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Local Wrestlers Prepare for Girls Wrestling Finals

BOYNE CITY – The Michigan Wrestling Association will host its second annual Girls Wrestling Finals on Sunday at Adrian College. Last season, northern Michigan had 22 wrestlers place including Onaway’s Brittney Wolgast bringing home the title.

This year, there will be 22 teams from northern Michigan competing with 41 local student-athletes. Of those 41 competitors, four placed in last year’s tournament: Boyne City’s Elizabeth “Bizzy” Turnbull and Lydia Krauss, Central Montcalm’s Kaitlyn Hansen and Frankfort’s Briellen Clapp.

“They go the entire season wrestling with the boys team, and they do great,” Boyne City coach Bob South said. “But, this is an opportunity for them to wrestle like competition, and our girls are very ready for that challenge.”

Krauss placed the highest among them with a 2nd place finish and she will wrestle in the 145-pound weight class this year.

“This weekend I think we’re shooting more for the higher end of the podium,” Turnbull said. “I’ve definitely learned from my mistakes of last season, and I have a whole ‘nother season under my belt. So, I’m just coming in with more experience, more confidence. Ready to take on whatever is thrown at me.”

“My teammates have really pushed me, and they have really made me a better wrestler,” Krauss said. “They are very kind to me, and it makes a big difference.”

The top eight wrestlers earn a medal in each weight class. The grand march is at 9 a.m. on Sunday with competition beginning at 9:30 a.m. Matches last all day until the championship competitions around 3:30 p.m. Medal presentations will follow.

Here’s a complete list of local athletes competing (all info via MWA):

Beaverton HS

112 – McKenzy Schaefer, Beaverton HS Junior

270 – Kira Saylor, Beaverton HS Senior

Benzie Central HS

112 – Kelsey Novogradac, Benzie Central HS Senior

Boyne City HS

138 – Elizabeth Turnbull, Boyne City HS Senior

145 – Lydia Krauss, Boyne City HS Sophomore

Central Montcalm HS

112 – Kaitlyn Hansen, Central Montcalm HS Junior

112 – Kaila Willemstein, Central Montcalm HS Junior

Chippewa Hills HS

112 – Lindsey Gibson, Chippewa Hills HS Freshmen

Clare HS

112 – Holley Gilmore, Clare HS Sophomore

138 – Kahlie Schuster, Clare HS Junior

Farwell Area HS

97 – Kylee Rodgers, Farwell Area HS Sophomore

107 – Maddie Emmendorfer, Farwell Area HS Sophomore

Frankfort HS

168 – Briellen Clapp, Frankfort HS Sophomore

Gladwin HS

117 – Noell Ireland, Gladwin HS Freshmen

127 – Mariah Huguelet, Gladwin HS Senior

155 – Lena Leddy, Gladwin HS Junior

Grayling HS

107 – Kylie Berringer, Grayling HS Sophomore

Mancelona HS

97 – Kayden Coltson, Mancelona HS Freshmen

127 – Kylie Carriere, Mancelona HS Junior

Manistee HS

102 – Mercedez McLeod, Manistee HS Freshmen

107 – Raegan Codden, Manistee HS Sophomore

Manton HS

102 – Chloe Colton, Manton HS Freshmen

122 – Natalee Kibbe, Manton HS Sophomore

132 – Reanna Sparks, Manton HS Junior

168 – Kiyara Oster, Manton HS Sophomore

Mio HS

102 – Makayla Wiltse, Mio HS Senior

127 – Alexandria Krupinski, Mio HS Sophomore

Mt Pleasant HS

97 – Makenzie Burger, Mt Pleasant HS Freshmen

145 – Aurianna Pratt, Mt Pleasant HS Freshmen

Ogemaw Heights HS

122 – Kaia Asay, Ogemaw Heights HS Senior

Reed City HS

168 – Cassie Enos, Reed City HS Senior

Sault Ste. Marie HS

127 – Alexandra Miller, Sault Ste. Marie HS Freshmen

168 – Carissa Eavou, Sault Ste. Marie HS Junior

184 – Ava Donmyer, Sault Ste. Marie HS Freshmen

270 – Helena Bourque, Sault Ste. Marie HS Senior

St Ignace

155 – Summer Amacher, St Ignace Freshmen

Traverse City West HS

184 – Andrea Frary, Traverse City West HS Senior

Tri County Area HS

102 – Alexis Porter, Tri County Area HS Sophomore

Whittemore-Prescott HS

122 – Carly Cowles, Whittemore-Prescott HS Freshmen

168 – Skylar Swanson, Whittemore-Prescott HS Sophomore

270 – Faith Keller, Whittemore-Prescott HS Sophomore

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