Gladstone, Esky matmen moving on
ESCANABA — Seven Gladstone wrestlers and four Escanaba grapplers extended their seasons by placing in their respective individual district tournaments downstate Saturday.
Gladstone junior Adam Bruce improved to 36-0, taking a major decision (11-1) from Whitehall senior Mitch White in the 130-pound championship match in a Division 3 meet at Grayling.
Classmate Brody Sanville was crowned champion at 152, taking a 6-5 decision from Kingsford junior Trevor Povolo, and senior Jared Demeuse took a 7-5 decision from Grayling senior Raeca Ferrigan in the 215 final.
A trio of Braves’ grapplers were runners-up, including junior Cole Dawson (285) who was pinned 86 seconds by Kingsford’s Nathan Ames.
Fellow Gladstone junior Vadym Torvinen was pinned by Hart junior Noah Cantu at 1:54 of the 119 final and classmate Nick Dawson got pinned 59 seconds into the 125 title match by Manistee’s Isaac Reynolds.
Gladstone sophomore Cole Hansen (130) also qualified for Saturday’s individual regional at Kalkaska by placing third at Grayling.
Next up for Gladstone, however, is Wednesday’s team regional at Iron Mountain. The Braves face the host Mountaineers and Manistee meets Whitehall in 6 p.m. (EST) matches. The winners advance to the title match at approximately 7:30.
At Gaylord, Esky senior Scout Wunder made short work of Flint Kearsley’s Tyler Byczynski, pinning him just 24 seconds into the 160 championship match, and sophomore Hunter Larson earned the 135 title with a 5-3 victory over Kearsley sophomore Trenton DiGenova in a Division 2 district event.
Esky freshman Brodey Bevins fell by technical fall (17-2) to Gaylord sophomore Chayse LaJoie 3:42 into the 112 final and classmate Collin Arnt (103) took fourth.
The four Esky grappers return to Gaylord for Saturday’s regional.