Fruitport’s startling wrestling turnaround continued on Thursday as the unbeaten Trojans breezed through Spring Lake and Reeths-Puffer on their way to a Division 2 district championship.
The district crown is all the more impressive when you consider that coach Jack Nummerdor’s team featured only six wrestlers at this time a year ago.
“We had six guys wrestle here last year, and to get to where we are now, that’s all to the kids,” Nummerdor said after his team’s 49-19 victory over Reeths-Puffer in the district championship match. “For them to come out and work their tails off for this was great.
“That’s what this community is all about is pulling together.”
The Trojans advance to next Wednesday’s regional tournament against Grand Rapids Northview at Lowell High School. The winner will likely get a chance to meet No. 1-ranked Lowell in the regional final.
“We had only like five guys in our lineup last year, and it sucked, because we definitely should have been in the (district) finals, but things happened, people quit, people got injured,” said Tommy Martinez, one of the Trojans’ captains. “We didn’t have much of a team. This year, we have a team that’s like a family.”
“You’ve got to give it to Fruitport,” said Lakers’ coach Dan Robinson, whose team lost to the Trojans earlier in the evening, 52-23. “They’re loaded top to bottom, and they’re tough, tough kids who wrestle all six minutes.
“It’s amazing what that coach has been able to accomplish in two years.”
Wrestlers from both schools will compete in the Division 2 individual district tournament on Saturday at Coopersville.
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