Fruitport’s Hendricks wins state title

Grand Haven’s Juarez takes second
Tribune Staff
Mar 3, 2014

Fruitport’s Chris Hendricks had never been to the state finals, and didn’t even wrestle his freshmen year, but on Saturday the senior became Michigan’s Division 2 heavyweight champion.

Hendricks (45-1) won a 6-3 decision over Tecumseh’s Preston Pelham (55-2) at the Palace of Auburn Hills to claim the honor.

“It was pretty sweet,” Hendricks said.  “It’s different than anything else I’ve ever done. I can’t really explain how good it felt.”

Hendricks, who also won a decision over Pelham earlier in the season, said he began to gain confidence as the match drew nearer. 

“I was actually more nervous when I first woke up,” said Hendricks, who credited coach Jack Nummerdor with helping him to stay calm. “When I went out there the nerves went away. I had wrestled the kid before. I knew if I just wrestled my match and pushed the pace I’d be fine.”

When the big guys did match up, there was a bit more athleticism than usual for the weight class. Pelham was on the smaller side after bumping up from 215 last year, and the 260-pound football-standout Hendricks has plenty of speed for his size.  

“There was a lot of movement — shots being taken,” Hendricks said. “Neither one of us throw, so we didn’t really lock up that much. I think it was a lot of movement for a heavyweight match.”

Hendricks, who became Fruitports’ first heavyweight champion since Matt Brink won three titles from 1994-97, transferred to the school from Mona Shores after his sophomore year. That season was his first competing in the sport as a high school athlete, and in a world where it seems like the top wrestlers come out of the womb grappling, Hendricks took to the sport very quickly.

Read more of this story in Saturday's print edition or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


Tri-cities realist

Seriously, that's one of the best 2 pictures they took? Pathetic.


LOL! As a lover of photography I can not imagine what would possess one to publish that shot, unless of course they were going for hits to the comments section :-)

Tri-cities realist

My guess was that it was an attempt to denigrate the 2nd oldest sport known to mankind. First sport: running (Adam chasing Eve), second sport: wrestling... I think you can fill in the blanks :)

And for those who are offended by my biblical reference, the explanation was given by a junior high phys Ed teacher who was also a wrestling coach... I must have thought it was funny enough to remember it this many years later.

Laker Dad

I'm thinking whoever chose that picture may have some "issues".

Congrats on your state title Mr. Hendricks!


ha, ha, hahahahahah... Somebody actually looked at that picture and decided to throw it on the internet? This is not real life..

Harry Kovaire

Congratulations dudes, but I can't imagine the razzing you must be getting from this photo. is one of my favorite satire sites.


Ohhhh Vickie Mulcahy...seriously ?? Poor Chris Hendricks now has to go to school and hear about the raw Tribune Pic instead of the State Finals. I'm sure the picture didn't make the graduation scrap book either..haha !


Good job Chris. Sorry though for the thoughtlessness of the editor. It's going to take a while to live this one down. Like being a teenager isn't hard enough.


Whoever decided to publish this picture in the Tribune as a way to congratulate Chris Hendricks for being first in state, should be ashamed of his or her self! I laminated every article about my son when he was in the Tribune during his high school wrestling days. I doubt this picture is laminate worthy!!! Come on!! You owe Chris a HUGE apology!!!


HMMMMMMMM, Maybe we need to get Vickie Mulcahy a man...or send her to the Cheerleading Finals to do somemore lovely lens-work.
What type of takedown is that, anyway, Vickiieeeeeeeee????? but I digress

Harry Kovaire

I read something in the last paragraph about "womb grappling" - maybe it's a new move.


I wonder what the comments would have been if that were a male and a female wrestler. There are reasons we have seperate gender sports!

Barry Soetoro

Shame on you Grandma.

Laker Dad

I believe that girls can be on a wrestling team, but boys cannot be on a volleyball team.


I wonder what the comments would have been if that were a male and a female wrestler. There are reasons we have seperate gender sports!

Matt DeYoung

The image referred to in the above comments has been removed and replaced with a more appropriate photo.


Too bad you can't change the picture in the printed version also.


Wait, They actually printed that picture in the paper??


Kudos to you Matt for taking down that unflattering wrestling picture. Unfortunately, when this fine young man cuts out this article in the paper of this unbelievable achievement, he has to look at that picture too, or probably cut it out before he frames that wonderful article for his kids to see some day. Maybe a 2nd eye in the editing room could avoid it in the future. You do a great job. Keep up the good work.

John Manning

It is obvious the tribune continues to treat Fruitport like a red headed step child. Great job Chris Hendricks you represented West Michigan well.


Shame on the GH Tribune and especially its photo editor (if there is one) for posting that picture. If the tribune has any class, they would repost a picture of Chris Hendricks on top of the podium accepting his First place medal. What an accomplishment! BTW - I cancelled my subscription in protest and encourage anyone else who feels that the GH Tribune was irresponsible to do the same. The only way to make a difference with the Tribune is to hit them where it hurts, in the wallet.

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