AUBURN HILLS-Some local wrestlers fared better than others on the first day of the individual state finals on Thursday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Rogers City and Onaway advanced their wrestlers in the championship bracket as action continues today and Saturday.
Rogers City's Jacob Sobeck (140) beat Holton's Hayden Cregg 4-0 for his 150th career win and will face Hudson's Cole Weaver today.
His teammate Andrew Selke (215) beat New Lothrup's Dakota Clark by major decision 9-1 and will wrestle Hudson's Jacob Morgan today in the championship round. The match pits the No. 2 and No. 4 wrestlers at 215 against each other.
Onaway's Joe Traynham (112) pinned Bangor's Maher Ramirez in 2:44 in his first match and will wrestle Addison's Marcus Richardson today.
Issac Nave (119) won 8-6 against Highland Park Academy's Lamont Cannon in his opening match and will continue in the championship bracket against Bangor's Ishmael Hodge today.
Casey Watson (189) won a 7-0 decision against Jonesville's Garrett Griffiths and will continue in the championship round against Schoolcraft's Cody Mikel today.
Alpena's RJ Centala (140) lost his opening round match by techincal fall, 16-1, against Southgate Anderson's Logan Parks. He'll wrestle Walled Lake Western's Anthony Chudler today in the first consolation round.
Mio's Scott Blamer (152) lost his opening round match against Highland Park Academy's Ali Rashad 8-2. Blamer will wrestle Springport's Andrew Grady today in the consolation round.
Colton McGregor (215) pinned Mayville's Michael Shaver in 1:44 to advance in the championship round and will wrestle Watervliet's Weston DeHaven today.
Patrick Stephens (103) won by decision over Mason Rife to advance in the championship round and will wrestle Frakie Najera of Ada-Forest Hills Eastern today.
Onaway 50, OT
ONAWAY-The Onaway boys basketball team came within three points of upsetting No. 2 Bellaire on Thursday in a 53-50 overtime loss that saw the Cardinals fight tooth and nail until the bitter end.
"It felt great to put ourselves in a position like that. We had several chances to capitalize on the win, but made a few mistakes, took some three-point shots we shouldn't have taken," Onaway coach Eddy Szymoniak said.
Onaway trailed 8-5 after the first quarter, but was tied up 21-21 at the half. The game stayed tied 31-31 at the end of the third quarter and 41-41 after regulation.
Joe O'Bradovich led Onaway with 22 points. Carlos Bautista scored 11 points and had nine rebounds. Joe Sigsby scored 10 points.
"The first half, we missed at least 10 points on uncontested shots, easy layups. But, knowing that we could play with a team like this and stay so close and almost win is a huge confidence boost going into districts," Szymoniak said.
Onaway faces Wolverine in Hillman in the first round of districts on Monday.