Kingsford 11th in Tomahawk Invitational

TOMAHAWK, Wis. — Kingsford enjoyed a successful Saturday at the Tomahawk Invitational.

Flivvers coach Darren Groleau had six wrestlers in the varsity tournament and one in the junior varsity.

Tomahawk won the team title with 282 points. Kingsford was 11th out of 16 teams with 105.

“They ran the tournament very differently,” Groleau said. “It was a very long day but what I really liked about the tournament is that everyone got four to five matches. That is huge especially early in the year. That’s all I want for my team is mat time. There was a lot of top competition at the tournament.”

Flivvers’ August Early placed third with a 3-2 record at 120 pounds, falling to state-ranked Lance Knight of Tomahawk and Javyn Freeman of Phillips in the semifinals.

“August had a good day of wrestling,” Groleau said. “He’s bumping up from 103 to 119-120 and he’s learning to use his speed and technique more than ever.”

Ethan Wilcox was eighth at 126 with a 2-3 record.

“Ethan wrestled well but he just ended up running out steam in his matches,” Groleau said. “We have to work on his conditioning and have him work hard for six minutes. Once he gets his conditioning to where he wants it he’ll be winning a lot of those matches that he’s previously lost.”

Jakob Horton was sixth at 145 with a 2-3 record. Horton avenged a loss to an Elcho wrestlers from last week’s Wabeno’ tournament.

“That was nice to see him come back,” Groleau. “He will be dropping weight classes now in the next few weeks and he will be finally wrestling more his natural weight.”

Trevor Povolo made his debut at 152 pounds this weekend. The pool winner dropped a 7-1 semifinal decision to Cadott’s Brady Speath, third at the 2017 state tournament and currently ranked third in Division 3.

“It was a great, very competitive match for Trevor,’ Groleau said. “He proved that he’s ready to compete against Michigan’s best when it comes down to the state tournament this season.”

Povolo decisioned Wyatt Wenninger of Tomahawk 9-4 in the third-place match. Wenninger, champion of the Wabeno tournament, ranks ninth in the state in Division 2.

“Trevor flat out, out-wrestled him,” Groleau said. “Wenninger is a tough kid but Trevor absolutely took it to him. Trevor looked very impressive. He wrestled like he wanted to prove a point and he did. We are very happy where he is at right now.”

Ben Stanish (182) lost his first two matches but came back with three straight pins.

“Ben started off rough, lost a match that he should’ve won but then rallied,” Groleau said. “That was really impressive.”

Eddie Cardew (285) took fifth with a 3-2 record.

“Eddie lost one match that he should’ve won,” Groleau said. “He just has to clean up some technique. Eddie keeps impressing us. He just keeps winning and winning. He finds a way to dig deep in some matches to get some wins. We have to remind ourselves that he’s only a second-year wrestler and he’s greatly improved from last year.”

In the junior varsity tournament, Elliot Johnson took second and “got some valuable mat time,” Groleau said.

The Flivvers wrestle Friday, Dec. 29 in the Munising Super Duals.