GREENVILLE — Greenville’s wrestling team opened O-K Bronze Conference play with an emphatic statement – somewhat.
The Yellow Jackets got the first conference win of the season with a 71-0 shutout of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern Wednesday night at Allinder Gym. The Jackets then got past Jackson Lumen Cristi 45-22.
The score against the Huskies was deceiving, said Greenville coach Paul Johnson.
“They (Forest Hills Northern) were missing a few weight classes,” Johnson said, noting there were five voids in the Huskies’ lineup. “They did have some solid wrestlers in there.”
But Johnson wasn’t complaining.
“It was our conference opener. Heck, 71-0, can’t complain about that,” he said.
Johnson noted a couple of wrestlers who he thought stood out against Northern.
“I thought Alec Ward wrestled well against his opponent, and I thought Jake Hopkins wrestled well against his opponent,” he said.
Lumen Cristi was a slightly different team to face, according to Johnson.
“Jackson Lumen Cristi was nice to get in,” he said. “They had a different style of wrestling. They were hard-working and in really good shape. We know we’re not at our best conditioning at this point, but it gives us something to look at.”
Ward got another kudo from Johnson after this match.
“Ward beat a state qualifier and beat him pretty handily,” Johnson said. “Nate Baker ended up losing at 112 but I thought he wrestled a good match against a state qualifier.”
Greenville (10-3, 1-0) had lots of double-winners on the night. They were Mike Schmidt (119 pounds), Tate Jeffrey (125), Will Parmalee (130), Alec Ward (135), Kyle Reamer (140), Ben Eyer (171), Dakota Sherrick (189), Carter Magirl (215) and Brandon Young (285).
Next up for the Yellow Jackets is a trip to Hudsonville Saturday for an individual tournament. In fact, it will be the first of three Saturday tournaments before facing Grand Rapids Northview in the next conference meet in January.