Grand Haven grapplers win Kenowa Hills Invite
The Grand Haven wrestling team scored 213.5 points to take top-team honors at the Kenowa Hills Invitational tournament on Saturday.
The Buccaneers edged out Hesperia (207) by just 6.5 points, while Petoskey (179) finished third.
Cody Miller (125 pounds), Daniel Guillen (135) and Collin Monsma (285) all won their respective weight classes, while Riley Rhone (103), Zach Boersen (119) and Trevor Rademaker (145) finished runner-up in their respective weight classes.
Also recording placements for Grand Haven were: Hunter Spangler (130) finishing third; Bronson Jewell (171) finishing fourth; Kaleb Butcher (189) finishing fifth and Chance Heineman (215) placing sixth.
“This was a great response following a tough loss Wednesday against Hudsonville,” said Grand Haven head coach Vince Gervais. “All of the kids wrestled at or above their seeds Saturday, which is impressive. Cody Miller, Daniel Guillen, and Collin Monsma were all seeded first and backed up those seeds with great performances all day in their matches.
“Zach Boersen was seeded fifth and defeated the fourth and first seeds on his way to placing second. Hunter Spangler was the sixth seed and ended up placing third. Riley Rhone pinned a wrestler from Zeeland East who is ranked eighth in the state to make it to the finals before he lost a tough match to Owen Norman from Caledonia. Trevor Rademaker also had a strong showing on the day, scoring valuable team points for us.”
Gervais believes Saturday’s results was a shot of confidence that his team needed with districts just a few weeks away.
“This was a great tournament for this time of year,” he added. “The results will give us a lot of confidence as we head into the most important time of the season. Winning the tournament was important but what was most impressive was how well we competed as a group all day. It was a total team effort. We were able to enter 19 guys into the tournament with quite a few of them getting their first varsity experience. We have an important week this week as we host Rockford and West Ottawa for our Bucs Pride Night wrestling event.”
Spring Lake wrestling finishes 11th
The Spring Lake wrestling team also took on the Kenowa Hills Invitational on Saturday, finishing ninth at the tournament with 50 points for the day.
Sam France finished third in his 189-pound division to lead the Lakers, while Jack Parker and Hunter Rose each added fourth-place finishes. Connor Montgomery added a fifth-place finish, while Max Montgomery finished sixth.
"The boys wrestled well today. Our ninth-place finish doesn’t really show that we doubled up at some weights and the second guy couldn't score us points,” said Spring Lake head coach Dan Robinson. “We had some guys wrestle above their seed, some right at their seed and some had a rough day.
“Connor and Max Montgomery both wrestled above where they were seeded. Max was the ninth seed and Connor was unseeded, so they had pretty stellar days, although I know Max wanted a little more. Jack, Sam, and Hunter continue to wrestle well. They just need to keep pushing the pace in the room. All in all, it was a decent day, but we just need to keep preparing for these last couple weeks before the postseason begins.”
The Lakers will continue their postseason push with a quad meet at Godwin Heights on Wednesday, followed by a home quad on Thursday.
Fruitport wrestlers finish third at GMAAs
The Fruitport wrestling team took on the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association city tournament on Saturday, coming away with a third-place finish with 116 points.
Whitehall won the event for the 12th year in a row with 239.5 points, followed by Reeths-Puffer in second place with 192 points.
Connor Sykes fueled the Trojans with a 103-pound championship, concluding with an 8-0 major decision over Matthew Goodrich of Whitehall in the title match.
Zach Sykes finished runner-up in the 112-pound division with a narrow 3-1 loss in sudden-death overtime to Reeths-Puffer’s Jacob Blawat. Dominic Dault finished third at 140 pounds with a pinfall win (2:09) over Aiden Cook of Muskegon Catholic Central in the third-place match.
Davis Ross also finished third at 145 pounds with a 4-2 win over Thade Radosa of Reeths-Puffer in the third-place match. Also adding strong performances were Crue Cooper (171) going 2-1 on the day and Dallas Clark (285) going 3-1.
Haven ski team has strong showing at Slalom Championships
The Grand Haven/Black River co-op ski team competed in the annual Slalom Championships on Saturday at Cannonsburg Ski Area.
Sophomore Mitchel Bosgraaf took home the gold medal in the sophomore division with a combined time of 1:05.64 to lead the Bucs, followed by his teammate, Jack Hardebeck, with a bronze medal with a time of 1:08.75.
“These two boys handled the deteriorating course conditions really well,” said Grand Haven head coach Anna Braymer. “We had high temps of almost 45 degrees and sunshine, which made it difficult to maintain the race course conditions but it didn't bother them at all. They raced to the top even with a high starting number.”
Junior Ethan Brown surprised with a sixth-place finish in the junior division, while junior Drew Hubert added a 16th-place finish.
On the girls’ side of the event, Allie Vantrepott placed 10th in the junior division.
“The profits of this race will benefit the Cannonsburg Challenged Ski Association, which will enable them to buy new adaptive ski equipment for physical and mentally handicapped skiers right here in our communities,” added Braymer about the event.
Spring Lake ski team shows out at Slalom Championships
The Spring Lake ski team competed with more than 250 other skiers in the Greater Grand Rapids High School Ski Conference Slalom Championship on Saturday at Cannonsburg.
The Spring Lake boys squad captured a second place team finish, while the girls came in seventh.
Charlie Parker led the Laker boys, finishing as the fastest junior boy and was third-place overall among all boys. Colby Brown added a 10th-place finish; Griffin Phares came in 26th and Jack Lauinger placed at 33rd overall. Dawson Sherman (47), Connor Burke (50), Charlie Navarre (51) and Bryson Hugh (54) rounded out the team scores for the Spring Lake.
Senior Coco McKeough led the Laker girls, skiing two fantastic runs to capture both the fastest senior girl and overall fastest girl titles. Lilly Saunders (44), Elle Stomp (45), Caroline Loiseau (52), Kailey Kuhlman (53), Danielle VanderMeulen (56) and Erin Burke (70) rounded out the team scoring for the Spring Lake.
SL swim grabs bronze at EGR
The Spring Lake boys swim and dive team traveled to East Grand Rapids to take on the EGR Invite and an eclectic collection of teams.
The Lakers finished third overall with 351 points, behind the host Pioneers in first place with 592 points and Hudsonville with 535 points. Byron Center trailed Spring Lake with 325, ahead of Detroit Country day with 257.5 and Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at 252.5.
Joey Wachter, Will Brown, Kevin Losee and Cam Peel kicked off the meet in style with a first-place finish at 1 minute, 39.26 seconds in the 200-yard medley relay.
Wachter, Losee, and Peel were joined by Drew Fogel for another team-victory in the 200-freestyle relay, clocking in at 1:29.96.
Peel picked up Spring Lake’s only individual victory, taking first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.59.
Also grabbing top-three finishes for the Lakers were: Fogel in second place in the 200 individual medley (2:04.76), Noah Locascio in third place of 1-meter diving (366.60), Wachter in third place in the 100 butterfly (55.41), and third place in the 100 backstroke (55.79) and Peel as runner-up in the 100 freestyle (47.86).
The Lakers return to the pool for a conference dual meet at Jenison on Tuesday, with start time scheduled for 6 p.m.