Tecumseh ends Greenville’s wrestling season

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 11:27 pm on Friday, February 24, 2012

Greenville sophomore Alec Ward (130 pounds) tries to push back Tecumseh’s Joe Butler during Friday’s Division 2 state quarterfinal at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. The Yellow Jackets lost 30-29 to Tecumseh. — Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tecumseh 30, Greenville 29

152: Christian Shelby (T) tech. fall Reed Cox (G), 19-4
160: Luke Gilmore (G) tech. fall Ryan Harrison (T), 16-0
171: Kaleb Bell (G) dec, Cole Amstutz (T), 4-2
189: Jordan Thomas (G) pinned Kolin Connors (T), :32
215: Preston Pelham (T) dec. Carter Magirl (G), 6-3
285: Joe Rebotarro (T) pinned Luke Laidlaw (G), 5:27
103: Michael Schmidt (G) dec. Ricky azelton (T), 4-0
112: Luke Liuzzi (T) dec. Nate Baker (G), 4-2
119: Chase Lewis (T) pinned Tate Jeffery (G), 1:04
125: Will Parmelee (G) dec. Austin Slick-Linn, 1-0
130: Alec Ward (G) dec. Joe Butler (T), 8-2
135: Ronnie Bechtol (T) dec. Kyle Reamer (G), 6-3
140: Devon Lehman (G) pinned Devin Moore (T), 1:11
145: Anthony Lesko (T) major dec. Jake Hopkins (G), 11-0

BATTLE CREEK — The match between the Greenville Yellow Jackets and Tecumseh Indians was expected to be as close as they get.

The match didn’t disappoint.

Tecumseh earned a major decision in the final match of the night to earn a 30-29 victory over the Greenville Yellow Jackets at the Division 2 state wrestling quarterfinals at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on Friday night.

Tecumseh’s Anthony Lesko (state qualifier at 140 pounds) bumped up a weight to defeat Greenville’s Jake Hopkins 11-0 at 145 pounds for a come-from-behind Tecumseh victory.

While the final match set the score, it was the coin flip that started to put the pieces together for a Tecumseh win.

The Yellow Jackets lost their first match at 152. Luke Gilmore (technical fall, 160), Kaleb Bell (decision, 171) and Jordan Thomas (pin, 189) gave the Yellow Jackets a 14-5 advantage after four matches.
Tecumseh won the coin flip prior to the match. It allowed the set up their wrestlers at key positions like 189, 215 and the deciding 145 pound match.

“They won the flip of the coin and it was significant,” Greenville coach Paul Johnson said. “We have a state champ at 189 (Jordan Thomas) and they have a decent kid at 189. What happens was, we had to present first at the weight class and they put out a less athletic wrestler. We got the pin.

Greenville’s Jordan Thomas (189 pounds) gets a quick pin in 32 seconds against Kolin Connors of Tecumseh. — Daily News/Bruce Bentley

“Then they bumped up and beat us there (215). That’s how it goes, it’s the flip of the coin.”
Preston Pelham bumped up to face Carter Magirl and won a close 6-3 decision. Joe Rebotarro (285) earned a pin and possibly the biggest match of the night at heavyweight against Luke Laidlaw.

The heavyweight match was very tight when a quick mistake by Laidlaw was capitalized on by Rebotarro for a pin in 5:27. The pin tied the match at 14-14.

“We were doing a nice job at heavyweight. Luke Laidlaw was wrestling good,” Johnson said. “He made on mistake that 90 percent of the heavyweight wrestlers aren’t going to catch. That kid was quick for 250 pounds. He caught us and that was the match.”

The two teams each won three of the next six matches.

Michael Schmidt (103), Will Parmelee (125) and Alec Ward (130) all earned decisions. A decision by Tecumseh’s Ronnie Bechtol at 135 gave the Indians a 26-23 lead with two matches to go.

“I thought Alec Ward wrestled really well,” Johnson said. “I thought Will Parmelee got himself a nice win. Nate Baker (112) lost in overtime, but they were probably counting on six points there. He did a great job.”

Greenville junior Michael Schmidt tries to flip his Tecumseh opponent over at 103 pounds. — Daily News/Bruce Bentley

At 140, Greenville’s Devon Lehman pinned Devin Moore in 1:11 for a 29-26 lead. Lesko bumped up and avoided Lehman.

“He tried 100 percent and that was the best person for us to put out,” Johnson said of Hopkins. “We are not at all disappointed. Had he kept it to a decision I think they would have won on the sixth tiebreaker.”

The Yellow Jackets finished the year at 26-8 overall. Tecumseh improved to 30-4.

Greenville defeated Tecumseh 31-29 in the state semifinals a year ago.

“We did pretty much everything we could,” Johnson said. “We won seven matches and they won seven matches. I thought we all wrestled like we belonged here. How do you get any closer that this?”

Tecumseh’s win earned them the right to face the No. 1 rated team in the state in the St. Johns Redwings today. The Redwings defeated Mason 61-11 on Friday.

Lowell will face Allegan in the other semifinal today. The state finals are at 4 p.m. — The match between the Greenville Yellow Jackets and Tecumseh Indians was expected to be as close as they get.

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