Five area wrestlers advance to Division 4 regional

MUNISING — The wrestling season is continuing for five area athletes after they placed among the top four in their weight divisions in Saturday’s Division 4 individual district tournament.

Bark River-Harris junior Devin Racicot reached the 215-pound title match where he got pinned in three minutes, 40 seconds by Charlevoix junior Maximus Hinkle.

“I saw him in his previous match (in an 11-2 victory over Rogers City sophomore Nick Toth),” said Racicot. “I didn’t think it’d be that hard, but he proved me wrong. With this being my first year of high school wrestling, I’m just pleased to be going on to the regional.”

Manistique freshman James Schroeder (119) also made it to the championship round where he was pinned at 2:49 by Rogers City senior Sam Sobeck.

“This is a huge learning experience for me,” said Schroeder, who will be Manistique’s lone representative in the regional. “This is all about leadership and good sportsmanship. It’s pretty intimidating going up against a senior. I was able to stay off my back for a while, but he was heavier and stronger than me. Plus, he had the experience. I was pretty confident coming in here. I think I could do good in the regional.”

Schroeder, who received an opening-round bye, reached the final by pinning Westwood sophomore Wyatt Carlson at 3:35.

Racicot also drew a bye and pinned Ishpeming junior Andre Walsh 93 seconds into a semifinal.

BR-H sophomore Mason Ray (135) earned a third-place finish by pinning Westwood sophomore Elliott Lemire in 2:21.

Broncos’ junior Wyatt Massie (285) and freshman Tyler Racicot (140) placed fourth.

Massie dropped a 7-5 decision to St. Ignace sophomore Reid Marshall and Tyler Racicot was pinned in 2:21 by Rogers City’s Clayton Henry in third-place matches.

Westwood qualified a school-record 11 wrestlers for Saturday’s regional at Charlevoix.

“This is awesome,” said Westwood junior Sam Gilles, who took a major decision (14-4) from Munising senior Darren Castello in the 189 final. “I think this shows the team is working and that hard work can sometimes outdo strength and technique. Lot of our wins came in the third period. Some kids were on their backs, but all it takes is one move the change the match, Our coach (Dan Carlson) emphasizes going into deep under, having the will to keep moving when you’re on your back.”

Westwood is hosting the D-4 team regional Wednesday, facing Manistique in its opener at 6 p.m. St. Ignace and Onaway meet in the other semifinal. The championship match is scheduled for approximately 7:30.

The title round summary:

189 — Gilles, W, dec. Castello, Mun, 14-4

215 — Hinkle, Char, pinned D. Racicot, BR-H, 3:40

285 — Johnson, Gw, dec. Bartle, W, 10-5

103 — Derocha, W, tech fall over Hall, Rud, 4:00

112 — Brewer, W, dec. Laponsie, Rud, 10-2

119 — Sobeck, RC, pinned Schroeder, Mstq, 2:49

125 — Galvex, O, pinned Bielas, RC, 3:07

130 — Peters, O, pinned Hein, RC, 1:32

135 — Grant, O, dec. Magnusson, New, 4-0

140 — Fenstermak, O, dec. Miles, Mun, 9-8

145 — Chamaucka, Char, pinned Enos, O, 4:36

152 — Symonds, New, pinned Ionetz, O, 5:59

160 — Henry, New, dec. Cole, Mun, 4-3

171 — Martin, I, dec. Vidlund, W, 21-8.