Wykons drop physical District 94 final to IM
IRON MOUNTAIN/IRONWOOD—The game was always going to be intense, what with rivals West Iron County and Iron Mountain playing for a boys basketball district championship. But few could have foreseen just how physical the game would turn out to be.
Within the first few minutes, Wykon sophomore Brayden Nelson had already suffered what turned out to be a broken nose, West Iron junior James Swanson took a blow to the mouth and had to leave for a few minutes and Iron Mountain junior Jaden Vicenzi was cut above the eye. Plus when blood stained his uniform, IM freshman Foster Wonders was forced to change his jersey.
Then in the second quarter, West Iron’s Steven Nelson hyperextended his elbow so badly Wykon coach Dan Schive later said that if there had not been an athletic trainer who was able to treat Nelson on site, the senior center likely wouldn’t have been able to continue.
After all that, it was the Mountaineers who were left standing, winning their second straight district trophy with a 61-46 decision over the Wykons on March 9 at Iron Mountain High School.
“To be honest, I didn’t think four kids should be
bleeding in the first quarter,” Schive said. “I was surprised they allowed it to be so physical.”
Despite all the commotion, Steven Nelson said he enjoyed the ruckus, which was played in front of a lively and overflowing audience.
“Very fast paced, very fun,” he said. “It was intense and good team efforts on both ends.”