Bulldogs defeat Rams in wrestling for first time since 2003
The Rams wrestling team hosted the Grandville Bulldogs on their annual Parents’ Night on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The visiting Bulldogs jumped out to an early 19-0 lead by winning the first four matches, two by fall, one by major decision, and one by decision.
The Rams began chipping away at the Bulldogs, with a 2-1 decision by Peter Nugent at 145 pounds over Dominic Barrenger. Austin Scogg added six to the Ram total by pinning Davon Rivera in 28 seconds. Danny Apkarian continued the Ram momentum in the 160-pound match, defeating Trever Sously 8-3, pulling Rockford to within seven points.
Grandville took some of that momentum away in the 171-pound match when the Bulldogs’ Ryan Cox pinned Brady Gent in 5:07. In the 189-pound match, Grandville’s Coach Ryan Gritter opted to bump around Rockford’s Robby Gorton, giving the Ram wrestler a void to make the team score 25-18.
In the 215-pound match, freshman phenom Brent Showers proved to be too much for the Bulldogs’ Colton Hunt, winning a 6-2 decision, and putting the Rams four points behind Grandville. Again the Bulldogs stole the Rams’ momentum with a major decision at 285 pounds, and a victory-sealing fall at the 103-pound match.
Rockford managed to close the gap with a major decision by Nate Rojas over Dakota Torralva at 112 pounds, and a fall by Tyler VanRooyen over Jake Parks. The final score of the dual was, Grandville 35, Rockford 31, giving the Bulldogs their first victory over the Rams since 2003.
Following the match, Rockford’s Coach Brian Richardson said, “Grandville is a well-coached team. They wrestled a great meet tonight. They moved some guys around to get favorable match-ups, and it worked. We knew it was about bonus points. Grandville took bonus points with every match they won.”
Richardson also made special mention of Tony Apkarian. “We threw Tony into a tough situation, and he gave us a great effort tonight.”
This weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 5, the Rams travel to Grand Haven for the OK Red conference tournament to decide the final positions for the 2010-11 OK Red wrestling season.