Mat perfection

Half-dozen Patriot wrestlers win every match at Westwood Super Duals

Westwood’s Tyler Lindholm, left, locks his arms around Marquette’s Shawn Pyykola at the Westwood Super Duals on Saturday afternoon at the Patriots’ gym. (Journal photo by Rachel Oakley)

By RYAN SPITZA

Journal Sports Writer

ISHPEMING — Six Westwood athletes went 5-0 and the Patriots were the class of the field as they won the overall team title in their Westwood Super Duals meet on Saturday afternoon.

Josh Bartle, Nathan Brewer, Wyatt Carlson, Joseph Derocha, Sam Gilles and Jackson Vidlund all went undefeated for the Patriots in the round-robin meet which included Marquette, Negaunee, Gwinn, Iron Mountain and Bark River-Harris.

Westwood (5-0) took the team title with 330 points, while Marquette (2-3) came in runner-up with 146 points. They were followed by Iron Mountain (1-4) with 141, Bark River-Harris (2-3) 135, Gwinn (3-2) 133 and Negaunee (2-3) 120.

Westwood head coach Dan Carlson said getting to welcome five other Upper Peninsula schools to the meet is great.

“It’s a lot of fun to host, I’ve been into wrestling since I was in third grade,” he said. “Being the coach now and doing this and seeing a team like this is just a lot of fun.”

As for his team, Carlson said getting pins was the key to success.

“We were going after the pins, kids were just getting pins every time they went out there,” he said. “They were wrestling the same way I’ve been coaching them, just going after it out there.

“There’s no stop in these guys. They just keep going, going, going until the match is over.”

The Miners were led Jeremy Hill, who also went 5-0 in the 135-pound class.

Negaunee head coach Matt Oswald said his young team showed improvement.

“I’m very impressed with them and we have a very young team with only two seniors,” he said. “We were 2-3 on the day, but a lot of those matches we lost because of forfeits. I was very impressed with our younger wrestlers. A lot of our kids went 4-1 or 3-2 and we’re going to keep plugging.”

Other individuals who were undefeated Saturday included Nate Ball of Marquette, C.J. Bolo of Iron Mountain and Mason Ray and Kyle Adams of Bark River-Harris.

All six teams will compete at the Marquette Challenge at Marquette Senior High School on Saturday.

Email Ryan Spitza at sports@miningjournal.net.