Newberry qualifies all 8 wrestlers for individual regionals

MUNISING – Thirty-one wrestlers from six area schools advanced to this weekend’s regionals after placing in the top four of their weight classes at the MHSAA Division 4 Individual district tournament held in Munising on Saturday.

Newberry led the way with eight qualifiers, an impressive feat considering it brought just eight wrestlers to this meet, though it was Manistique and the host Mustangs that had the most district champions with three apiece.

“I think everybody had a pretty good day,” said Emeralds’ coach Gary Bowman. “We felt for sure we’d take five and we’re taking six (to the regional).”

The Division 4 regional takes place on Saturday at Rogers City.

Munising claimed championships with Zach McGowan at 112 pounds, Nick Miles at 119 and Hunter Sadler at 189. All three won their titles with decisions.

Manistique’s trio of winners included Louie Berry at 140, Tanner Gonzalez at 160 and Landon Burton at 215.

“I split with him during the regular season,” Berry said about his finale, a 4-2 victory over Daren Giuchin of Ishpeming. “I just went hard the whole match.

“He’s a great wrestler who’s in excellent shape. I worked on some things in practice that really helped me.”

Gonzalez posted a 16-8 triumph over West Iron County junior Shae Parson in the 160 final.

“I worked on my takedowns and shots and it paid off,” Gonzalez said. “I pushed myself a lot in practice and focused on getting the first takedown. I just kept attacking, which I think put a little pressure on my opponents.”

Newberry’s lone winner was Cameon Symonds at 135, while Westwood got a champion from Wyatt Makosky at 130 and Gwinn picked up a championship from Ryan Johnson at 285.

“I tried not to get sloppy,” Makosky said of his pin at 1:54 of Michael McNeill of Newberry. “I had to make sure I was focused. I just wanted to take advantage of any opportunity there was. I went down there as a freshman and got overmatched. I feel I’m better prepared this time.”

Ishpeming didn’t get a win, but qualified two runners-up – Giuchin at 140 and Ethan Laitinen at 171.

There were seven other runners-up from the area – Nathan Brewer of Westwood at 103, Nathan Magnusson of Newberry at 112, Cedric Nora of Westwood at 125, McNeill at 130, Christian Cole of Munising at 135, Shawn McIntyre of Westwood at 152 and Hunter Collins of Newberry at 215.

These are the other qualifiers from the area, who placed third or fourth on Saturday:

Munising – Andrew Miles, 152; Lukas Rittenger, 160

Westwood – Trent Deans, 285

Gwinn – Jaeden Martinez, 125; Kevin Roberts, 189; Trevor Kirkpatrick-Bray, 215

Manistique – Travis DuFour, 135; Dylan Stevenson, 145; Caleb Swanson, 285

Newberry – Richard Nalette, 130; Logan McCormick, 140; Alex Henry, 160; Adam Hildabrandt, 171