But coach James Richardson knows his squad can take it up a notch.
“I felt that we wrestled about average — we’re much better than what we showed tonight,” Richardson said. “I’m proud of my kids because they wrestled hard, but I’m not sure how much better we were tonight. We’re better than what we showed, and that part is disappointing.”
Richardson said he did not see the same fire in his team that had willed it to an 18-2 record.
Grand Haven’s only losses were to No. 3 ranked Hartland and Byron Center, which was ranked No. 7 at the time. The Bucs got revenge on the Byron Center in a rematch four weeks later.
Grand Haven also defeated No. 8 ranked Grandville this past weekend to capture the O-K Red title.
“We wrestled with a ton of emotion this past week to win the O-K Red. Fourteen guys (received all conference honors), the first time in school history,” Richardson said. “Tonight we wrestled with not so much emotion — I think that was the difference.
“I’m proud of them for winning, but it wasn’t our best effort.”
Grand Haven had little trouble dispatching of host West Ottawa in the district semifinals, defeating the Panthers 40-14.
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