Greenville wrestlers top Belding, Cedar Springs


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:50 am on Thursday, January 17, 2013

Greenville’s Mike Schmidt works to control Belding’s Nate Cooley during their 119-pound match. Schmidt eventually defeated Cooley.

GREENVILLE — While Greenville’s wrestling team kept rolling on Wednesday night, Belding hit a speed bump.

The Yellow Jackets picked up a pair of wins in a home quadrangular, beating Cedar Springs 71-9 and the Redskins 49-24.

Before meeting Greenville Belding took a 32-26 loss to Caledonia.

“Both matches were important,” Greenville coach Paul Johnson said. “The match with Cedar (Springs), that was our third match out of five that we need to win in order to be in first place going into the conference tournament.”

The Red Hawks were no match for the Jackets because they were shorthanded, Johnson noted.

“They (Cedar Springs) had some skin infections and some flu bug issues,” Johnson said. “That was a relatively easy win, so it was nice to get that one out of the way.”

While Greenville (22-3, 3-0) and the Hawks were busy, the Redskins had a difficult match against the Fighting Scots.

“We didn’t wrestle as well as we would have liked against Caledonia,” Belding coach Travis Meyer said. “There were a few matches out there up for grabs and it showed in the team score. That’s a one-match swing and we had seven or eight decisions. I would have liked to have seen a couple more go our way.”

Then came the rivalry match.

“Against Greenville they doubled us up. That’s about where I would have expected that match to be,” Meyer said. “A couple (matches) could have gone the other way.”

Johnson had high praise for Belding.

“Belding’s kids are very well-coached,” he said. “I thought every one of their kids was a hard-nosed kid. There wasn’t a single kid who went out there and rolled over. Top to bottom. They had one void, but they were just tough.”

Belding’s Mike Walker takes down Yellow Jacket wrestler Jade Koogler during their 152-pound match. Walker pinned Koogler and went 2-0 on the night.

Belding (14-6) had three wrestlers win both of his matches. They were Todd Haller (215 pounds), Jesse Scheidel (125) and Michael Walker (152).

“We got a couple guys down in the weight classes where they’re trying to get some individual stuff,” Meyer said. “It doesn’t set our team up well, but a few guys dropped down and it was surprising to see them wrestle better at a weight class lower. They’re doing what is good for the team, but come districts they are going to surprise some kids by the fact they are five pounds lighter.”

Johnson had nine Jackets go undefeated, but noted a couple of standouts.

“I thought Dakota (Sherrick) had a good match against Neil McCully of Belding,” he said. “I thought he (McCully) was a very good wrestler. Very solid fundamentals. He just got caught a couple of times, but Dakota had to execute the move but got out to a big enough lead to hold on.

“Mike Schmidt is a very solid wrestler for us. The kid he wrestled was a regional qualifier and I thought he (Schmidt) got a quality win.”

Greenville is currently ranked seventh in Division 2 by michigangrappler.com. They moved up from ninth in the most recent rankings.

The Jackets head to an individual tournament at Holland West Ottawa Saturday. At the same time Belding will go to Lakeview for an individual tourney.

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