Wrestlers continue to impress
GLADWIN – A busy Manistique wrestling team traveled to Gladwin last week and returned home with a first place finish in the Gladwin Team Invitational silver division.
Manistique started the tournament with a 52-21 win over Ogemaw Heights. The Emeralds followed that up with a 38-35 win over Dowagiac Union, a 37- 36 victory over Haslett and a 40- 34 win over host Gladwin before falling to Chippewa Hills 34-30.
Undefeated for the Emeralds were Mat Gonzalez, 5-0, and Cole Gonzalez, 4-0. Mat improved to 24-1 on the season, Cole to an impressive 27-0.
Z.J. Gonzalez, Zack Lindemuth, Amber Smith, Austin Miller and Jake Milavec had just one loss each on the trip.
Last weekend, the Emeralds traveled to Marquette for the U.P. Challenge. Mat and Cole wrestled to a second place finish, each losing to defending champions by just one point in the finals.
The Emeralds placed 10th out of a field of 19 teams represented at the annual event designed to showcase the best.
“We only took 10 wrestlers as injuries have taken quite a few of our starters out of the line-up,” Coach Gary Bowman said. “We had hoped to finish in the top six, but it just didn’t happen.”
It was a special day at the Challenge for two Emerald wrestlers, Joe Miller and Jake Milavec. The pair received “All U.P. Academic Honors Athlete 2012-13” recognition.
“These two wrestlers are not only hard workers on the mat, they also are very dedicated in the classroom,” Bowman said. “This is a special honor for our wrestling team. Joe and Jake should be proud; they worked hard and deserve the honor. For a student to be considered for this award they must maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale for his/her career).”
The Emeralds have improved to 16-4 on the season. They host the Division 4 Duals Saturday in the Manistique High School gymnasium. Wrestling gets underway at 10 a.m.