Ironmen grapplers finally get on the mats

Tim Peterson

MANCELONA — All Michigan high school winter contact sports were put on hold in mid-November, but were allowed “non-contact” practices, with no competition and six foot spacing.

On basketball and hockey, this was scoffed at, but teams found a way to practice. In wrestling however, this was an entirely different problem.

“I called Mark Nixon, the former longtime Mancelona athletic director and wrestling coach, and asked him what he thought we should do,” said Mancelona wrestling coach Joe Johnston. “He asked me what I meant by non-contact. He sighed and said I was going to have to think outside the box.”

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