Norway defeats IM, Marquette
KINGSFORD – Jorden Neumann (189) recorded a pair of pins and Norway captured a pair of matches in a high school wrestling quadrangular Monday.
The Knights downed Iron Mountain, 42-27, and Marquette, 42-29.
“I felt the kids wrestled well,” Knights coach Nick Burklund said. “It was a quick turn around from Wabeno, especially switching back to Michigan weight classes. Most of are kids aren’t at their weights yet, so we were wrestling up classes.”
In other matches Monday, Kingsford bowed to Iron Mountain, 46-24, and Marquette, 62-12.
“We wrestled hard but gave up too many weight classes,” said Flivver coach Torrey Adams, noting seven forfeits.
In the opening match, Iron Mountain’s Brayden Fitzpatrick (215), Alex Edwards (125) and Jared Gauthier (130) posted pins against Norway.
Marquette’s Brian Helmer (152) and Rick Baker (171) produced falls in the Kingsford match. Zach Jones (112) had a second-period pin for the Flivvers.
The two first-match winners and losers squared off to complete the night.
Norway outscored Marquette 24-10 over the final seven bouts.
The Knights collected falls from Tanner Gonzalez (152), Neumann (189), Kasey Siegle (285), Zac DeCremer (112) and Dylan Hoffart (119). Pear Rahm (215) provided a pin for the Redmen.
Norway also had three wrestlers out with injury.
“We still have a lot of conditioning to work on but we will get there,” Burklund said. “Mat time is huge right now. We have good numbers, so its important that we get the kids on the mat because injuries can happen at any time, and it sure is nice when you can look at the bench and see kids ready to go.”
Ten forfeits dominated the Iron Mountain-Kingsford match. Flivvers’ Eli Martonen (140) delivered a pin while the Mountaineers’ Gauthier (130) and Aaron Bolo (145) had falls.
Iron Mountain’s Jake Weslin (152) tallied a major decision in the other match.
“I thought as a team we wrestled well tonight,” Mountaineers coach Brandon Rutter said. “The past two meets we were missing takedowns and not controlling matches. Tonight was big turn around from the previous.
Edwards, Gauthier, Henkel and Fitzpatrick were 2-0 for the night.
“Corbin Henkel wrestled an excellent match against Donny Houle of Norway. Donny is as physical as they come, and it was a big win for Corbin. Brayden Fitzpatrick’s win at 215 was a momentum booster.”
Kingsford returns to the mat Saturday, Jan. 28, for the Menominee Super Duals.
“That will give us time to rest up and get some things straight,” Adams said.
Iron Mountain wrestles this weekend at the Marquette Challenge.
“After wrestling nine matches in the past six days, we definitely have somethings that need to be worked on in the practice room,” Rutter said. “But with the competition we have faced in the past six day, we should be ready for the Marquette Challenge Saturday.”
Norway heads to Tomahawk (Wis.) Saturday for a 16-team varsity and JV invitational.