2012-12-13 / Sports

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Wrestlers have winning in mind


Above, after a back-and-fourth match-up in the first period, Zavier Gonzalez gets a pin over Derek Griggs. At top right, with barely enough time to take a picture, Matt Gonzalez does away with Branden Kangas of Kingsford early in the first period. At right, Zack Lindemuth makes short work out of Jacob Allen of Kingsford. At bottom right, the Emeralds’ Cole Gonzalez locks and turns Kingsford’s Seth Collins to the mat in first period action. Gonzalez won by a 15-6 decision. Above, after a back-and-fourth match-up in the first period, Zavier Gonzalez gets a pin over Derek Griggs. At top right, with barely enough time to take a picture, Matt Gonzalez does away with Branden Kangas of Kingsford early in the first period. At right, Zack Lindemuth makes short work out of Jacob Allen of Kingsford. At bottom right, the Emeralds’ Cole Gonzalez locks and turns Kingsford’s Seth Collins to the mat in first period action. Gonzalez won by a 15-6 decision. MANISTIQUE – With one goal in mind, a “banner for the gym wall”, the Manistique wrestling team is off to an impressive start in the 2012-13 season.

Manistique beat Kingsford 40-36 and the Munising Mustangs 52-12 to open the season at home. They then placed sixth at the St. Ignace Lions Club Invitational last weekend.

No strangers to the wrestling program in Manistique, each of the three Gonzalez brothers recorded victories in their first two matches.

Against Kingsford, Cole won by decision over Seth Collins, Matt recorded a first period pin over Branden Kangas and Zavier pinned Derek Greggs in the second period.

In addition to the brothers, Zack Lindemuth had a first period pin over Jacob Allen and Cheyene Shaver pinned Gabe Rowell in the first period.

On the mats against Munising, Cole got his first pin of the season early in the first period over Quinton Tarasan; Matt his second over Thomas Hyde also in the first period; Zavier won by forfeit.

Dillon Stephenson won a major decision over Garrett Ereffruschinni.

Last weekend in a field of 13 teams, Cole made his way through all contenders in the 135 weight class, taking the title over Sam Taylor of Gladstone.

Wrestling at 152 pounds, Matt was pinned by Brandon Handrich of Grayling in the championship.

Zavier’s bid for a meet title ended with a loss to Brandon Gagnon of Gladstone in the championship.

The Emeralds will face off on the mats in Rudyard Saturday afternoon at the Rudyard Bridge Brawl.


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