Keeping it in the family


Sports Writer

KINGSFORD – Iron Mountain’s Jared Gauthier kept the Ray Mariucci Invitational outstanding wrestler award in the family Saturday.

Gauthier pinned Norway’s Donny Houle in the third period to win the 119-pound title. Tournament coaches also named Gauthier the top wrestler, an honor his brother, Ryan, received in 2011.

“Jared has an aggressive style and is a technical wrestler,” Mountaineers coach Brandon Rutter said. “He seems to have a good awareness on the mat.

“Donny Houle is a good wrestler. This was a good finals match-up.”

Gauthier improved his season record to 25-1. Alex Edwards, with a 12-6 decision over Gladstone’s James Bruce in the 112-pound finals, gave the Mountaineers a second individual title.

“Alex is good on his feet,” Rutter said. “He hasn’t had a lot of mat time and it was good for him to get out and work.

“Both Jared and Alex wrestled good matches. It was good to see those two perform the way they did. It was a good measure for the U.P.’s (in Marquette on Saturday).”

Iron Mountain tacked on three thirds from Corbin Henkel (130), Jacob Weslin (140) and Tanner Chouinard (145).

“All three overcame some tough semifinal losses,” Rutter noted.

The Mountaineers coach also cited Aurelio Barraza for making weight at 125.

“Izzy is working hard and coming around,” Rutter said.

Gladstone, with five of nine finalists winning individual titles, registered 209 points in claiming the team championship. Runner-up Norway notched 146 points, followed by Marquette, 124; Iron Mountain, 89; Kingsford, 75; Negaunee, 70; Ishpeming, 55; Westwood, 50; Gwinn, 38, and Bark River, 27.

“It’s a good day for us when you can place second at a meet like this, it’s outstanding,” Norway Coach Nick Burklund said, noting 10 Knights garnered medals including three champions. “It really felt good for the team when you’re one of the smallest schools in the tournament and can finish above the bigger schools such as a Marquette.

“We have a lot to be proud of for now. But we have to stay hungry because we still have a lot of season left.”

Norway notched top honors from Zac DeCremer (103), Cayleb Winkler (125) and Tyler Bonetti (160). Winkler recorded two pins and a technical fall on the day while Bonetti had two pins.

Jake Rehn (171, two pins) produced a third along with fourths from Tim Huddleston (112), Jake Wetsel (130), Jake Julian (135, two pins), Cody Spade (140) and Garrett Bonetti (145, two pins).

Knights heavyweight Hunter Gustafson registered his first varsity pin.

“It was good to see our guys come out and wrestle,” Burklund said. “We worked them hard in practice all week and you could see it paid off.

“We are fortunate we can fill a full weight sheet and the guys we have there are all pretty solid.”

Kingsford’s Zach Jones (103), Seth Collins (215) and Harley Winters (215) also placed third.

“I was very impressed with how my guys wrestled,” Kingsford coach torrey Adams said. “Zach Jones had a great day with only one loss. Things are starting to click for him and he’s starting to put some moves together and find opportunities to score points.

“Keaton Parent had a tough day but he wrestled well against some tough opponents and is continuing to improve all aspects of his wrestling. Seth Collins continues to improve every match he wrestles. Drake Griggs turned a corner this weekend finishing the day with 2 pins and his first medal. Harley Winters also had two pins and finished the day strong. I was very pleased with how the team wrestled as a whole, all the hard work we’ve been putting in on the practice mat is starting to pay off on the competition mat.”

In wrestling prior to the U.P. tournament, Kingsford heads to Negaunee on Wednesday; Norway hosts Florence on Thursday, and Iron Mountain visits Westwood on Thursday.

Ray Mariucci Invitational results follow:

Standings – Gladstone 209, Norway 146, Marquette 124, Iron Mountain 89, Kingsford 75, Negaunee 70, Ishpeming 55, Westwood 50, Gwinn 38, Bark River 27.

103 – 1. Zac DeCremer, Nor, dec. Jack Simison, Glad, 24-16; 3. Zach Jones, King, pinned Tyler TenEyck, Mqt, :40.

112 – 1. Alex Edwards, IM, dec. James Bruce, Glad, 12-6; 3. Alex Anderson, Gw, pinned Tim Huddleston, Nor, 1:51.

119 – 1. Jared Gauthier, IM, pinned Donny Houle, Nor, 5:43; 3. Trevor Swanson, Ww, dec. Jake Kujala, Glad, 4-2.

125 – 1. Cayleb Winkler, Nor, def. Hunter Moore, Mqt, on tech. fall, 31-14; 3. Jerod Syverson, Glad, dec. Keaton Parent, King, 5-4.

130 – 1. Brody Rosten, Neg, dec. Bobby Beauchamp, Glad, 10-5; 3. Corbin Henkel, IM, dec. Jake Wetsel, Nor, 4-2.

135 – 1. Sam Taylor, Glad, dec. Johnathan Willey, Ish, 8-4; 3. Seth Collins, King, pinned Jake Julian, Nor, 2:42.

140 – 1. Jeremy Kadish, Glad, pinned Brian Helmer, Mqt, 3:16; 3. Jacob Weslin, IM, dec. Cody Spade, Nor, 12-5.

145 – 1. Keenan Barron, Glad, dec. Jordan Tousignant, Ish, 13-3; 3. Tanner Chouinard, IM, dec. Garrett Bonetti, Nor, 7-4.

152 – 1. Tyler Lajoie, Neg, pinned Austin Johnson, Mqt, 3:27; 3. Nate Meyer, Ish, dec. Alex Redlon, Gw, 8-6.

160 – 1. Tyler Bonetti, Nor, dec. Owen Lajoie, Neg, 6-2; 3. Josh Argall, Ww, pinned Drake Griggs, K, 2:21.

171 – 1. Curt Colovecchi, Mqt, dec. Jake Cronick, Glad, 7-0; 3. Jake Rehn, Nor, pinned Francois Montbrun, Ww, 1:59.

189 – 1. Jack Cronick, Glad, pinned Cole Schultz, Ww, 3:25; 3. Christian MacDonald, Neg, pinned Per Rahm, Mqt, :55.

215 – 1. Joe Iwanicki, Mqt, pinned Curtis Labadie, BR, 5:59; 3. Harley Winters, K, pinned Cody Malonowski, Glad, 2:48.

275 – 1. Tom Bailey, Glad, pinned Rainger Rossway, Mqt, 2:28; 3. CJ Redfearn, Gw, dec. Kyle Dowd, BR, 7-6.