‘Instinct’ leads to quick pin for Kingsford senior Cardew
KINGSFORD – Kingsford senior Eddie Cardew (285) needed just 13 seconds to pin Gladstone sophomore Brett Boudreau at Saturday’s Ray Mariucci Invitational.
“It was just instinct,” said Cardew. “If something feels right, it feels right, and today everything felt right. This is my fourth year of high school wrestling. It’s great having that experience.”
BR-H freshman Drew Allgeyer recorded a takedown in overtime, earning a 4-2 victory over Kingsford sophomore Toby Wilcox.
“He’s a real good wrestler,” said Allgeyer. “We’ve been wrestling with each other since we were eight years old. It’s always a good match-up.”
Flivvers’ senior Ben Stanish (215) also reached the title round where he dropped a 5-0 decision to Negaunee senior Leo Helppi.
Kingsford’s Michael Hill-Scott (130) took third and Elliot Johnson (189) was fourth.
“We wrestled well,” said Kingsford coach Darren Groleau. “We had three in the finals and had some close matches. We have some kids out right now. We’re trying to work on conditioning. Eddie had a real good day at heavyweight. Coby had a real good match with Drew Allgeyer and Ben had a tough match in the finals. Elliot had a good day at 189 and we’re coming around at 171.”
Iron Mountain freshman Evan Haferkorn pinned Munising freshman Reagan Boweman 1:42 into the 125 title bout and classmate Shawn McGuire took a 5-0 decision from Marquette senior Payton Holmstrom in the 112 final.
“It was pretty important to get off to a good start,” said Haferkorn, who recorded a takedown in the first 20 seconds. “That gives you a chance to take control of the match. The early takedown kind of set the tone. I was runner-up at Escanaba last week, which motivated me to work harder this week and the momentum carried over. This also gives me confidence going forward. I’m looking forward to the U.P. Championships (Jan. 25 at Marquette).
Sophomore Preston Roberts (140) finished second after getting pinned at 3:29 by Marquette sophomore Wyatt Kuhlman.
“Overall I was happy with our performance,” said IM coach Cory Mclaren, his team still dealing with injuries. “The kids we did have wrestle, wrestled hard and wrestled well.”
Florence freshman Caitlyn Kelley reached the podium by placing fourth at 112. Kelley pinned Josh Riley of Bark River-Harris on her way to the third-place match.
“Our young wrestlers continue to improve with each outing,” Florence coach Ed Kelley noted.