Wrestling: Mountaineers 4th, Kingsford 5th in Escanaba Elks Invite

Iron Mountain placed fourth out of 16 teams Saturday in the Escanaba Elks Invitational high school wrestling tournament. The Mountaineers had seven wrestlers place fifth or better. From left: Caleb Burklund, Jordan Tramontine, Trevor Malburg, Myles Carey, Giovanni Colavecchi, Jon Carrion, Preston Roberts, Parker Stroud, Tre Sabotta and Isaac Manier. Not pictured is Dow Dawson. (Submitted Photo)

ESCANABA — Iron Mountain’s Caleb Burklund and Tre Sabotta along with Kingsford’s Trevor Povolo took titles Saturday in the Escanaba Elks Invitational high school wrestling tournament Saturday.

Escanaba (205.5 points) claimed top honors in the 16-team event. Grayling (184.5) was runner-up with Iron Mountain fourth (141) and Kingsford fifth (119.5).

“This was a great weekend for us,” said IM head coach Cory McLaren. “We have been working hard in practice and it showed this weekend.”

Burklund (189) and Sabotta (135) led the Mountaineers. Dow Dawson (130) placed second; Parker Stroud (112) third, Trevor Malburg (125) and Preston Roberts (140) fourth and Giovanni Colavecchi (285) fifth.

Burklund came out his “lucky” fifth seed again, according to McLaren. He started with a 47-second pin over Austin Kleiman of Bark River; avenged a loss last week to Negaunee’s Leo Helppi with a 7-5 decision and pinned top-seeded Andre Walsh of Ishpeming in the semifinals.

Burklund improved to 21-4 on the season with a pin against Logan Joseph of Grayling in the finals.

Sabotta, a No. 1 seed with a 16-5 record, pinned Jeremy Hill of Neagunee in the semifinals and decisioned Darrin Hawes 14-7 in the finals.

Dawson pinned Kingsford’s Ethan Wilcox in the third period to reach the finals. Tyler Lawson of Escanaba decisioned Dawson 12-4 for the title.

“The match with Wilcox was close the whole way,” McLaren said. “It was a great weekend for Dow. He missed all of last year with mono and to see him back on the mat and winning is great.”

Parker Stroud took third with pins over Matt Valletta of St Igance and Zachary Duncan of Grayling.

“It was nice to see Preston Roberts and Giovanni Colavecchi get their first medals of their high school career,” McLaren said.

Povolo handed Kahler Geyer of Escanaba 13-3 for the 160-pound championship.

The Flivvers also had seconds from Toby Wilcox (145) Eddie Cardew (285); thirds from August Early (125) and Ethan Wilcox (130); and a fifth from Michaael Hill-Scott (112).

Early pinned Iron Mountain’s Trevor Malburg in the third-place match.

Iron Mountain and the Florence-Niagara co-op Northwoods Storm wrestle Saturday in Kingsford’s Ray Mariucci Invitational.