NEGAUNEE - Senior Brody Rosten of Negaunee finished in fourth place at the MHSAA Division 3 wrestling tournament in Manistiee on Saturday to advance to the individual tournament regionals to be held at Kingsley this Saturday.
In addition, two wrestlers from Manistique and one from Munising turned in performances good enough in Newberry Saturday to advance them to the MHSAA Division 4 regionals this weekend in Rogers City.
Rosten stays alive
Rosten wrestled at 140 pounds and now has 98 career wins in four years on varsity, according to coach Brad Saatio, two short of attaining All-American status.
Those two wins could come at the regionals, which would be enough to propel him to the state finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills later this month.
Two other Negaunee wrestlers just missed the regionals, getting knocked out in the "blood round," the consolation-round match that determines whether or not a wrestler advances in the tournament. They were junior Nick Sharon at 152 pounds and freshman Elek Kallioinen at 103.
In team district action on Wednesday, Negaunee lost to a powerful Gladstone team in the Braves' gym after the home team had already dispatched Kingsford in the opening round.
Division 4: Westwood advances seven to regionals
NEWBERRY - Westwood exceeded even the wildest dreams of its wrestling coach Dan Carlson, advancing seven of its athletes out of the MHSAA Division 4 district tournament on Saturday and onto the individual regionals in Rogers City this weekend.
"I was hoping to get two or three," Carlson said about his goal for the number of wrestlers to advance. "Our kids fought really hard."
While none of the Patriots were district champions, that wasn't necessary as the top four from each weight class advanced in this 16-school event.
"The 'blood round' was a real blood round for us," Carlson said. "Five of our guys had comeback wins with both pins and on points."
The "blood round" is the matchup in the consolation bracket that decides whether or not a wrestler will earn that critical top-four finish.
Wrestlers ranging from freshmen to seniors will make the trip over the Mackinac Bridge this Saturday.
At 130 pounds, Patriots senior Trevor Swanson and junior Vincente Carlson advanced, Swanson beating Carlson in the third-place match after Carlson had earlier knocked Swanson into the consolation bracket.
Senior Tyler Villeneuve was a third-place finisher at 160 pounds. Coming in fourth were freshman Wyatt Makosky at 119, junior Brett Rautio at 135, senior Cooper Guidebeck at 171 and sophomore Trent Deans at 215.
Also in Newberry on Saturday, freshman Zach McGowen of Munising placed third at 103, pinning Austin Marshall of St. Ignace at 2:55 in his final match, to advance to the regionals.
From Manistique, senior Austin Miller at 125 placed third and junior Michael Brock at 189 was fourth to also advance. Miller edged Justin Saile of Rogers City 7-6 in his third-place match, while Brock was pinned at 4:57 by Mick Hinkle of Charlevoix in his finale.
Several other wrestlers were eliminated in the blood round - Gwinn's Alex Anderson at 112, Munising's Bobby Miles at 152, Newberry's Steven Livermore at 215, and Manistique's Louie Berry at 119 and Dylan Sears at 160.