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Rockford wrestling tops Grandville

January 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Rams get complete effort in dual meet win by TIM COOPER When the Rockford Rams took to the mat on Wednesday, Jan. 18 against Grandville, memories of losing to the Bulldogs last year were very strong. This year’s team was determined to prevent history from repeating itself. The Rams’ scoring opened in the 103-pound match when Stephen Jendritz caught Micah Newton at the 1:07 mark of the first round, giving Rockford a 6-3 lead after two matches. Grandville went back on top with wins at 112 and 119, taking a 10-6 advantage going into the 125-pound match between Rockford’s Cullen Maksimowski and Grandville’s Keedan Hoezee. Maksimowski, who splits time with Tyler VanRooyen at 125 and 130, dominated Hoezee, taking the Bulldog wrestler to the mat seven times en route to a 19-7 major decision. A Grandville void to Corey Stankus at 130 and VanRooyen’s pin of Jake Brower put the Rams on top for good. “This was the most complete effort we had all season,” said Coach Brian Richardson, whose Rams won 10 of 14 matches on their way to a 52-14 victory over their arch-rival. “This team is peaking at the right time. We’re glad to be in the driver’s seat of the OK Red.” On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Rams traveled to Stevensville for a tournament hosted by the Lancers of Lakeshore High School. In the opening round, Rockford faced off with Division IV’s top-ranked team, the Hudson Tigers. The Tigers showed the Rams why they’re ranked number one by beating Rockford 41-16. In round two of the tournament, Rockford faced the host Lancers for the third time this season. The first dual saw the Rams win by one point on December 23 at Lakeshore’s Alumni Night. The second time around, the Lancers soundly defeated a depleted Rockford squad on January 7 at Howell High School. In the rubber match between the two teams, Rockford won 30-23. The Rams won nine of the 14 matches, sparked by a VanRooyen pin in the 125-pound match and Trent Boyer’s 9-3 victory, despite battling flu-like symptoms all day. Austin Scogg’s fall at 152 and decisions by Danny Apkarian (160) and Robby Gorton (171) also contributed to the Rams’ victory. In the final dual of the day, […]

Rockford wrestlers down East Kentwood

January 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

by TIM COOPER and JIM COOPER The Rockford High School wrestlers improved to 4-0 in OK Red conference competition when they defeated East Kentwood on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The Rams defeated the Falcons of East Kentwood in Holland on December 17 by 12 points in a preview of last week’s conference match-up. Falls by Collin Curtis at 145 pounds and Austin Scogg at 152 pounds gave the Rams an early 12-0 lead. The Rams’ lead evaporated as the Falcons won the next five matches, building to a 19-12 lead. Rockford pulled to within four in the 103-pound match when sophomore Steven Jendritz won a hard-fought match against Eric Fisher. With only two weights remaining, the Rams trailed the Falcons by a score of 28-27 going into the 135-pound match. After two periods, Rockford’s Trent Boyer and East Kentwood’s Anthony Hang had battled to a 3-3 tie. Boyer scored six points in the final stanza, giving the Rams a two-point lead with one match remaining. Braden Zych secured victory for Rockford when he pinned Demir Frazier in 5:51. Rockford Head Coach Brian Richardson said, “I’m not surprised about the outcome of the meet. We were lucky to get the win against a well-coached East Kentwood team. The pins by Collin Curtis and Braden Zych were huge. The fact that Nate Rojas and Trent Boyer turned previous losses into wins helped us tonight.” On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Rams hosted the Rockford Varsity Invitational. Rockford went 3-0 in their pool, defeating Lumen Christi 51-21, Portage Central 39-36, and Reed City 72-6. The Rams went on to wrestle the Hesperia Panthers in the finals. The Panthers, who are ranked second in Division IV, won the tournament last year in an individual format. Rockford got off to a strong start with a decision by Grant Tennihill (171), followed by a major decision by Robby Gorton (189) and a pin by Brent Showers (215). Hesperia heavyweight Brett Martin got the Panthers on the board with a fall over Brandon Houle. Jendritz, at 103 pounds, remained undefeated on the day with a pin at the 5:02 mark against fourth-ranked Cory Agens. Hesperia jumped back into the dual meet with falls at 112 and 119 pounds. A pin by Tyler VanRooyen in the […]

Rockford wrestlers defeat Grand Haven

December 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rams face tough competition at Holland Tournament  by TIM COOPER Wednesday, Dec. 15, the Rams traveled to Grand Haven to take on the Buccaneers in wrestling action. With the dual starting at 189 pounds, Rockford’s Zach Banaszak stepped on the mat, facing Quintin VanDorn of Grand Haven. Banaszak walked off the mat with a fall 3:27 later, giving the Rams an early 6-0 lead. Grand Haven tied the meet at 6 points each when Jerry Westerman pinned Banaszak’s twin brother Jake in the third period. The Rams began to take over the dual meet at the 285-pound weight class, when junior Jake Wilson used 1:19 to defeat Garret Kell. Steven Jendritz kept the momentum going by making short work of the Buccaneers’ Terry Franklin at 103, gaining a pin in only 20 seconds. At 112 pounds, with Rockford leading 18-6, Nate Rojas built a 16-1 lead on Grand Haven’s Levi Gregory. The 15-point margin gave Rojas a technical fall and put five more points on the Rams’ total. Following Rojas’ match, freshman Terry Gant of Rockford received his first high school win with a 12-6 decision over Eric VanHorssen in the 119-pound match. Junior Tyler VanRooyen bumped up to 125 pounds for the dual. With 16 seconds remaining in the second period, he pinned Josh Jucartz’s shoulders to the mat for the fall, giving the Rams a 32-6 lead halfway through the dual meet. The Rams received decisions in five of the remaining seven matches, building a 47-6 lead before losing the final two matches of the dual to make the score 47-15. “We received a great effort from our young kids tonight,” said Coach Brian Richardson. “The underclassmen really stepped up and responded.” On Saturday, Dec. 18, the Ram wrestlers again traveled to the Lakeshore for the 40th annual Tim Horn Memorial Windmill City Classic Wrestling Tournament at Holland High School. Each year the tournament features many of the top ranked wrestling teams in the state. This year, the defending Division II champion St. Johns Redwings and defending Division IV champion Hudson Tigers were among the teams at the prestigious invitational. The Rams advanced to the semifinal round by defeating Grand Rapids Catholic Central 60-12, Holland 38-31, and Marshall 78-0. Rockford fell in the […]