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Four KHS grapplers advance to regional

KINGSFORD — Four Kingsford wrestlers are headed to the individual regional tournament, set for Saturday at Boyne City.

Eddie Cardew, Toby Wilcox, Josh Peterson and Mac Kalcec all advanced after competing in the MHSAA Division 3 individual districts this past weekend at Grayling.

Kingsford was one of 14 teams competing and sent 10 wrestlers in all. Any wrestler who finished in fourth place or higher in districts advanced to regionals.

Eddie Cardew won the 285-pound bracket. He pinned Austin Potter from Lake City in the finals.

“This was the best Eddie looked all year,” Flivvers head coach Darren Groleau said. “He came to wrestle and showed up big time.”

Toby Wilcox advanced to the finals, falling to Kyan Fessenden of Kingsley 0-2 in overtime but still qualified for regionals.

“Toby had a great day just came up short in the finals match. We’ll regroup and get ready to compete next weekend,” Groleau said.

Josh Peterson placed third at 140 pounds.

“Josh Peterson got some redemption this weekend. He came up big in his last two matches defeating both guys that got seeded a head of him in Andrew Sargent of Gladstone and Tyler Heusinger of Menominee,” Groleau said. “Josh was battling the flu bug all day and to come out with a third at 140 is an awesome accomplishment.”

Mac Kalcec took a fourth at 119, losing twice to the No. 3 seeded Tim Bowman of Boyne City 6-3 in the quarterfinals and 4-6 in overtime.

“Mac wrestled his best tournament of the year. He pulled off some upsets and wrestled with a lot determination,” said Groleau. “We are proud of how far Mac and Josh have come this season. They both have improved leaps and bounds from the beginning of the year.”

Groleau noted it was also a bittersweet weekend as one of the Flivvers’ team leaders, Ben Standish, didn’t make it out the (189) weight bracket.

“I feel like we dropped the ball with him, I should’ve kept him at 215 thinking that 189 would’ve been better for him, and I was wrong,” Groleau said. “Ben is such a great young man and we as a coaching staff couldn’t be any prouder of him. He contributed a lot to our program and we are going to miss him.

“Michael Hill-Scott, Ethan Gribble and Elliot Johnson all had great days picking up wins in Grayling. Trent Maki and Matt Wilson also competed and picked up some valuable mat time with the rest of the guys. I feel like we have a shot to get a few of our guys through regionals to state competition at Ford Field. They have to show up and want it.”

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