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All-state honors: Michigan Wrestling Association cites 4 wrestlers, 2 teams from Upper Peninsula for its all-academic honors

The Westwood High School wrestling team poses with its MHSAA Division 4 district tournament championship trophy the Patriots won in the team competition held at Ishpeming High School on Feb. 13. Westwood defeated Munising in the semifinals and the host Hematites in the finals to advance to regional competition downstate the following week. The Pats made the D-4 regional final before falling to host Onaway. At center holding the trophy are head coach Dan Carlson, left, and assistant coach Ray Carlson, each wearing their full “Patriot” suits. (Photo courtesy Kathleen Carlson)

ISHPEMING — Three area wrestlers were among the four from the Upper Peninsula who recently earned Academic All-State recognition from the Michigan Wrestling Association.

In addition, the group also recognized two U.P. schools for its Academic All-State Teams.

The MWA is the main promotional body for youth wrestling in the state and information was taken from its Facebook website that linked to its Michigan Grappler website, www.michigangrappler.com.

Westwood earned one of each honor as senior Rocco Carlson earned the individual honor and the Patriots the team honor.

Carlson was joined by fellow senior Joe Lagrou of Marquette and Leo Helppi of Negaunee in earning the individual recognition, which was earned by just 90 athletes statewide.

Rocco Carlson

Also honored from the U.P. was St. Ignace’s Caleb Brown.

Westwood was one of just eight MHSAA Division 4 schools from around the state to earn the team academic honor as the Pats had a 3.23 grade-point average.

The other U.P. honoree in that category was Escanaba in Division 2, which had a 3.64 GPA.

In all, 85 schools across the four divisions earned the state academic team award.

Also on the MWA site was a listing of its top 100 girls high school wrestlers in the state, broken down by 25 per grade.

Joe Lagrou

From the U.P., two wrestlers from Westwood, No. 8 junior Alana Nuorala and No. 11 freshman Lindsey Williams, made the list, along with St. Ignace’s Summer Amacher at No. 16 among freshmen.

The MWA, with cooperation from the Michigan High School Athletic Association, has sponsored a state high school girls tournament for the past two seasons.

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

Leo Helppi

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