Wrestling roundup: Lakers slip in Lakes Eight standings

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:20 AM

The Lakers scored a 57-18 win over Tri-County, then lost to league favorite Fremont later in the evening, 50-26. That drops the Lakers to third place in the league standings after their second conference loss. The first was to Fruitport.

“We saw (Fremont) the weekend before at the East Grand Rapids tournament, and we were within 10 of them,” said Lakers’ coach Dan Robinson. “We thought if we could flip a few matches, we’d have a shot. Unfortunately, some of the matches that went our way went the other way right off the get-go, and we never could catch up.”

Five different Spring Lake wrestlers posted 2-0 records for the team — Ty Nietering, Mitch Kriger, Jake Chittenden, Andrew Hissom and Jared Marod.

Also going 2-0 for the Lakers were junior varsity wrestlers Kendrick VanVelzen, Josh Stiffler, Shane Skorupski and Max Kriger.

Robinson said four of his team captains — Tyler Nietering at 119 pounds, Harry Kriger at 140, Mitch Kriger and Andrew Hissom at 189 — have been wrestling well.

“Tyler is now 25-6, and Harry’s doing really well,” Robinson said. “He lost a tough match to John Wiggers, a defending state champ from Fremont. Mitch is coming alive after a rough start, then Andrew’s only loss is to Jordan Thomas, a two-time state champ from Greenville.”

Hissom is just one take-down away from setting the Spring Lake school record for takedowns in a season.

The Lakers will take part in the Sparta Invitational on Saturday.

“Sparta is probably the toughest tournament we go to, especially individually,” Robinson said. “Ty Nietering brought up a good point. He said, ‘I was a state qualifier last year, and I placed seventh (at Sparta).’ We’ll have a chance to see where we’re at against some of the top kids in the state in every division.”


Grand Haven remained in the hunt for an O-K Red Conference title with a 52-18 win over East Kentwood on Wednesday.

The Buccaneers have one loss in league action, that coming to Rockford.

Winners for the Bucs against East Kentwood were Camden Bertucci, Chris TeBeau, Garret Young, Allen Torres, Luke Avrill, Dakota Juarez, Connor Moynihan, Matt Mulcahy, Garrett Kelly and Ian Radde.

The Bucs’ junior varsity wrestlers also fared well against the Falcons on Wednesday, winning 45-27. Winning matches for Grand Haven were Austin Rutherford, Alek Sterzer, Norris Ellis, Steve Chavez, Ben Comai, Steven Black and Sheldon Opitz.

The Buccaneers’ varsity squad travels to the Sparta Invitational on Saturday.

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