A total of 23 local student-athletes earned top-four finishes at MHSAA individual regional wrestling tournaments on Saturday to advance to the Feb. 28 through March 2 state finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
With the most state qualifiers from one area school Saturday was Bronson with seven. Bronson, ranked No. 7 in Division 3, is also the lone local team that won a regional title this past Wednesday to advance to next weekend’s MHSAA team finals at Battle Creek’s Kellogg Arena.
Bronson will compete in a D-4 quarterfinal match on Friday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. The seeds for the team finals at Kellogg Arena will be announced at noon Sunday on mhsaa.com.
Following is a rundown of local top-four finishers at Saturday’s individual regionals:
At Grand Haven: Lakeview, ranked 10th in D-1, had three state individual qualifiers Saturday. They were senior Rodney Harvey, who won the title at 189 pounds and is now 53-2 on the season (he also earned his 100th career pin Saturday, and will be making his second state finals appearance); senior Ross Pennock, who placed second at 145 pounds and is now 50-5 (he also earned his 150th career victory Saturday); and twin senior brother Max Pennock, who was second at 152 pounds and is now 51-5 on the campaign. Both Pennocks will be making their first finals appearances.
Also, Lakeview coach Chris Dunham was named regional coach of the year for the second straight season at the completion of Saturday’s meet.
Additionally at Grand Haven, Battle Creek Central had one state qualifier in sophomore Jacob Taylor, who placed third at 171 pounds (he now has a record this season of 36-9).
At Eaton Rapids: Harper Creek freshman Mitch Coon qualified for state via a fourth-place finish at 103 pounds. Coon is 32-16 on the season.
Also, Gull Lake had two state qualifiers: senior Kyle Kellogg, who took fourth at 130 pounds (22-10); and junior Kemps Miller, who was third at 135 (39-6).
Additionally, Coldwater junior Mohamed Aljabaly placed fourth at 119 pounds; he’s now 42-13.
At Whitehall: Pennfield senior Justin Parker made state, placing third at 189 pounds. He’s now 35-12.
Also, Olivet senior Rick McKim also made it to state out of the 189-pound division, placing fourth. He’s now 26-18.
At Williamston: Maple Valley’s Diego Pesina qualified for state, placing third at 215 pounds.
At Bangor: Bronson senior Leo Mora won the 171-pound title Saturday, improving his record to 33-6. With second-place finishes for the Vikings were senior Hunter Machus at 125 pounds (42-5) and senior Dan Erwin at 160 (25-7). With thirds were sophomore Brett Burtrum at 189 (25-7) and senior Brandon Losinski at 145 (42-9); and with fourths were senior Jake Littlefield at 119 (36-10) and sophomore Kahle Scheenks at 130 (33-15).
At Hudson Area: Quincy qualified four wrestlers for state. Senior Nate Smith was second at 171 pounds (32-11), junior Luke Wiser was third at 140 (36-8), senior Jacob Massey was fourth at 130 (29-17), and senior Tyler Smith was fourth at 152 (30-19).
Also, Homer senior Tyler Prater finished fourth at 285 pounds (37-5) and is additionally headed to the state finals.