PARCHMENT — Central Montcalm’s wrestling team seemed to need a kick to get going at the Parchment Invitational Saturday.
Even though the Green Hornets won the opening match against the host Panthers and ended up fourth overall, a slow start bugged the Hornets, according to coach Dan VanderVlucht.
“We started out really slow,” VanderVlucht said. “Parchment had a big lead on us. Then we got our act together and started wrestling. That first match every time, we’re slow on it.”
Vandervlucht was at a loss to figure out why Central, which beat Parchment 45-41, starts out so flat.
However a win over Comstock 55-23 got the Hornets going.
“They (Central) turned it on and started wrestling really good,” VanderVlucht said.
But reality came crashing down in a 36-33 loss to Coldwater.
“We got into Coldwater and we had three overtime matches on that,” VanderVlucht said.
Central beat Eau Claire 65-10 to get into the consolation match for third place, but lost to Richland Gull Lake 48-24.
Still, VanderVlucht liked what he saw from his team.
“Everything is clicking with these kids,” he said. “Everybody knows what it was like to win districts last year and they want to go back. The kids seen Jesse (Judge) and Cody (VeltKamp) go to state. They know the season’s almost over and they (Central) want to do it.”
The Hornets had three wrestlers go undefeated, led by 119-pounder Santiago Alvarado.
“Santiago Alvarado, this is the first tournament he placed in,” VanderVlucht said. “He came out of break and I hadn’t seen him for a couple weeks. He come into practice wanting to wrestle with a different attitude and it showed on the mat Saturday.”
Also going undefeated were 135-pounder Zack MacDonald and 285-pounder Cory Kindle.
Going 4-1 on the day was Trenton Braman (152 pounds), VeltKamp (125) and Aaron Loew (215).
But another wrestler caught VanderVlucht’s eye for his work Saturday.
“Jacob Nickels wrestled at 140. He won some key matches, one to beat Parchment,” he said.
Central (10-6) will next head to Chippewa Hills for a Central State Activities Association meet on Wednesday.