Four Buc wrestlers earn all-state honors

Grand Haven freshmen's Camden Bertucci's quest at winning an individual title at the Division 1 state finals in the 103-pound weight class fell one match short at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Tribune Staff
Mar 5, 2012

 

Bertucci was defeated by Davison’s Lincoln Olson by a major decision, 16-5. With the victory, Olson completed an undefeated season at 46-0, while Bertucci completes his stellar year at 46-4.

The top four finishers in the weight class were all freshmen.

“I’m very proud of Camden’s efforts,” said Grand Haven coach James Richardson. “He had an extremely good tournament. He pinned a very skilled kid in the quarterfinals, and wrestled great again in the semifinals.

“I thought he wrestled really well in the finals, but he came up a little bit short.”

Despite missing out on a state title, Grand Haven finished the day with four wrestlers earning all-state honors by placing in eighth-place or better. Five other Grand Haven wrestlers who reached the state meet were honorable mention all-state.

Also earning the distinction were junior Connor Moynihan in fourth at 171 pounds; sophomore Dakota Juarez in third at 152; and senior Garrett Kelly in eighth at 215.

Moynihan defeated Midland’s Knute Hoffman by a 8-5 decision to reach the third-place match in the consolation bracket on Saturday. In that match, he was edged by Clarkston’s Chris Calvano by a 5-3 decision to end his season at 47-4.

Juarez was victorious in his third-place match against Westland John Glen’s Travis Mann, as he prevailed by a 8-2 decision. Juarez finishes his season at 41-7.

Kelly suffered a pair of losses in the consolation bracket at 215 on Saturday to end his season at 39-12.

“This was a great way to finish the season,” Richardson said. “Our kids represented our program and our community very well.”

GH COACHES HONORED

Grand Haven head coach James Richardson was named the Division 1 Coach of the Year at this weekend’s individual wrestling state finals.

Assistant coach Tom Foley was named the Division 1 Assistant Coach of the Year.

The pair guided the Buccaneers to a share of the O-K Red title this winter as well as the school’s first-ever regional championship.

“It’s a nice honor because it recognizes our entire program and the effort of our kids,” Richardson said.

LAKERS PLACE WELL

Spring Lake totaled three all-state wrestlers in the Division 2 state finals. Senior Andrew Hissom won his final match of his high school career to earn a fifth-place finish at 189 pounds.  He defeated Linden’s Jeff Fisher by a tight 8-6 decision to earn fifth and tally a season mark of 53-6.

Senior Tyler Nietering also took fifth at 119 pounds, as he pinned Lowell’s Jordan Hall in 3 minutes, 41 seconds in his final match. Nietering finishes his season with a 47-12 record.

At 140 pounds, Harry Kriger was pinned in his final match by Stevensville Lakeshore’s Travis Dragomer in 2:29 to finish sixth. Kriger closes his career at Spring Lake with a 46-12 record.

 

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