(1) 203.5 Kaukauna
(2) 177 Merrill
(3) 165.5 Comstock Park
(4) 159 New Lothrop
(5) 136 Grandville
(6) 129 Gaylord
(7) 122.5 Mason
(8) 93.5 Pine River
(9) 90 Iron Mountain
(10)81 Rogers City
(17)26 Jackson Northwest
103: Austin Hietpas 4th
112: Steve VanWychen Champ
119: Josiah Bobier Champ
125: Trevor Koehlor 6th
130: Corey Heid Champ
140: Alex DeGroot Champ
145: Brandon VanSchyndel Champ
152: Scott VanDeLoo 6th
160: Mitch Uitenbroek (Inj)
171:Josh Weber 6th
189:Noah Budi Champ
215: Brett Umlauft DNP
285: Ethan Pelkey DNP
U.P. Wrestlers Fall Short in Challenge
By CURT KEMP Journal Sports Writer The Mining Journal
POSTED: December 20, 2009
MARQUETTE - At the Marquette Challenge Saturday, the competition was dominated by Kaukauna (Wis.), but several Upper Peninsula wrestlers left their mark at one of the Midwest's most competitive meets.
Two U.P. wrestlers made it to the final round underneath the lights at Marquette Senior High School, with Iron Mountain's Ryan Gauthier in the 103-pound weight class and Sault Ste. Marie's Brandon Garlinghouse in the 275 class each taking center stage.
Both came up just a litle short, however.
Gauthier finished second, losing to Comstock Park's Nick Ross in the finals by fall at 3 minutes, 33 seconds. Gauthier rolled through the early rounds with a fall of 0:14, an 11-0 major decision and a 7-3 decision before falling to Ross in the finals.
Garlinghouse won his first three matches by falls, winning by a 29 second fall, a 3:01 fall and 2:59 fall before meeting up with now four-time Challenge Champion, Devin Pommerenke of Rogers City, who defeated Garlinghouse with a fall, at 2:24.
Derek Willey, of the Ishpeming/Westwood cooperative team, finished fifth at last year's challenge, and repeated the performance Saturday, finishing in fifth place of the 152-pound weight class.
Willey lost by a 16-9 decision in his second match, putting him out of contention for any of the top medals. But he then went on to dominate the competition he faced in the lower bracket, winning by a 42 second fall, a 6-1 decision and a 12-6 decision in the fifth-place bout.
Marquette's youth made a showing on the podium as well, with Curt Calovecchi taking home fourth-place at 160 pounds. Calovecchi lost by fall in 4:14 in the third-place bout to Kyle Swan of Merrill (Wis.).
Teammate Dylan Mahler (215) finished in sixth place after losing a 7-6 deicision in the second round to eventual runner-up Dakota Pike of Grandville.
Iron Mountain finished with the top U.P. team finish, led by Gauthier, but followed by a slew of other Mountainers. At 125 pounds, Chase Gendron was a third-place finisher for the Mountaineers, losing to runner-up Justin Krupp of New Lothrop by a fall in the semifinals and winning the third-place match by a 9-6 decision over Evan Lamb of Rogers City.
Teammate Cameron Jones (112-pound class) finished in fourth place with a 2-2 record and Chuck Edwards (140) was sixth, while Tim Tipett (171) also placed for I.M., finishing in fifth. Dylan Carr added a third place finish for Iron Mountain, in the 135-pound class.
Escanaba's Tristan Kang finished with a third-place medal in the 140-pound weight class, while teammate Kelly Rogers was fourth in the 171-pound weight class. The Eskymos had a promising finish in teh 189 class, as well, as Alex Bockman came home with bronze, winning the third-place mtatch against Merrill's Noah Lassa by a 10-7 decision. Teammate Kevin Bugay (130) brought a sixth-place finish to the Eskymos.
Gladstone's Cody Darling also placed in the 130 class, winning the third-place bout with Keegan Urban of Rogers City by a 10-3 decision for bronze. The Braves' Josh Syverson also placed, with a fourth-place finish in the 145 class.