Norway wrestlers roll to Mid-Peninsula Conference title

NORWAY – Negaunee won three weight classes, but it wasn’t enough to keep host Norway from capturing the Mid-Peninsula Conference wrestling championship Saturday.

The Knights collected 176 points to far outdistance runner-up Westwood, which totaled 108.

Manistique placed third with 98, followed by Iron Mountain (83.5); Negaunee (79); Ishpeming (75); and Gwinn (57).

The Miners got first place wins from Brody Rosten at 130 pounds, Tyler LaJoie at 152 and Christian MacDonald at 215.

“I was impressed with our three first places,” Miners’ coach Brad Saatio said. “We’ve been working hard of late and shored up a few things.”

The coach said MacDonald’s victory was his first tourney win of the season, Tyler now has two and Rosten has three tourney triumphs to his credit.

Saatio added Negaunee’s Mike Luoma at 125 taking third place was a “surprise.”

“Mike had lost to the same kid (Austin Miller of Manistique) 12-11 earlier in the day,” the coach said.

Coach Dan Carslon’s Westwood squad got M-PC wins from Cole Schultz at 189 and David Lancour at 275.

Manistique came up with a pair of winners in Cole Gonzalez at 140 and Mat Gonzalez at 145.

Gwinn’s Alex Anderson also pocketed an M-PC title, that coming at 112.

Ishpeming recorded four second place finishes in Dylan Giuchin at 135, Johnathan Willey at 140, Jordan Tousignant at 145 and Nate Meyer at 152.

“Placing four wrestlers in the finals isn’t too bad,” Hematites coach Tim Hares said. “All four are underclassmen and they wrestled as hard as they could.”