2017-01-05 / Sports

St. Ignace Wrestlers Win Rogers City Tournament; Third at Munising

By Erich T. Doerr


Three St. Ignace wrestlers were undefeated Friday, December 30, when the team competed at the Upper Peninsula East vs. West Super Dual Tournament in Munising. Here (from left) Trevor Matson, Halley Halberg, and Logan DeKeyser wear their medals after posting 5-0 records on the day. Three St. Ignace wrestlers were undefeated Friday, December 30, when the team competed at the Upper Peninsula East vs. West Super Dual Tournament in Munising. Here (from left) Trevor Matson, Halley Halberg, and Logan DeKeyser wear their medals after posting 5-0 records on the day. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve was a busy and satisfying one for the St. Ignace wrestling team. The Saints travelled to Rogers City Tuesday, December 27, to compete in the Bill Barrett Memorial team wrestling tournament and went undefeated to win the tournament for the first time in school history. The team followed it up Friday, December 30, with a 3-2 record and third-place finish in the annual Upper Peninsula East vs. West Super Dual Tournament in Munising.

The Rogers City tournament featured four teams, with each team wrestling the others and the one that defeats everyone else, or scores the most combined points, is declared the winner. St. Ignace won all three of its matches to claim the championship. The Saints bested Alpena 39-36, topped Sault Ste. Marie 48-30, and finished the day by defeating the hosting Rogers City 60-24. Coach Rich Cullen described the tournament win as a huge achievement for St. Ignace’s young wrestlers this season.


The St. Ignace Saints wrestling team won the Bill Barrett Memorial team wrestling tournament in Rogers City Tuesday, December 27. The Saints were a perfect 3-0 as they won the tournament for the first time in school history. They are (back, from left) Luke Valletta, Michael Mc- Quiston, Caleb Brown, Mason Matson, Hunter Amacher, Gregory Paquin, Logan DeKeyser, coach Rich Cullen; (front) Zach Bigger, Trevor Matson, Halley Halberg, Alysse Bentley, and Hunter Brown. The St. Ignace Saints wrestling team won the Bill Barrett Memorial team wrestling tournament in Rogers City Tuesday, December 27. The Saints were a perfect 3-0 as they won the tournament for the first time in school history. They are (back, from left) Luke Valletta, Michael Mc- Quiston, Caleb Brown, Mason Matson, Hunter Amacher, Gregory Paquin, Logan DeKeyser, coach Rich Cullen; (front) Zach Bigger, Trevor Matson, Halley Halberg, Alysse Bentley, and Hunter Brown. All of the Saints wrestlers posted at least one victory on the way to the tournament win. Alysse Bentley, Halley Halberg, Logan DeKeyser, Hunter Brown, Caleb Brown, and Trevor Matson all posted perfect 3-0 records for the day. Greg Paquin and Hunter Amacher both went 2-1 with Zach Bigger, Mason Matson, Michael McQuiston, and Luke Valletta going 1-2. Valletta’s victory was his first at the varsity level with a pin.

The Munising tournament featured 14 teams, with seven from both the eastern and western sides of the Upper Peninsula. Since there is a limit of five matches per day, the Saints were pitted against three of the best western U.P. teams and two teams selected by random draw. The Saints’ 3-2 record earned them third place in the tournament, seven points be- hind Munising.

The day started slowly for the Saints, as the team lost its first match against Iron Mountain 42- 42 on the eighth tiebreaker criteria, determined by the most first place points accumulated during the matchup, then was bested 42- 36 by Menominee. The Saints reversed their fate when another 42-42 tie with Westwood went in their favor on the eighth criteria. The Saints then finished the tournament by defeating Ishpeming 46-30 and topping Bark River 61- 6.

Halberg, DeKeyser, and Trevor Matson were again undefeated as they posted 5-0 records, with Bigger and McQuiston going 4-1. Bentley, Amacher, and Mason Matson posted 3-2 records. Brothers Hunter Brown and Caleb Brown and teammate Paquin all went 2-3. Valletta was 0-3. Gladstone won the tournament after going 5-0.

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