Greenville wins O-K Bronze wrestling title


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:20 am on Monday, February 04, 2013

Greenville’s Jake Hopkins goes for a pin during the finals of the 145 pound bracket. Hopkins won his first conference title with a pin in 1:07.

GRAND RAPIDS — The Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team was rarely challenged and cruised to the first O-K Bronze Conference wrestling title.

At the O-K Bronze Conference tournament on Saturday, the Yellow Jackets had eight wrestlers win individual conference titles and placed all 14 in at least the top four.

Greenville won the regular season title with a 5-0 record and added the tournament title for a conference sweep. It is Greenville’s first conference title since 2010.

“It’s goal number one and we are happy to get that,” Greenville coach Paul Johnson said. “Coming in we were favored since we were in first place. To do as well as we were expecting was nice.”

The Yellow Jackets finished with 252.5 points, which was well ahead of runner up Cedar Springs’ 181. Northview finished with 169, Forest Hills Eastern 86.5, Forest Hills Northern 70.5 and West Catholic 34.

“We had a couple of kids, I’m sure, individually that didn’t feel like they performed as well as they could have,” Johnson said. “That will give them something to work on. We had some kids with opportunities to beat kids that haven’t before and did.”

Individual champions include Mike Schmidt (119), Will Parmelee (130), Alec Ward (135), Kyle Reamer (140), Jake Hopkins (145), Dakota Sherrick (189), Carter Magirl (215) and Brandon Young (285).

“Brandon Young has never won a varsity tournament,” Johnson said. “It was really neat that he won the heavyweight tournament.”

Parmelee, Hopkins, Sherrick, Magirl and Young were all first time conference champions.

Parmelee defeated Cody Oehme of Cedar Springs with pin in 3:30. Oehme defeated Parmelee the last time they met.

“He came out strong and beat me last year,” Parmelee said. “I wanted to beat him this year. I heard Alec (Ward) say swim out of it, so I did and put him on his back and got my five. Then I put my over leg in from there and cradled him for the pin.”

Reamer earned an 11-3  major decision over Eastern’s Anthony Castillo for his second straight conference title.

“I was looking well. I had the first take down, got away for a little bit and then got another take down,” Reamer said. “I was feeling pretty confident after that. I started working my turns. It feels good to win and now it’s time to get ready for districts.”

Ben Eyer (171) finished second. Nate Baker (112), Tate Jeffrey (125) and Jade Koogler (152) placed third, while Luke Furhman (103) and Reed Cox (160) fourth.

Attention now turns to the team district tournament on Thursday. The Yellow Jackets will face Cedar Springs in the first round.

“We will start up again Monday and get prepared,” Johnson said. “Cedar Springs is building up a pretty good team. Some of their kids fared really well against us. The score showed we won by a large margin, but head-to-head it’s different.”

Big Rapids will face host Fremont in the other semifinal. The winners will meet in the district title. Greenville will be looking for its eighth straight district title.

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