No. 1 Esky controls wrestling triangular
KINGSFORD – Escanaba, ranked No. 1 in the first U.P. high school wrestling poll of the season, slammed Negaunee (69-12) and Kingsford (71-9) in a triangular match at Woodland Elementary gym Wednesday.
The Miners, winning four weight classes on forfeits, downed the Flivvers 36-15 in the other match.
U.P. coaches Wednesday picked Escanaba first in the poll with 25 points, followed by Gladstone, 20; Norway, 15; Sault Ste. Marie, nine, and Marquette, six.
Escanaba’s Kaleb Rahoi (145), Travis Heller (171) and Cody Roberts (189) recorded pins in the Kingsford bout. Breyden Papineau (135), Rahoi (145), Brent Picord (152), Heller (171) and Mohamed Hoque (215) had falls against the Miners. Hoque’s match lasted 13 seconds.
Negaunee’s points in the Escanaba match came from Sam Collins (189) and Jamie Collins (285), both second-period pins. The Miners won two matches against the Flivvers – Collins, pin at 189, and Elek Kallionen, first-period pin at 103.
The Flivvers prevailed in the other four matches with the Miners – Aaron Scheetz, 10-8 decision at 140; Seth Collins, 5-0 decision at 145, and Drake Griggs, 11-7 decision at 171.
“Seth had a big match against a top quality wrestler (in Brody Rosten),” said Flivver coach Torrey Adams. “All of those wins against Negaunee were big.”
Kingsford won the first bout with Escanaba as Collins (140) notched a first-period pin. Zach Jones (103) won on decision for the other three points.
Adams acknowledged Jones for outlasting Escanaba’s Hunter Royer 6-4.
U.P. tournament takes place in Marquette Saturday.