Greenville wrestlers get ready for Lowell

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:10 am on Tuesday, January 03, 2012

GREENVILLE — Greenville vs. Lowell in wrestling is one of the area’s biggest grudge matches every year.

Previous battles between the Yellow Jackets and Red Arrows have gone down to the last match, which often decides the O-K White Conference championship.

The Yellow Jackets and Red Arrows will face off Wednesday at Greenville as part of a quadrangular meet.

“We’ll have our hands full with them,” Greenville coach Paul Johnson said of Lowell. “They have a real solid team. They have a good freshmen group coming in. They were favored, but we’ll see. We have a competitive team.”

In the most recent rankings, Lowell is ranked second in the state in Division 2, while Greenville is ranked fourth. St. Johns is No. 1 and Tecumseh is No. 3.

Greenville comes into the quadrangular 9-3 in dual meets.

“We’ve got plenty to work on so I won’t make any predictions,” Johnson said.

Johnson noted the Red Arrows have three state champions on their team, while the Jackets have one: 189-pounder Jordan Thomas. Lowell has five state placers to three for Greenville, and Lowell has eight state qualifiers to Greenville’s five.

“I don’t know that there is anything to beat them (Lowell),” Johnson said. “For instance, last year we had a kid win that we didn’t anticipate would win. Then the following night, he got beat by the kid. We need upsets like that and more than just one of them. I don’t think it’s being pessimistic but it’s going to be a good match. They have a good squad.”

But the Red Arrows had a good team last year, too, Johnson noted.

“That was the case last year but we pulled off the upset,” he said.

Last year the Jackets won 34-27 at Lowell on a Justin Zimmer pin in the second-to-last match. The year prior Lowell won at Greenville 29-28 when the Arrows won the eighth tie-breaker, which was most wrestlers who score first in their individual matches.

Greenville will also face Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central in the quadrangular after going up against the Arrows.

The Jackets last wrestled at the Goodrich individual tournament Saturday, while Lowell has been off since Thursday, when they traveled to Chicago to face Chicago Glenbard North.

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