Braves grapplers take second at invitational
KINGSFORD — Cole Hansen provided some senior leadership here Saturday, helping the Gladstone wrestlers place second in the Ray Mariucci Invitational.
Marquette won with 194 1/2 points, followed by the Braves 176 1/2 and Negaunee 105 1/2.
Hansen, who beat Westwood senior Rocco Carlson by technical fall (18-1) for the 160-pound title, was selected Most Valuable Wrestler.
“I wrestled a little sloppy in my last match, otherwise it was an all right day,” said Hansen. “Hunter (Solis) is probably our scrappiest wrestler. He gave Joe (Lagrou) a run for his money. A couple matches didn’t go our way, but we came real close to taking the title.”
Lagrou gave Marquette one of its two individual titles by technical fall (19-4) over Solis in the 119 final.
“This is a nice win for us,” said Marquette coach Tony Gentz. “We knew it’d be a tough battle between us and Gladstone. We have a young team. It’s bit of a learning experience for us right now, but we were fortunate enough to have 11 of our 12 kids medal. It’s always nice to see some new kids get their first varsity medal. Anytime you do that, it’s a good tournament.”
Gladstone sophomore Michael Brazeau led off the championship round by pinning Negaunee sophomore Tyler Sicotte 1:29 into the 103 final.
“I stayed on my feet real well and wrestled well in the neutral position,” said Brazeau. “Winning last week (in the Escanaba Elks Invitational) gave me some momentum for today. We’re looking forward to to Thursday, especially wrestling against Esky because they’re our rivals. Both teams have a lot of good wrestlers and Bark River-Harris has some good wrestlers.”
Braves’ freshman Cole Potier used a late reversal to edge BR-H junior Tyler Racicot 8-6 in the 152 title bout.
“In the first period, it felt like I had no energy,” said Potier, who wrestled for eight years before taking a break for two seasons. “Then, I drank some water and it seemed to help. He tends to wear you out. That was the toughest match all day. I just tried my best and let the match come to me.”
Raciot had tied the match at six with a reversal with 57 seconds remaining.
“I think his strength made a difference today,” said Racicot. “It could have gone either way. I’m very happy with how my day went overall. I just need to get a little stronger and finetune a few things.”
Gladstone sophomore Brett Boudreau reached the 285 championship match where he got pinned in 13 seconds by Kingsford senior Eddie Cardew.
Blake Servant (171) placed third and Andrew Sargent (145) took fourth for the Braves, who host Escanaba and BR-H Thursday.
“I thought everything went real good,” said Braves’ coach Jack Brazeau. “I’m proud of how the kids wrestled. Cole Hansen had a real good match in the finals and Cole Potier had a real good match with Tyler Racicot. Cole (Potier) is wrestling great for a freshman and Riley Stevens just came out two days ago and picked up a win. We’re looking forward to our next match. It’s always a good dual with Esky, and Bark River-Harris has a good team.”
BR-H freshman Drew Allgeyer recorded a takedown in overtime, earning a 4-2 victory over Kingsford sophomore Toby Wilcox.
“He’s a real good wrestler,” said Allgeyer. “We’ve been wrestling with each other since we were eight years old. It’s always a good match-up. This is a big learning experience, especially wrestling against kids who are juniors and seniors. Although, wrestling against better wrestlers is what makes you better.”
Daniel Dani (119) placed third for the Broncos.
“Drew had a real good day,” said BR-H coach Joe Racicot.
“I think this will help him when we go to the U.P. Championships (Jan. 25 at Marquette). Tyler had a heartbreaker. It came down to strength vs. technique. I think that will be an interesting match-up (with Potier) in the future, and Dan got some quality wins against good wrestlers. Ten of our wrestlers are in the first year, but we have a quality group which is developing real well.”
Marquette 194 1/2, Gladstone 176 1/2, Negaunee 105 1/2, Kingsford 94, Munising 80, Iron Mountain and Menominee 79, Bark River-Harris 69, Ishpeming 67, Westwood 58, Gwinn 36, Florence, Wis. 7.
Championship round results
103 — M. Brazeau, Glad, pinned Sicotte, Neg, 1:29
112 — McGuire, IM, dec. Holmstrom, Mqt, 5-0
119 — Lagrou, Mqt, tech fall (19-4) over Solis, Glad, 5:09
125 — Haferkorn, IM, pinned Bowerman, Mun, 1:42
130 — Luoma, Gw, pinned McCollum, Neg, :50
135 — Smith, Men, dec. Mead, Mqt, 4-2
140 — Kuhlman, Mqt, pinned Roberts, IM, 3:29
145 — Allgeyer, BR-H, dec. Wilcox, K, 4-2 (OT)
152 — Potier, Glad, dec. Racicot, BR-H, 8-6
160 — Hansen, Glad, tech fall (18-1) over Carlson, WW
171 — Cole, Mun, dec. Guidebeck, WW, 12-8
189 — Martin, Ish, dec. Vidlund, WW, 21-8
215 — Helppi, Neg, dec. Stanish, K, 5-0
285 — Cardew, K, pinned Boudreau, Glad, :13.