2018-02-01 / Sports

St. Ignace Saints Wrestlers Pick Up Two More Wins, Will Host Meet Saturday


St. Ignace senior Marcus St. John picks up his first varsity win with a pin of Charlevoix’s Mason Fry at Rudyard High School Wednesday, January 24. St. John joined the Saints wrestlers, coming from the basketball team, in mid-January. St. Ignace senior Marcus St. John picks up his first varsity win with a pin of Charlevoix’s Mason Fry at Rudyard High School Wednesday, January 24. St. John joined the Saints wrestlers, coming from the basketball team, in mid-January. With a 47-21 victory on the road against the Rudyard Bulldogs, the St. Ignace Saints wrestling team wrapped up their conference season Wednesday, January 24, finishing with a 10-1 Straits Area Conference record. The Saints are currently 13-2 overall. On Wednesday evening, the team also defeated the Charlevoix Rayders 66-15, for their largest margin of victory on the season, before traveling to Gaylord for the Northern Michigan Championships tournament.

The Saints came in 26th place out of 29 teams at the Saturday tournament, with 15 points. Gaylord claimed victory in their home tournament with 313 points.

The Saints welcomed their newest wrestler, Marcus St. John, and welcomed back Halley Halberg, who has been sidelined with an injury so far this season. St. John transferred onto the squad from the boys basketball team last week, and was able to record his first varsity win against Mason Fry of Charlevoix with a pin. He lost his first match to Rudyard’s Devin Ellison by a score of 12-11. Coach Cullen said Ellison is a good wrestler, and was 20-5 entering Wednesday’s meet. Halberg claimed one win by forfeit, but did not have an opportunity to wrestle.

At Wednesday’s meet, the whole team was in fine form, as only four wrestlers recorded a loss, and every team member finished the meet with at least one win. Trevor Matson, Caleb Brown, Reid Marshall, Logan DeKeyser, Anthony Barkley, Hunter Brown, and Gregory Paquin were undefeated at Rudyard, while Joe Kelly, Mason Matson, Matt Valletta, Halberg, and St. John each scored a win for the Saints.

Coming up next, the Saints will host the annual Straits Area Conference/ North Star Conference Challenge, featuring nine teams, Saturday, February 3, starting at 9 a.m. in the St. Ignace Middle School gymnasium.

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