Grand Haven grapplers take title at Sparta Invitational

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Grand Haven had four wrestlers in their respective weight classes, propelling the Bucs to the championship at Saturday’s Sparta Invitational.

Earning top honors for the Bucs included Camden Bertucci, Dakota Juarez, Matt Mulcahy and Chase VanHoef.

Connor Moynihan was runner-up for the Bucs, while Luke Averill and Connor Morley were third and Tyler Tippens placed fourth.

Spring Lake’s wrestling squad placed seventh out of 13 teams at Sparta.

Two Lakers placed second in their respective weight classes — George Nietering at 119 pounds and Billy Belcher at 285.

Gabe Giddings took fourth at 152 pounds, while Maxx Kriger was fifth at 130.

Taking sixth place were Josh Stiffler at 135, Danny Kamp at 140 and Jared Marod at 189.

“We wrestled well early today, and at one point as a team we were up to fifth,” said coach Dan Robinson. “We just struggled a little at the end in the placing matches. I was proud of the boys. We just have to keep working to finish the day off.

“George had a good day, knocking off the No. 1 seed in the semis. He just came up a little short in the finals, losing 3-2.

“Danny Kamp has also really been improving. This was his first time at 140 for us, and he was not seeded, so to finish sixth was a step in the right direction for him.”

The Lakers host a Lakes Eight Conference tri-meet on Wednesday. They’ll welcome Tri-County and Fremont.


Fruitport’s Thomas Martinez and Collin Butler both went unbeaten in Saturday’s Greater Muskegon Athletic Association City Tournament.

Martinez, wrestling at 135 pounds, scored pins over Raiquon Dowdell of Muskegon and Mike Parker of Orchard View before scoring a tough 5-4 win over Hayden Cregg of Holton.

Butler, wrestling at 145, scored a tech fall win over Trip Thommen of Whitehall, then overpowered Kayland Smith of Orchard View, 8-1.

Also posting a winning record for Fruitport were Alexander Foster and Austin Fialek.

Foster, at 130 pounds, scored a tech fall over Montague’s Gabriel Flood; won 12-4 over Whitehall’s Alex Whitener; then lost to Mona Shores, Taylor McPhail, 6-5.

At 152 pounds, Fialek pinned Muskegon’s D’Andre Means and won 8-4 over Whitehall’s Buck Houts before getting pinned by Montague’s Sawyer Smith.

Fruitport’s Chris Hendricks was 1-1 at heavyweight. He scored a 1-0 decision over Stephen Hanson of Reeths-Puffer, then lost a 2-1 decision to Logan Morningstar of Whitehall.

Cameron Butler went 2-2 at 112 pounds for the Trojans. He pinned Sean Halverson of Mona Shores and Derek Forner of Ravenna, but was pinned by Holton’s Jordan Whitener and Reeths-Puffer’s Andrew Emmons

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