The 2019 Lafayette Fred Ross Invitational featured girls wrestling for the first time. Lebanon took the girls team title with a total of 183 points, with three champions and four third places, defending their top ranking. Fourth ranked Lafayette finished second to hop over third ranked McCluer North, who finished third in a battle of some of the top ranked girls teams in the state.
On the boys side of things, a tight race between Seckman and Lebanon ended with Seckman winning by 3 points. Seckman had fewer top 4 finishes than Lebanon but the Seckman bonus points made the difference. Seckman, ranked 7th in Class 4, also finished ahead of 6th ranked Lafayette as well as Rockwood Summit who finished in fourth place.
Here is how the finals played out:
103: Fox got a champion to start things off as #3 Hailie Terry got the fall against Seckman’s Sarah Murray at the 2:39 mark. In one of the smaller brackets of the day, Terry got things started in the lone quarter final of the bracket, with a quick pin of Rockwood Summit’s Claire Doering at 48 seconds, then in the semi finals pinned Lebanon’s MaKenzie Gormley right after the 5 minute mark. Murray was able to notch a pin at 1:06 over Denna Iqbal of Lafayette.
110: #1 at 103 Freshman Faith Cole of Lafayette defended her number one ranking, pinning her way through the tournament. Her first match was against Eureka’s Cora Skaggs at 1:48 then followed that with a 2:00 pin against Hillsboro’s Joey Madding. She matched up with #6 Reilly Baughman of Windsor in the finals and with the match tied at 2, Cole put Baughman on her back earning the fall at the 1:32 mark. However Baughman got the upset of #2 Emily Young in the semifinals. Young finished in third place with a :42 second fall over Madding.
116: With #5 Lilly Wallis from Rockwood Summit out due to a concussion, the finals matchup was #4 vs #6. Kyra Perry from McCluer North had the lone round of 16 match, with a pin over Kaleigh Milligan of Seckman at the 1:15 mark. Perry pinned her way to the finals, with another pin in the quarters at just over 3 minutes then another in the semis against Eureka’s Madi Rusig at the 3:20 mark.