Mountaineers, Knights earn U.P. titles
MARQUETTE – Runner-up Norway and Iron Mountain each emerged with two individual winners from the U.P. Wrestling Championships Saturday.
Gladstone, 253, copped the team title over Norway, 210; Escanaba, 194.5; Sault Ste. Marie, 156, and Iron Mountain, 121.
Mountaineers’ Alex Edwards (119) and Jared Gauthier (125) each captured their third U.P. title. Zac Decremer (103) and Cole Gonzalez (135) prevailed for the Knights.
“We couldn’t be happier with our kids,” Norway Coach Nick Burklund said. “They prepared very hard all week in practice.
“We told them early in the week we had a good chance to win the tournament and they bought in. They came out very aggressive and they really wanted it. We knew Gladstone and Escanaba were the favorites and to come out in front of one of them was huge.”
Edwards decisioned James Bruce of Gladstone, 5-0, for the U.P. title and 100th career win.
“Alex was determined,” said Mountaineer coach Scott Rutter, noting this was the third time this year Edwards and Bruce have met.
Gauthier downed Donny Houle of Norway, 10-0, for the championship.
“Jared and Houle had a good finals match,” Rutter said. “These two have wrestled each other several times over the past two years. It’s a good physical match between them.”
Iron Mountain also achieved a second from James Christiansen (189), third from Corbin Henkel (130), fourth from Jacob Weslin (145) and sixth from Aaron Bolo (140).
Gladstone’s Jake Cronick pinned Christiansen at 5:29.
“Christiansen had a good run at the tournament and continues to improve every week,” Rutter said.
Eventual champion Zack Priebe of Escanaba spilled Henkel in the semifinals. Henkel beat Charlie Dunton of Sault Ste Marie in the consolation match.
In the 103-pound championship, Decremer defeated Zach Jones of Kingsford 10-5.
Gonzalez nipped Bobby Beauchamp of Gladstone, 4-3, for the 135-pound title.
Tanner Gonzalez of Norway bowed to Michael Davis of Sault Ste. Marie, 11-9, for the 140-pound award.
In one round, Norway defeated four Escanaba wrestlers – 119, Tim Huddleston; 125, Donny Houle; 140, Tanner Gonzalez, and 171, Travis Moon.
Seven other Knights placed in the top five – 112, Dylan Hoffart, third; 119, Tim Huddleston, fourth; 145, Cody Spade, sixth; 152, Zavier Gonzalez, fourth; 160, Taylor Bonetti, third; 171, Travis Moon, fourth; 189, Jorden Neumann, fourth; 215, Pat Guffey, pin, and 285, Kasey Siegle, fourth.
“Any time you can medal at the U.P’s is a great thing,” Burklund noted.
Decremer is the only 103-pound wrestler to beat the Flivvers’ Jones this year.
“It was a full six minute match that came down to the wire,” Kingsford Coach Torrey Adams said. “Zach had one of the best matches of his season.”
Adams noted that the five-point difference was the smallest margin of victory for Decremer all year.
Flivvers’ Seth Collins finished fifth at 140 with a win over the Mountaineers’ Bolo.
“This was the first tournament he wrestled at that weight class,” said Adams, noting Collins lost in the quarterfinals in overtime to Jared Syverson of Gladstone. “It was a tough tournament but I felt the team as a whole put up some of our best performances of the season.”
Norway hosts Florence and Bark River tonight.
“We battled with Gladstone back and forth all day but in the end they had eight kids in the finals and four champions that was just to much to keep up with,” Burklund said. “The kids wrestled great and they have to be proud of what they did. This was a good test to push us into the second half of the season and keep us hungry.
“We have a lot of big matches to come and goals to meet so we have to be prepared and keep working very hard.”
Iron Mountain wrestles at Menominee Tuesday.
Team scores – 1. Gladstone, 249; 2. Norway, 210; 3. Escanaba, 199 1/2; 4. Sault Ste. Marie, 156; 5. Iron Mountain, 121; 6. Marquette, 105; 7. Rudyard, 77; 8. St. Ignace, 64; 9. Ishpeming, 57; 10. Westwood, 54; 11. Munising, 50; 12. Negaunee, 48; 13. Kingsford, 38; 14. Manistique, 37; 15. Gwinn, 28; 16. Bark River-Harris, 23; 17. Newberry, 16; 18. Menominee, 8.
Championship match summary:
103 – Zac Decremer (NOR) dec. Zach Jones (K), 10-5
112 – Jimmy Spencer (R) pinned Alex Anderson (GWN), 3:32
119 – Alex Edwards (IM) dec. James Bruce (GLD), 4:36
125 – Jared Gauthier (IM) dec. Donny Houle (NOR), 10-0
130 – Zach Priebe (E) dec. Hunter Moore (MQT), 11-5
135 – Cole Gonzalez (NOR) dec. Bobby Beauchamp (GLD), 4-3
140 – Michael Davis (SOO) dec. Tanner Gonzalez (NOR), 11-9
145 – Sam Taylor (GLD) dec. Jordan Tousignant (ISH), 15-2
152 – Kaleb Rahoi (E) dec. Steven Kymes (SOO), 14-0
160 – Travis Heller (E) dec. Brandon Gagnon (GLD), 5-0
171 – James Cryderman (SI) dec. Bradley Gagnon (GLD), 12-5
189 – Jake Cronick (GLD) pinned James Christiansen (IM), 5:29
215 – Jack Cronick (GLD) pinned Nathan LaJoie (SOO), 3:59
285 – Tom Bailey (GLD) pinned Cory Gillett (R), 1:56