Four BR-H wrestlers advance to regionals
MUNISING — They brought just eight wrestlers, but that didn’t stop the Bark River-Harris Broncos from making some noise here in Saturday’s Division 4 individual district tournament.
Seniors Wyatt Massie and Devin Racicot, junior Austin Kleiman and freshman Avry Corrigan punched their tickets to next Saturday’s regional at Charlevoix by placing among the top four within their respective weight classes.
“This meet went well for us,” said BR-H coach Joe Racicot.
“We had very solid representation. We had eight and half of them are going to the regionals. We’re fighting off a lot of illness, which is real bad timing for us. Some of our top wrestlers are getting sick and they’re really struggling, and Austin is fighting off a shoulder injury. They’re getting tired and sore and it affects the way they perform.”
Massie reached the 285-pound final where he got pinned in 81 seconds by Munising senior Richard Sneller.
“He had a lot more weight than I did,” said Massie.
“He outweighs me by about 50 pounds and he’s very good. I’ve got to learn to get faster and get around him. Otherwise, I thought everything went pretty well. Our coaches have really helped me a lot. They’ve been giving me some good advice through the season. It’s pretty special to be going to the regionals as a senior. My hope is to go a little farther this year.”
Corrigan refused to be pinned, but still dropped an 11-2 decision to Rudyard sophomore Brad Hall in the 103 championship bout.
“Avry going down to regionals as district runner-up is awesome,” said coach Racicot. “Even though Kyle Adams (160) didn’t place today, we’re pleased about how he performed all year. We’re glad to see that from him.”
Devin Racicot (215) dropped a 6-0 decision to Westwood junior Jackson Vidlund and Kleiman (189) got pinned in 38 seconds by Ishpeming senior Andre Walsh in third-place matches.
BR-H visits Iron Mountain for its team district match tonight at 6.
Manistique juniors Tony Williams (130) and Isaac Brewster (285) won their third-place bouts, with Williams pinning Onaway sophomore Dylan Crow in 4:36 and Brewster doing likewise against Iron Mountain junior Giovanni Colavecchi at 5:27.
“I know my teammates really wanted me to get third,” said Williams, who avoided a pin early in the third period. “This makes for better seeding. I gave it that last push in the end. I took a big breath, looked at my coaches and they told me to keep pushing.”
Westwood senior Sam Gilles (215) improved to 37-1 this season by pinning all three of his opponents, including Newberry senior Lance Bowler 1:48 into the title match.
“He’s very strong,” said Bowler. “He’s a bigger challenge than anybody else. I think this helped prepare me for regionals.”
119 — Wilson, Ish, dec. Ellison, Rud, 11-10
125 — Galvaz, O, dec. Malburg, IM, 12-10
130 — Peters, O, pinned Dawson, IM, :48
135 — Grant, O, dec. Sabotta, IM, 10-3
140 — B. Fenstermaker, O, pinned H. Brown, SI, 3:04
145 — Ionetz, O, pinned Carrion, IM, 2:58
152 — Enos, O, dec. Matson, SI, 12-7
160 — Carlson, W, tech fall (20-5) over Crawford, Pell.
171 — Martin, Ish. dec. Hinkle, Char, 4-0
189 — Burkland, IM, pinned C. Brown, 3:25
215 — Gilles, W, pinned Bowler, New, 1:48
285 — Sneller, Mun, pinned Massie, BR-H, 1:21
103 — Hall, Rud, dec. Corrigan, BR-H, 11-2
112 — Stroud, IM, pinned Derocha, W, 2:32.