PREP ROUNDUP: Manistee wrestling splits double-dual meet at Ludington

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LUDINGTON — Manistee wrestling fared well in a double-dual meet at Ludington Wednesday night, winning one and losing one.

Manistee defeated Ludington 46-16 and lost to Division 3 powerhouse Whitehall 61-15.

Three Chippewa wrestlers won both of their matches, Isaac Reynolds, Alvaro Sarabia, and Bryson Jensen.

Manistee won all but one actual match from the Orioles, and won three of eight contested matches from the Vikings.

Chippewas head coach Darrell Burchfield said that he liked what he saw in the double-dual.

“For the most part the duals went as expected,” Burchfield said. “Small mistakes still need to be corrected if we are going to be competitive around districts.”

Burchfield said that mental toughness will be a point of emphasis going forward.

“In big matches many of us are making mental mistakes which cause us to fight from behind, and against good competitors it makes it tough to come back,” he said. “Tonight in the third period we won two come-from-behind matches against tough kids, which is a good sign.”

Manistee will next compete in a tournament at Gladwin on Saturday, Jan. 13.

Onekama girls rebound with win at Mesick

MESICK — After two decisive defeats, Onekama girls basketball bounced with back with a decisive win, a 49-25 Northwest Conference victory at Mesick Wednesday night.

Colleen McCarthy led the Portagers with 15 points, Elizabeth Domres had 12 and Carlee Pepera added 10 in a game in which Onekama had only 8 players dressed due to injury and illness. All eight got on the scoresheet in the contest.

Onekama (3-5 overall, 2-4 Northwest Conference) blew the game open in the second quarter, in which they outscored Mesick 20-0.

Portagers head coach Jim Armstrong said that his team turned up the intensity in that dominating second quarter, in which the Portagers hit four 3-pointers.

“The last two games helped us,” Armstrong said. “Tonight we played someone more our style, the kids had some confidence and the shots started falling. We passed the ball around, the kids got open looks and they drained them.”

Armstrong said that the win, Onekama’s first of 2018, was much needed.

“You can get down when you get your heads beat in a couple of nights in a row, but these kids persevered and played well,” he said. “We’re just going to keep battling, battling, battling (preparing) for that third season, which is the district tournament.”

Onekama’s JV team won 48-33. Hanna Hughes scored 19 points and Ella Acton added 10.

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Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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