The Spring Lake wrestling team went a perfect 5-0 at the Forest Hills Eastern team duals on Saturday to win the event.
The Lakers defeated Muskegon (57-24), Grand Rapids Christian (48-12), Forest Hills Northern (58-14), Northview (48-40) and Forest Hills Eastern (41-39).
In the final dual against Forest Hills Eastern, the Lakers needed two big matches from seniors Noah Dennie at 171 pounds and Hunter Rose at 189. The team was down 10 points going into those two matches, and both Dennie and Hunter delivered in a big way.
Dennie recorded a pinfall win in the first period of his match, while Rose picked up a third-period pinfall to push the Lakers to a dramatic, 2-point win.
"All in all, I'm really proud of my boys and how they wrestled this weekend," said Spring Lake coach Dan Robinson. "They did what they needed to do in a long day of competition to come out on top. We still are not at full strength and we still don't have everybody at the right weights, but they came out and wrestled outstanding.
"I'm really happy for our senior guys who have stuck with it even though they haven't had a lot of team success. Hunter Rose wrestled outstanding today as did my freshmen in the lower weights. The guys really stayed together as a team and pushed each other on and that's what gets it done in these kinds of matches.”
Jack Parker, Jamie Holt, Hunter Rose and Nathan Proctor each went 5-0 in their respective matches to lead the Lakers.
Max Montgomery, Connor Montgomery and Noah Dennie finished 4-1 on the day, while Schafer Bailey, Caleb Swenor and Dayton Holmes finished 3-2.
The Lakers return to the mats Wednesday for another grueling week of competition.
"Next week is a big challenge for us, as we'll head to Allendale on Wednesday, and we have the Grand Haven team tournament on Saturday," said Robinson. "There are some outstanding teams there. That will really give us an idea of where we are at and learn what the guys need to work on to be at that next level."
SHORTHANDED BUCS FINISH NINTH
The Grand Haven wrestling squad showcased the talent at the top of its roster this weekend, battling through shorthanded numbers to finish ninth as a team at the Allegan Southwest Classic tournament.
The Buccaneers only brought eight wrestlers to the event, which featured nine ranked teams, and came with 67.5 points.
Lowell took top team honors with 247.5 points, while Niles finished second with 169.5, Stevensville Lakeshore came in third with 161, Hudson came in fourth with 127.5, Mendon came in fifth with 125.5, Whitehall came in sixth with 121.5, Byron Center came in seventh with 86 and Edwardsburg came in eighth with 74.
"The Southwest tournament is one of the toughest tournaments of the year with nine teams ranked in the state in their divisions,” said Grand Haven coach Vince Gervais. "Every year, there are wrestlers who fail to place in this tournament, but go on to place at the state tournament. I was proud of my team's effort, especially when we didn't have our full team available."
Junior Cody Miller finished second overall in his 125-pound division, finishing 3-1 on the day and scoring 21.5 team points to lead the Bucs, while senior Daniel Guillen finished third in his 130-pound division, scoring 18.5 team points.
Senior Collin Monsma placed fifth in the heavyweight division to score 13 team points after a 3-1 performance, while Riley Rhone placed fifth in his 103 division, finishing 4-1 and scoring 12.5 team points.
FRUITPORT FINISHES THIRD AT GRANDVILLE
The Fruitport wrestling team finished third overall the Grandville Challenge Invitational on Saturday.
Chris Hutson (171 pounds) and Dallas Rogers (285 pounds) each won individual class championships at their respective divisions to lead the Trojans.
Zach Sykes finished second at 112, followed by Christian Straley (130) and Crue Coopers (189), who both finished third in their divisions.