GAYLORD — Petoskey senior Jordan Haggerty and junior Nick Strobel each placed third in their respective weight classes as the Northmen finished 10th overall at the 30-team Northern Michigan Championships Saturday at Gaylord High School.
Host Gaylord won the tournament with a team score of 140.5 points, while Roscommon was second, 126; followed by St. Ignace, 122.5; West Branch Ogemaw Heights, 116; and Gladstone, 112.
The Northmen finished with 78 points, while Boyne City was 27th with 17 points and Charlevoix was 28th with six points.
“The top five teams scored in the 100-150 point range,” Petoskey coach Nate Gross said. “Teams 6-10 were separated by 7 1/2 points. Another couple wins and we are in sixth place rather than 10, but overall we wrestled well and placed above our seeds.
“One of the tough things about a tournament of this size is that we haven’t seen many of the schools and because we wrestle a stronger schedule than many of them, our records will get us seeded lower than our ability,” Gross added. “One great thing about this is there are 30 schools and each weight class is going to be tough, placing highly out of 30 competitors is something to be proud of. Every weight class was represented by at least one ranked wrestler, and in most cases two or three.”
Haggerty, who was seeded second, finished with a 3-1 record to place third. Haggerty pinned Benzie Central’s Tom Smith in 40 seconds, then pinned Cody Malonski of Gladstone in 3 minutes, 5 seconds; fell to Marquette’s Joe Iwanicki on a 2-1 decision and pinned Kingsley’s Josh Parks, 2:35.
“Jordan lost to the No. 3 seed on a last second takedown,” Gross said. “He recovered well and dominated his opponent for third.”
Strobel, seeded No. 4 at 145 pounds, also went 3-1 on the day as he earned a 6-0 decision over Gaylord’s Matt Jenkins, defeated Marquette’s Austin Johnson on a 9-7 overtime decision; fell to Sault Ste. Marie’s Steven Kymes, 11-1; then earned a 3-1 decision win over Boyne City’s Conner Mills.
At 152 pounds, Petoskey’s Cam Plath placed fourth as he went 2-2. Plath pinned Sault Ste. Marie’s Levi Furr, 5:36; and pinned Cheboygan’s Glen Simmons, 4:07; then fell to Escanaba’s Travis Heller on a technical fall, 16-0; and fell via technical fall to Grayling’s Brandon Handrich, 15-0.
At 119 pounds, Petoskey’s Mike Kibbe went 3-1 and placed fifth. Kibbe pinned Gladstone’s Jake Kujala, 2:45; lost by pin to Benzie Central’s York Ash, 1:36; then pinned Escanaba’s Marlie Gillis, 2:41; and earned an 8-3 decision win over T.C. West’s Jonah Jasman.
“He (Kibbe) was the wrestler of the meet,” Gross said. “His only loss came to Ash, who was the tournament champion.”
Scott Kibbe at 112 went 3-1 and placed seventh. Scott Kibbe fell to Gladstone’s James Bruce, 8-1; then defeated Mancelona’s Noah Burroughs, 16-2; def. Elk Rapids’ Andrew Gildersleeve, 3-0; and def. Kingsley’s Max Denny, 7-2.
At 171 pounds, Trevor Denoyer finished eighth as he went 2-2. Denoyer was pinned by Gaylord’s Shane Foster in 58 seconds; then pinned T.C. West’s Josh Wheaton in 25 seconds; pinned Houghton Lake’s Jake Barth, 1:15; and then dropped a 2-0 decision to Pinconning’s Kyle Kischnick.
At 285, Petoskey’s James Gazarato also went 2-2 to place eighth. Gazarato fell to Marquette’s Rainger Rossway by pin, 1:07; then pinned Roscommon’s Jack Coleman, 1:35; defeated Sault Ste. Marie’s Nick Horton, 5-2; and fell to Cheboygan’s Josh McDill by pin, 2:42.
Also for Petoskey, Trevor Giallombardo pinned Mancelona’s Cody Fuller, 3:29; then fell to Roscommon’s Gage Major, 3:24; and fell to Gladstone’s Jack Simison, 6-5. Coty Boyer, 130, fell to Whittemore Prescott’s Mike Wilson, 9-1; and fell to Ogemaw Heights Andrew Clelland, 4-0.
At 135, Petoskey’s Jake Florenksi fell to Kalkaska’s Rob Pope by pin, 5:16; while at 140 Austin Linn fell to Alpena’s RJ Centala by pin, 1:24; def. Ogemaw Heights’ Clay Miller, 13-11, in overtime and fell to Escanaba’s Kevin Priebe, 9-2. At 189 pounds, Pat Antonides fell to Marquette’s Per Rahm, 6-4.
For Boyne City, Mills went 2-2 to place fourth at 145 pounds. Mills pinned Grayling’s Michael Phipps, 3:49; pinned Houghton Lake’s Logan Dunsmore, 2:24; then fell to Gladstone’s Josh Kadish by pin, 3:55; and fell to Petoskey’s Strobel via a 3-1 decision.
At 215 for Boyne City, Zach Wandrie went 1-2 as he was pinned by Grayling’s Mitchell Thompson, 2:43; lost by technical fall to Oscoda’s Donavan Fouchey, 15-0; and was pinned by Sault Ste. Marie’s Austin Brown, 1:58.
At 140 pounds, Boyne City’s Zach LaDere was pinned by Marquette’s Brian Helmer, 5:50.
For Charlevoix, Lucas Prevo, 135, was pinned by Escanab’s Kaleb Rahoi, 1:40; and was pinned by Gaylord’s Roger Gordon, 1:21; while at 145, Jake Novotny def. Roscommon’s Donald Jernigan, 23-10; fell to Sault Ste. Marie’s Steven Kymes, 6-2; and fell to Marquette’s Austin Johnson.
At 152, Charlevoix’s Sam Hove fell to Forest Area’s Chris Schelske, 10-9; def. Gladstone’s Chuck Hughes, 5-4; and fell to Oscoda’s Calub Hopkins, 4-2; while at 160 Mick Hinkle fell to Benzie Central’s Tyler Knudsen, 1:06; and was pinned by Sault’s Chris Freeborn, 50 seconds. At 171 pounds, Charlevoix’s Alex Brown fell to Gladstone’s Jake Cronick, 5:57; and lost to Houghton Lake’s Jake Barth.
At 215, Devin Largent def. Houghton Lake’s Alex Wilcox, 1:28; then fell to Marquette’s Joe Iwanicki, 35 seconds; and fell to Elk Rapids’ James Mogford, 8-2. At 285, Charlevoix’s Spencer Bruce def. Escanaba’s Mohamed Hogue, 3-1; fell to St. Ignace’s Joe Ostman, 21 seconds, and fell to Sault’s Nick Horton, 1:18.
In the JV tournament Friday, placing first for Petoskey was Derek Meyer, Clayton Sigmann, Jordan Conklin and Drew Wilson. Jordan Marihugh and Nick Fettig was second, while Joey Butterfield, Rob Kibbe and Cole Mosher were third.
For Boyne City in the JV tourney, Will Calo, 215, finished in first with a 4-0 record including three pins, while Carter Wilmot, 135, was second at 2-1. Francis Rosales, 189, went 1-2; while Chandler Roberts, 140, went 1-3.