The Alpena wrestling team wrestled some tough matches at a Division 1 team district at Alpena High School on Wednesday, but wound up having a short day after an opening-round loss to Midland 46-33.
Midland Dow beat Bay City Central in the first round and topped Midland in the finals 47-26 to win the district.
Winners for Alpena were: Anjelica Patterson (125) by pin; Austin Meicher (140) by fall; R.J. Centala (145) by decision; Dakota Patterson (160) by pin; Tom Szatkowski (171) by void and Aleco Hantzis (285) by void.
News Photo by Eric Benac
Alpena’s Dakota Patterson wrestles Midland’s Caleb Jorgensen during a match at Alpena High School during a Division 1 team district on Wednesday.
Alpena coach Jake Stenz was proud of the Wildcats' effort, noting that several times Alpena led matches early before losing them late.
"We had a couple instances where we were winning the match and they got a reverse or a pin," Stenz said. "They won the key swing matches. We made some mistakes and they caught us on them. It came down to the same thing (in the final). Dow got all the pins."
Stenz lamented the lost opportunity of winning a district at home, but said it provided good experience for his team as the Wildcats head to individual districts on Saturday in Davison.
"You hate to see someone else win on your home floor, but our guys wrestled tough. Our district was pretty even and there was no one that was head and shoulders above everyone else," Stenz said.
Alcona 67, Hillman 59
HILLMAN-Trenton LaVergne scored 37 points and the Alcona boys basketball team defeated Hillman 67-59 on Wednesday.
LaVergne scored 24 of his points in the second half and added seven rebounds for Alcona, which trailed 23-22 at halftime after a 6-0 run in the last minute and a half
Alcona took the game over in the third quarter, outscoring Hillman 24-16 to take the lead for good.
"They had momentum headed into the third quarter. It was a seesaw battle and then it turned into the Trenton LaVergne show," Hillman coach Eric Muszynski said. "I thought my team played well tonight. I saw a lot of positives and hopefully we can carry over to our next game."
Mason Van Pamel led Hillman (8-5) with 27 points and Brenden Zimmer added nine points and eight rebounds.
Jared Steiner added nine points and 10 assists for Alcona (9-3).
Alcona hosts Whittemore-Prescott on Friday while Hillman travels to Au Gres.
ONAWAY-The Onaway boys basketball team came out on the wrong end of a tight game on Wednesday, losing 62-61 to Mancelona.
Onaway freshman Joe Sigsby had a last-second chance that rimmed out, preserving the win for the Ironmen.
"It was tough, it came right down the buzzer," Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak said.
Andrew Prow led the Cardinals (8-5, 6-5 Ski Valley) with 13 points, Joe O'Bradovich added 11 points and Carlos Bautista chipped in with nine points and 13 rebounds.
Onaway led 14-8 after the first quarter and 36-28 at the half. The Ironmen pulled within one point, 48-47 after three quarters before overtaking the Cardinals in the fourth quarter.
Brandon Dingman led Mancelona with 22 points.
Tawas 52, Gladwin 28
TAWAS-Defense keyed the Tawas boys basketball team to a 52-28 win over Gladwin on Wednesday.
Chaz Coffin led the Braves (6-6, 3-0) with 18 points. Jake Salwey with 14 points and Dylan Decker added nine points.
Blake Pahl led Gladwin with 12 points.
Tawas plays at Oscoda on Friday.
Fairview 52, Whittemore-Prescott 11
WHITTEMORE-The Fairview girls basketball team earned a non-conference win over Whittemore-Prescott on Wednesday, winning 52-11.
Logan Winton led Fairview with 10 points.