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WMC wrestling roundup: Whitehall wins memorial tournament; Montague holds ground at Battle Creek Duels

MCC continues to grow at Mark Bosse Invitational

Whitehall wrestling team is photographed after their tournament win on Dec. 18, 2021 (Carrie Goodrich)


The Whitehall wrestling team took 1st place at the challenging Joe Loren Memorial tournament in Chippewa Hills over the weekend. After posting a whopping 267.5 points, the Vikings walked away with their second invitational victory of the season.

The Vikings will take the mat again on December 29th when they travel to Grandville High School.

103: Nolan Taranko – 3rd place (3-1)

112: Dylan Osborn – 1st place (3-0)

125: Ryne Christensen – no placement (4-1)

130: Riley Buys – 3rd place (2-1)

135: Ryan Goodrich – 6th place (2-2)

140: Camar Ready – 6th place (2-2)

145: Max Brown – 2nd place (2-1)

152: Alec Pruett – 3rd place (3-1)

160: Darnell Mack – 4th place (2-2)

171: Nick Blanchard – 2nd place (3-1)

171: Trenton TenBrock – no placement (2-2)

189: Brayden VanPatton – 3rd place (3-1)

215: Shane Cook – 1st place (4-0)

Heavyweight: Ira Jenkins – 1st place (32 total points, Most Outstanding Wrestler Award)

Photos by Stephanie Moore


The Wildcats traveled to the Battle Creek duals on Saturday to face several talented teams. They finished 4-1 on the day and had some excellent matches.

Montague 48, Quincy 27

Montague 42, Lansing Eastern 36

Montague 65, Saranac 6

Montague 41, Battle Creek 40 (tied but won by criteria F – most points scored in a match)

Paw Paw 60, Montague 22

Wrestlers who finished 5-0: Cale Coppess and James Thommen.

Wrestlers who finished 4-1: Landon Askins, Tristen Winkleblack, and Joe Winkleman

Wrestlers who finished 3-2: Ethan Hite, Chris Aebig, and Michael Moore


The Montague girls wrestling team traveled to Clinton on Saturday to wrestle some of the best girls in the state. The Wildcats took down several ranked individuals and made great strides as a team and will look to improve further at upcoming competitions.

Savannah Winkleblack – 2nd place

Emma Pendell – 3rd place

Abby Thommen – 3rd place

Ava Pelton – 3rd place

Presley Davis – 4th place (left early due to family obligations)


The Spartans competed in the Mark Bosse Invitational at Hart High School over the weekend. MCC had three medalists on Saturday.

Senior, Andrew Quinn stayed undefeated and improved to 13-0 on the season. He defeated Jacob Reynolds of Three Rivers in the finals. MCC coach Kendel Trim is proud of Quinn and says he has been aggressive and made very few mistakes.

Sophomore, Zane McCabe took 3rd overall and went 3-1 on the day. Freshman, Hunter Sanford went 4-1 and took 5th place. Both wrestlers have made huge leaps and are expected to improve drastically as young competitors.

Senior Jacob Maidens and Sophomore Aiden Hirschfeld both went 2-2 on the day.

The Spartans next match will be at the Traverse City West Holiday Invitational.









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