Wrestling Roundup: Lakers claim Lakes 8 crown

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Although Spring Lake finished second to Tri-County at Saturday’s Lakes Eight Conference Tournament at Orchard View, the Lakers still were crowned league champs thanks to their perfect regular season dual meet record.

“We wrestled well today,” said Spring Lake coach Dan Robinson. “We were hit by the injury bug this week and were out a few guys, but all 10 of the wrestlers we brought placed in the top four.

“The coaches were really impressed by all the guys, as we knew being short weight classes that guys would need to step up. Some of the guys like Anthony (Rolston) and Josh (Stiffler) really out-wrestled their seed, which was great to see.”

Both Rolston and Stiffler took home third-place finishes, adding valuable points to the Lakers’ total. Spring Lake was led by a trio of league champions, including Zack Kennedy at 160 pounds, Mason Dial at 171, and Billy Belcher at heavyweight.

Taking second for the Lakers were Maxx Kriger, Gabe Giddings and Shane Skorupski, while Jared Marod was third and Al Slajus placed fourth.

Spring Lake now sets its sights on the team districts, which it will host on Wednesday. Spring Lake will open against Muskegon, and if victorious, will take on the winner of Reeths-Puffer or Fruitport.

The Lakers and Trojans will also travel to Coopersville for individual districts on Saturday.


Grand Haven placed forth at this weekend’s O-K Red Conference tournament, finishing with 148 points.

Grandville took first place at the event with 184 points, edging out West Ottawa, which was second with 178. Rockford, which Grand Haven defeated in a dual match last week, placed third with 160 points.

Grandville also won the dual meet portion of the league title, going 5-0 in conference matchups.

The Buccaneers had four wrestlers claim individual O-K Red titles. Camden Bertucci was the league champion at 119 pounds. Dakota Juarez won the 160-pound weight class, while Connor Moynihan won at 171 pounds and Matt Mulcahy was the champion at 215.

The Buccaneers advance to Wednesday’s Division 1 district tournament, which will take place at West Ottawa. Grand Haven opens against Hudsonville at 6 p.m. With a win, the Bucs would advance to the district finals against either Mona Shores or the host Panthers later in the evening.

On Saturday, the Buccaneers host the Division 1 individual district tournament.

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