GH wrestlers 2nd at Sparta

A pair of Buccaneers won their weight classes on Saturday, but it was gutsy performance by another young Grand Haven wrestler that keyed the team's outstanding showing at the prestigious Sparta Invitational.
Tribune Staff
Jan 23, 2012


“The finest performance of the day came from Eric VanHorssen,” said Grand Haven coach James Richardson. “He lost a close match (in the) first round but battled back to win three matches and advance to the finals for fifth and sixth, solidifying the Bucs’ second-place finish by just two points.”

Grand Haven’s Camden Bertucci and Connor Moynihan each won their weight class. Dakota Juarez placed second, as did Ian Radde. Matt Mulcahy and Garrett Kelly were each third, while Allen Torres and Norris Ellis placed fourth.

Spring Lake also competed at Spartan and tied for seventh place, thanks to outstanding showings by several wrestlers.

Tyler Nietering and Andrew Hissom each placed second while Harry Kriger and Billy Belcher took third. Mitch Kriger placed sixth.

“All in all, not a bad day,” said Spring Lake coach Dan Robinson. “Our guys wrestled up to their seeds and performed pretty well against some tough competition. I think we can take the momentum from this tournament and use it down the stretch, knowing we have seen some of the best wrestlers in our area.”

The Lakers travel to Fruitport on Wednesday, where they will take on Orchard View and Ludington in Lakes Eight Conference action.


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