Greenville wrestlers still perfect, goes 5-0 at own invite

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:54 am on Monday, December 10, 2012

Greenville’s Jake Hopkins goes for a pin against Hastings’ Jason Slaghter during Saturday’s Greenville Invitational. Hopkins went 5-0 for the day.

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team hosted it’s own invitational this weekend and faced a combination of Division 1 and Division 2 teams.

The Yellow Jackets remained undefeated with a 5-0 record to claim the tournament title. Greenville coach Paul Johnson said it was an even tournament.

“All the teams are pretty consistent here,” Johnson said. “There are no superstar teams or no weak teams. There are a couple of teams that are young, but still it was good competition today.”

Seven Greenville (7-0) wrestlers finished the day with a perfect 5-0 record. Two, Michael Schmidt (119 pounds) and Dakota Sherrick (189), pinned all five of their opponents and have pinned all seven opponents they have faced this season.

“I was pleased with Mike Schmidt. I thought he looked really good, but he looks good all the time,” Johnson said. “He improved quite a bit on a kid he wrestled last year in a close match. This year he totally handled the kid.”

The Jenison match Johnson was talking about was Schmidt against Juan Maya. Schmidt pinned him in the third period at 5:37.

“Dakota needs to work on his fundamentals and he knows that,” Johnson said. “He has good balance and that helps him out.”

Sherrick had two pins in the first period, two in the second and just one in the third period.

Greenville started the day with a 42-26 win over Wyoming. The Wolves jumped out to an 18-4 lead and had the match tied at 23-23, before the Yellow Jackets cruised in the lower weights.

Greenville’s Will Parmelee battles for position against Zach Wilcok of Hastings on Saturday. Parmelee won the match with a 17-1 technical fall.

The Yellow Jackets then topped Jenison 54-21 and Hastings 50-26. Johnson said Hastings (4-1 Saturday) was the second best team there, but the Yellow Jackets matched up well against them.

“Hastings was a tough team, but we just matched up well with them,” Johnson said. “We had a hard time with Wyoming and Hastings clobbered them. It’’s just the way you match up.”

Other wrestlers to go 5-0 were Nate Baker (103), Will Parmelee (130), Alec Ward (135), Jake Hopkins (152/160) and Carter Magirl (215).

Magirl defeated Caledonia’s Joel Wenk in his final match with a 4-2 decision. Wenk was ranked fourth in Division 1 at 215.

“I think I have room to improve with the last match, but it went well overall,” Magirl said. “I got three pins today, but I definitely need to work on more takedowns. This season I’m trying to make my way up the rankings and make a name. It’s always good to beat someone ranked in the state.”

Ward dominated on the day and is 7-0 overall this year.

“I think I wrestled great. My shots were good, I didn’t even get to be on bottom today, so I rode on top pretty well today,” Ward said. “Everyone wrestled well today.”

“Alec Ward has looked really dominant and was probably the most dominate wrestler here today,” Johnson said. “He didn’t get challenged much today, but he is wrestling well.”

The Yellow Jackets defeated Spring Lake in their fourth match 60-15 and closed out the tournament with a 51-24 win over Caledonia.

Kyle Reamer (140/145), went 4-1, Tate Jeffrey (125) went 3-2 and Ben Eyer (171) went 2-0 on the day. Eyer started the match against Caledonia with a 10-8 overtime win against Zane Gorby.

The Yellow Jackets did not have a wrestler at 103, so they voided all of those matches.

“We have some kids we can wrestler there, but we have to see some things.” Johnson said. “We don’t think they are ready yet and I don’t just want to throw them out here. They are new to the sport and we are just looking to get them some experience.”

The Yellow Jackets are off Wednesday and will travel to the Holland Invitational on Saturday.

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