Greenville wrestlers third at Goodrich


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 11:09 pm on Friday, December 30, 2011

GOODRICH — Greenville’s wrestling team made coach Paul Johnson happy about its performance Friday night.

The Yellow Jackets placed third overall at the 22-team Goodrich Invitational, finishing behind state-ranked St. Johns and Dundee while placing ahead of state-ranked Hesperia and Detroit Catholic Central.

“I’m certainly not disappointed,” Johnson said. “It was a tough tournament. The level of competition is really stiff. To have seven out of our 12 place — I wasn’t disappointed with that.”

Jordan Thomas was the lone winner of a weight class for Greenville, taking the 189-pound class. Mike Schmidt (103 pounds) and Luke Gilmore (160) took third in their classes, and Alec Ward (125) and Luke Laidlaw (285) were each fourth.

Caleb Bell (171) and Carter Magirl (215) were fifth each.

“It was nice to see the bigger kids do well,” Johnson said. “Carter did well at 215 and Luke Laidlaw placing fourth was nice. Just having the upper weights hold their own was nice to see.”

Of the 22 teams that were there, eight were ranked in the state in the pre-season Michigangrappler.com poll.

Greenville’s next meet will be at home Wednesday against Lowell, Kenowa Hills and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central.

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