Marquette takes team championship at Ray Mariucci Invitational wrestling tournament in Kingsford
KINGSFORD — Cole Hansen provided some senior leadership here Saturday, helping the Gladstone wrestlers place second in the Ray Mariucci Invitational.
But it was the Marquette Redmen who won the meet with 194 1/2 points. The Braves were a close second with 176 1/2 while Negaunee was quite a ways back in third with 105 1/2.
Munising garnered fifth place with 80 as Ishpeming was ninth with 67, Westwood 10th with 58 and Gwinn 11th with 36 in a 12-team field.
Hansen, who beat Westwood senior Rocco Carlson by technical fall (18-1) for the 160-pound title, was selected Most Valuable Wrestler.
“I wrestled a little sloppy in my last match, otherwise it was an all-right day,” Hansen said. “Hunter (Solis) is probably our scrappiest wrestler. He gave Joe (Lagrou) a run for his money. A couple matches didn’t go our way, but we came real close to taking the title.”
Lagrou gave Marquette one of its two individual titles by a 19-4 decision over Solis in the 119 final.
“This is a nice win for us,” Marquette coach Tony Gentz said. “We knew it’d be a tough battle between us and Gladstone. We have a young team. It’s bit of a learning experience for us right now, but we were fortunate enough to have 11 of our 12 kids medal.
“It’s always nice to see some new kids get their first varsity medal.”
Marquette’s other championship came at 140, where sophomore Wyatt Kuhlman picked up a pin at 3:29 of Iron Mountain’s Preston Roberts.
Freshman Xander Luoma picked up Gwinn’s lone title at 130 when he pinned Negaunee’s John Schouten at 1:26.
Senior Gabriel Cole of Munising captured the 171 title when he defeated Westwood senior Carter Guidebeck 12-8 in that final.
Ishpeming senior Alaric Martin won at 189 when he decisioned Westwood senior Jackson Vidlund 21-8 in that final.
And Negaunee senior Leo Helppi took the 215 championship when he shut out Kingsford’s Ben Stanish 5-0.
Gladstone sophomore Michael Brazeau led off the championship round by pinning Negaunee sophomore Tyler Sicotte 1:29 in the 103 final.
Other runners-up from area teams were Marquette senior Payton Holmstrom at 112, Munising freshman Reagan Bowerman at 125 and MSHS freshman Luke Mead at 135.