A trio of costly forfeits foiled the Spring Lake varsity wrestling team's quest for a Division 2 district title.
The Lakers trailed Reeths-Puffer by just four points, 19-15, following Billy Belcher's victory at 285 pounds.
That's when things unraveled for Spring Lake. They forfeited at 103 pounds, 112 pounds and 119 pounds, paving the way for the Rockets to claim a 46-24 win over the host Lakers.
Their 103-pounder, Austin Detweiler, was out with a concussion, while 119-pounder Anthony Rolston was sick.
"That hurt us," said a dejected Lakers' coach Dan Robinson. "Little Austin got a concussion a couple weeks ago, so there goes our 103. We haven't had a 112 all year, and our 119 was sick."
In the weight classes they did fill, the Lakers weren't able to make up enough ground on the Rockets, who will advance to next week's team regional competition.
"We just got out-wrestled," Robinson said. "Reeths-Puffer's kids wanted it. I said to my assistant coaches, we probably had to run 160-285."
The Lakers weren't able to sweep those upper weight classes. At 160, Zach Kennedy suffered a 12-3 loss to Puffer's Sean McWilliams.
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