TAWAS CITY – The Tawas Area wrestling team made the trip south to Shepherd on Saturday for a Division 3 individual district meet. Six different Braves won matches on the day and sophomore Lukas Herrick was able take third place in the 215 weight class to punch his ticket to regionals.
Herrick, who is 39-6 this season, went 4-1 in his matches and is the first regional qualifier for Tawas since 2015. With a top four finish at regionals, he would become the program’s first state qualifier since the mid 2000s.
“Lukas is wrestling the best he has all season right now,” head coach Chris Jagelewski said. “He is working extremely hard and pushing himself. He missed regionals by one point last year and that feeling has been his drive and motivation all season. Saturday was a great day for him. He is realizing that there are a lot of tough athletes in his weight class and he is up to the challenge.
“At regionals he is looking for what every other wrestler is and that is a trip to Ford Field. He knows we look at one match at a time and that is exactly what he is doing.”
Also picking up wins on the day were Kalman Courturier (130), John Rogers (180), Everett Hanson (112), Luke Martin (135) and Logan Madrigal-Silver (171).
Tawas also hosted Division 3 team districts on Wednesday. The Braves had their season ended against Gladwin, the eventual district champions, in the semifinals, 60-12.
Sam Weiss won thanks to a void in 145, Herrick won a 9-6 decision in 215 and Luke Martin had a 12-9 decision victory in 135.
“We wrestled the best we could against the district champions,” Jagelewski said. “We had many of our athletes wrestle the full six minutes and not get pinned. We wrestled Gladwin early in the year and as our last match, we could see the growth we have had this year.”
The individual regionals are Saturday at Boyne City where Herrick will look to qualify for the state finals, held at Ford Field on March 6 and 7.