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WMC wrestling: 35 individuals from conference earn regional berths

Whitehall sending 11 to regional, Hart 8, Ravenna 5; Montague and Shelby 4 apiece, Mason County Central 3.

Thirty-five wrestlers from the West Michigan Conference advanced to individual regionals with top-four finishes at their respective districts on Saturday.

The individual regionals are this Saturday at various locations.

Whitehall and Hart will be competing in team regionals this Wednesday as well.

Here is a roundup of how each conference team fared at individual districts on Feb. 12, 2022:

WHITEHALL

Whitehall hosted a Division 2 individual district Saturday and the Vikings represented well, advancing 11 wrestlers to this Saturday’s regional at Allendale with top-four finishes.

Ira Jenkins (285), Shane Cook (215), Nick Blanchard (171) and Wyatt Jenkins (160) were champions for Whitehall, each pinning their way through their respective brackets.

Ira Jenkins pinned his first two opponents in 29 and 19 seconds, respectively, before he won by injury default in the finals. Blanchard pinned all four opponents, three of them in the first period. Wyatt Jenkins pinned all three opponents in the first period, while Cook also pinned all three of his opponents.

Riley Buys (130), Max Brown (145) and Alec Pruett (152) were runners-up for the Vikings, while Nolan Taranko (103), Ryne Christensen (119) and Darnell Mack (152) all placed third. Bradyn VanPatten (189) finished fourth.

Whitehall also will be hosting team regionals on Wednesday. The Vikings take on Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills at 5:30 p.m. with the winner facing the Hamilton-Allendale victor at 7 p.m.

Photos courtesy of Whitehall Wrestling

HART

Eight Hart wrestlers qualified for this Saturday’s Division 3 regional at Howard City Tri County with top-four finishes in Saturday’s individual district at Orchard View.

Trayce Tate (119) and Mason Cantu (145) were champions for the Pirates, with Cantu pinning both of his opponents.

Zane Thomas (160), Leo Guadarrama (215) and Ivan Lara (285) were runners-up. Ty Thomas (125) and Alex Hicks (160) both placed third for Hart, while Uriel Vilches-Mendoza (140) finished fourth.

On Wednesday, Hart will be competing in the team regional at Kent City. The Pirates wrestle Orchard View at 5:30 p.m. with the winner squaring off against the Kent City-Comstock Park victor at 7 p.m.

RAVENNA

Ravenna advanced five wrestlers to the individual regionals this Saturday at Ithaca with top-four finishes at the Division 4 district Saturday at Carson City-Crystal.

Norman Slade (125) and Brenden Forsythe (215) were runners-up for the Bulldogs, while Zeke Thompson (160) was third. Juan Castillo (189) and Landen Goerbig (285) both finished fourth for the ’Dogs.

MONTAGUE

Montague advanced four to the Division 3 individual regionals with top-four finishes in district action Saturday at Orchard View.

Cale Coppess (135) and Tristan Winkleblack (140) both captured district titles for the Wildcats, while Jimmy Thommen (103) and Chris Aebig (119) were runners-up. Winkleblack pinned his way through his bracket, recording falls against all three opponents.

The four wrestlers will compete in this Saturday’s regional at Howard City Tri County.

Photos by Stephanie Moore

SHELBY

Four Shelby wrestlers earned berths in this Saturday’s Division 3 regional at Howard City Tri County with top-four finishes in the individual district Saturday at Orchard View.

Travis Boughan (189) finished runner-up for the Tigers, while Nick Cano (103) placed third. Preston Priese (119) and Cade Clement (152) both took fourth.

MASON COUNTY CENTRAL

Three Mason County Central wrestlers earned berths in the Division 4 individual regional this Saturday at Charlevoix with top-four finishes Saturday at Oscoda.

Andrew Quinn (285) captured a district title for the Spartans, as he recorded first-period pins in both of his matches.

Hunter Sanford (112) and Zane McCabe (125) were runners-up for MCC.

OAKRIDGE

Oakridge’s first wrestling season in more than 40 years came to an end Saturday as the Eagles competed in the Division 3 individual district at Orchard View.

No Oakridge wrestler placed in the top four, which qualified competitors to the regional round.

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