Whitehall and Montague both hosted notable dual-format wrestling meets Saturday, as the Vikings held the Rick Champion Duals and Wildcats put on the Randy Jacobs Memorial Duals.
Division 2 second-ranked Whitehall remained unbeaten with a dominant performance, as the Vikings ran their season record to 22-0. Another Whitehall wrestler joined the 100 wins club, too.
Elsewhere, Hart put forth a strong effort in winning the Shelby Super Duals.
Below is a roundup of West Michigan Conference wrestling results from Saturday submitted to CatchMark SportsNet. Next up is the conference meet this coming Saturday at Montague, where action is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
It was business as usual for Whitehall on Saturday as the Vikings rolled through the opposition in the Rick Champion Duals in their home gym.
In total, Whitehall outscored its five opponents by a 287-70 tally. The Vikings beat potential regional foe Allendale in the Rick Champion finals, 50-21. Earlier in the day, Whitehall beat Reeths-Puffer (66-18), Byron Center (52-18), Caledonia (64-3) and Belding (56-10).
In the finals, the Vikings used bonus-point victories from Riley Buys, Aiden Weiler, Max Brown, Alec Pruett, Wyatt Jenkins, Nick Blanchard, Shane Cook and Ira Jenkins.
It was a big day for Buys, who captured the 100th win over his career. He went 5-0 Saturday, as did Weiler, Brown, both Jenkins brothers, Blanchard and Cook.
On Saturday, Montague went 2-3 in the Randy Jacobs Memorial Duals that the Wildcats hosted. Montague defeated Cadillac in the first round (64-12) and Orchard View in the third round (48-25), but suffered losses to Alma (56-12), Fruitport (42-35) and West Ottawa (48-37).
Alma, which is ranked No. 3 in Division 3, finished 5-0 on the day to win the event. Fruitport was second at 4-1, followed by West Ottawa at 3-2. Orchard View (1-4) and Cadillac (0-5) rounded out the standings.
Going 5-0 on the day for Montague were Jimmy Thommen, Chris Aebig and Cale Coppess.
“I’d like to see us be 4-1 on the day as I feel we were capable of that; just didn’t end up that way as a team,” Montague coach Kris Maddox said. “We had a close dual with GMAA runner-up Fruitport, who ended up taking second to D3 #3 ranked Alma.
“As we continue to build our program, we have to understand how detrimental getting pinned can be to the team score. We don’t get pinned and we end the day 4-1. However, I can’t take anything away from our guys’ individual performances Saturday. We had some excellent wins against strong opponents.”
On Saturday, the Pirates had a big day in winning the Shelby Super Duals. Hart defeated Fremont in the finals, 42-30. In pool play, the Pirates earned victories over Shelby (66-9), Cedar Springs (62-18), Kent City (48-31) and Newaygo (72-12).
Going undefeated for Hart on the day were Trayce Tate, Ty Thomas, Uriel Vilchis-Mendoza, Mason Cantu, Leo Guadarrama and Jon Ponce.
MASON COUNTY CENTRAL
On Saturday at the Shelby Super Duals, Mason County Central finished the day with a 2-3 record. The Spartans beat Pine River (36-33) and Grant (42-30), and they lost to Sparta, Fremont and Cedar Springs.
Andrew Quinn (285) went 5-0 on the day to improve his season record to 38-1, his lone loss coming to unbeaten Ira Jenkins of Whitehall. Quinn is currently ranked No. 4 at his weight class in Division 4. Hunter Sanford (112) went 3-0 for MCC and improved his season record to 35-3. Sanford is ranked No. 6 in Division 4.
Saturday at Chippewa Hills, Ravenna finished 3-1 on the day and had two wrestlers finish 4-0. The Bulldogs lost to the host school (42-18), but earned victories over Belding (48-12), Beaverton (36-24) and Holton (48-8).
Norman Slade (4-0) and Landen Goerbig (285) both went 4-0 for the ’Dogs. Ulrich Heinreichsberger (152), Brenden Forsythe (215) and Caiden Nawrocki (215) each went 2-0.
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