OXFORD-Alpena's RJ Centala qualified for the Division 1 state finals on his final try, finishing 4th in the 140-pound weight class during a regional in Oxford on Saturday.
Centala lost his first match by pin in 5:32 against Utica Eisenhower's Connor McDill, but rebounded in his next two bouts to end up in the third place match. He won his second match by technical fall and won his next match 9-6 over Port Huron's Ivan Nedeljkovic. Nedeljkovic had previously beaten Centala last week during an individual district.
The third-place match pitted Centala in a rematch with McDill and he got the better of Centala again, winning 14-5 by major decision.
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Rogers City’s Jared LaFleche, bottom, wrestles Leroy Pine River’s Adam Langworthy in an opening round 171-pound match during an individual wrestling regional on Saturday at Rogers City High School. LaFleche lost the match by pin in 5:32.
Centala advances to the state finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Feb.27-March 1.
Felix Suszek (215) lost his opening-round match by pin in 1:03 and lost his next match by pin in 2:35.
Austin Hawks (285) lost his opening-round match by 7-5 decision and dropped his next bout 7-0.
Rogers City qualifies 2 for state finals
ROGERS CITY-Andrew Selke won the 215-pound weight class and Jake Sobeck earned a return trip to the state finals as Rogers City qualified a pair of wrestlers for the individual state finals during a Division 4 regional at home on Saturday.
Selke pinned Leroy Pine River's Dom Garcia in 3:06 to win his weight class. He had earned wins over Mancelona's Tristan Waters (6-0 decision) and Mio's Colton McGregor (5-1 decision) to advance to the finals.
He and Sobeck will wrestle at the Division 4 finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills Feb.27-March 1.
Sobeck fell by 14-3 major decision to Hesperia's Chase Siersma in the championship match. Sobeck had previously beaten Hart's Brady Tate by pin in 1:02 in his opening match and Whittemore-Prescott's Dakotah Findlay by pin in 1:51 in his second bout.
Rogers City wasn't the only local team with regional success on Saturday. Onaway's Joe Traynham (112) and Casey Watson (189) won their respective weight classes and Isaac Nave was second at 119.
Other results for Rogers City included: