GRAYLING – Three Gladwin wrestlers, Kyle Campbell, Randy Pryzewski, and Hunter Huguelet, competed in the Regional wrestling tournament last Saturday with the goal of qualifying for the State tournament. One wrestler, Kaden Fetterolf qualified for the Regionals, but was unable to compete due to an injury.
Campbell wrestled in the 145 lb. class, which Coach Buddy Goldsworthy said was the deepest weight class in the tournament. All eight wrestlers were ranked in the Top 16 in the state heading into the weekend. Campbell was able to avenge an earlier loss to Arthur Dennison from Pinconning, but fell short of qualifying for the State Tournament when he lost 3-0 to Zea Kartes from Ogemaw Heights. Kartes was a medalist in last years State Tournament.
Pryzewski got his tournament started win a pin in his first match. “He showed why he is ranked second in the state,” said Goldsworthy. “He made short work of Kaden Patterson of Kingsley scoring a pin in just over a minute of the first.” The battle for the Regional title came down to a rematch with Jared Brooks. The two had met the previous week in the District Finals with Pryzewski coming out on top.
The second period proved to be pivotal this time around. Pryzewski held a one-point lead after one, but Brooks got a reversal to take the lead. After tying the match with an escape Pryzewski took control with a takedown and near fall before securing the win with a pin midway through the second period giving him the Regional title.
“Hunter Huguelet has been a force all season,” said Goldsworthy. “He bumped up to 215 lbs. and even 285 to give us an edge in the upper weight classes. He has become accustomed to wrestling at the higher weight.” Huguelet got off to a good start with a pin over Peter Noblet of Gladstone in the second period. Next up was Shepherd’s Bryan Brown. He “took control early,” according to Goldsworthy. “Scoring from every position he never let off the gas on the way to an 11-2 major decision.”
Lukas Herrick provided the competition in the championship match. Huguelet proved that “size isn’t everything” in his match with the much bigger Herrick. The match was tied 0-0 after one period and Huguelet scored the only point in the second with an escape.
“It is said that the first period is won by the wrestler with the best technique, the second by the wrestler in better condition and the third by the wrestler with the biggest heart,” said Goldsworthy. Huguelet made his one point lead after a two-period stand up in an 8-7 Regional championship victory.
Due to COVID-19 concerns this years State Tournament will be split between Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo and the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. Each site will host only one Division at a time, a big change from previous tournaments when all of the state qualifiers converged on Ford Field in Detroit at the same time. Pryzewski and Huguelet will wrestle on April 2 in Kalamazoo.