MARQUETTE - Marquette Senior High School used a handful of individual sweeps to grab the title at its own quadrangular wrestling meet on Monday night against Kingsford, Iron Mountain and Norway.
Marquette faced Kingsford first in the meet, taking a 50-12 win over the Flivvers, while the Redmen ended the day against Norway, defeating the Knights 42-29.
"I'm obviously pleased to go 2-0, but it seemed like we started out a little sluggish against Kingsford today," MSHS wrestling coach Tony Gentz said.
Marquette’s Jackson Mahler wrestles Kingsford’s Drake Griggs in a 160-pound match during a quadrangular meet at Marquette Senior High School on Monday evening. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
Marquette's Curt Calovecchi takes control of Kingsford's Zach Povolo during the a 171-pound bout at MSHS. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
"They really regrouped for Norway though. We started out with three forfeits, so we were down by 18 to start against them, but then outscored them 42-11 to win."
Gentz went on to regard the athletes who finished the day 2-0.
"The guys that went 2-0 went 2-0 for a reason. They wrestled well," he said.
Those who went undefeated on the day were Hunter Moore at 130 pounds; Ethan Locke at 145; Austin Johnson at 152; Curt Calovecchi at 171; Per Rahm at 189; Joe Iwanicki at 215; and Rainger Rossway at 285.
Up next for Marquette is its own home tournament - the Marquette Challenge - in which nearly 25 schools will be attending from all over the state. Gentz is confident with his team after Monday's performance, and is curious to see how they stack up with other teams in the state.
"This will be some of the toughest competition all year," he said. "It's a tournament and it's early, but we get to see how we match up with the rest of the state, and I'd like to see us get some medals."