The wrestling team was busy during the month of December. It competed in 3 quads and 4 tournaments. During that time, it compiled a 17-4 record with a 4th, 6th, 2nd, and 1st place finish in its tourneys. Also, several individuals had a successful month to kick off the season.
The team started the season with a 4th place finish at the Kent City Kickoff Classic. It defeated Godwin Heights, East Grand Rapids, and Reed City. It dropped duals to Fremont and Catholic Central.
The team then ventured to the Kent County Championships at Forest Hills Central. Out of the 23 Kent County teams competing, the smallest school in the county finished 6th, trailing only Lowell, Rockford, Sparta, Caledonia, and Cedar Springs. Evan Jones earned a county championship. Hunter Carr finished in 3rd. Jayden Williams placed 5th, and Austin Hickman and Jake Anderson both secured 6th place.
To kick off Christmas break, the team traveled to Martin for a 6 team tourney. It advanced to the finals by defeating Gobles, Maple Valley, Bronson, and Watervliet. In the finals, the team dropped a back and forth dual against Catholic Central by two points. The team won more matches on the mat, but it was forced to forfeit 3 weight classes, which proved to be the difference. Evan Jones 5-0, Hunter Carr 5-0, Jon Willison-Westbrook 5-0, Austin Hickman 5-0, Alex Russo 4-0, Austin Neuman 4-1, and Jose Garza 4-0 wrestled well on the day as well to earn individual medals.
In its last tourney of the year, the team headed back to Coopersville for the second consecutive year to participate in its holiday tournament. This year was special for three reasons. The first reason is because Coopersville changed it to a military appreciation tournament in which all teams wore uniforms representing the military. The second reason is because the team moved up a place from last year. This year, it was able to run the table in impressive fashion to go 5-0 to earn the championship plaque. It defeated Zeeland West, Northview, Coopersville, Hastings, and Ravenna to secure its tournament championship. The third reason that made it a great day is because Evan Jones reached a milestone in his career by going 5-0 and earning his 150th victory with a pin over his Ravenna opponent to end the day. Other wrestlers that had successful days to contribute to the cause were Alex Russo 5-0, Hunter Carr 5-0, Jayden Williams 5-0, Jon Willison-Westbrook 4-1, Austin Neuman 5-0, Jake Anderson 4-1, and Carlos Hernandez-Ruiz 3-2.
The team is looking forward to January and starting the conference portion of its season. It will be back in action on Wednesday, January 9, at home for parents’ night. Wrestling begins at 5:30 as the team takes on Lakeview and Orchard View. Hope to see you there!