Yellow Jacket wrestlers fifth at Sparta Invite

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:49 am on Monday, January 23, 2012

SPARTA — Greenville’s wrestling team sent 14 wrestlers to the Sparta Invitaitonal Saturday, and nine came back with medals.

One came back with a trophy.

Yellow Jacket state champion Jordan Thomas not only was the only Greenville wrestler to win his weight class at 189 pounds, he also was named Oustanding Wrestler for the tournament.

Greenville was fifth as a team, scoring 144 points. Allegan won the tournament with 184, followed by Grand Haven’s 162 1/2, the host Spartans’ 160 and Comstock Park’s 150 1/2.

“That’s about what I expected,” Greenville coach Paul Johnson said of his team. “If you go through the original seedings, they came out pretty close to where the kids were ranked, close to where they finished.”

Johnson loved to see Thomas get the Outstanding Wrestler award.

“Jordan winning outstanding wrestler was a great accomplishment,” he said. “He pinned the first three kids and he major-decisioned a kid that he had beat earlier this year for his only loss.”

Taking second places for the Jackets were Mike Schmidt at 103 pounds, Alec Ward at 130 and Devin Lehman at 140.

“I thought Alec Ward wrestled well on the day and so did Will Parmalee,” Johnson said. “Both had major decisions, which was even better.”

Parmalee was fourth at 125 pounds, as was Keaton Johnson at 152. Nate Baker was fifth at 112 pounds and Kyle Reamer (135) and Jordan Dassinger (215) each took sixth.

“We had some of our new kids place,” Johnson said. “I thought Keaton Johnson did a nice job and Jordan Dassinger did a nice job getting sixth.”

All these meets against state-ranked competition is just to get ready for the postseason, Johnson said.

“If fact, the regular season is done in two weeks,” he said. “We host the team districts. That’s clearly our first goal as far as post-season play goes. We need to win that before making it back to the state finals.”

But first, Greenville will go to Grand Rapids Christian Wednesday for an O-K White quadrangular. Also there will be Kenowa Hills and Muskegon Mona Shores.

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