by Angie Asam–Staff Writer
This afternoon four Rogers City Huron wrestlers will take to the mats at the Palace of Auburn Hills in the opening round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association state finals.
The grand march is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. today (Thursday) featuring the top 16 wrestlers in 14 weight classes across four divisions. Starting weight for the tournament will be 119 pounds. Wrestling will begin at 2 p.m.
Junior Justin Saile will be the first Huron to take the mat at 135 pounds. Saile enters the tournament with a record of 32-5 and a career record of 98-30 as he will look to become a member of the century club. He will take on sophomore Ethan Sharp of Schoolcraft who has a record of 38-12 in the opening round.
Senior Cameron Urban will compete at 140 pounds and enters with record of 48-3. He is 176-33 in his career and making his first trip to the finals. He will take on senior Gabe Bennett of New Lothrop in the opening round. Bennett has a record of 36-3.
Senior Jacob Sobeck (145) is making his third trip to the finals and enters with a season record of 46-2. He is 198-23 in his career. He will look to become the fifth Huron wrestler to reach the 200-win plateau. Sobeck will take on freshman Donovan Underwood of Addison (32-19) in the first round.
Senior Austin Bober will compete at 152 pounds. He enters the tournament with a season record of 45-9 and he is 113-54 for his career. In round one he will take on number one ranked senior Hunter Bell of Decatur who enters with a record of 52-1.
Round two, the consolation first round for those losing in the opening round will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday followed by the championship quarterfinals for winners of opening round matches at 10:30 a.m.
The consolation second round will start at approximately 1:30 p.m. Friday with the championship semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday.
Wrestling will begin on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with the consolation third round followed by the consolation semifinals and consolation finals. The grand march for those who place in the top eight in their weight class will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with the finals scheduled for 4:45 p.m.
The meet can be followed in its entirety at www.trackwrestling.com and at www.mhssa.tv.
First round action at the MHSAA state wrestling individual finals.
Zeke Nave of Onaway lost 9-1 in the opening match to Dallas O’Green of Carson City Crystal. As of 3 p.m. he is the only county to have taken to the mats.
Justin Saile, Huron wrestler at 135-pounds, lost by pin at 5:41 to Ethan Sharp of Schoolcraft in Division 4 state wrestling tournament first round.
Cam Urban (140) pin in 2:55 over Gabe Bennett of New Lothrop in first round.
Jake Sobeck (145) win by pin at 53 seconds over Donovan Underwood of Addision.
Austin Bober (152) lost by pin at 3:07 to Hunter Bell of Decatur.