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.
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One team was undermanned, the other was one of the best teams in the country. The level of competition changed dramatically from one match to another on Wednesday night for the Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team at home.
Greenville senior Dakota Sherrick has only been wrestling since his sophomore year. Watching him wrestle now and that doesn’t seem possible. It may have taken Sherrick longer to get into wrestling, but it is a decision he’s glad to have made.
While Greenville’s wrestling team kept rolling on Wednesday night, Belding hit a speed bump. The Yellow Jackets picked up a pair of wins in a home quadrangular, beating Cedar Springs 71-9 and the Redskins 49-24.
Greenville senior wrestler Michael Schmidt is looking to close out his senior season on a high note. The 119-pounder is currently 18-3 overall — started the season with seven consecutive pins — and ranked No. 10 in Division 2 by michigangrappler.com.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets have already faced a couple of quality basketball teams this season. Tonight, Greenville may see its most talented team yet, when they face Grand Rapids Catholic Central as part of the Cougars boys basketball Holiday Tournament.
Greenville’s wrestling team opened O-K Bronze Conference play with an emphatic statement – somewhat. The Yellow Jackets got the first conference win of the season with a 71-0 shutout of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern Wednesday night at Allinder Gym. The Jackets then got past Jackson Lumen Cristi 45-22.
Knowing how to finish a basketball game can be the difference in having a really good season or just an average season. Last year, finishing games was a struggle for the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls basketball team. That’s not the case this year as the Yellow Jackets have started the season 4-0 and have taken control of games in the second half.
The Tri County Vikings played even with the Greenville Yellow Jackets for the first quarter. After that, Greenville’s size, ability to rebound and its transition game took over in a 62-47 victory on Tuesday night at North Gym.
The Greenville Yellow Jackets wrestling team hosted it’s own invitational this weekend and faced a combination of Division 1 and Division 2 teams. The Yellow Jackets remained undefeated with a 5-0 record to claim the tournament title. Greenville coach Paul Johnson said it was an even tournament.