Norway blasts Broncos for wrestling district title

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Mid-Peninsula Conference champions added a team district title Thursday.

Norway downed host Iron Mountain, 66-3, in the semifinals and Bark River-Harris, 63-12, in the finals to capture the Division 4 District 197 championship.

Coach Nick Burklund’s Knights, who dominated Saturday’s MPC title, won three of four matches against the Mountaineers.

Cody Spade (140) pinned Tanner Chouinard; Garret Bonetti needed a takedown in overtime to edge Jake Weslin 8-6, and Cayleb Winkler (125) shaded U.P. and MPC champion Alex Edwards 5-4 for the three Knights’ victories.

Iron Mountain’s Corbin Henkel (135) rallied past Jake Julian 10-8. Nine weights were forfeited, with the lone double at 119.

In the district final, Norway claimed three of five matches with Bark River.

For the Knights, Taylor Bonetti (160) needed a third-period comeback to subdue Kyle Mathias; Jordan Neumann (189) pinned Eli Oswald in :49, and Cody Spade (140) won on injury default over Morgan VanLanen.

Bark River’s Curtis Labadie (215) pinned Shane Brasil in 1:43 and Kent Dubord (285) recorded a fall over Kasey Siegle in 1:47.

Nine weight classes were forfeited, with a double at 119.

Norway advances to the team regional Wednesday at Manistique.