As the individual state wrestling tournament moves forward and the field gets smaller, competition gets tougher.
This was evident on Thursday as only six out of the 24 local wrestlers who advanced to The Palace of Auburn Hills for the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Individual Finals picked up wins.
Since there is a consolation bracket, no wrestlers were at risk of seeing their season end, but only a select few stayed in the hunt for an individual state championship with a win.
The Bronson Vikings, who advanced all the way to the Team Wrestling Division 4 state semifinals before falling to Hudson, led the area with seven representatives at The Palace, with four of them – Hunter Machus (125 pounds), Brandon Losinski (145 pounds), Dan Erwin (160 pounds) and Leo Mora (171 pounds) – getting wins.
Also in Division 4, Homer’s Tyler Prater (285 pounds) picked up a win.
The only city wrestler with a win on Thursday was Division 1 Lakeview’s Rodney Harvey, who improved his record to 54-2 on the year.
Wrestling action continues on Friday and Saturday at The Palace, with the finals expected to take place on Saturday at 4:45 p.m.
Thursday’s winners advance to the championship bracket and will wrestle in the quarterfinals on Friday at approximately 11:30 a.m., while the consolation bracket starts at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.
Lakeview’s Harvey (189 pounds) beat Lamar Harris of Roseville by a 7-2 decision.
Bronson’s Machus pinned Garret Ferguson of Cass City in 1:16, Losinski won by an 8-0 major decision over Adrian Madison’s Isaiah Espinoza, Erwin pinned Bradly Lautenshlager of Bad Axe in 1:24 and Mora beat Dakota Keenoy of Addison 16-13.
Homer’s Tyler Prater (285 pounds) pinned Ely Dunn of Lawton Falls in 2:48.
Battle Creek Central’s Jacob Taylor (171) lost to Derek Hillman of Brownstown Township-Woodhaven by a 17-5 major decision.
Lakeview’s Max Pennock (152 pounds) lost in a 7-5 overtime decision to Andrew Price of Rochester Hills-Stoney Creek. Ross Pennock (145 pounds) was pinned in 21 seconds by Southgate Anderson’s Josh Lockwood.
Harper Creek freshman Mitch Coon (103 pounds) lost to Ian Parker of St. Johns by a 7-0 decision.
Coldwater’s Mohamed Aljaby (42-14) lost to Lowell’s Bailey Jack by a 12-4 major decision.
Gull Lake’s Kyle Kellogg (130 pounds) lost by an 8-0 major decision to Hunter Mayer of Warren Woods-Tower. Kemps Miller (135 pounds) fell to Joel Rees of Sparta by a 7-1 decision.
Pennfield’s Justin Parker (189 pounds) was pinned in 3:45 by Oscoda’s Donovan Fouchey.
Olivet’s Ric McKim (189 pounds) was pinned by Dalton Bailey of Houghton Lake in 2:41. Diego Pesina (215 pounds) lost a 5-3 decision to Cole Thielen of Chippewa Hills.
Bronson’s Jake Littlefield (119 pounds) was pinned by Zack Yates of Hesperia in 22 seconds. Kahle Sheenks (130) lost by a 7-1 decision to Hudson’s Cole Weaver and Brett Burtrum (189 pounds) lost by an 18-4 major decision to Caleb Pommerenke of Rogers City.
Colon’s Jesse Binkley (160) lost by a 10-0 major decision to Logan Burns of Blanchard Montabella.
Quincy’s Jacob Massey (130 pounds) was pinned by Bangor’s Stephon Willis in 4:25s. Luke Wiser lost to Mark Workman of Hesperia by a 6-5 decision. Tyler Smith (152 pounds) was beat by a 13-4 major decision by New Lothrop’s Aaron Bauman, and Nate Smith (171 pounds) was pinned by Decatur’s Jason Nash in 3:33.