Broncos sweep Manistique, IM matmen

HARRIS — The Bark River-Harris wrestlers got a chance to enjoy Parents’ Night activities for the first time Thursday and responded with a pair of victories.

BR-H held off Manistique 30-28 in the opener and topped Iron Mountain 36-18 in the nightcap.

“It was nice to get a few matches in,” said BR-H coach Joe Racicot. “Any match before districts is good to get in. All three teams were hurting with injuries and illness. I think the Manistique coach (Mike Perkins) has done an outstanding job preparing his team. Iron Mountain had a couple kids who made the trip, but didn’t feel well once they got here.”

Manistique salvaged a split by edging the Mountaineers 30-24.

“There’s a couple things we need to work on,” said Perkins. “Otherwise, I saw a lot of things I liked. We moved our 103-pounder (freshman Jena Osterhout) up to 112. She held her own, but it didn’t work out the greatest. Now, we know for next time.”

Freshman Kye Paarni got the Broncos the start they needed by pinning Osterhout three minutes, 26 seconds into the 112-pound match.

The Emeralds took a forfeit at 119 before BR-H sophomore Kyle Adams (125) pinned Josiah Gilroy in one minute, 21 seconds for a 12-6 lead.

Manistique gained a 22-18 lead after Matt Wood took a major decision (16-8) from junior Eric Viau at 171.

“We bumped Matt from 160 to 171 and he wrestled very well and,” said Perkins. “Our 119-pounder (James Schroeder) has also had some success.”

The Broncos, however, secured the decision by taking forfeits at 189 and 215.

Adams won both of his bouts by pin, also taking Iron Mountain’s Trevor Malburg on a buzzer-beater in the second period.

BR-H freshman Tyler Racicot (140) won the evening’s final contested match, pinning Iron Mountain’s Jacob Carlson at 3:16.

“I’m stronger on the bottom,” said Tyler. “I try to catch the kid and get a reversal. I’m usually in control when I get on top. I can usually ride him out or get him on his back. Wins are always useful. This is the first year Bark River-Harris has a chance to win the team district. The teams are extremely equal.”

Iron Mountain held an 18-12 lead on Manistique after Dominic Rossato (160) pinned Slater in 1:51. The Emeralds then took three forfeits for the victory.

Schroeder gave Manistique an early lead by pinning Joe Callahan in 3:11.

The Mountaineers then pulled into a 6-6 tie on Malburg’s pin of Gilroy at 5:39.

Iron Mountain and Manistique resume in Saturday’s Mid-Peninsula Conference meet at Negaunee.

BR-H enters the Division 4 district next Thursday, facing Munising at 6:30 p.m. The winner meets two-time defending champ Manistique at approximately 8.

“All three teams are evenly match,” said coach Racicot. “It will be an exciting district. It’s up for grabs.”

The summary:

Bark River-Harris 30, Manistique 28

112 — Paarni, BR-H, pinned Osterhout, 3:26

119 — Schroeder, M, forfeit

125 — Adams, BR-H, pinned Gilroy, 1:21

130 — King, forfeit

135 — T. Racicot, BR-H, forfeit

160 — Slater, M, forfeit

171 — Wood, M, dec. Viau, 16-8

189 — Kleiman, BR-H, forfeit

215 — D. Racicot, BR-H, forfeit

285 — Brewster, M, pinned Massie, 1:06

Manistique 30, Iron Mountain 24

119 — Schroeder, M, pinned Callahan, 3:11

125 — Malburg, IM, pinned Gilroy, 5:39

130 — King, M, forfeit

140 — Carlson, IM, forfeit

152 — Carrion, IM, forfeit

160 — Rossato, IM, pinned Slater, 1:51

171 — Wood, M, forfeit

285 — Brewster, M, forfeit

103 — Osterhout, M, forfeit

Bark River-Harris 36, Iron Mountain 18

119 — Callahan, IM, pinned Paarni, :30

125 — Adams, BR-H, pinned Malburg, 3:59

140 — T. Racicot, BR-H, pinned Carlson, 3:16

145 — Carrion, IM, forfeit

171 — Viau, BR-H, forfeit

189 — Kleiman, BR-H, forfeit

215 — D. Racicot, BR-H, forfeit

285 — Massie, BR-H, forfeit.