Redmen, Miners each claim two wrestling championships

KINGSFORD – Marquette and Negaunee each had a pair of individual champions at the 10-team Ray Mariucci Wrestling Tournament held in Kingsford on Saturday.

The Redmen also had four runners-up and two fourth-place finishers to come in third place in the team standings with 124 points. Gladstone won the meet with 209, counting five champions, while Norway was second with 146 and three individual titlists.

Negaunee was sixth with 70 points, also getting a runner-up and third-place finishers. Ishpeming was seventh with 55, Westwood eighth with 50 and Gwinn ninth with 38.

Marquette senior Joe Iwanicki won the 215-pound division with a pin at 5:59 of Bark River-Harris’ Curtis Labadie in the championship match, while senior teammate Curt Calovecchi clinched the 215 title after a 7-0 shutout of Gladstone’s Jake Cronick.

“I was really happy that we had six wrestlers get to finals,” MSHS co-coach Tony Gentz said. “For Curt and Joe, they’re our leaders for a reason. Week in and week out, they perform well.”

He added that Iwanicki defended his title of a year ago at the same tournament.

For Negaunee, junior Tyler LaJoie was named champion at 152 after a pin of Marquette senior Austin Johnson at 3:27, while the Miners’ Brody Rosten took the 130 title after a 10-5 decision over Bobby Beauchamp of Gladstone.

“I was impressed with the way our kids wrestled today,” Miners coach Brad Saatio said. “Brody also won the Elks tourney last weekend, so that’s two in a row for him, while Tyler got revenge on Austin Johnson after he was pinned by him recently.”

Each of those Redmen and Miners won an earlier match to get to the finals. Iwanicki took out Gladstone’s Cody Malonowski 14-7, Calovecchi pinned Zach Pavolo of Kingsford in 1:58, LaJoie pinned Gladstone’s Chuck Hughes in 0:28, and Rosten pinned Jake Wetsel of Norway in 4:27.

Seven other area wrestlers also finished as runners-up in their divisions after losses in championship matches.

Marquette junior Hunter Moore lost a wild 31-14 decision to Cayleb Winkler of Norway at 125, Ishpeming sophomore Johnathan Willey fell 8-4 to Gladstone’s Sam Taylor at 135, Marquette junior Brian Helmer was pinned at 3:16 by Gladstone’s Jeremy Kadish at 140, and Ishpeming junior Jordan Tousignant lost 13-3 to Gladstone’s Keenan Barron at 145.

In addition, Negaunee freshman Owen LaJoie lost to Norway’s Tyler Bonetti at 160, Westwood’s Cole Schultz was pinned by Gladstone’s Jack Cronick at 189, and Marquette senior Rainger Rossway was pinned at 2:28 by Gladstone’s Tom Bailey at 285.

Two area schools had a pair of third-place finishers, Gwinn by sophomore Alex Anderson at 112 and C.J. Redfearn at 285, and Westwood by Trevor Swanson at 119 and Josh Argall at 160.

Other thirds were earned by Ishpeming sophomore Nate Meyer at 152 and Negaunee senior Christian MacDonald at 189.

In fourth were Marquette sophomore Tyler TenEyck at 103, Gwinn senior Alex Redlon at 152, Westwood’s Francois Montbrun at 171 and Marquette sophomore Per Rahm at 189.

The meet’s outstanding wrestler was Jared Gauthier of Iron Mountain, who was champion at 119.