Mountaineers qualify seven wrestlers for regional tourney
ISHPEMING — Iron Mountain had three champions Saturday in the Division 4 individual district wrestling tournament.
In all the Mountaineers qualified seven wrestlers for Saturday’s regional tournament in Charlevoix. Anyone finishing fourth place or above at the individual districts advances to individual regionals.
The first-place Mountaineer wrestlers at Ishpeming included freshman Shawn Mcguire (112), who pinned Westwood senior Joe Derocher at 5:05.
Classmate Evan Haferkorn (119) edged Ishpeming sophomore Jaeger Wilson 8-6 with a takedown in overtime and sophomore Parker Stroud (125) took a 12-0 decision from Rudyard junior Deven Ellison.
Iron Mountain sophomore Preston Roberts (140) took second after dropping a 15-5 decision to Onaway senior Matthew Grant.
The Mountaineers also qualified freshman Bradon Farragh (171), who took third, and classmate Marcus Verette (285) and sophomore Isaac Manier (135) in fourth.
“Great day for us with seven out of eight wrestlers advancing to regionals in Charlevoix this Saturday,” said Iron Mountain coach Cory McLaren.
“Preston Roberts wrestled the best I have seen him wrestle all year,” McLaren said. His only loss came to Grant, who is ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 4.
“Heavyweight Marcus Verette looked good and got his first medal of the year,” McLaren added.
It was also a big day for the Bark River-Harris wrestling program. Six BR-H grapplers reached the podium, just two days after they earned their first team district title.
The Broncos travel to Onaway to face the host Cardinals in a team regional opener Wednesday.
BR-H freshman Drew Allgeyer hung on for a 9-7 victory over Onaway’s Brendan Fenstermaker in the 145-pound title bout.
Allgeyer gained a 9-2 advantage on a reversal with one minute, 20 seconds left in the match.
Fenstermaker then got a reversal and near fall in the closing moments.
“That was an exciting match,” said Allgeyer, who’s battling breathing issues due to asthma. “I had some real good scrambles, then I got a little scared in the end. He’s an amazing wrestler.”
Junior Tyler Racicot reached the 152 title bout where he got pinned in 62 seconds by Onaway junior Seth Enos.
“He’s very strong and fast,” said Racicot, who placed fourth as a freshman two years ago.
Sophomore Avry Corrigan (103) also reached the championship round where he was pinned by Rudyard junior Bradley Hall in 78 seconds.
BR-H freshman Josh Riley (112) placed third. Junior Daniel Dani (119) and Keaton Bartoszek (145) took fourth.
Manistique senior Isaac Brewster got pinned by Ishpeming senior Ethan Sigala 3:23 into the 285 final and classmate Tony Williams (130) was pinned by Gwinn freshman Dustin Luoma at 3:56.
Also qualifying for the Emeralds were sophomore Mckabe Swanson (215), who placed third, and junior Ryan Korva (160) in fourth.
Beside Sigala, senior teammate Alaric Martin (215) was crowned champion after pinning Rudyard junior Marion Staten in 1:44.
Ishpeming sophomore Dawson Delongchamp (160) and senior Preston Collette (215) placed third.
Westwood senior Jackson Vidlund (189) qualified despite falling to Newberry senior Lance Bowler 13-4 in the title bout. Classmates Wyatt Carlson (130) and Tyler Lindholm (140) placed third.
“The boys wrestled really well today and I’m proud of them,” said Westwood coach Dan Carlson. “Jackson just received his 100th win the other night, so it was great to see him on the podium.
Patriots’ senior Rocco Carlson is no longer wrestling after suffering his third concussion at Gaylord two weeks ago.
“Rocco received a couple nasty head butts and they ended his career,” said coach Carlson. “After 16 seasons, he had to make the agonizing decision to stop wrestling through no fault of his own. Rocco was just five wins away from reaching All-American status and was predicted to be on the podium at the state tournament. In his words, ‘I can’t risk my brain for the rest of my life.’ Rocco will be attending Michigan Tech in the fall to study engineering, so we believe he made the correct decision, albeit heartbreaking.”
Munising had a champion in senior Gabriel Cole (171), who edged Rogers City junior Clayton Henry 2-1 in overtime. Classmate Devin Moore (152) took third and freshman teammate Reagan Bowerman (125) was fourth.
215 — Martin, Ish, pinned Staten, Rud, 1:44
285 — Sigala, Ish, pinned Brewster, Mstq, 3:23
103 — Hall, Rud, pinned Corrigan, BR-H, 1:18
112 — Mcguire, IM, pinned Derocher, WW, 5:05
119 — Haferkorn, IM, dec. Wilson, Ish, 8-6 (OT)
125 — Stroud, IM, dec. Ellison, Rud, 12-0
130 — Luoma, Gw, pinned Williams, Mstq, 3:56
135 — Peters, Onaw, pinned Davis, Rud, 1:42
140 — Grant, Onas, dec. Roberts, IM, 15-5
145 — Allgeyer, BR-H, dec. Fenstermaker, Onaw, 9-7
152 — Enos, Onaw, pinned Racicot, BR-H, 1:02
160 — Paull, RC, dec. Gribbell, New, 11-3
171 — Cole, Mun, dec. Henry, RC, 2-1 (OT)
189 — Bowler, New, dec. Vidlund, WW, 13-4.