The Gladwin boys wrestling team qualified five wrestlers for the individual Regional tournament that took place last Saturday in Grayling. Kyle Campbell wrestled at 145lbs, which Coach Buddy Goldsworthy said was a “loaded weight class.” He battled his way to the blood round where he faced two-time state medalist Toby Wilcox. Wilcox came up with the victory preventing Campbell from making the trip to the state finals.
Braden Ritchie lost his first match at 189 before winning the next two to advance to the blood round. He faced a familiar opponent, Nathan Trimble from Standish for a shot at the state tournament. Trimble took an early lead before Ritchie came and almost pulled out the win. He had Trimble on his back, but couldn’t get the pin. Trimble then scored a late reversal to secure the victory. “Ritchie has come so far this year. He is strong, fast, explosive and to be that close to a state level with just one season of high school experience speaks volumes about him,” said Goldsworthy.
Dakota Leddy won his first match at 160lbs. a hard fought 6-4 decision over Ryan Reno from Negaunee. After a loss in the second round he bounced back to pin Tyrone Brouillet from Benzie Central to earn a trip to the finals.
Hunter Huguelet pinned ninth ranked Mekhia Forward to earn a berth in the Regional finals where his opponent was forced to forfeit due to injury giving Huguelet his second straight Regional title.
Randy Pyrzewski pinned his way to the Regional title scoring three straight falls in the first period. He was up 11-2 in the finals against Pinconning’s Tyler Brooks before finishing him off with a pin.
The Gladwin girls were in Hartland on Sunday for the first ever girls’ Regional tournament. All four divisions
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were combined into two Super Regionals from which eight girls qualified in each weight class sending 16 girls in each class to Ford Field for the finals. Lilly Wright finished sixth in Hartland to earn a trip to Detroit.
Tricia Pryzewski had a big day. “Not wanting to be outdone by her older brother she put on a show,” said Goldsworthy. She defeated Makia Wittig from Chippewa Hills 10-2 on her way to the finals. Wittig entered the day ranked fifth overall. Pryzewski faced second ranked Gibson in the finals. Gibson had defeated Pryzewski earlier in the season, but this time Pryzewski came out on top 5-0 to claim her first Regional title.
Goldsworthy mentioned that Morgan Bailey has “come a long way in her first year.” She pinned fourth ranked Samantha Elder from Portage and third ranked Karyna Espinoza. Bailey then faced top ranked Jessica Martinez in the finals. After giving up a take down early she answered with an escape, takedown and near fall to build a 6-2 lead. Martinez was later forced to default due to injury giving Bailey the Regional title.
Seth Onweller was one of three Beaverton wrestlers to qualify for the Regional tournament. Onweller scored a pin in his first match before losing in the second round. He then battled through the consolation bracket defeating Leo Bauman from New Lothrop and Robert Long-Terwilliger from St. Louis to earn a trip to the state finals at 112lbs.
Garrett Muma and Jake Woods also qualified for the Regional tournament. Both went 1-2 on the day and missed qualifying for the State tournament.
After a one-year hiatus the State Tournament is back at Ford Field on March 4 and 5. For those looking for real time results and pictures of all seven Gladwin County wrestlers you will be able to find them on Twitter at @MaxMcDonald82.