GLADWIN – The Gladwin wrestling team wrapped up the regular season last week with a pair of duel meets and the conference tournament. The G’s defeated Mio 54-23 and Bay City John Glenn 42-31 last Tuesday. They entered the conference tournament on Saturday in a three-way tie with 10th ranked Shepherd and Meridian. Gladwin Coach Buddy Goldsworthy mentioned that there were some “very stacked” weight classes.
“Meridian had a stellar day,” said Goldsworthy. “Virtually everything went right for them as they won some big matches to clinch the title.” Although Gladwin scored in all 12 weight classes Shepherd was able to edge out the G’s by one point to take second. “This was a great meet with some of the best teams not only in our area but in the state competing against each other,” added Goldsworthy.
Meriah Huguelet, Lena Leddy, and Braxton Seres all finished fourth for Gladwin. Finishing third and earning conference honorable mention honors were Chance Breault, Arlen Little, Kyle Campbell and Hunter Huguelet. Dakota Leddy and James Bailey finished second in the tournament.
Kadin Fetterolf is one of the most improved wrestlers in the conference. He showed how much when he won the 103 lb. weight class. Randy Pyrzewski defeated two ranked opponents on his way to the 160 lb. crown. He defeated eighth ranked Jacob Brooks of Pinconning and seventh ranked Max Kyser of Shepherd. Dillon Kroening faced an equally tough field at 171 lbs. He pinned Jarden Carli (15th) of Shepherd and Chase Burchette (12th) of Farwell on his way to the finals. He won his third straight conference title when he scored a technical fall over Jake Schultz (11th) of Meridian. “We wrestled hard and had some big wins on the day with everyone continuing to get better. This is such a great group of individuals,” said Goldsworthy. “I have nothing but pride and respect for them.”
Next up for Gladwin is the team district tonight in Tawas. They open district action against Tawas and will have to face the winner of the Standish-Sterling/Ogemaw Heights if they advance. “We are going to have to wrestle hard with everyone doing their job if we want to win the district,” continued Goldsworthy. “Then anything can happen at regional. We are right there with some of the best, we just have to make sure we all put it together on the right day.”