Greenville hands FH Eastern first league loss

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 2:26 pm on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Greenville’s Matt Metiva, left, tries to roll over Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern’s Nate Lewis during the 140-pound match.

GREENVILLE — Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern’s wrestling team may be young, but they were able to win their first two O-K Bronze matches.

That winning streak ended at the hands of Greenville, who won 67-9 over the Hawks.

The win continued the Yellow Jackets’ undefeated O-K Bronze record at 3-0.

The Hawks gave up five voids and won only two matches in the entire meet.

Greenville coach Paul Johnson gave some kudos to the Hawks (8-11, 2-1).

“Actually they (Eastern) improved their team,” Johnson said. I think last year they had only six kids. Granted, they had nine this time but still they’re getting better at their skills.”

Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker, right, has the leg of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern’s Ryan Roth during the 112-pound match. Hilliker won 9-1.

Thanks to the voids, Greenville jumped out to a 36-0 lead. Starting with the 152-poiund match, three voids and pins by Jake Hopkins, Andrew Bowen and Cole Antcliff gave the Yellow Jackets the big lead.

Eastern’s Randy Smith broke the shutout with a pin in the 103-pound class, But Stephen Hilliker of Greenville got a major decision, a void at 119 and Alex Budge getting a pin over Eastern’s Alex Brummel made the score 52-6 Jackets.

“I was happy with Alex Budge coming out and getting a pin for us,” Johnson said.

Matt Metiva won his 135-pound match and Alec Ward got a pin in the 145-pound match for the final score.

“Overall we’re pretty young,” Eastern coach Dan Rasie said. “We didn’t know what we were going to get, especially against Greenville who is state ranked every year. Overall, I went out there and took control over what we could. We had a couple of mistakes like getting cradled too much.”

Rasie liked his 130-pounder, Jake Dault. He beat Greenville’s Tate Jeffrey 8-4.

“I was pretty impressed with Dault,” he said. “Jeffrey is a very solid kid. I’ve seen him wrestle the last couple of years. He (Dault) took it to a very quality kid.”

Johnson said he wanted his team to work on the basics of wrestling in the meet.

“We tell them to strive for the fundamentals,” he said. “We had a couple try some fundamental moves but if it’s not a move they normally do in practice all the time you don’t try it in a match. That tells me you have to try it more of the matches upstairs, more time in the practice room.”

Greenville (20-5) is off until Saturday when they go to the Holland West Ottawa Invitational.

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