Six Flivvers bound for regional

GRAYLING — Kingsford’s Eddie Cardew wrestled to runner-up laurels Saturday in the 285-pound division at the MHSAA Division 3 individual district tournament.

Cardew and five other Flivvers qualified for the regional in Kalkaska.

“This is the most that we’ve ever sent down to regionals,” said Kingsford Coach Darren Groleau.

Cardew (24-7) pinned Jacob Alber of Big Rapids and Ryan Neal of Reed City before falling to state-ranked Colby Roosa of Remus Chippewa Hills in the finals.

The Flivvers had thirds from August Early (3-1 record at 125 pounds), Ethan Wilcox (three pins-one loss at 130), Toby Wilcox (3-1 at 140) and Trevor Povolo (3-1 at 160); and a fourth from Ben Stanish (2-2 at 215).

“For not wrestling since UPs, we had a great tournament,” Groleau said. “I was worried that with all that time off we wouldn’t wrestle very well but we did.

“Props to our kids coming in and wanting it. This group has been doing great things this season with the number we have.”

Early qualified for his third regional. Four-time UP champ Povolo lost in overtime to state-ranked Trenton Wiggins of Chippewa Hills in the semifinals.

“Trevor just ran out of gas,” Groleau said. “But he rebounded to take third.”

Stanish lost a close 4-1 match to eventual winner Cody Hanson of Benzie Central in the semifinals.

The Flivvers wrestle tonight in the team district at Gladstone.

“Overall this team has exceeded all expectations this season and they keep working to their goals,” Groleau said.