Greenville wrestlers go 2-0, stop Redskins, Rams

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 12:06 pm on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Belding’s Michael Hunter, top, works over Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker during the 112- pound match Wednesday.

ROCKFORD — While Greenville’s wrestling team continued their winning ways at the Rockford quadrangular, Belding’s team went the other way.

The Yellow Jackets won both of their matches Wednesday, beating the Redskins 41-28. While they were beating Rockford 38-33, the Redskins lost to Fruitport 42-30.

Both Greenville coach Paul Johnson and Belding coach Travis Meyer were happy with their teams.

“They were both quality teams and it was nice to get wins for the boys,” Johnson said of Belding and Rockford. “We had kids out of the line- up, so any time you get those wins it’s great.”

“We came here for two matches and we got them,” Meyer said. “We were tight with a couple of teams. Fruitport was 5-0 on the weekend. We wrestled our tails off. It’s not like we came in here and lost twice. We came in here and wrestled well, didn’t accomplish what we wanted.”

Belding actually was leading 25-17 going into the 145-pound match. But Greenville reeled off four straight pins to close out the Redskins.

“They are a bunch of hard-nosed kids,” Johnson said of Belding. “Those kids all wrestled tough, every one of them. They run a great program over there. They really do.”

“We just wrestled well,” Meyer said. “In every sport we step up. It’s a rivalry. We haven’t been competitive for a while. Our boys want to take it to Greenville and just like I’m sure in their room they’re itching to take it to us.”

The two teams then went to separate mats.

The Jackets spotted the Rams 12 points in the first two matches but then went on a 35-3 run to take that meet and go to 7-0 overall in dual meets.

“I thought our kids did fine,” Johnson said. “They (Rockford) had a tradition of winning, they had a coaching change and they have a wonderful coach, but it always takes a while. They’re resurrecting their program. They were second in the state four years ago, then they had a big drop-off. They had a couple of inju- ries, so they didn’t have their full lineup.”

Greenville got two wins each from Tren Bartrum (103 pounds), Will Parmelee (135), Alec Ward (145), Jake Hopkins (152) and Andrew Bowen (285).

Meanwhile, Belding had their meet against the Trojans get away from them in the middle stages of the meet.

“They have some tough wrestlers,” Meyer said of Fruitport. “We were missing a couple of guys, we had a couple guys hurt and down a weight. We probably made it a little tougher. We had guys give up extra points in the closing seconds of the match which never helps.”

The Redskins’ double- winners were Nate Cooley (125), Jesse Scheidel (130), Blake Rodarmer (171) and Neil McCully (215).

Both teams have invitationals on Saturday. Greenville goes to Holland while Belding heads to Tri County.

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