Evart wrestlers go 1-1 after close loss to Benzie Central

Cole Hopkins remains undefeated for Wildcats

Evart's Sam Bailey (left) works on an opponent in recent action.

Evart's Sam Bailey (left) works on an opponent in recent action.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

EVART – Roscommon and Benzie Central made their way on a windy, snowy night to Evart for wrestling action on Wednesday with the match resulting in a lopsided outcome, and the other one having a much tighter result.

Evart won 56-6 over Roscommon. Cole Staats (140) and Sam Bailey (189) were among the winning Wildcats. Roscommon is a Northwest Wrestling Conference opponent and the Wildcats are 2-0 in the league.

“It’s senior night tonight with our last home match,” Evart coach Ben Bryant said. “Sam is our only senior. He came out and got two nice pins tonight. Cole picked up a nice win against Roscommon. They were pretty limited in numbers.”

In the close loss to Benzie Central, “we had some tight matches we needed to go our way that didn’t,” Bryant said.

Pulling out major wins in that match for the Wildcats were Cole Hopkins (171), Riley Ransom (160) and Sam Bailey.

Ransom, Hopkins, Bailey, Ethan Conk (103) and Alex Burnhans (285) were double winners for Evart.

Hopkins is undefeated for the Wildcats at 19-0. Bailey is 16-3. Ransom is 13-6.

“The biggest thing for Hopkins is trying to get matches in,” Bryant said. “Coaches will forfeit that class or bump their wrestlers another class to avoid him.”

Hopkins won by forfeit vs. Roscommon but went to 189 for a match against Benzie Central and won by technical fall.

“It’s been going pretty good,” Hopkins said. “I like wrestling at home against family members and community members. I just want to do good.”

Evart is at Gladwin on Saturday for a team tournament.

The conference meet will be on Feb. 5.

Kingsley 61 Pine River 12 in round 1

Pine River 54 Houghton Lake 0 in round 2

LEROY --  Pine River was 1-1 in  Wednesday wrestling action.

"Kingsley has a very strong line up again this year," Pine River coach Terry Martin said. "We were pretty short handed tonight and had to forfeit 5 weight classes. Jordan Nelson (119), Wyatt Underhill (145), and Phil Rigling (152) all wrestled great matches and went 2-0 on the night. Andrew Baldwin (215) added a nice win against Houghton Lake."