Gladstone wins district title

Prep wrestling

BOYNE CITY — Sophomore Cole Hansen came up with a big pin Wednesday night, helping the Gladstone wrestlers earn a 44-27 victory over the Grayling Vikings in a Division 3 district opener.

Gladstone then beat the Boyne City Ramblers 58-24 for the district title.

The victories send the Braves to Wednesday’s team regional at Iron Mountain where they’ll open against the host Mountaineers. The winner faces the Manistee-Whitehall survivor in the championship match.

Hansen pinned Grayling’s Darren Hawes 42 seconds into the 140-pound bout, giving the Braves an insurmountable 38-27 advantage in the opener.

“The kids wrestled very well,” said Braves’ coach Dan Seronko. “Grayling came after us with great intensity again this year. It was hard to say any one person really came through for us. They wrestled so well as a team and everyone contributed to our success.”

Gladstone’s Lane Matzke (103) improved to 28-8 this season by taking a 3-1 decision from Grayling’s Zachary Duncan and pinned Boyne City’s A.J. South in two minutes, 17 seconds.

Junior Adam Bruce (130) remained undefeated this season by pinning Grayling’s Cole Hibbard at 3:07 and Boyne City’s Dominik Culver in 58 seconds, and Nick Dawson (125) is 39-4 after taking a 7-5 decision from Grayling’s Andrew Hopkins and pinning Boyne City’s Elizabeth Turnbull in 30 seconds.

Boyne City reached the final by elminating Kalkaska 58-24 in the other semifinal.

Gladstone resumes in Saturday’s individual district at Grayling.

The summary:

Gladstone 44, Grayling 27

152 — Sanville, Glad, forfeit

160 — Chouinard, Glad, dec. Parker, 10-2

171 — Logan, Gray, pinned Eickhoff, :34

189 — Withers, Gray, dec. Thull, 11-4

215 — Ferrigan, Gray, pinned Demeuse, 4:27

285 — C. Dawson, Glad, forfeit

103 — L. Matzke, Glad, dec. Duncan, 3-1

112 — Green, Gray, forfeit

119 — Torvinen, Glad, dec. May, 13-3

125 — N. Dawson, Glad, dec. Hopkins, 7-5

130 — Bruce, Glad, pinned Hibbard, 3:07

135 — Halstead, Gray, forfeit

140 — Hansen, Glad, pinned Hawes, :42

152 — Hill, Glad, forfeit.

Gladstone 58, Boyne City 24

160 — Chouinard, G, dec. C. Turnbull, 11-2

171 — Hautz, BC, pinned Thull, :37

189 — Spencer, BC, pinned Eickhoff, 3:59

215 — Demeuse, G, pinned Gregware, :51

103 — L. Matzke, G, pinned South, 2:17

112 — L. Culver, BC, forfeit

119 — Torvinen, G, forfeit

125 — N. Dawson, G, pinned E. Turnbull, :30

130 — Bruce, G, pinned D. Culver, :58

135 — Matthews, BC, pinned G. Matzke, :44

140 — Hansen, G, forfeit

145 — Hill, G, pinned Chandler, :34

152 — Sanville, G, pinned Shaler, 2:53.

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