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Four Mountaineers perfect at super dual

December 10, 2012
The Daily News

MARQUETTE - Four Iron Mountain wrestlers posted perfect records in the Westwood Super Dual wrestling tournament Saturday.

Mountaineers' Alex Edwards (119), Jared Gauthier (125), Jacob Weslin (140) and Tanner Chouinard (145) registered 5-0 records on the day.

Corbin Henkel, 3-2, and Izzy Barazza, 3-1, tallied winning marks.

Iron Mountain posted a 2-3 record in matches, beating Westwood, 42-23, and Gwinn, 36-12, and losing to Negaunee, 45-24; Marquette, 45-28, and Escanaba, 48-30.

"It was a good day of wrestling and Westwood ran a good tournament," said Mountaineers coach Brandon Rutter, who had six varsity wrestlers for the tournament. "The guys keep working hard in practice and it has shown."

Mountaineers will wrestle Kingsford and Norway tonight in Marquette.

"There's been a lot of wrestling in the past few days," said Rutter, whose Mountaineers swept two matches Thursday.

Marquette beat all five of its Westwood Super Dual foes.

The daylong event included 15 dual meets held simultaneously on three mats at Westwood High School and included the Redmen, host Patriots, Negaunee, Gwinn and Escanaba B team.

The meet took advantage of MHSAA regulations that allow a wrestler to participate in up to five matches in one day.

Fourteen wrestlers from the six schools earned medals for finishing with 5-0 records.

Marquette co-coach Tony Gentz said he was most satisfied with match No. 2, a 45-28 victory over Iron Mountain, since the Redmen lost to the Mountaineers 37-36 just two days earlier.

"To beat them showed we're already improving this early in the season," Gentz said. "Right off from the first match, we kept the ball rolling. As the day went on, we got stronger and stronger."

Negaunee first-year coach Brad Saatio had a similar sentiment about beating the Mountaineers, since the Miners also lost to them on Thursday.

"This was a big step for us," he said. "I was very impressed with how the team bounced back from Thursday and just how we competed against competition from all over the Upper Peninsula."



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