Peramakis split in U.P. draft

The U.P. Football All-Star Game draft took place on Saturday, March 11, setting up some unique teammates and adversaries in the exhibition contest. Most notably, it will force Josiah and Micaiah Peramaki onto separate teams for the first time.

The twins will be heading together to play at Michigan Tech next fall, but the pair were picked 20th and 21st in the fantasy draft. Josiah will be on the Red team while Micaiah will be on the Black. They were the first two picked from Alger County and drafted second and third from players on eight-man teams across the Upper Peninsula.

Players from Superior Central and Mid Peninsula will remain separated for the all-star game. SC’s Wyatt Kulik and Lucas Swetich will join the Red team, while Tristan Syers and Michael Englund of the Wolverines will be on the Black squad. Syers had played with the Cougars before Mid Pen restarted its football program before the season.

Kingsford standout and Michigan Tech commit Nick Nora was selected first overall. Luke Gorzinski of North Central was the first eight-man player off the board, taken with the 13th overall pick.

The 16th installment of the all-star game will be played on Saturday, June 24 at the Superior Dome in Marquette. It caps off a week of events made to continue sportsmanship, serve the community and promote the sport one last time for the graduates before college.

Red Team Roster: Reagan Alder Forest Park, Brayden Altoft Pickford (Maplewood Baptist), Nate Benninger Marquette, Kaiden Brown Escanaba, Zach Burton Newberry, Joey Colavecchi Iron Mountain, Cody Dabb Ironwood, Kavin Fredrick BRH, Adam Horrigan Sault Ste. Marie, Josiah Javurek BRH, Carter Johnson Rapid River, Nathan Keough Negaunee, Levi Kilpela Calumet, Kirby Koskela Lake Linden, Wyatt Kulik Superior Central, Corbin LaFave BRH, Trent Lawson Escanaba, Dean Magaraggia L’Anse, Vincent Martin BRH, Jacob Mattson Munising, Sam McKissack Forest Park, Jordan Messenger North Central, Riley Murk Munising, Brayden Nelson Calumet, Garrett Orsborne Pickford, Josiah Peramaki Munising, Michael Perkins Cedarville-DeTour, Cole Potier Gladstone, Ross Pugh Manistique, Dillon Raab North Central, Maxwell Scott Sault Ste. Marie, Luke Shiverski BRH, Cason Smith Cedarville-DeTour, Drake Spickerman Negaunee, Braden Sundquist Gladstone, Lucas Swetich Superior Central, Eli Van Buren Negaunee, Max Wiljanen Westwood, Ashton Wymer Munising Black Team Roster: Jed Anderson Negaunee, Bryce Buzzo Ontonagon, Kaedan Calcari Menominee, Mitchell Cartwright Gladstone, Tyler Darmogray Gladstone, Blake Doke Newberry, Brayden Dunstan Negaunee, Owen Eichmeier North Central, Michael Englund Mid Pen, Bradon Farragh Iron Mountain, Preston Gauthier Ishpeming, Riley Gauthier Iron Mountain, Luke Gorzinski North Central, Devon Groleau Stephenson, Leo Imhoff Gogebic, Marco Juarez Newberry, Jerzee Karki Westwood, Nico Lukkarinen Negaunee, Tyrel Matson St. Ignace, James Milkey Lake Linden, Riccardo Moauro Gogebic, Cole Myllyla Kingsford, Kane Nebel Munising, Philip Nelson Negaunee, Nic Nora Kingsford, Carter Oshelski Sault Ste. Marie, Easton Palomaki Negaunee, Micaiah Peramaki Munising, Michael Peterson Norway, Dylan Plunger North Central, AJ Prosser Ishpeming, Aidan Rajala Ishpeming, Colin Schneider Iron Mountain, Javon Shelifoe L’Anse (Baraga), Matthew Steinbrecher North Dickinson, Tristin Syers Mid Pen, Mason Totzke Ontonagon, Marcus Verrette Iron Mountain, Andrew Webber North Central

In between their time together at Munising and Michigan Tech, the Peramakis will be on opposing teams for the U.P. Football All-Star game.