Redmen’s Calovecchi avenges U.P. Championship loss, wins wrestling title

GAYLORD – Curt Calovecchi led a group of four Marquette Senior High School seniors who scored top-five finishes at the 29-school Northern Michigan Championships high school wrestling meet held in downstate Gaylord on Saturday.

Calovecchi posted a perfect 4-0 record to win the 171-pound division, edging Roscommon’s Mitch Tyler 8-7 in the championship match.

Just as importantly for he and his MSHS teammates, Calovecchi avenged a loss a week earlier by holding off Galloway Thurston of St. Ignace, 3-1, in the semifinals.

In their only other meeting this season, Thurston defeated Calovecchi 6-1 in the 171 finals on Jan. 19 at the Upper Peninsula Championships held in the MSHS gym.

On Saturday, Marquette was sitting in seventh place in the team standings with one match to go, according to MSHS co-coach Tony Gentz.

“We had a lot of bright spots,” Gentz said about the 10 wrestlers he brought downstate. “It’s a great tournament for a lot of our kids. They get to see wrestlers they don’t normally see. They saw how they match up head-to-head with the types of wrestlers we’ll face in the district and regional tournaments.”

Several other U.P. schools were in the field, including St. Ignace, Escanaba, Gladstone and Sault Ste. Marie.

Joe Iwanicki, the Redmen’s lone U.P. Championships winner a week ago, nearly made it two in a row before he lost in the title match at 215, losing 3-0 to Donovan Fouthey of Oscoda. In the quarterfinals, he beat an Escanaba wrestler, Devon Olson, 6-2, as he compiled a 3-1 record Saturday.

Rainger Rossway finished third at 285 and also went 3-1. He pinned Dawon Petty of West Branch Ogemaw Heights at 4:18 in the third-place match.

Austin Johnson came in fifth at 145, also going 3-1, and pinned Houghton Lake’s Logan Dunmore in 45 seconds in the fifth-place match. In his first match, he pinned Teddy Peippo of Escanaba in 1:50.