With more than their own success at stake, the Grand Haven varsity wrestling team reached a new high on Saturday.
The Buccaneers dominated the competition at their home meet, the Adam Provencal Invitational, scoring a team tournament record 294.5 points.
The event bears the name of former Grand Haven High School student-athlete Adam Provencal, who was shot and killed on a tragic Halloween night accident his senior year of high school in 1993.
Provencal’s father, Jack, was a longtime wrestling coach and athletic director at Grand Haven. He remains an integral part of the Bucs’ wrestling program.
“I believe that when they compete for someone else — for the Provencal family — they can do great things,” said Bucs’ coach James Richardson. “Obviously, this is always more than just a wrestling meet for everyone involved in the program. The kids take pride because it’s their home tournament as well as because of Adam and the Provencal family.”
The Bucs had 17 wrestlers earn points on Saturday, and every one of those wrestlers placed in the top four of their weight class.
“I don’t remember that ever happening in my coaching career,” Richardson said. “I’m really proud of some of the young guys. We had six boys reach the finals for the first time in a varsity tournament.”
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