Bailey tops 100 wins as Chips split Mid-Michigan tri-meet

Manistee senior Jon Bailey (right) works for a pin during a win against Kingsley’s Max Denny for his 100th career win during a tri-meet on Wednesday. (Matt Wenzel/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — If Manistee wants to win its first Mid-Michigan Wrestling Conference title, the Chippewas know who they’ll have to knock off.

Manistee opened a tri-meet Wednesday with a 65-18 win against Kingsley to move to 7-0 in conference duals, but lost the nightcap 51-23 against defending Mid-Michigan champion Pine River.

So, it’s back to the drawing board for the Chippewas who will need to overcome the loss with a win in the conference championships next month to overtake the Bucks.

“The way I calculated it out, we would have won by three points,” said Manistee coach Chris Codden. “The people that needed to win didn’t win, and the people that got caught got pinned.”

One Chippewa who didn’t get pinned was senior Jon Bailey, who topped 100 wins for his career with a pin against Kingsley’s Max Denny at 112 pounds.

“Jon getting the 100th win was just awesome,” Codden said. “It’s a well-deserved 100th win and I’m so happy it could happen here.”

Jon is the third Bailey to top 100 wins with the Chippewas, following in the footsteps of older brothers Stephen and Caleb.

“You’ve got to have dedication, you’ve got to be motivated,” Bailey said of reaching 100.

Bailey was one of five Chippewas who finished 2-0 on Wednesday, to go with Adrian Hammerle (130/135 pounds), Haydon Codden (152), Logan Fogarty (160) and Adam Ball (215).

Daylan Hill (125), Braden Hagen (130/135), Kedron Hope (140) and David Engstrom (145) all finished 1-1 while John Curtin (heavyweight) went 1-0.

The win against Kingsley was the most lopsided that Chris Codden said he can recall against the Stags.

“The kids did fine, kids were pinned,” he said. “I was very happy with the outcome.”

Pine River, which beat Kingsley 63-12, was tougher and Manistee fell behind 12-0 early, coming off Hill’s loss that featured numerous scoring disputes.

“You can’t leave the matches up to the ref. You can’t say much more than that,” Codden said. “At the same time, I can’t take anything away from Pine River. They’re a tough team, a solid team.”

Manistee and Pine River went to the third round or later in eight of the 14 matches, but the Chippewas didn’t get enough pins, and had too many themselves, to beat the defending champs.

“We were coming in knowing they were the team to beat in the league,” said Pine River coach Tim Jones. “We just had to have some things go our way and they kind of did down low, and that’s what we were looking for.”


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