PREP ROUNDUP: Local wrestlers qualify for states; Franklin reaches scoring milestone
CHARLEVOIX–Matthew Grant will get another shot at a state championship.
The Onaway senior powered his way through a Division 4 140-pound bracket on Saturday to win a regional championship and punch a ticket to the state finals.
Grant beat Manchester’s Ian Sommerville 6-0, defeated Roscommon’s Kolby Tyler by technical fall and then powered past Traverse City St. Francis’ Gavin Wilmoth 7-2 in the finals.
The win came a year after Grant lost a tough 2-1 decision in the regional final and went on to finish fifth at states in the 135-pound bracket.
The individual finals will be held March 6-7 at Ford Field in Detroit.
Grant will be one of several local wrestlers headed to states after standout regional performances. The top four regional finishers in each weight class at a regional qualify for the finals.
Onaway’s Seth Enos (152) finished second in his weight class, falling to Mason County Central’s Zach Quinn 12-3 in the finals.
Rogers City’s Anthony Paull (160) finished third in his class, defeated Evart’s Sam Bailey 11-2 in the third place matchup.
Rogers City’s Clayton Henry (171) rebounded from a tough opening match to ultimately finish fourth, losing to Hart’s Leo Guadarrama 9-3 in the third place match.
Oscoda’s Christian Ward (215) finished second, falling to Ishpeming’s Alaric Martin 5-1 in the finals. Ward’s teammate Zach Ouillette (125) also finished second, losing to Iron Mountain’s Parker Stroud 7-4 in the finals.
In the 135-pound bracket, Oscoda’s Anthony Ward finished second and Onaway’s Teddy Peters finished third. Ward fell to Hart’s Mason Cantu in the finals, 7-4. Peters lost his opening match on a tie-breaker and then rebounded with a pinfall and a 4-1 decision in the consolation bracket before pinning Rudyard’s Austin Davis in 2:50 in the third place match.
Onaway’s Brendan Fenstermaker (145) will also be headed to states after finishing fourth. Fenstermaker lost a 10-2 decision to Whittemore-Prescott’s Kyle Fenner in the third place game.
In Gaylord, Alpena senior Wyatt Romero (215) lost both of his Division 2 matches by pinfall. Romero was pinned by Lake Fenton’s Zolen Marron in 34 seconds in his first match and was then pinned by Bay City John Glenn’s Hunter Winchell in 43 seconds in the first consolation round. Winchell was second in Alpena’s district.
Oscoda 68, Hale 63
HALE–Owen Franklin played his way into the record books on Friday.
Franklin scored 26 points to become the seventh player in Oscoda history to reach 1,000 career points and helped the Owls to a 68-63 road win over Hale.
Brayden Mallak scored 28 points for the Owls (17-0), who led 23-17 after one quarter, 39-36 at halftime and 57-48 after three quarters.
Joe Kimmerer had 37 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks for the Eagles and tied his own school record with seven three-pointers.
Alcona 58, Atlanta 20
ATLANTA — The Alcona girls basketball team earned a convincing road victory at Atlanta on Friday, defeating the Huskies 58-20.
Megan Grove paced the Tigers with 19 points and Rachel Layton added 12 points.
“It was nice to get contribution from all of our players tonight,” Alcona coach Mark Feldhiser said. “I thought we did a good job playing hard the entire game.”
Jordan Kobelius led Atlanta with 13 points and six points. Haille Brown had four points and seven rebounds and Jaidah Chippa added seven rebounds and two blocks.
Alcona will host Roscommon on Monday while Atlanta travels to Boyne Falls the same night.