NEGAUNEE, MI – 1/20/2015 – We here at SunnyFM are your official home of Negaunee Miners sports. We broadcast all of the football games, girl’s basketball games, and boy’s basketball games on 101.9, and are proud of it. However, even though we don’t actually broadcast the other sports, we still feel that these kids deserve to be known for their hard work too. So here is an update on what is happening with the Negaunee Miners wrestling team under first-year coach Ed Champion.
Back on December 18th, the Negaunee boys had a meet in Gladstone and faced off against the Marquette Redmen and the Iron Mountain Mountaineers. The Miners were able to outdo their fellow MPC rival, beating the Mountaineers 36-24, but fell to the Redmen 48-18. The stars of that meet were Mike Pizziola in the 285-lb division and Dylan Johnson in the 160 division. Mike & Dylan each won both of their matches and helped give Negaunee the win vs. Iron Mountain. Cody Niskanen (119), Mark Herring (152), Austin Schmeltz (171), Kyle Scheiding (189), and Sam Collins (215) each split their two matches, mostly against Iron Mountain who Negaunee defeated.
On January 8th, the Miners headed to Kingsford for the Kingsford quad meet. Negaunee once again split this one. They defeated Kingsford 30-18, but fell to Norway 24-48. Against Kingsford, Sam Collins managed to pin Kyle Smielewski at 4:39 and Austin Argall pinned Deon Beurgey at 1:51. Mike Pizziola has been rolling, and continued it by pinning Nick Buradnik at 1:11. The Miners would struggle against Norway, but Zack Champion pinned Collin Carlson at 3:40 and Mike Pizziola had another undefeated meet by pinning Sawyer Rietveld just 31 seconds into the match.
Just last week, on January 14th, Negaunee hosted the Marquette County Meet and made it to the semi-finals. Coming in as the #5 seed, they dispatched Gwinn 36-21, but fell to Marquette 33-30. The Ishpeming Hematites would eventually take home the title, defeating Marquette 39-33.
Negaunee would head to Kingsford once again then on Saturday for the Ray Mariucci Wrestling Tournament. The Miners struggled mightily at this meet, finishing 9th out of 11 schools who participated. Elek Kallioninen finished the best in his division (119 lbs.), finishing third.
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-Carl Leander Johnson