butera (19th, 1055), Anna Lehman (26th, 1027) and Nicole Bannasch (35th, 1005) didn’t make it past the qualifying block for Rogers City.
In Muskegon, Alpena’s Will Rings finished 36th in the qualifying block out of 60 bowlers with a score of 1128 at the Division 1 boys finals.