Belding wrestlers second at own invitational; Wyoming Rogers wins

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 11:00 am on Monday, January 16, 2012

Belding’s Nate Cooley, front, tries to escape from Cedar Springs’ Baron Lenardson during their 103-pound match Saturday. Lenardson pinned Cooley with one second left in the second period.

BELDING — Belding wrestling coach Travis Meyer has a good outlook on the rest of the season after the way his Redskins performed this week.

“I think we had a great week of wrestling,” Meyer said. “We hung tough with Sparta Wednesday.”

He followed that up with finishing second at the Belding Invitational Saturday.

The Redskins (10-4) went 4-1 on the day. They opened with a 67-12 win over Grand Rapids Christian.

“They haven’t had much success lately,” Meyer said of the Eagles. “They struggle with the fact that they don’t have a middle school program for their high school program. But we had a couple of guys have to wrestle a six-minute match to win.”

Meyer said his team gained some confidence after knocking off O-K Blue foe Cedar Springs 51-27.

“They (Cedar Springs) got us earlier in a tournament,” he said. “It was good to get them this week. I don’t think they threw an entire lineup at us and we didn’t throw an entire lineup against them. I feel confident going into our dual.”

Grant fell to Belding 56-21.

“I knew they were a pretty solid team and it was going to come down to matchups,” Meyer said. “Our lower weights, our young guys took it to them. Our freshmen wrestled four complete matches without getting pinned. That made the difference because if they got caught it was a nine-point swing.”

After hammering Hudsonville’s “B” team 62-18, it came down to two undefeated teams in Belding and Wyoming Rogers.

“Unfortunately we got intimidated by Wyoming Rogers’ aggressiveness,” Meyer said.

The Golden Hawks won 42-22 to take first place.

“I talked about their aggressiveness and they came out and showed some of our young kids they were there for a pretty good reason,” Meyer said. “They rattled off six straight wins against us and out of those six, five were freshmen. Our boys had an eye-opener there.”

On the day, 5-0 Redskin wrestlers were Todd Haller (285 pounds), Jack Johnston (171) and Michael Walker (145). Going 4-1 were Nate Cooley (103), Brady Phelps (130) and Dillon Riches (152).

Next up for Belding will be an O-K Blue quadrangular at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern on Wednesday.

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