Bucs’ wrestling victory speaks volumes

Grand Haven's varsity wrestling team isn't content to simply win its league contests this winter.
Matt DeYoung
Jan 12, 2012

According to senior Connor Moynihan, the Buccaneers are out to send a message to their fellow O-K Red Conference competitors each and every time they take the mat.

The Bucs certainly put the rest of the league on notice Wednesday, scoring a 49-21 win over visiting Grandville.

“We want to send a message to every team in the conference,” said Moynihan, the Buccaneers’ 171-pounder who scored a first-period pin. “The other teams in the conference talk, and we just want people to be aware of us.”

Grand Haven is now 3-1 in league action, with its loss coming to perennial powerhouse Rockford.

Against Grandville, the Buccaneers started on a roll, earning pins by Dakota Juarez at 145 pounds, Drew Ellingboe at 160 and Moynihan at 171.

The Bulldogs hung close as Alan Atwater pinned the Bucs’ Abe Westerman at 152 pounds, then Colton Hunt scored a tight win over Matt Mulcahy at 189. The Bucs’ Garrett Kelly was then pinned by Dylan BergBower at 215 pounds, helping Grandville close to within three points, 18-15.

The Bucs’ Ian Radde gave his team a little breathing room with a 3-0 decision at heavyweight, then freshman Camden Bertucci easily overpowered the Bulldogs’ Micah Newton at 103, scoring a first-period pin.

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