Chippewa Hills wrestlers fall in regional semifinal round

Evart loses in semifinal, Pine River crowned regional champions

Coach Kevin Edwards' Chippewa Hills Warriors falls in the regional semifinals.

Coach Kevin Edwards' Chippewa Hills Warriors falls in the regional semifinals.

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ALMA – Chippewa Hills and Evart both lost their regional semifinal matches on Wednesday while Pine River went 2-0 to take its title in regional wrestling action.

Chippewa Hills won its 18th straight district title last week but fell to Portland 65-18 in the Division 3 regional at Alma. The host school beat Corunna 66-12 in the other semifinal and topped Portland 51-20 in the title match.

Evart wrestlers

In the Hesperia district, Evart lost to St. Louis 45-15.

“They are a darn tough team and don't have weak spots,” Evart coach Ben Bryant said. “We started out hot with a tech fall from Cole Hopkins and a major decision from Sam Bailey. Kaden DuBreuil was injured while winning his heavyweight match and after that St. Louis took over. We had one more win on the night coming from Josiah Beard at 160 pounds.

“Coach (Ryan) Hopkins (assistant) and I were heartbroken that the team’s season is over, but are happy with being able to get our program’s first district team title. We have a very young team and will return everyone besides our lone senior (Sam Bailey). If the guys we have returning have a good off-season, I see us being a tough squad next season.”

Pine River 

Pine River went 2-0 at Traverse City St. Francis on Wednesday to take the regional crown.

It was Pine River over St. Francis 45-27 in the first round. Winners for Pine River were: Phil Rigling (152), Cayden Mys (160), Rogan Nelson (189), Cam Helmboldt (215), Bryant Wing (103), Seth Duncan (125) and Damian Jackson (130) all collected wins.

In the finals it was Pine River 50, Mio 23.

“Hunter Varney who has been out for an extended time with sickness picked up a huge win for us at 189,” Martin said. “Bryant Wing won another critical match for us in overtime at 103 and Seth Duncan picked up an important win at 130.”

Cayden Mys (160), Rogan Nelson (171), Andrew Baldwin (215), Cam Helmboldt (285), Ryder Holmes (140), Wyatt Underhill (145), and Phil Rigling (152), finished out the lineup with wins.

“Our entire lineup did a great job of battling for bonus points all night long,” Martin said. “The team energy on the bench really kept us rolling against Mio. I am very proud of the season this group of kids has put together and happy for them to be headed back to the state finals.”

The finals will be Feb. 25-26 at Kalamazoo.