No. 10 Lakeview loses to No. 3 Hesperia, beats Central Montcalm

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:37 am on Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lakeview's Joe Main takes on an opponent. — Daily News/Bruce Bentley

HOLTON — Lakeview’s wrestling team could only manage a single win in their CSAA quadrangular Wednesday night, but it was against a rival.

The Wildcats, ranked 10th in Division 3 by, lost to Hesperia, ranked third in Division 4, by a 50-19 count. They then beat Central Montcalm 51-21.

Central, meanwhile, lost to Holton 33-21 before losing to Lakeview.

Both Wildcat coach Dave Blaser and Green Hornet coach Dan VanderVlucht blamed their losses on wrestlers not being able to compete.

“We were a little banged up. We had some guys out for some rules violations,” Blaser said.

“I had four starters come down with a skin infection from one of the tournaments we were at,” VanderVlucht said.

It made for just a few wrestlers from each team with two wins on the night.

For Lakeview (19-7, 4-3), Andrew Hall (135 pounds), Terry Grieser (145), Jordan Betham (160), Joe Main (189) and Gus Ward (215) won both their matches.

“We battled with Hesperia,” Blaser said. “They are where we want to be. We went out there and tried 100 percent.”

But the Central win was nice, he noted.

“It’s always nice to beat Central Montcalm,” he said. “We won the matches we needed to win. Bonus points were big. Once you get the ball rolling, it’s nice to keep them going your way.”

The Hornets (6-8, 1-7) had one wrestler pick up two wins and that was Dakota James in the 152-pound division.

“The two teams we went against were solid teams,” VanderVlucht said. “Holton is right there with Hesperia. They had some kids come through. Lakeview, if I had my starters in there it would have been different.”

Blaser mentioned how happy he is to get the Central State Activities Association dual meet portion of the season done with, even though he has one more meet to go.

“It was nice to solidify our spot at fourth in the conference,” he said. “It’s just nice wrapping up these conference quads and look forward to the post-season.”

Lakeview will go to the Shelby Super-duals on Saturday, while Central heads to the Lake Odessa Lakewood tournament that same day.

“Hopefully, the four kids will be back in this weekend,” VanderVlucht said. “They had to sit out three days.”

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