IMHS mat champion handles chest crusher

Iron Mountain junior Jared Gauthier was ready for the “chest crusher” in the Marquette Challenge high school wrestling tournament.

Gauthier, the only Upper Peninsula grappler to take home a title, posted an 8-4 decision over Gaylord senior Seth Lashuay in the 125 final.

“I was told by a couple coaches he liked to use the chest crusher,” Gauthier told John Vrancic of The Daily Press. “Most of the kids in Gaylord use that. I knew what to expect.

“I was down 4-0, then got a reversal. That turned the tide big time. It’s very rewarding to come here and win my first Marquette Challenge, and do it against top-notch competition. This is what makes you better.”

Gauthier, from an impressive wrestling family, sports a perfect record heading into the Menominee Super Duals …

Congrats to “Wisconsin’s finest columnist not named Bob McGinn” on writing No. 400. Grip, they’re all interesting …

Gage Kreski, the son of former Florence standout Paul Kreski, starred on both sides of the football for St. Ignace High School.

The 6-foot-2 Kreski picked off 10 passes and made 62 tackles during the regular season. The All-U.P. and all-state sophomore also grabbed 21 passes for 478 yards.

Gage also plays basketball, toasting Pickford for a career-high 36 points in a recent game. He’s averaging 29 points per game.

Aurora’s Paul Kreski, an all-league receiver at Northern Michigan University, set school pass receiving records for Coach Dave LaPoint’s Bobcats. He played on the 1987 Florence team that reached the state finals.

Best athlete in the family may be Deanna (Sutton) Kreski, who entered the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame in May. The Rudyard High School star went on to a great college basketball career at Lake Superior State and NMU …

From John Powers, Boston Globe: “A stone-sober Australian team? That’s what its Olympic committee wants for Sochi by forbidding the drinking of alcohol in the Olympic village and on the plane home. What will team officials use as evidence? ‘Swaying, staggering, or falling down’ and ‘having rambling conversations.'” …

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