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Negaunee Miners make Division 3 wrestling final match at team districts before falling

Gladstone's Michael Brazeau, partially hidden at left, wraps up Negaunee's Thomas Tansey in a 112-pound match during the MHSAA Division 3 team district tournament in Gladstone on Wednesday. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Austin Hemmingson)

GLADSTONE — Gladstone earned its 11th straight team district wrestling championship on Wednesday night with a hard-fought 48-31 victory over Negaunee in the MHSAA Division 3 final.

Gladstone led 36-25 after junior Peter Noblet pinned Brayden Dunstan in 2 minutes, 14 seconds of the 215-pound match.

In the next bout, sophomore Brett Boudreau (285) pinned Bryce Dunstan at 5:55, enabling the Braves to seal the deal.

The Braves appeared to be in the driver’s seat after senior Cole Hansen (160) needed just 36 seconds to pin Thomas McCollum for a 30-18 cushion.

Finn Helppi (171) then took a 17-3 decision from Henry Hanson and Leo Helppi (189) defeated Blake Servant 10-3, enabling the Miners to climb within 30-25.

Negaunee beat Kingsford 54-28 in the semis.

Kingsford was within 30-22 after Donovin Bowser (160) pinned McCollum in 3:59.

Finn Helppi (171) then pinned Ethan Gribble at 4:39 and Leo Helppi (189) pinned Elliot Johnson in 1:54, giving the Miners an insurmountable 42-22 advantage.

“Things didn’t go our way in a couple lighter matches,” Kingsford coach Darren Groleau said.

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