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2018-01-10 / Sports

Henry Secures Championship in Elks Invitational

by John Vrancic
for the Newberry News

ESCANABA — Newberry’s Alex Henry wasn’t sure if he’d be able to wrestle in the 45th annual Escanaba Elks Invitational Saturday.

The senior grappler had been battling a sinus infection and didn’t feel well during the Indians’ previous meet last Wednesday.

He elected to compete Saturday and it resulted in an Elks championship for the second straight year.

Henry secured his title with a takedown in the final eightsecondsofa4-2victory over Esky senior Scout Wunder in the 160-pound championship bout.

“He’s a good wrestler,” said Henry, who improved to 23 - 2 this season. “He’s good on his feet. I knew I had to give it all I had. It was a last-minute decision whether I was going to wrestle today. I’m really glad I wrestled. It paid off.”

Esky captured the team title with 224.5 points. The Eskymos were followed by Grayling 224.5, defending champ Grayling 190, Westwood 167, St. Ignace 158, Kingsford 120, Newberry 97, Iron Mountain 87, Munising 73, Ishpeming 53, Escanaba II 51, Benzie Central and Menominee 49, Negaunee 45, Bark River-Harris 42, U.P. Extra I 36, Gwinn 27, Marquette 21, U.P. Extra II 17 and U.P. Extra III 0.

Henry drew an openinground bye, then pinned Benzie Central sophomore Kadin Birmingham in just 22 seconds and St. Ignace junior Trevor Matson at two minutes, 12 seconds.

Senior Cameron Symonds provided the Indians with a runner-up finish at152,droppinga4-3decision to Kingsford’s Trevor Povolo in the title match.

Symonds scored the first point on an escape with 1:35 left in the second period.

Povolotooka2-1lead on a takedown late in the second. Symonds, however, evened the score with an escape at the end of the period.

A reversal gave Povolo a 4 - 2 advantage 15 seconds into the third before Symonds pulled within a point with another escape.

“I knew it would be super tough,” said Symonds. “This was a match we wanted and the crowd wanted. I knew he was real good on his feet and he had a pretty smooth takedown. That was a turning point for him.”

Symonds reached the final by pinning Munising junior Trevor Johnson at 3:07. He also got an opening round bye before pinning Esky junior Kyle Gendron in 3:09.

“I think I had too much confidence coming in here,” said Symonds. “I thought the first match would be a cakewalk, but it was tough. I thought our team did well today. We’re picking up some people. Our numbers are coming up.”

Newberry senior Nathan Magnusson (135) placed third after pinning St. Ignace senior Anthony Barkley in 2:30 and sophomore Lance Bowler (145) pinned Marquette senior 1:58 into the third-place bout.

Freshman Jacob Gribbell (140) took fourth after dropping a 4 - 0 decision to Kingsford’s Jakob Horton.

The Indians resume in a Straits Area Conference meet tonight at St. Ignace.

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