IM, Florence among Top 5

ESCANABA – Iron Mountain, with Alex Edwards (112) and Jared Gauthier (119) recording individual titles, finished fourth overall Saturday in the 17-team Escanaba Elks Invitational.

Gladstone, 252.5, dominated the high school wrestling tournament, followed by Escanaba One 198, St. Ignace 154, Iron Mountain 112.5, Florence, Wis. 107.5, Benzie Central 104, Norway 84.5, Westwood 82.5, Menominee 79, Negaunee 74, Escanaba Two 57, Newberry 50, Ishpeming 47, Munising 45, Gwinn 32, Kingsford 29, and Bark River-Harris 19.

“Overall, I am proud of the kids and the way they wrestled,” Mountaineer coach Brandon Rutter said. “To only have six guys finish out the day and take fourth overall says a lot about this team.

“The Elks is a tough tournament and good test before the Mariucci tournament (in Kingsford this weekend). With the U.P. Challenge right around corner, we are starting to peak at the right time.

Iron Mountain added a third from Jacob Weslin (140), fourth from Tanner Chouinard (145) and fifth from Corbin Henkel (130).

Iron Mountain also wrestled David Jones (1-1 at 125) and Aurelio Barraza (2-2 at 135).

Rutter’s individual assessments follow:

Alex Edwards – Making his debut at 112 after wrestling at 119 and 125, Edwards pinned Bill Bentgen of St. Ignace in the finals. “Alex dominated,” said Rutter, noting a 52-second pin. “Bentgen was unable to do anything. Alex controlled him right from the whistle. Alex caught Bentgen in a pinning combination and finished him quickly. It was great to see Alex win the 112 bracket.”

Jared Gauthier – Highly-regarded York Ash of Benzie Central fell in overtime to Gauthier. Ash, a 2011 Michigan state qualifier and fifth in the 2012 Utah Division 5A state finals, battled Gauthier to a 3-3 draw in regulation. In overtime, Gauthier was able to get the takedown and win the match 5-3. “Gauthier wrestled his best match of the season,” Rutter said. “It was one of the best finals of the day.”

David Jones – Suffered a knee injury in the first match and attempted to wrestle in the second. “I don’t know how long Jones is out, but hoping to have him back soon,” Rutter said.

Corbin Henkel – Reeled off four straight wins after losing his first match. “Corbin had another strong performance,” said Rutter, noting the Mountaineer avenged an earlier defeat against Kingsford’s Keaton Parent. “The match went into overtime. The was a big momentum booster for Henkel.” Henkel outlasted Benzie Central’s Christian Dilas 11-10 for fifth.

Aurelio Barraza – Wrestled well in finishing 2-2. “He continues to improve,” Rutter said.

Jacob Weslin – Dropped a close semifinals match. Weslin was able to overcome the loss and dominated in his third-place match by an 11-1 score. “Weslin has been right there,” Rutter said. “Watching Weslin shake off the semifinal loss and win like he did in his third-place match says a lot about him as a competitor.

Tanner Chouinard – “Tanner got caught in a headlock in his match for third place,” Rutter said. “Tanner continues to wrestle strong and has been right there.”

Norway wrestled to seventh, with two wrestlers placing. Zac DeCreamer, at 103 pounds, took second, losing in a close back and forth match with Jackson Simison of Gladstone. Donny Houle, wrestling at 119, placed third.

“Seventh wasn’t too bad considering it wasn’t one of our better days on the mat,” Norway coach Nick Burklund said. “We left a lot of points on the mat with seven wrestlers going two and out. This tournament is like a pre U.P. ‘s, so it’s a good indicator of who’ll we’ll see in a couple weeks. I feel we have a good group that can compete well but a lot of hard work is needed.”

Norway wrestles at Munising Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s Mariucci event at Kingsford.

Florence, a respectable fifth, saw Tommy Lindow take first place at 215 after three pins and a 13-1 decision in the final.

“He wrestled extremely well all day, wrestling smart and staying in good position all the time,” Bobcats coach Jerry Paulson said. “In my opinion, a very dominating performance.”

Cole Dollar, had the Michigan champ, Galloway Thurston from St Ignace, in the finals. This was a much anticipated match by the crowd, as both are presently ranked first in their respective states at 171. The match did not disappoint with Dollar losing 5-4.

“He had a chance to get a closing takedown to win the match, but ran out of time and energy,” Paulson said.

Other Florence results were Danny Jones (112), 4th place; Shawn Paulson (119), 4th place; Andrew Kelley (125), 3rd place with 3 pins; John Lemanski (130), 4th place with 1 pin.

Escanaba Elks Invitational


Standings: Gladstone 252.5, Escanaba I 198, St. Ignace 154, Iron Mountain 112.5, Florence, Wis. 107.5, Benzie Central 104, Norway 84.5, Westwood 82.5, Menominee 79, Negaunee 74, Escanaba II 57, Newberry 50, Ishpeming 47, Munising 45, Gwinn 32, Kingsford 29, Bark River-Harris 19.

103 – Jackson Simison, Gladstone, pinned Zach DeCremer, 5:17; 3, Sergei LaMarche, Escanaba; 4, Brittinie Larson, Escanaba.

112 – Alex Edwards, Iron Mountain, pinned Bill Bentgen, St. Ignace, :52; 3, James Bruce, Gladstone; 4, Dan Jones, Florence.

119 – Jared Gauthier, Iron Mountain, dec. York Ash, Benzie Central, 5-3 in overtime; 3, Don Houle, Norway; 4, Shawn Paulson, Florence.

125 – Zach Priebe, Escanaba, dec. Jared Syverson, Gladstone, 11-4; 3, Andrew Kelley, Florence; 4, Lukas Rittenger, Munising.

130 – Brody Rosten, Negaunee, dec. Bobby Beauchamp, Gladstone, 9-6; 3, Tyler Adams, Escanaba; 4, John Lemanski, Florence.

135 – Chris Briar, Menominee, dec. Kaleb Rahoi, Escanaba, 3-2; 3, Richard Bentley, St. Ignace; 4, Sam Taylor, Gladstone.

140 – Jeremy Kadish, Gladstone, dec. Hunter Sadler, Escanaba, 4-2; 3, Jacob Weslin, Iron Mountain; 4, Kevin Priebe, Escanaba.

145 – Trent Doughty, Newberry, dec. Jason Kaster, Menominee, 7-3; 3, Jordan Tousignant, Ishpeming; 4, Tanner Chouinard, Iron Mountain.

152 – Josh Kadish, Gladstone, dec. Alec Slaga, Escanaba, 4-0; 3, Jamie Cryderman, St. Ignace; 4, Bob Miles, Munising.

160 – Travis Heller, Escanaba, dec. Brandon Gagnon, Gladstone, 6-4; 3, Tyler LaJoie, Negaunee; 4, Tyler Knudsen, Benzie Central.

171 – Thurston Galloway, St. Ignace, dec. Cole Dollar, Florence, 5-4; 3, Bradley Gagnon, Gladstone; 4, Jake Cronick, Gladstone.

189 – Jack Cronick, Gladstone, pinned Cole Schultz, Westwood, 2:36; 3, Christian MacDonald, Negaunee; 4, Jason Philo, Benzie Central.

215 – Tom Lindow, Florence, dec. Steve Livermore, Newberry, 13-1; 3, Devin Olsen, Escanaba; 4, Curtis Labadie, Bark River-Harris.

Hwt – Joe Ostman, St. Ignace, pinned Tom Bailey, Gladstone, :48; 3, Tim Smith, Benzie Central; 4, Dave Lancour, Westwood.