Wrestling: Mountaineers win MPC title

Gladstone's Nick Dawson attempts to take down Iron Mountain's Trevor Malburg in the 125-pound final during the Mid-Peninsula Conference wrestling meet on Saturday in Ishpeming. (Ryan Spitza/The Mining Journal)

ISHPEMING — Iron Mountain won its first Mid-Peninsula Conference meet for the first time in three years on Saturday.

Iron Mountain head coach Cory McLaren was satisfied with getting his senior wrestlers a second conference championship.

“Last time we had this was three years ago so this is our seniors’ second time with the conference championship,” he said. “We came into the season with 11 guys, so that’s nice since there’s 14 roster spots. It was a great day for us. I’m proud of all my guys, they wrestled great. We had eight out of 11 guys get medals and that was great.”

The Mountaineers claimed the MPC team title with 174 points, followed by Westwood with 158.5, Gladstone 136.5, Negaunee 98, Ishpeming 54, Manistique 47 and Gwinn 16.

Seven Mountaineers wrestlers reach the final round, the first being Parker Stroud, who pinned Gladstone’s Lane Matzke in the 112-pound division in 3 minutes, 14 seconds.

Later on, Iron Mountain won four straight matches in the 130, 135, 140 and 145 finals.

At 130, Dow Dawson defeated Manistique’s Tony Williams by major decision, 19-7. At 135 was Tre Sabotta topping Westwood’s Connor Traver by fall at 1:44.

Preston Roberts took the 140 final over Westwood’s Tyler Lindholm by major decision, 14-0, while Jon Carrion defeated Finn Helppi of Negaunee in the 145 class by fall at 3:36.

At 171, Ishpeming’s Alaric Martin topped Caleb Burklund of Iron Mountain by decision, 5-0.

The Mountaineers also had a second from Trevor Malburg (125), thirds from Isaac Manier (119) and Myles Carey (152) and fourths from Jordan Tramontine (215) and Giovanni Colavecchi (285).

“I knew we had a chance to win the conference but we needed some guys to have a big day and we got that from seniors Dow Dawson and Myles Carey,” McLaren said.

The third-seeded Dawson avenged a 14-2 loss to second-seeded Jeremy Hill with a second-period pin.

The unseeded Carey defeated James Pietro of Westwood 13-7 and Nolan Rhome of Negaunee by fall in the first period. Carey’s only loss came to UP champ Cole Hanson of Gladstone.

“This team has been working hard since November 12th when the season started and they deserved a chance to win a team trophy,” McLaren said. “Now we’ve got to refocus on Thursday’s team districts. This will be our only home meet this year. Bark River will come in ready to wrestle.”

Negaunee goes to Gladstone for a four-team Division 3 district with the Braves, Kingsford and Menominee on Thursday.

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