Gladstone grapplers win M-PC meet

Justin St. Ours | Daily Press Gladstone’s Andrew Sargent (bottom) lifts Bark River-Harris’ Clayton Eichhorn in a 140-pound match during the Mid-Peninsula Conference meet Saturday in Gladstone.

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone Braves lived up to their favorite’s role here Saturday, earning the Mid-Peninsula Conference wrestling title with 180 1/2 points.

First-year M-PC entry Bark River-Harris was runner-up at 142, followed by Westwood 114.

Six Gladstone wrestlers were crowned champions, including senior Cole Hansen who pinned BR-H junior Keaton Bartoszek one minute, 26 seconds into the 152-pound final.

Freshman Cole Potier (160) then pinned Negaunee junior Finn Helppi in 3:24.

Sophomore Brett Boudreau (285) provided the Braves with their third title, overcoming a 7-2 deficit to pin Ishpeming senior Ethan Sigala at 2:21.

“I had a real sloppy first period,” said Boudreau. “I basically felt good and was able to ride him in the second period. I wanted to work on top and got a pretty good chicken wing.”

Braves’ sophomore Michael Brazeau (103) recorded a technical fall (16-0) over BR-H sophomore Avry Corrigan for his second league title in the following match.

“I think the early takedowns set the tone,” said Brazeau. “Having won the M-PCs last year gave me confidence coming in here. I knew what to expect. I think this boosts my confidence going into the districts. Having Bark River-Harris here helped with the brackets. They’re a pretty good team. I think it made the meet a little more competitive.”

Gladstone sophomore Hunter Solis (125) pinned BR-H junior Daniel Dani at 2:24 and freshman Andrew Sargent (145) pinned Ishpeming senior Tyler Lindholm in 4:25.

“I wanted to keep my arms tight,” said Solis. “He wrestled tough. I’ve pinned him every time, but today he came out firing. Our team is doing real good. Winning at Escanaba (38-33 on Wednesday) gave us momentum. That was one of the highlights of this season. That was our last chance to beat Esky and we did it mostly for our seniors.”

Gladstone junior Peter Noblet reached the 215 final where he got pinned in 1:26 by Ishpeming senior Alaric Martin, and Braves’ senior Lane Matzke (112) lost by pin to Iron Mountain freshman Shawn Mcguire at 2:17.

“The kids wrestled awesome today,” said Braves’ coach Jeff Brazeau. “This is the first time Andrew Sargent reached the finals. This was huge for him. He went down from 145 to 140, which will work to his advantage. We’re looking good right now and I think this will help us as we go forward. Now, we’ve got to keep it going into Wednesday. We’re going to take it one step at a time.”

BR-H’s Drew Allgeyer (145) led off the championship round by pinning Iron Mountain sophomore Preston Roberts at 5:33.

“It was pretty cool winning the conference in my first year of high school wrestling,” said Allgeyer. “I put 10 years of hard work into this. It’s a great feeling to see it pay off. My takedowns were big. I’m still a little rusty, but I’m working on those every time. This is a big confidence boost going into districts.”

Coach Joe Racicot was happy with the Broncos’ runner-up finish.

“This is the highest Bark River-Harris has finished in any type of team tournament,” he said. “With the group of kids we have anything is possible. This is our ninth year of existence. Having this meet this weekend is huge for our program. Every single kid placed third or better. The kids have really come together as a team. We’re definitely peaking at right time. This is a very exciting day for our program.”

Manistique freshman Jacob Berry captured the 135 title by pinning Negaunee freshman Brody Prusi in 3:33.

“I came in here feeling confident,” said Berry. “I felt I had a pretty good chance of winning it. Early takedowns really set the tone. It feels amazing to win this as a freshman. I think this will give me some confidence going into districts.”

Manistique senior Tony Williams got to the 130 final where he got pinned in 3:09 by Gwinn freshman Xander Luoma.

“Some of our kids are improving,” said Manistique coach Mat Gonzalez. “We have a young team. We did a little better than we anticipated. We’re telling the kids to hang their hats on something. This is the first tournament Jake has won. He keeps improving.”

Gladstone hosts a Division 3 team district Wednesday. Manistique and BR-H visit Iron Mountain for their D-4 district Thursday.

Team scores

Gladstone 180 1/2, Bark River-Harris 142, Ishpeming 114, Negaunee 111, Ishpeming 76, Manistique 74, Iron Mountain 60, Gwinn 22.

Individual results

145 — Allgeyer, BR-H, pinned Roberts, IM, 5:33

152 — Hansen, Glad, pinned Bartoszek, BR-H, 1:26

160 — Potier, Glad, pinned F. Helppi, N, 3:24

171 — Farraugh, IM, dec. Guidebeck, W, 13-8

189 — L. Helppi, N, dec. J. Vidlund, W, 5-2

215 — Martin, I, pinned Noblet, Glad, 1:26

285 — Boudreau, Glad, pinned Sigala, I, 2:21

103 — Brazeau, Glad, tech fall over Corrigan, BR-H, 16-0

112 — Mcguire, IM, pinned L. Matzke, Glad, 2:17

119 — Wilson, I, def. Nuorala, W, injury default

125 — Solis, Glad, pinned Dani, BR-H, 2:24

130 — Luoma, Gw, pinned, Williams, M, 3:09

135 — Berry, M, pinned Prusi, N, 3:33

140 — Sargent, Glad, pinned Lindholm, I, 4:25.


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