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Jackson wrestler Nick Martin beats former teammate in match, but Lumen Christi gets the win

Posted Thursday, January 21, 2010 by Mike Kohon, Jackson Citizen Patriot


By Mike Kohon

January 21, 2010, 9:01AM
Lumen Christi vs. Jackson WrestlingNick Martin of Jackson grabs the arm of Caleb Alger of Lumen Christi during their 285 weight class wrestling match on Wednesday evening at Northwest High School. Martin defeated Alger 5-2.

When Nick Martin gained a one-point advantage on an escape late in his heavyweight match against Caleb Alger, he knew he could not let up in order to win.

Less than a minute later, Martin earned a 5-2 victory over his friend and former teammate, though his Jackson High School wrestling team lost to Alger and Lumen Christi 40-31 in a nonconference meet Wednesday at Northwest.

"I knew I had to keep working because I knew how much he wanted to beat me," Martin said.

Martin (21-7) and Alger (21-5) were classmates at Jackson Catholic Middle School before Martin went to the public school. He took two years off from wrestling and returned last year. The seniors are standouts (Alger is ranked eighth in Division 3) and remain good friends — most of the time.

"When we're on the mat, we're competitive, but away from the mat, we're still friends," Martin said with a large grin after their match.

Following the meet, one Lumen Christi parent after another spoke with Martin and congratulated him, and Alger had no hard feelings.

"He definitely deserved to win," Alger said.

Lumen Christi also defeated Northwest 53-18 in a Capital Area Activities Conference Red Division showdown. Jackson beat Okemos 66-4 in a CAAC Blue matchup, and Northwest defeated Okemos 64-18 in a non-league meet.

The Titans (25-5, 2-2) have put together an outstanding season with a strong group of seniors.

On Wednesday, seniors Charles Loveland, Chris Bachus and Aaron Anuszkiewicz each earned a pair of wins. Freshmen also accounted for three more wins, including two by Charlie Ludlow.

"We have a lot of freshmen out here working hard," Loveland said. "They see (the seniors) working hard and are right there with us."

The Vikings (11-17, 4-2) have had an up and down season, but they are mostly healthy and had a good meet against the Titans, who are among the top teams in the area.

"We've seen a lot of good teams this season, so we're still coming around," Jackson coach Dave Okoniewski said.

Northwest (5-14, 1-4) has a young and inexperienced team and has endured a lot of injuries.

However, it had a bright spot against Lumen Christi.

Junior Craig Judy (25-6) won a rematch of last season's CAAC Red 103-pound championship with a 7-3 decision over sophomore J.J. Berkeypile.

Judy earned a three-point nearfall early in the second period and had to avoid a nearfall later in the same period before earning the win.

"I wrestled my butt off," Judy said.

"I knew he was coming for me."

Northwest's Evan Wills earned his 100th career victory against Okemos.

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