BATTLE CREEK — Former O-K White Conference foes Greenville and Lowell renewed their rivalry — which was still as competitive as ever — this time on the grand stage of the Division 2 state quarterfinals Friday.
Lowell (18-6) opened up with two pins and then sealed the match with a pin in a 38-25 win over the Yellow Jackets.
“They have a great team, but we do, too,” Greenville coach Paul Johnson said. “We just happened to be edged out. They won eight matches and we won six. The score shows a larger gap, but, bottom line, it came down to bonus points.”
Lowell opened with pins by Garett Stehley (189) and Taylor Kornoely (215) to take a 12-0 lead. Both wrestlers are ranked No. 2 in their respective weight classes.
Carter Magirl (285) came back with a pin, but Greenville voided the 103-pound match, making it an 18-6 deficit.
“I’m not disappointed in the guys at all. Even the kids that did get pinned, I know they went out there and wrestled hard,” Johnson said. “They really did.”
The two teams traded decisions in the next four matches, none separated by more than three points. Michael Schmidt (112) and Tate Jeffrey (125) earned those decisions.
“We’ve been fighting all year. We work every day as hard as we can,” Greenville senior Michael Schmidt said. “We just got a tough draw. We wrestled tough and left everything on the mat. We kept our head up and kept coming.”
“I thought the win at 112 was a good win by Mike Schmidt. I thought Nate Baker did a nice job. He just got beat on the takedown, that’s all,” Johnson said. “Tate Jeffrey’s win was nice and I thought Will Parmelee wrestled well.”
Lowell extended its lead to 29-12 with a technical fall by Jordan Hall. Greenville rallied after that to win three straight to pull within 29-25 with two matches left.
Alec Ward (140) earned a major decision, Kyle Reamer (145), a pin, and Reed Cox (152) got a last second escape for a 3-2 win.
The Yellow Jackets’ three wins put the Lowell fans and their team on the edge of their seats, although they had two great wrestlers coming up.
“It did make it exciting at the end,” Johnson said. “Reed won at the last second and that was great.”
Max Dean and Kanon Dean both picked up wins in the final two matches to seal the win.
Johnson wasn’t disappointed with the loss and is excited for the future after four straight trips to Battle Creek.
“We have a good squad coming back for next year,” Johnson said. “I felt we wrestled well tonight. I would like to have won, but I’m not disappointed.”
Greenville finished the season 28-5 overall and won conference, district and regional titles.
Lowell will face Niles (34-1) in the Division 2 semifinals at 11:45 a.m. today.
Scoring per match
Lowell 38, Greenville 25
189: Garett Stehley (L) fall Dakota Sherrick (G), 2:29
215: Taylor Kornoely (L) fall Jordan Dassinger (G), 4:18
285: Carter Magirl (G), fall Logan Wilcox (L), 2:47
103: Lucas Hall (L) won by forfeit
112: Mike Schmidt (G) dec. Derek Krajewski (L), 4-1
119: Zeth Dean (L) dec. Nate Baker (G), 2-0
125: Tate Jeffrey (G), dec. Dan Kruse (L), 11-8
130: Bailey Jack (L) dec. Will Parmelee (G), 6-4
135: Jordan Hall (L) tech fall Quentin Callahan (G), 22-7
140: Alec Ward (G) maj. dec. Scott Van Oosten (L), 13-4
145: Kyle Reamer (G) fall Zac Graves (L), 1:30
152: Reed Cox (G) dec. Jacob Garcia (L), 3-2
160: Max Dean (L) fall Luke Bontrager (G), 3:22
171: Kanon Dean (L) dec. Ben Eyer (G), 9-2
Division 2 results
No. 1 St. Johns (20-4) 56, No. 8 Mason (30-9) 13
No. 5 Allegan (31-5) 46, No. 4 Warren Lincoln (30-5) 25
No. 3 Niles (34-1) 36, No. 6 Temcumseh (30-13) 26
No. 2 Lowell (18-6) 38, No. 7 Greenville (28-5) 25