Negaunee bows out of MHSAA Division 3 team wrestling district

KINGSFORD – Gladstone made short work of the MHSAA Division 3 District 165 team wrestling tournament Wednesday at Kingsford High School.

The Braves, who gained a first-round bye when Menominee elected not to participate, downed Negaunee 72-9 in the finals.

Negaunee and Kingsford wrestled to a 30-30 draw in the first match, with criteria (three pins) sending the Miners to the championship match.

Negaunee’s Tyler Lajoie (160), Mike Luoma (130) and Brody Rosten (135) posted pins over Kingsford’s Drake Griggs, Austin Beaulier and Eli Martonen.

The remainder of the matches were forfeits.

Of the 14 weight classes in the finals, only four were staged. Negaunee’s Lajoie (160) pinned Cole Tardiff in 51 seconds; Gladstone’s Jake Cronick (171) pinned Kyle Scheiding in 36 seconds; Gladstone’s Jared Syverson (125) pinned Luoma in 1:23; and Negaunee’s Rosten decisioned Bobby Beauchamp, 5-4.

Menominee cited small team numbers in not appearing for the tournament. Gladstone advances to the team regional Wednesday in Cheboygan.

The MHSAA Division 3 individual district tourney will take place Saturday in Negaunee.