Greenville wrestlers win quadrangular


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 12:29 pm on Thursday, January 19, 2012

Greenville’s Alec Ward, back, tries to reel in Northview’s Brandon Itema during their 130-pound match Wednesday night. Ward won by technical fall.

GRAND RAPIDS — It may have looked easy for Greenville’s wrestling team to get a pair of wins Wednesday night, but one wasn’t so easy to do.

The one that wasn’t so easy was against Northview, the host of the quadrangular. But the Yellow Jackets prevailed 46-19. They then defeated a shorthanded Grand Rapids Union team 77-3.

Greenville (19-4, 2-1) jumped out to a big lead on the Wildcats, winning the first four matches and never looking back.

“I looked at what I thought we would do against them and even in my optimistic score I didn’t have us beating Northview by that spread,” Greenville coach Paul Johnson said. “Brandon Young got a pin at heavyweight (285 pounds) and I didn’t know how he would do against them (Northview). I thought Brandon wrestled real well. That was a nine-point swing that I had us predicted.”

After losing at 119 and 125 pounds, the Jackets lost only two matches the rest of the way, giving Johnson his 500th career win as a coach.

“They have a decent team,” Johnson said of Northview. “I actually thought some of their kids were in spots that worked to our advantage.”

Greenville got pins in this match from Jordan Thomas (189), Young, Devon Lehman (140) and Luke Gilmore (160).

“All their wrestlers are really good,” Johnson said. “No complaints.”

Then Greenville took on Union, who voided five weight classes and was pinned in six others. Their only win was at 135 pounds.

“That’s a new coach for them and new boys and that’s difficult,” Johnson said.

Pins came from Young, Nate Baker (103), Tate Jeffrey (119), Parmalee (125), Alec Ward (130), Lehman (140) and Jordan Thomas (189).

Greenville travels to Sparta on Saturday for an individual tournament.

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