Wrestling teams gear up for Lakeview Invite

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 3:41 pm on Friday, January 20, 2012

Lakeview’s Robbie Robbert goes for a pin during a match against Reed City this season. The Wildcats are ranked No. 10 in Division 3 by michigangrappler.com

LAKEVIEW — A couple of local wrestling teams will find out more about their wrestlers when the Lakeview Invitational wrestling tournament takes place Saturday.

The host Wildcats will join Belding at the individual tournament, which starts at 9 a.m. The teams went in opposite directions Wednesday night.

The Redskins won a close 39-37 contest with Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern at home while the Wildcats lost 36-33 to Holton Wednesday night.

Belding coach Travis Meyer thinks the tournament suits his Redskins well.

“It’s a tournament that’s set up pretty well for us,” Meyer said. “There are a lot of team there that will have some good wrestlers but there won’t be some crazy wrestlers. I’ve got high hopes we’re going to get some kids finding their first podiums of the season this weekend.”

Lakeview coach Dave Blaser is a little fired up after losing to the Red Devils.

“The last match the ref decided to disqualify my kid. It’s just frustrating,” he said.

Lakeview did not have school or practice Thursday, so Blaser has no gauge on his team at this point.

“It’s tough to tell. We didn’t get to practice (Thursday) because of the snow,” he said.

But Blaser has high hopes.

“We’re going to have some teams there we haven’t seen this year,” he said. “We go into every tournament thinking we want to win our own invitational.”

Meyer is hoping to use the tournament to get back to something he had been teaching the Redskins to do earlier in the season.

“We have to backtrack a little bit and use some aggressive wrestling,” Meyer said. “We have been drilling technique but we’ve lost some of the aggressiveness. I think if we can combine the technique and energy we’ll see a lot of faces up there at the podium.”

Blaser is looking for something else from his Wildcats.

“With an individual tournament they need a lot of leadership from the seniors,” he said. “With a tournament situation it’s a lot tougher to get ready mentally. We’ll have to see how the young guys do. If they can come out with a third-place medal that would be great.”

Blaser thinks his team is part of three top teams that will be there.

“We’ll have Fremont, who has had some close matches with them this year. Belding’s pretty tough this year,” he said. “(Wyoming) Godwin Heights has some really good upper weights. The top three teams will be Belding, Fremont and Lakeview. It should be a good tournament.”

Meyer agrees Lakeview will be a good team at the tournament.

“There’s a couple of guys at Lakeview I’m excited to see,” he said. “A couple of my young guys matched up pretty well that matched up with the studs up there. I’m excited to see how we progressed. It will be evident up there.”

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