ISHPEMING - David Lancour finished second in district individual wrestling action last year and there was no way the Westwood High School senior was going to let that happen again Saturday.
Lancour pinned Cory Gillett of Rudyard in 1:58 to claim the 285-pound division and advance to regional competition Saturday in downstate Rogers City.
"I went out there thinking it would be a hard match and it turned out easier than I thought," Lancour said.
Ishpeming's Johnathan Willey, left, faces Evan Lamb of Rogers City in the 135-pound championship match at the Division 4 individual wrestling district tournament at Westwood High School on Saturday. Lamb pinned Willey at 1:25 for the district title, though both wrestlers will advance to regional competition Saturday. (Journal photo by Zach Jay)
The WHS wrestler, now 21-5 this season, said he used a "fatman roll" to get the best of Gillett.
"I tried to turn him over a couple of times," he said. "I'm surprised I got the pin, but it feels awesome (to be a district champion)."
WHS coach Dan Carlson said it was "expected" but also "awesome" to see Lancour take the 285-pound title.
"He's my nephew and I've been coaching him since the third grade. It's good to see him win a district title," the coach said.
Lancour was one of four Patriots to place in the top four of their weight classes to advance to regional action. Trevor Swanson (119), Cole Schultz (189) and Cameron Lawry (215) were the others.
"That's one better than last year," Carlson said. "Coming in, I thought we'd get four or five into the regionals. I'm pleased with what happened."
Cole Gonzalez of Manistique was another Superiorland wrestler to claim a title. He won the 140 division in a 7-3 decision over Morgan Robins of Onaway.
"I have a strong heart when it comes to wrestling," Gonzalez said. "The whole match pretty much went my way ... though (Robins) was good in the top position."
Gonzalez, his brother Mat Gonzalez (145), Zach Lindemuth (152), another Gonzalez brother - Zavier (160) - and Cheyenne Shaver (189) all qualified for the regionals.
Newberry's Trenton Doughty, another Superiorland grappler, decisioned the Emeralds' Mat Gonzalez for the 145 crown.
Ishpeming had two wrestlers advance in Emily Myers (103) and Johnathan Willey (135). Myers was the only girl Saturday to move on in tournament play.
"I'm surprised I placed fourth," Myers said. "I was seeded fourth (in my weight class), but I was nervous that I'd lose before I got (to the consolation match).
"It's going to be scary in the regionals, but it's something I'll remember."
Gwinn's Alex Anderson (112) and CJ Redfearn (285) made the cut in their weight classes to gain berths in the regionals.
In somewhat of an oddity, a pair of Iron Mountain wrestlers - Jared Gauthier and Alex Edwards - squared off for the 119 title. Gauthier posted an 8-1 major decision.
"We wrestle each other in practice, but it's difficult to wrestle (against) someone you've known your whole life," Gauthier said. "We knew we had to be serious.
"We talked before the match about not having any hard feelings with whoever won."
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