GREENVILLE — The Greenville Yellow Jackets have reached the midway point of the wrestling season.
As always, the Yellow Jackets have faced a extremely tough schedule with matches against state ranked teams each and every week. On Saturday, the Yellow Jackets added to their victory total by going 5-0 to win the Grand Ledge Invitational.
The Yellow Jackets went 4-0 in pool play with victories over Lansing Everett 72-6, Holland West Ottawa 46-16, Eaton Rapids 48-23 and Gaylord 57-18. In the championship, Greenville (No. 4 in Division 2 by michigangrappler.com) defeated No. 8 ranked Mason 39-26.
“It wasn’t as difficult a tournament as some of the other ones we’ve been in,” Greenville coach Paul Johnson said. “It was still decent competition.”
Going undefeated for the Yellow Jackets were Nate Baker (103 pounds), Michael Schmidt (112), Will Parmelee (125), Devon Lehman (140), Luke Gilmore (160) and Jordan Thomas (189).
“Michael Schmidt won all five of his matches with a major decision or better,” Johnson said. “All in all it was a good day.”
In their match Wednesday against Lowell the Yellow Jackets were pinned four times. They did a better job of not getting pinned in Grand Ledge.
“We got pinned a couple of times,” Johnson said. “That is still something to work. The win against Mason was nice, but the biggest thing was the kids getting some victories.”
Johnson noted the tough schedule has affected the records of some of the wrestlers even though they have been wrestling good. The tournament win is a confidence boost the Yellow Jackets.
“We’ve had such stiff competition. The Holland tournament, Goodrich and Lowell,” Johnson said. “Some of our kids were 8-9 or so and thought they weren’t wrestling good. It was nice for them to see that they can compete.”
Greenville travels to Kenowa Hills on Wednesday to face East Grand Rapids and Holland. On Saturday, the Yellow Jackets will compete in the Jackson Northwest Invitational a 10 team individual tournament.
A couple of Yellow Jackets will more than likely reach milestones this weekend. Thomas (23-0 this year) is expected to become the first Greenville wrestler to reach 200 career wins while Michael Schmidt should reach the 100 win mark.