By John Vrancic
For The Daily News
ESCANABA - It took nearly the entire wrestling season, but the Escanaba Eskymos finally earned a major victory Saturday by taking the Great Northern Conference title with 223 points.
Justin Marietti/Daily Press Photo
Kingsford’s Eli Martonen squares off against Tyler Adams of Escanaba in the fourth round of the Great Northern Conference meet on Saturday in Escanaba.
Pre-meet favorite Gladstone was runner-up at 203 1/2, followed by Marquette 157 1/2, Kingsford 93 1/2 and Menominee 85 1/2.
Kingsford's Keaton Parent won the 125-pound title, while Harely Winters earned third in the 215-pound class.
"Keaton wrestled strong and had three pins to finish at the top of his weight class," Kingsford coach Torrey Adams said. "Harley's defining match came against Escanaba which he won by decision 9-5. All of the guys continue to wrestle strong and continue to stay aggressive."
Sophomore Kaleb Rahoi provided the first-place Eskymos with a key victory in the fifth round, rallying past Menominee senior Chris Briar 5-4 for the 135-pound title.
Briar gained a 4-2 with a takedown early in the third period. An escape then pulled Rahoi within 4-3, followed by a reversal for the winning points late in the period.
Esky junior Travis Heller (160) ran his career win total to 121 with a technical fall (16-0) over Menominee's Justin Briiinski.
Gladstone got the final round off to a promising start with freshman Jackson Simison (103) pinning Esky freshman Sergei LaMarche in 91 seconds for the league title. Classmate James Bruce then topped Esky freshman Trevor Iriving 6-1 in the lone bout at 112.
The Braves, however, were unable to catch Esky on this day.
Johnson, one of five Marquette champions, gained his 100th victory by pinning Kingsford's Holden Visentainer in 82 seconds.
The Redmen travel to Sault Ste. Marie for Wednesday's D-2 district where they face the host Blue Devils in the opening round. The winner meets Esky in the title match.
Kingsford hosts the D-3 district Wednesday. The Flivvers face Negaunee while Gladstone opens against Menominee in the opposite bracket. The championship match to follows.
GNC Results follow:
Standings - Escanaba 223, Gladstone 203 1/2, Marquette 157 1/2, Kingsford 93 1/2, Menominee 85 1/2.
103 - 1, Jackson Simison, Gladstone; 2, Sergei LaMarche, Escanaba; 3, Tyler TynEyck, Marquette.
112 - 1, James Bruce, Gladstone; 2, Trevor Irving, Escanaba.
119 - 1, Nick King, Escanaba.
125 - 1, Keaton Parent, Kingsford; 2, Jake Kujala, Gladstone; 3, Michael Degrand, Menominee.
130 - 1, Hunter Moore, Marquette; 2, Tyler Adams, Escanaba; 3, Jared Syverson, Gladstone.
135 - 1, Kaleb Rahoi, Escanaba; 2, Chris Briar, Menominee; 3, Sam Taylor, Gladstone.
140 - 1, Jeremy Kadish, Gladstone; 2, Jason Kaster, Menominee; 3, Kevin Priebe, Escanaba.
145 - 1, Teddy Peippo, Escanaba; 2, Keenan Barron, Gladstone; 3. Justin Kaster, Menominee.
152 - 1, Austin Johnson, Marquette; 2, Alec Slaga, Escanaba; 3, Josh Kadish, Gladstone.
160 - 1, Travis Heller, Escanaba; 2, Justin Brilinski, Menominee; 3, Jackson Mahler, Marquette.
171 - 1, Curt Calovecchi, Marquette; 2, Brad Gagnon, Gladstone; 3, Sean Bissell, Escanaba.
189 - 1, Jake Cronick, Gladstone; 2, Per Rahm, Marquette; 3, Cory Chenier, Escanaba.
215 - 1, Joe Iwanicki, Marquette; 2, Jack Cronick, Gladstone; 3, Harley Winters, Kingsford.
Hwt - 1, Rainger Rossway, Marquette; 2, Bill Soper, Escanaba; 3, Cody Malonowski, Gladstone.