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TOP: Alpena’s J.D. Niergarth wrestles Rogers City’s Jared LaFleche during a match Wednesday at Rogers City High Schoo. Niergarth won the match by pin in 4:58. BOTTOM: Rogers City’s Austin Bober, left, wrestles Alpena’s Ashton Dever in a 152-pound match. Bober won the match with a pin in a minute.
ROGERS CITY-They may have been shorthanded to open the season, but the Alpena and Rogers City wrestling teams came away from Wednesday's Big North/Straits Area Quad with a lot of positives.
Rogers City opened the night with a 54-30 win over Alpena. At 215 pounds, Caleb Pommerenke pinned Jordan Ferguson in 1:57; At 125 pounds, Cameron Urban pinned Daron Mathia in 55 seconds; Jake Sobeck pinned Zach Fruchey in 55 seconds at 130 pounds; At 140 pounds, Evan Lamb pinned Shane Trafelet in 1:43; Austin Bober pinned Ashton Dever in a minute at 152 pounds; Jack Ryan pinned Tom Szatkowski in 33 seconds at 171 pounds and Rogers City also gained victories by void at 103, 112 and 135 pounds.
The Hurons showed their mettle despite having several grapplers out of the lineup due to illness.
"For the first meet, we came out pretty strong. For the most part, I think we wrestled well," Rogers City coach Pat Lamb said. "It's a great way to start the year. It's always nice to start with teams that aren't in our division. It's a good measuring stick for where we're at (early) in the year."
Alpena picked up wins by pinfall at heavyweight after Aleco Hantzis pinned Sage Sawyer in 30 seconds and at 189 pounds after J.D. Niergarth pinned Jared LaFleche. Alpena also picked up wins by void at 119, 145 and 160 pounds.
In its second matchup of the night, Rogers City fell to Gaylord 51-25. Picking up wins for the Hurons were: Pommerenke (215) by pin; Justin Saile (103) by 7-0 decision; Urban (125) by pin in 3:37; Sobeck (130) by pin in 43 seconds and Lamb (140) by a 14-6 major decision.
The Wildcats fell to St. Ignace in their second matchup of the night, losing 59-17.
Earning wins for Alpena were: Centala (145) by pin; Dakota Patterson (160) by technical fall and Austin Weekes (215) by forefit.
Even though the Wildcats were missing several wrestlers from their lineup, head coach Jake Stenz was happy with his team's performance, pointing out that several of Alpena's wrestlers were taking the mat for the first time.
"We wrestled tough. After the first match, our guys, especially our first-year guys came out and wrestled more aggressively," Stenz said.
Gaylord also picked up a win over St. Ignace.
Alpena will wrestle at the Howell Classic on Saturday while the Hurons head to St. Ignace for the Lions Invitational.