SANDUSKY – The Gladwin Wrestling Team traveled to Sandusky last Saturday for the Redskin Invitational. Many Flying G’s performed well and the team finished in second place in the 20-team tournament.
Coach Buddy Goldsworthy is happy with his progress so far and liked much of what he saw on Saturday. “Kadin Fetterolf looks like he is continuing to improve,” he said. With two wins Fetterolf was close to placing in the tournament at 103 lbs. Goldsworthy mentioned how “tough” Braxton Seres is. He won two matches on the day including one where he was injured. “Unfortunately he was unable to continue, but has shown vast improvements and grit throughout the season.” Jacob McLemore went 3-2 at 160 lbs. “He continues to improve showing hard work pays off,” added Goldsworthy.
Hunter Huguelet finished fifth in the 189 lb. weight class. “He got caught early in the tournament, but battled his way back,” said Goldsworthy. Chase Kukuk won his first two matches and finished fourth at 189. “He showed promise by fighting off his back for a pin in his second round match.” Noell Ireland also finished fourth in the girls 125 lb. division. Chance Breault used “constant movement” to finish third in his weight class. Dakota Leddy has shown that he is a “force to be reckoned with” in the 119 lb. class, according to Goldsworthy. He won his first two matches of the day to finish fourth. James Bailey continues to impress at 285. He pinned his way to the championship match before falling to Aaron Johnson of Yale to finish second.
Gladwin had three champions on the day. Lena Leddy, Arlen Little and Dillon Kroening all won their weight classes. Leddy pinned all three opponents on her way to the 160 lb. girls’ championship. Little “dominated” Kole Campbell in the finals according to Goldsworthy. He scored a pin in the first period to secure the championship. “Dillon Kroening showed that he fears no one as he took on some of the best in the state to make a statement,” said Goldsworthy. He defeated Josh Pasco of Brown City in the championship round. Pasco is currently ranked number three in the state at 171 lbs. His impressive run through the division earned him the tournament MVP award.
The Flying G’s return to action tonight in Beaverton. The Beavers are hosting a six-team duel meet. Gladwin hosts its annual tournament on Saturday. Fourteen other teams will be in Gladwin for the event including Beaverton, Ogemaw Heights, Manistique, Reed City, and Mio.