GAYLORD — Greenville’s wrestling team got almost all their wrestlers to the individual regional tournament come Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets sent 13 wrestlers to Gaylord High School for the district tournament and 11 are moving on to the regionals.
Of the 11 that are moving on, five won their weight classes.
“I was pleased with that,” Greenville coach Paul Johnson said.
Mike Schmidt won the 103-pound class, Alec Ward won the 125-pound class, Luke Gilmore was the 160-pound winner, Kaleb Bell took the 171-pound division and Jordan Thomas was the 189-pound champion.
Taking second in his weight class was Devon Lehman, who was second in the 140-pound division.
“The bigger story are the kids that have never made it before,” Johnson said.
Greenville’s third-place wrestlers were Reed Cox at 152 pounds, Dakota Sherrick at 189 pounds and Nate Baker at 103.
Carter Magirl made it to the regionals after finishing fourth in the 215-pound class.
“The new kids, Dakota Sherrick has wrestled two years and qualified,” Johnson said. “His only loss is to his teammate, Jordan Thomas.
“Nate Baker placed third at 103. Both of those finished better than they were ranked. Reed Cox just started in the varsity lineup. He had two come-from-behind win.”
Magirl also is someone who is a newbie, Johnson noted.
Sherrick would “be in our starting lineup all the time but he has a difficult weight class,” Johnson said, noting state champion Thomas is in 189 and Bell is in 171.
Greenville will head to Mount Pleasant for the individual regionals. Johnson explained how difficult it will be to move on from there.
“At districts, you have 12 kids in a bracket and you have to get to the top four,” he said. “In regionals you have to be in the top four, but there are eight guys in the class. It will be difficult but the regional tournament always has surprises.”
First things first though. The Jackets as a team are going to Bay City Western for team regionals.
“We do need to be ready for the team regional,” he said. “We have Gaylord first and if we get by that we will get the winner of Escanaba or Bay City Western.”
Bay City Western should be familiar to Greenville, as that was the site of the Division 2 football quarterfinals in 2005.