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Westwood High School wrestlers runners-up at 15-school Escanaba Elks Invitational meet

ESCANABA — Westwood High School’s wrestlers finished in second place at the 15-school Escanaba Elks Tournament held Saturday at Escanaba High School.

With senior Wyatt Makosky, sophomore Nathan Brewer and freshman Tyler Lindholm winning their weight divisions, the Patriots scored 173 points as Grayling won the 44th annual meet with 190.5.

Iron Mountain-Norway was a distant third with 134.5 as Negaunee was seventh with 105, Newberry eighth with 81, Ishpeming ninth with 80, Munising 10th with 79 and Gwinn 12th with 70.

Brewer won the 103-pound division, pinning Kingsford’s August Early in 29 seconds in the championship match.

Lindholm took the 119-pound division after winning a 9-7 match against Negaunee sophomore Jeremy Hill in his finale. Hill won three previous matches to reach the final.

Makosky pinned Courage Krueger of Escanaba at 1:29 of the finals at 135.

Five other Westwood wrestlers also posted top-five finishes — freshman Wyatt Carlson was second at 112 pounds; freshman AJ Martin was third at 160, getting a pin at 1:39 on Negaunee freshman Leo Helppi in the third-place match; sophomore Sam Gilles was third at 215, pinning Grayling’s Tyler Wilthers at 58 seconds of his third-place match; freshman Joe Derocha was fourth at 103; and freshman Carter Guidebeck was fifth at 145.

Newberry had two champions — junior Alex Henry at 160 pounds, who pinned St. Ignace’s Trevor Matson at 2:45 of his championship match; and senior Adam Hildebrandt at 171, who outscored Joe Comstock of IM-Norway 21-10 in his finale.

The Indians also got a third place from junior Cameron Symonds at 140 after he blanked Scot Laing of Benzie Central 11-0 in the third-place match.

Ishpeming’s Daren Giuchin was runner-up at 140 after losing a narrow 5-3 decision to Menominee’s Ian Brown in the championship. Teammates Justin Kamac at 160, Ethan Laitinen at 215 and Andre Walsh at 285 all picked up fifth-place finishes.

For Negaunee, in addition to Hill’s runner-up finish and Helppi’s fourth place, senior Michael Pizziola at 285 and senior Sam Collins at 189 finished fourth, while senior Elek Kallioinen was fifth at 140.

From Munising, junior Christian Cole came in second at 152 after losing a 6-2 decision to Jonathan Schmutzler of Kingsford in the finals. Junior Nick Miles was third at 125 after pinning St. Ignace’s Logan Dekeyser at 2:19 in the third-place match, while junior Darren Castello was also third at 171 after pinning Matt Gosma of Benzie Central at 2:02 in his third-place encounter.

Gwinn had a trio of thirds after each wrestler won in third-place matches — at 103, freshman Ethan Parsons outpointed Joe Derocha as an unattached wrestler, 17-12; at 189, senior Kevin Roberts edged out Negaunee’s Collins, 6-4; and at 285, senior Ryan Johnson decisioned the Miners’ Pizziola, 6-1. In addition, Modeltowners junior Elania Winkler was fifth at 112.

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