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Five local wrestlers headed to state finals

Josh VanDyke • Feb 17, 2019 at 6:34 PM

The annual Grand March at Ford Field will feature plenty of local pride this year, as the Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport wrestling programs will be sending representatives to the individual state finals on March 1-2 in Detroit.

Grand Haven’s Riley Rhone and Cody Miller, along with Spring Lake’s Jack Parker and Max Montgomery, and Fruitport’s Crue Cooper each finished in the top four of their respective weight classes at Saturday’s regional tournament to qualify for the grand finale of the prep wrestling season.


DIVISION 1 AT GRAND HAVEN

The Buccaneers hosted their regional tournament Saturday with four wrestlers in the field.

Junior Riley Rhone entered the tournament as the top seed at 103 lbs and left a regional champion, finishing 3-0 to improve to 40-2 on the season.

Rhone won back-to-back 4-0 decisions in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds and capped off the day with a 6-3 decision over Gabe Livingston of Battle Creek Lakeview to win the regional championship.

Senior Cody Miller also entered the tournament as the top seed at 125 lbs, finishing runner-up to improve to 44-3 on the season. Miller recorded a pinfall win in 52 seconds of his quarterfinal matchup and followed that up with a 5-2 decision in the semifinal.

No. 2-seed Eddie Homrock scored a 10-4 decision over Miller in the championship match to win the regional title, but Miller extended his season thanks to a top-four finish in his weight class.

Senior Trevor Rademaker finished 1-2 at 152 lbs, dropping his opening-round match by an 11-2 major decision, before bouncing back with a pinfall (1:46) win in the consolation quarterfinals. Rademaker fell one match short of qualifying for the state finals, however, as No. 2 seed Victor Grabowski of Brighton scored a 9-2 decision over Rademaker in the consolation semifinal round.

Sophomore Hefzur Rahman finished 1-2 at 112 lbs, dropping his opening-round match by a 15-8 decision, before bouncing back with a 9-1 major decision in the consolation quarterfinals. Jose Santiago of Holt eliminated Rahman via 14-2 major decision in the consolation semifinals, taking the final qualifying spot in the weight class in the process.


DIVISION 2 AT FREMONT

Spring Lake and Fruitport traveled to Fremont High School on Saturday, as both the Lakers and Trojans fielded three grapplers in the Division 2 regional tournament.

Spring Lake sophomore Jack Parker finished runner-up at 103 lbs, scoring a pinfall win in 45 seconds in his opening-round matchup and adding an 8-3 decision in the semifinals. Ramsy Mutschler of Lowell edged Parker by a 6-5 decision in the championship match to win the regional title, but Parker, now 33-4 on the season, advances to the state finals with a top-four finish in his weight class.

Parker’s teammate, freshman Max Montgomery, finished fourth overall at 103 lbs. Montgomery won his opening-round match with an 11-7 decision, but fell 14-1 in the semifinals. Montgomery bounced back with a 7-4 decision in the consolation semifinals and won the consolation championship match via forfeit to improve to 34-7 on the season. With his fourth-place finish, Montgomery also advances to the state finals.

Fruitport junior Crue Cooper finished runner-up at 171 lbs, scoring a 7-1 decision in his opening match and adding a narrow 3-2 decision in the semifinals. Top-seeded Ryan Ringler (46-0) defeated Cooper via 8-3 decision in the championship match to win the regional title, but Cooper (39-4) will advance to the state meet with a top-four finish.

Junior Connor Sykes finished 1-2 at 119 lbs, dropping his opening match 6-3, before scoring a pinfall win at 1:26 of his consolation quarterfinals match. Hayden Cook of Sparta defeated Sykes by a 5-0 decision in the consolation semifinals.

Fruitport’s Dominic Dault finished 0-2 at 135 lbs, while Spring Lake’s Jamie Holt finished 0-2 at 125 lbs.

The MHSAA individual state finals will kick off at 11:30 a.m. March 1, following weigh-ins at 9 a..m., the Grand March at 11 a.m. and the National Anthem at 11:15 a.m.

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