COMSTOCK PARK — A fast start by Allendale at the Division 3 team wrestling regional Wednesday night was too much for Lakeview.
As a result, the Wildcats lost to the Falcons 39-25 in the regional semifinal at Comstock Park High School.
Lakeview coach David Blaser knew when his team lost the 215-pound match it was going to be a long night.
“Wrestling is a momentum sport,” Blaser said. “We were winning, we got caught and that’s when you have to recover from that. That’s why there’s 14 weight classes. Gus (Ward) wrestled that kid really tough, he was in the lead, he got caught.”
That loss started a string of five straight matches that the Wildcats (27-9) lost to the Falcons to dig themselves a 35-0 hole.
“We lost our heavyweight due to a skin infection so he couldn’t wrestle,” Blaser said. “That may have slowed them (Allendale) down. In a momentum sport like wrestling, when you give them a crack sometimes it turns in to a flood. When you finally stop their momentum ride, you have to start your own.”
The losing streak was stopped by a major decision from Jax Gambat in the 130-pound class, only to see a major decision against them in the 135-pound division.
However, that would be the last points the Falcons would score, but they didn’t need to score any more to clinch the match. They were leading 39-4 with six matches left and Lakeview needing to get pins in all six to beat the Falcons, ranked sixth in the state in Division 3 by michigangrappler.com.
“We came out but it was a little too late. We didn’t come out on top,” Blaser said. “We got rolling pretty good but it was out of reach at that point.”
Lakeview won those last six matches, but only with simple decisions except for a void at 152 pounds for Jordan Betham.
“We split 7-for-7 with them overall, which is what we wanted to do, especially with tough teams.” Blaser said. “Then it comes down to bonus points. With bonus points, they (Allendale) got them and we didn’t. They got pins, we got major decisions. That’s what the difference was.”
Lakeview’s team dual season is over, Blaser was happy with the season.
“I’m proud of our guys,” he said. “They’re a young team, we lose a couple of key guys, but we have young guys stepping in. We got a taste of the regional, we’ll hopefully be stronger next year and hopefully in the driver’s seat here next year.”
ALLENDALE 39, LAKEVIEW 25
215: Taylor Gohn (A) pinned Gus Ward, 5:25.
285: Glenn Guerink (A) won by forfeit.
103: Jackson Lambdin (A) pinned Austin Davy, :56.
112: Jason Black (A) pinned Mackenzie Schmitz, 5:10.
119: Luke Jensen (A) def. Peter Better 17-1.
125: Jesse Gruenveld (A) won by forfeit.
130: Jax Gambat (L) def. Kyle Bradshaw 18-10.
135: Natee Borgeld (A) def. Manuel Munoz 13-5.
140: Andrew Hall (L) def. Austin Zaldivar 6-0.
145: Terry Greiser (L) def. Conner Kroll 4-3.
152: Jordan Betham (L) won by forfeit.
160: Devin Cavendish (L) def. Armando Becerra 9-3.
171: Koty Burgess (L) def. Jon Nielsen 5-1.
189: Joe Main def. Ian TeGrootenhuis 6-2.