Manistee fails in tag team districts, eager to enter individual competition


KINGSLEY — Manistee’s wrestling team failed in team districts on Wednesday night, losing to Lake City, 24-15.

The Chippewas picked up two draws at 103 pounds with Ava Pike and Brian Spruce (119), while Hunter Cameron (171) beat his opponent 5-0.

“Peyton Bond lost his match and got pinned…and I ended up punching Isaiah Davis to fight heavyweight, and he ended up getting pinned in the second period,” the Chippewas head coach said, Logan Bond. “It was his last competition of the year…he’s not going to wrestle individually this weekend.”

Ayden Bladzik-Garber (130), Cameron and Spruce are scheduled to face off in individual districts on Saturday, February 12.

Bond says he has faith in the trio and plans to tweak a few elements of their game beforehand.

“The three boys I’m bringing this weekend have winning records,” Bond said. “They’ve gotten more consistent week by week…we want to work on our pace. We’re always focused on our conditioning – I want to put them in the mindset that we want to push people to compete at our level and to our speed. The plan is to tire them out and capitalize on their mistakes.”

Additionally, four Manistee girls, including Raegan Codden (110), Joey Banicki (130), Peyton Bond (155) and Pike, are heading to individual sections on February 20, giving them still more than a week to prepare. .

“Pike has been wrestling for a long time; I’m just trying to make her more aggressive,” Bond said. “Going from middle school to high school is tough at times…then we have Codden; she’s struggled since she was a little kid. I expect her to do really well. And Pike has a lot of experience; he’s simply acts to get him to go after.

“Joey and Peyton are newer to the sport, and I’m waiting for them to gain some confidence and pick up a few wins to see what they can do. Hope they all have a good day.”

However, more than anything, Bond is impressed with his team’s growth over the past few months.

“They kind of rallied together,” he said. “They started off a bit slow; there weren’t a lot of wins at the start of the season. But we had a hot streak for a while where everyone was doing pins left and right. Then, i felt like we entered a lull , but i feel like we are peaking at the right time and coming back uphill… it’s about continuing to build and not not be satisfied with our form. We have to keep pushing.”


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