2012-03-08 / Sports

Bailey, Noreyko medal at State Finals

By Thomas Reznich


MOVING TOWARD FIFTH (Above) Roscommon senior Dustin Noreyko (right) takes down 119-pound opponent, senior Chance Lisik of Hemlock, during the match for fifth place at state. Noreyko, who took sixth place in the weight class in 2011, earned the fifth place medal by scoring a 4-2 decision over Lisik. MOVING TOWARD FIFTH (Above) Roscommon senior Dustin Noreyko (right) takes down 119-pound opponent, senior Chance Lisik of Hemlock, during the match for fifth place at state. Noreyko, who took sixth place in the weight class in 2011, earned the fifth place medal by scoring a 4-2 decision over Lisik. Two Roscommon County wrestlers earned their place among the top wrestlers in their weight class during the State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Palace of Auburn Hills last weekend.

Houghton Lake junior Dalton Bailey is the Division 3 Runner-up at 171 pounds, and Roscommon senior Dustin Noreyko wrestled to a fifth place finish at 119 pounds.

Bailey made it to the championship match, where he fell to State Champion Dillon Francisco (who came into the tournament ranked number one) by a score of 11-0. On the way to the final, Bailey scored a 7-5 overtime victory over junior Dan Cornish of Capac, a 12-7 decision over junior Cory Livingston of Otsego and a 13-4 major decision over Mason Geno of Essexville-Garber. Geno took fourth and Cornish went on to win fifth place in the weight class.


GOING AFTER IT (Right) Houghton Lake junior Dalton Bailey (right) sweeps up Otsego opponent Cory Livingston on the way to a pin during the second round of wrestling in the State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Palace of Auburn Hills Friday. The match was Bailey’s second win on his way to finishing the tournament as the 2012 Division 3 State Runner-up at 171 pounds. It was Bailey’s first appearance at state. 
Photos byThomas Reznich GOING AFTER IT (Right) Houghton Lake junior Dalton Bailey (right) sweeps up Otsego opponent Cory Livingston on the way to a pin during the second round of wrestling in the State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Palace of Auburn Hills Friday. The match was Bailey’s second win on his way to finishing the tournament as the 2012 Division 3 State Runner-up at 171 pounds. It was Bailey’s first appearance at state. Photos byThomas Reznich “He had a great weekend,” said Houghton Lake wrestling Coach Lon Cook of Bailey’s performance at state. “He came in under the radar and made his way to the state final.” Cook said that although Bailey “had beaten some good wrestlers” during the regular season, at state “he surprised some people with just how good a wrestler he is.”


GOING TO THE FINAL Bailey (top) scores a take-down in overtime to beat Cornish in the championship semi-final. The win qualified Bailey to wrestle for the championship. GOING TO THE FINAL Bailey (top) scores a take-down in overtime to beat Cornish in the championship semi-final. The win qualified Bailey to wrestle for the championship. “He put a lot of hard work in it and busted his butt all year long,” said Bailey’s father Jon of the effort and discipline his son put in which led to him achieving a second place finish at state. “He gave up hanging out with his friends for training all summer.”

“We’re very proud of him,” said Bailey’s mother Melissa, adding that Dalton “gives God thanks first for keeping him healthy and strong in mind, body and spirit.” The Baileys said their son started wrestling at the age of seven and that since moving to Houghton Lake in 2006, along with his Houghton Lake coaches Cook and Assistant Coach Ryan King, he has been working with coaches from the Central Michigan University intercollegiate wrestling program including assistant coaches Steve Brown and Eric Neil.


ONE STEP AWAY (Left) Bailey follows Division 3 171-pound State Champion senior Dillon Francisco (left) to the upper positions on the podium during the medal ceremony. ONE STEP AWAY (Left) Bailey follows Division 3 171-pound State Champion senior Dillon Francisco (left) to the upper positions on the podium during the medal ceremony. Bailey adds his State Runner-up title to a list of achievements that includes a Northeastern Michigan Wrestling Association

State Championship and a Border Wars National Championship, both of which he won when he was in eighth grade. In addition to taking another shot at winning a state championship next season, Bailey will travel to Japan in June with Coach Cook, teammate David Duncan and wrestlers from Ogemaw and Pinconning as part of a wrestling exchange program which he also participated in as a freshman. He is also considering participation in the Disney Duals national tournament this summer as part of a select team from Michigan.


BLOOD TIME (Below) Houghton Lake wrestling Coach Lon Cook tends to a wound on the bridge of Bailey’s nose during his semi-final match against Dan Cornish of Capac. They are flanked by the MHSAA referee (left) and athletic trainer (right) assigned to the bout. Just about all of the wrestlers were sporting battle scars by the end of the tournament. BLOOD TIME (Below) Houghton Lake wrestling Coach Lon Cook tends to a wound on the bridge of Bailey’s nose during his semi-final match against Dan Cornish of Capac. They are flanked by the MHSAA referee (left) and athletic trainer (right) assigned to the bout. Just about all of the wrestlers were sporting battle scars by the end of the tournament. “He’ll have a busy off season,” said Coach Cook, adding “I look forward to seeing Dalton on top of that podium again.”

It was a longer haul for Noreyko to make his way to fifth place in the 119-pound weight class. After pinning senior Jason Palmer of Clawson and scoring a 7-2 decision over Chance Lisik of Hemlock, he was pinned in the championship semi-final match by eventual champion senior Stephen Ireland of Richmond. He then lost a 10-6 decision to junior Andy Caffrey of Parchment in the consolation semi-final, which put him into the fight for fifth place with Lisik, which he won 4-2.


MIXED FEELINGS Dustin Noreyko has his arm raised in victory by the referee after taking fifth place at the State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday. Although happy to have placed higher in the 119-pound weight class than last year, Noreyko, a four-time state qualifier, said “I trained for the championship.” MIXED FEELINGS Dustin Noreyko has his arm raised in victory by the referee after taking fifth place at the State Individual Wrestling Tournament at the Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday. Although happy to have placed higher in the 119-pound weight class than last year, Noreyko, a four-time state qualifier, said “I trained for the championship.” After medaling, Noreyko said he “felt terrible about taking fifth,” because “I trained for the championship.” He said he felt he missed his chance against Ireland, a match that would have put him in the championship final.

“I had him (Ireland) pinned and made a stupid mistake, and he eventually won the tournament,” said Noreyko.


AMONG THE BEST Dustin Noreyko accepts congratulations on winning fifth place from Richmond Coach George Hamblin during the Division 3 119-pound medal ceremony. Medals were presented to the top eight wrestlers in each weight class. AMONG THE BEST Dustin Noreyko accepts congratulations on winning fifth place from Richmond Coach George Hamblin during the Division 3 119-pound medal ceremony. Medals were presented to the top eight wrestlers in each weight class. Roscommon Assistant Coach Mark Jernigan said Noreyko “made a real good run at it,” putting himself in the position to make it to the final. “Unfortunately, wrestling is a sport where sometimes the best wrestler doesn’t win. You have to have luck on your side to win a championship too.”

This year’s tournament was Noreyko’s fourth trip to individual state, and his second time placing in the Division 3 119-pound weight class. As a junior in 2011, he wrestled to a sixth place finish.

Roscommon sophomore Caleb Jernigan was on his second trip to individual state this year, and after losing by technical fall to eventual state champion senior Nick Ross of Comstock Park, scored his first state tournament win in a consolation round bout with junior James Demember of Lake Fenton, 5-2.


CHAMP IN TROUBLE A worried look crosses the face of Stephen Ireland of Richmond as Roscommon’s Dustin Noreyko gains control in a 119-pound semi-final match Friday. A mistake by Noreyko led to a second period pin by Ireland, who went on to take the championship. CHAMP IN TROUBLE A worried look crosses the face of Stephen Ireland of Richmond as Roscommon’s Dustin Noreyko gains control in a 119-pound semi-final match Friday. A mistake by Noreyko led to a second period pin by Ireland, who went on to take the championship. After scoring the win, Jernigan said “I’ll be way more than happy when I win the next one, because then I’ll know I’m one of the top eight in the state. My dream this year is to place, and I’ve been working hard.” His dream almost came true in the consolation second round, when he and sophomore Johny Johnson of Otsego wrestled to a 6-6 tie in regulation. In the first overtime, however, Johnson scored a take down to win the match 8-6, and eventually wrestled his way to fifth place.


PRE-MATCH INSTRUCTION (Right) Roscommon junior Drake Lewandowski (right) gets some last minute instruction from Roscommon Coach Ron Noreyko before stepping onto the mat for his second 140-pound match at the Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Palace of Auburn Hills Friday. Lewandowski, who had lost to eventual seventh place finisher Luke Pahl of Comstock Park the previous day, had to win his second match to stay in the tournament. PRE-MATCH INSTRUCTION (Right) Roscommon junior Drake Lewandowski (right) gets some last minute instruction from Roscommon Coach Ron Noreyko before stepping onto the mat for his second 140-pound match at the Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Palace of Auburn Hills Friday. Lewandowski, who had lost to eventual seventh place finisher Luke Pahl of Comstock Park the previous day, had to win his second match to stay in the tournament. Jernigan said it was “one of the greatest feelings in the world to get my first win” at state, and that his trip there in 2011 had been “an eye opener.” The underclassman plans to spend the summer preparing for another run at individual state next season, and the ice-breaking win this year could provide a little more steam to draw on.

Buck teammate junior Drake Lewandowski made his first trip to individual state this year, and came away with the following impression: “It was tough.”


FIRST WIN (Left) Roscommon sophomore Caleb Jernigan has his arm raised after defeating James Demember of Lake Fenton, his first win at the state tournament during Friday’s second round of preliminary matches. The ice-breaker came in Jernigan’s fourth match at state, which includes two he wrestled as a freshman in 2011. FIRST WIN (Left) Roscommon sophomore Caleb Jernigan has his arm raised after defeating James Demember of Lake Fenton, his first win at the state tournament during Friday’s second round of preliminary matches. The ice-breaker came in Jernigan’s fourth match at state, which includes two he wrestled as a freshman in 2011. After suffering a loss to junior Luke Pahl of Comstock Park by a 9-1 major decision, Lewandowski was put out of the tournament by Matt Somers of Saginaw Swan Valley, who scored a first-round pin against him. But the experience he gained in the losses gave Lewandowski a clear idea of what it takes to place at state.

“I have to get stronger if I want to get here next year,” he said.



LEARNING EXPERIENCE (Below) Lewandowski looks for an opportunity to attack Saginaw Swan Valley opponent Matt Somers during his second match of the tournament Friday. The Roscommon junior, who was making his first appearance at state, lost the bout in the first period, but learned from the experience, saying “I have to get stronger if I want to make it here next year.” LEARNING EXPERIENCE (Below) Lewandowski looks for an opportunity to attack Saginaw Swan Valley opponent Matt Somers during his second match of the tournament Friday. The Roscommon junior, who was making his first appearance at state, lost the bout in the first period, but learned from the experience, saying “I have to get stronger if I want to make it here next year.”

MUST WIN (Below) Jernigan battles Demember in a consolation round, must win battle at 125 pounds. Jernigan had to win the bout -- which he did -- to avoid being knocked out of the tournament. MUST WIN (Below) Jernigan battles Demember in a consolation round, must win battle at 125 pounds. Jernigan had to win the bout -- which he did -- to avoid being knocked out of the tournament.

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