Westwood carts off Munising wrestling tournament title
By Journal Sports Staff
MUNISING — Westwood and Gladstone were named champions of the Upper Peninsula Holiday Super Duals high school wrestling tournament held in Munising on Friday.
The participating 12 teams — which also included area schools Gwinn, Ishpeming, Munising, Newberry and Manistique — were divided into East and West divisions with each school wrestling five dual matches with the best win-loss records determining champions.
Westwood went 4-1 in the West, beating St. Ignace 42-37, Manistique 84-0, Munising 45-30 and Newberry 54-30 while losing to East Division champion Gladstone 45-36. The Braves finished as the day’s only undefeated team at 5-0.
Gwinn and Ishpeming each went 1-4 in the West, Gwinn defeating Manistique and the Hematites felling Munising.
Munising and Newberry both were 3-2 in the East, the host Mustangs downing Gwinn, Bark River-Harris and Menominee. Newberry defeated Ishpeming, Gwinn and BR-Harris.
And Manistique was 1-4 in the East, defeating Kingsford.
Westwood had two wrestlers with perfect 5-0 records, each winning two matches with pins. They were Nathan Brewer at 112 pounds and Sam Gilles at 189.
“Everyone wrestled really well today,” Patriots coach Dan Carlson said. “When we had to, we were fighting off the pins, and when we needed a pin, my guys came through with one.”
Munising had three undefeated wrestlers. Seniors Nick Miles and 140 and 145 pounds and Christian Cole at 160 both went 5-0, Miles getting all five of his wins via pins and Cole getting three pins and two by decision.
Junior teammate Trevor Johnson at 152 was 2-0, both by pin.
“Our younger kids stepped up and wrestled some good matches,” Munising coach Bob Miles said, mentioning 4-1 records posted by sophomore Devin Moore and junior and second-year wrestler Ricky Loehr.
MVPs of the day were Trevor Povolo of Kingsford in the West and Adam Bruce of Gladstone in the East.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.