JACKSON — The Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team saved its best for last on Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets — down by six points — won 11 of 12 finals matches to pull ahead of DeWitt and capture the Jackson Northwest Tournament on Saturday.
Greenville finished first out of 11 teams with 224.5 points. DeWitt was second at 216.5, Saline third with 196.5 and Lakewood fourth with 153.
“We’ve never finished that strong,” Greenville coach Paul Johnson said. “Real happy with the effort. It’s a nice tournament and they let us bring extra guys. This was only our second individual tournament.”
Two Yellow Jackets reach career win milestones.
Senior Jordan Thomas set the school record for wins in his first match. His first round pin of Coldwater’s Kelly Anzaldua was win 198, which broke the record of 197 set by Tyler Keselring in 2010.
Thomas added to his win total with three more wins and reached the 200 mark with a pin in his third match. Thomas finished the day at 201 wins and a first place finish at 189 pounds. He was also one of two tournament MVPs.
Junior Michael Schmidt (112 pounds) earned his 100th career win with a 19-5 major decision over Coldwater’s Gerald Schultz. Schmidt finished the day 3-2 with a fifth place finish.
“It was neat to see Jordan get to 200 wins. He’s part of a select few in the state of Michigan to get to 200,” Johnson said. “Mike Schmidt on the same day getting 100 wins is fantastic.”
Alec Ward (125) placed first with a 5-0 record while Luke Gilmore (160) also placed first with a 4-0 record.
In all, Greenville had 11 wrestlers finish the day with three or more wins and 13 place in the top five.
Keaton Johnson (145) placed second at 145 pounds, but his points went to team Allstars. Johnson was one of the extra team wrestlers that was able to participate. He finished 3-1 and placed second.
Third place finishers included Nate Baker (103), Devon Lehman (140), Jake Hopkins (145) and Carter Magirl (215). All four went 3-1 overall.
Lehman bounced back with a finals match pin after losing in his third match 7-6.
“I didn’t expect my third match to end up the way it did,” Lehman said. “My fourth match played out pretty good. I’m closer to 100 wins and helped the team out with six points.”
Lehman has 95 career wins and should reach the 100 win mark Saturday at Sparta.
Andrew Sherrick (171) finished in fourth place with a 3-2 record. One of his wins was a great third period comeback when down 7-4.
“He tried throwing me and I just stepped into him pinned his back to the mat,” Sherrick said. “I was down three. He was loving it in neutral and I got sloppy. It felt good to get the pin.”
Other fifth place finishers were Will Parmelee (130), Kyle Reamer (135) and Luke Laidlaw (285).
Greenville travels to Northview on Wednesday and will participate in the Sparta Invitational Saturday.
Another milestone is set to be reached Wednesday. Johnson should reach career win No. 500, which would tie him for 10th all-time according the MHSAA coaching wins list.
Wednesday’s match begins at 6 p.m.
1. Greenville 224.5
2. DeWitt 216.5
3. Saline 196.5
4. Lakewood 153
5. Yale 120
6. Chippewa Valley 116
7. Monroe Jefferson 112
8. Charlotte 103
9. The Allstars *93.5
10. Jackson NW 92.5
11. Coldwater 77
* The Allstars were a team combined of extra wrestlers from all tournament teams.
119: No qualifiers
125: 1. Alec Ward (G) def. Tyler Bundon (YA), 14-2
130: 5. Will Parmelee (G) def. Nick Priehs (YA), 8-7
135: 5. Kyle Reamer (G) def. Devon Knecht (YA), 12-0
140: 3. Devon Lehman (G) pinned Bailey Bischer (YA), :42
145: 2. Hunter Chesher (TA) def. Keaton Johnson (G-TA), 9-5
145: 3. Jake Hopkins (G) pinned Corey Bunker (NW), 5:44
152: No qualifiers
160: 1. Luke Gilmore (G) def. Greg Dolland (CV), 14-1
171: 4. Chase Callender (CH) def. Andrew Sherrick (G), 7-5
189: 1. Jordan Thomas (G) def. Nate Knauf (DW), 5-1
215: 3. Carter Magirl (G) pinned Brett Burtrom (CW), 4:30
285: 5. Luke Laidlaw (G) def. Dustin Bevins (CH), 4-0
103: 3. Nate Baker (G) def. Andrew Garza (CH), 11-6
112: 5. Michael Schmidt (G) def. Gerald Schultz (CW), 19-5