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Westwood, Newberry bow out in MHSAA Division 4 team wrestling regional

ONAWAY — The last two area schools standing in the MHSAA team wrestling tournament saw their seasons end in the regionals downstate on Wednesday.

Westwood defeated Newberry 42-36 in a Division 4 regional semifinal held in Onaway, then the Patriots fell to the host Cardinals 48-28 in the regional championship match.

The other regional semifinal saw Onaway put away Bark River-Harris 48-31.

“We wrestled well against Onaway, but came up short,” Patriots head coach Dan Carlson said. “I’m proud of my team this year. We overcame many obstacles and made it to regionals.

“It’s been an honor coaching these seniors and the crew. I will miss them.”

Of course, several Westwood wrestlers will continue to wrestle Saturday at the Division 4 individual regionals to be held in Charlevoix, led by district runner-ups Joseph Derocha at 112 pounds and Jackson Vidlund at 189.

The Westwood-Newberry meet featured just six contested matches with the Indians actually winning five of them as the Patriots picked up six forfeits to Newberry’s one.

Westwood’s lone contested win was Elliott Lemire pinning Newberry’s Hunter Phillips at 5:29 at 152 pounds.

The Indians got wins, all pins, by Derek Bowler over Christian Ryan at 135, Jacob Gribbell over Brenden Collins at 160, Cameron Depew over Carter Guidebeck at 171, Lance Bowler over Jackson Vidlund at 189 and Paul Davis over Brandon Vickstrom at 215.

Onaway had a much smaller 7-5 advantage in contested matches in the championship, with the Cardinals getting just one extra win by forfeit.

Westwood got pins from Derocha at 112, Alana Nuorala at 119, Vickstrom at 189 and Jackson Vidlund at 215. Tyler Lindholm won his 140-pound match by decision, 9-0.

Onaway’s contested victories were all by pins over the Pats’ Wyatt Carlson at 130, Ryan at 135, Luke Vidlund at 145, Lemire at 152, Collins at 160, Guidebeck at 171 and Adam Snyder at 285.

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

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