Wrestling: Mascarette qualifies for state tournament

Tristen Mascarette of Northwoods Storm (left) wrestles Koltin Grzybowski of Coleman during their 113-pound title match at Saturday’s WIAA Division 3 Bonduel Sectional. (Jordy Korch/The EagleHerald)

SHAWANO, Wis. — Florence High School will be represented in Wisconsin’s individual wrestling championships in Madison for a second straight year.

Florence High School junior Tristen Mascarette placed second Saturday in the 113-pound division at the Division 3 sectional meet in Bonduel.

Mascarette (36-3), a member of the Northwoods Storm co-op with Florence and Niagara wrestlers, opened the quarterfinal by posting a 14-5 major decision over Easton Groskreutz of Weyauwega-Fremont.

In the semifinals, Mascarette had another major decision, beating Karter Stuttgen of Stratford 15-5.

Mascarette lost the first-place match by technical fall to defending state champion Koltin Grzybowski of Coleman,

Mascarette came back in the second-place match to pin Chad Moegenburg of Wittenberg-Birnamwood in the first period.

Mascarette will begin the 75th annual state meet Thursday by facing freshman Walker Retz (26-4) of Boyceville.

Coleman’s Shamus McLain, who wrestled for the Northwoods Storm last season, won the 152-pound title Saturday.

McLain (38-7), the first Florence freshman to reach the state level, decisioned Klay Ellenbecker of Athens 5-2 for the title.

The sophomore, who also recorded a 3-2 decision and second-period pin Saturday, earned a first-round bye in the state meet.

ALSO: Kingsford and Iron Mountain wrestlers came up short in the MHSAA Division 3 individual regional wrestling tournament Saturday at Kalkaska.

Top four wrestlers advanced to Ford Field in Detroit for the state finals.

Flivvers’ Trevor Povolo (33-6 record) posted a 1-2 mark in the regional, pinning Hunter Wroblewski of Menominee in the second period of the consolation round.

Kingsford’s Eddie Cardew (29-10) dropped both of his 285-pound matches.

Iron Mountain’s Caleb Burklund (26-12) lost both of his 171-pound matches.