October 31, 2014

Pinny, OHHS place atop Gaylord Northern Michigan Championships

By Brent Baker|Special to the Independent
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GAYLORD — Ogemaw Heights and Pinconning each captured top-four spots at the prestigious Gaylord Northern Michigan Championships tournament, mere days ahead of a dual-meet showdown that will be crucial in both teams' chances to catch John Glenn later in the month at the league finals.

Gaylord won the team title on its home mats with 235 points, with Kingsley taking second with 189.5. Ogemaw (142.5) finished third, just ahead of Pinconning (140.5) and Roscommon (137).

Among other area teams, Mio AuSable (124) checked in at seventh place, with Whittemore-Prescott (68.5) taking 13th and Oscoda (11) finishing 24th.

Pinconning

Pinconning finished fourth overall despite filling only 10 of 14 weight classes. The Spartans had also sent a few wrestlers to the rescheduled Bay County tournament.

Eight of the 10 earned medals, topped by second-place winners Adam Pawelski (119), Seth Haas (140) and Coty Swinson (189).

Among Swinson's wins was his 100th career victory as well as a pair of pins. Swinson is the 32nd Spartan to achieve that milestone. He lost 6-4 to Kingston's Cary Thompson in the final.

Haas pinned his first three opponents before dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to Mio's Aaron Smith in the final. Pawelski had one pin and lost 9-2 to Gaylord's Jake Armstrong in the championship match.

Other Pinny medalists included Arthur Espitia (103, 7th place); Taylor Pomaville (112, 6th); Tyler Espitia (4th, 135); Charlie Burch (5th, 145); and Colton Lucynski (6th, 160).

Whittemore-Prescott

The Cardinals earned six medals on the day, led by Koeddie Prince (215) taking fourth. Prince had three wins by pin in his first four matches, losing to Benzie Central's Daren Crawford in a semifinal match. Prince lost 5-1 to Onaway's Josh Leonard in the third place match after pinning him earlier in the day.

Other W-P medalists were Kyle Hensley (189, 8th place); Kyle Draves (103, 8th); Jacob Panetta (125, 8th); Chance Rattie (135, 5th); and Greg Draves (140, 6th).

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