GREENVILLE — Greenville senior Dakota Sherrick has only been wrestling since his sophomore year. Watching him wrestle now and that doesn’t seem possible.
It may have taken Sherrick longer to get into wrestling, but it is a decision he’s glad to have made.
“A lot of wrestlers have eight, nine years of experience behind them,” Sherrick said. “I love it to death. My parents tried to get me to wrestle when I was younger, but I didn’t get into it. Now, I wish I would have. Coach (Paul) Johnson tried to get me to start when I was in middle school.”
Sherrick — wrestles at 189 pounds — is currently ranked No. 10 in Division at his weight class by michigangrappler.com. He is 29-4 overall this season and wrestling as if he has more experience than he really does.
“I’m getting better every match, which is cool because I can notice it,” Sherrick said. “I videotape all my matches and I watch them. The moves I run normally, I’m running better and the moves I haven’t run as much, I’m running more.”
Sherrick has been a pinning machine for the Yellow Jackets. His only losses are all to top wrestlers including Payne Hayden (No. 1 at 189) of St. Johns. Sherrick nearly pinned Hayden during their match this season.
Greenville coach Paul Johnson said Sherrick is wrestling well.
“He is wrestling outstanding. He is a good athlete and that makes a difference and helps out a lot,” Johnson said. “Not only does he have good balance, but he has a good mat awareness. It’s one of those things you can’t really coach. We are really pleased with him.”
Strong performances the past few weekends — placed first at Hudsonville and went 4-0 this past weekend at Parma Western — has propelled the senior into the state rankings.
“It’s pretty cool, but definitely, I’m not going to let that get to my head,” Sherrick said of being ranked. “It’s a cool feeling, but I’m not going to be satisfied with it. I’m going to push to be better and the best I can.”
Sherrick began the season with a goal of reaching the individual state finals. The way he is wrestling right now makes that a very strong possibility.
“I had a goal to make it to individual state this year,” Sherrick said. “I’m not going to be satisfied with myself until I do. I’m really pushing for it.”
Sherrick has plenty of strength, now he is working on becoming better fundamentally.
“I’m trying to work on shooting more. I do a lot of upper body stuff, but I’m trying to work on my shots,” Sherrick said. “I’m getting better working with teammates and coaches in practice. I’m trying to also be more solid fundamentally.”
As Sherrick continues to improve and progress others have started taking notice, including college recruiters. Already, a couple have talked to Sherrick about the possibilities of continuing his wrestling career.
Sherrick said right now he is focused on helping his team as best he can.
“It’s not something I’m going to worry about too much right now,” Sherrick said. “I’m focusing on my matches and not who is in the stands, but it’s a good feeling knowing there might be something there.”
The Yellow Jackets are currently ranked No. 7 in Division 2. They are 22-3 and went 6-0 the past week with a first place finish on Saturday at Parma Western and wins Wednesday against Cedar Springs and Belding.
“We are pretty solid and getting better every week,” Sherrick said. “We are coming along great and pretty positive we will make it back to state.”
Greenville is at the Holland West Ottawa Invitational on Saturday and at Forest Hills Eastern on Wednesday.