Mustangs pull out team regional title

MUNISING – Junior Zach McGowan pulled out a 6-5 victory at 112 pounds to clinch Munising’s first wrestling regional team championship since 2002 in the Mustangs’ own gym.

With a double forfeit that followed in the meet’s final weight class at 119, Munising edged Rogers City 36-34 in the regional finals after turning back Gwinn, 46-30, earlier in the evening.

In the night’s other regional semifinal, Rogers City defeated Manistique, 57-21.

“We knew a match against Rogers City would be tight,” Mustangs coach Bob Miles said of the regional finale. “Some of our young guys really stepped up.

“They weren’t all because they won. Like at 135, where Trevor Johnson was a big underdog, he kept the match to an 8-0 decision, which saved us two points instead of taking a pin.”

Those two points would’ve forged a tie and forced examination of one or more tiebreakers.

Instead, Munising is advancing to the team finals to take place at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant on the weekend of Feb. 26-27.

The eight teams that qualified in Division 4 will be seeded by a state committee this weekend, with quarterfinal matches taking place at noon Friday, Feb. 26, and the semifinals and finals held the next day.

McGowan and sophomore teammate Nick Miles were double winners Wednesday.

McGowan also chalked up a pin of Gwinn’s Josh Filizetti in 1 minute, 22 seconds, while Miles got wins over Rogers City’s Tom Vogelheim 6-5 and a pin of Gwinn’s Kaley Eineke in 28 seconds.

Munising and Rogers City split their contested matches 4-4, and though RC outpointed Munising in those matches 22-18, the Mustangs got one extra forfeit victory to more than offset the difference.

Other Munising winners in contested matches against RC were by sophomore Christian Cole at 145, a pin of Max Kowlesky at 2:42, and senior Lukas Rittenger at 160, a pin of Juan Beltran at 4:53.

Against Gwinn, junior Andrew Miles also won at 152, pinning Lynn Urmanski in 25 seconds, and Hunter Sadler won at 189, shutting out Kevin Roberts 9-0.

The Modeltowners didn’t register any contested wins after Miles said he sat several of his wrestlers to ready them for the finals once the semifinal match was well in hand.

Manistique had one contested victory in its match against Rogers City as senior Dylan Stevenson defeated Kowlesky 9-4.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.