ROUNDUP: Three Chippewas keep season alive

GRAYLING — Three Manistee wrestlers will keep their individual seasons alive after a big day at the individual districts on Saturday.

Isaac Reynolds took first place at 125 lbs, Bryson Jensen took third place at 160 lbs., and Alvaro Sarabia battled to finish fourth at 130 lbs.

“Every one of our wrestlers wrestled equal to or better than where they were expected to finish in this tournament, and that shows significant improvement verse our competition over the season,” Manistee coach Darrell Burchfield said.

Reynolds had three wins on the day with each one coming by fall. He upset the top seed, Nick Dawson of Gladwin (42-6) in the finals to take first place. Reynolds won by fall in 59 seconds to improve his record to 33-8 on the season.

“Isaac had an incredible day today, but I feel like we have just awakened the giant within him. He is getting to see how good he can truly be and he is starting to get fired up. He still has work to do to improve but the sky is the limit for Isaac when he truly focuses his efforts. Next week is going to be fun to watch,” Burchfield said.

Jensen went 3-1 on the day while dropping his first match and winning out. Jensen (43-10) beat Boyne City’s Chanier Turnbull (35-11), 13-12 to take third. Jensen was the only Chippewa to go to regionals last year.

“Bryson did not make it easy on himself but he found a way through sheer determination to live another day and qualified for regionals next Saturday at Kalkaska,” Burchfield said.

Sarabia went 2-2 on the day (34-16 on the season) started the day at the six seed and he managed to finish fourth.

“Junior (Alvaro) is a tough young man capable of beating anyone he faces but has struggled through his high school career with consistency. He has really been coming on at the end of this season and it is great to watch a senior qualify and move forward,” Burchfield said.

The individual regionals will take place next Saturday at Kalkaska. The team will be back at team regionals on Wednesday at Iron Mountain.

Manistee travels to MISCA meet

YPSILANTI — The Manistee boys swim team went to the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association meet over the weekend with the best swimmers from across the state.

At the MISCA meet the 200-yard medley relay team finished 46th at 1:47.41 with Ben Miller, Zach Lee, Nathaniel Urban and Caden Schmutzler.

Miller was 60th in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:51.55 and 54th in the 500-yard freestyle at 5:06.25, and Schmutzler was 67th in the 50-yard freestyle at 23.22.

Manistee will be back on Satruday Feb. 24 at home in the conference meet.


Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or

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