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Pinny, SSC looking towards individual state tourney

By Brent Baker|Special to the Independent
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NEMC runner-up Pinconning advanced half of its six regional qualifiers to the state finals, while Standish-Sterling's lone qualifier advanced and Oscoda had its two qualifiers end their season at Saturday's Houghton Lake regional.

The Spartans had Seth Haas (140 pounds) and Charlie Burch (145) each finish second while Tyler Wieland (145) took fourth. Brian Hardy (145), Coty Swinson (189) and Adam Pawelski (119) ended their seasons.

Haas advanced with wins over Gladstone's Cody Darling and Joey Leach of Kingsley before losing the championship match to Derek Willey of Ishpeming.

Burch was a winner over Jake Fekete of Benzie Central and Grayling's Cody Collen, but lost the final to Swan Valley's Jake Jeske.

Wieland had wins over John Schneider of Roscommon and Gabe Collins of Kingsley sandwiched around losses to Josh Syverson and Jerry Flores of Swan Valley.

Swinson and Pawelski each had single wins on the day before bowing out.

Standish-Sterling's Machylle Porter (160) earned a return to the state finals despite losing his opening match. Porter dropped a 7-3 decision to Kingsley's Cody Mutter to open the day but came back to beat Kevin Pardon of Gladstone, Adam Mattord of Kingsford and David Knudsen of Benzie Central to claim the region's third-place spot.

Oscoda's two freshmen wrestlers found themselves stacked against some of the state's top-ranked wrestlers in their matches and were unable to advance.

Kieran Clarke (125) fell to three-time state-placer Jared Germaine of Swan Valley, who is currently ranked fourth in all classes, in his first-round match. Matt Savulainen from Negaunee ended Clarke's season with a 13-3 victory.

David Frasher (152) also had a Swan Valley opponent, Matt Beebe, another defending state medalist who is ranked no. 14 in all classes. Frasher lost to Beebe in his first match, and then was eliminated by Kingsford's Michael Ouradink.

"(They) were both winning their second round match at the start of the third period," said Oscoda coach Tony Lopez. "It's nice to see these two freshmen perform as they did today after their first round losses. It showed them they can compete at this level, even as freshmen.

"I hope next year they will be able to take the next step, that is, to wrestle at the Palace."

NEMC runner-up Pinconning advanced half of its six regional qualifiers to the state finals, while Standish-Sterling's lone qualifier advanced and Oscoda had its two qualifiers end their season at Saturday's Houghton Lake regional.

The Spartans had Seth Haas (140 pounds) and Charlie Burch (145) each finish second while Tyler Wieland (145) took fourth. Brian Hardy (145), Coty Swinson (189) and Adam Pawelski (119) ended their seasons.

Haas advanced with wins over Gladstone's Cody Darling and Joey Leach of Kingsley before losing the championship match to Derek Willey of Ishpeming.

Burch was a winner over Jake Fekete of Benzie Central and Grayling's Cody Collen, but lost the final to Swan Valley's Jake Jeske.

Wieland had wins over John Schneider of Roscommon and Gabe Collins of Kingsley sandwiched around losses to Josh Syverson and Jerry Flores of Swan Valley.

Swinson and Pawelski each had single wins on the day before bowing out.

Standish-Sterling's Machylle Porter (160) earned a return to the state finals despite losing his opening match. Porter dropped a 7-3 decision to Kingsley's Cody Mutter to open the day but came back to beat Kevin Pardon of Gladstone, Adam Mattord of Kingsford and David Knudsen of Benzie Central to claim the region's third-place spot.

Oscoda's two freshmen wrestlers found themselves stacked against some of the state's top-ranked wrestlers in their matches and were unable to advance.

Kieran Clarke (125) fell to three-time state-placer Jared Germaine of Swan Valley, who is currently ranked fourth in all classes, in his first-round match. Matt Savulainen from Negaunee ended Clarke's season with a 13-3 victory.

David Frasher (152) also had a Swan Valley opponent, Matt Beebe, another defending state medalist who is ranked no. 14 in all classes. Frasher lost to Beebe in his first match, and then was eliminated by Kingsford's Michael Ouradink.

"(They) were both winning their second round match at the start of the third period," said Oscoda coach Tony Lopez. "It's nice to see these two freshmen perform as they did today after their first round losses. It showed them they can compete at this level, even as freshmen.

"I hope next year they will be able to take the next step, that is, to wrestle at the Palace."

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