Jim Cooper

Rams destroy Muskegon, finish second at Holt

January 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

Three Rockford wrestlers remain undefeated for season by TIM COOPER On Wednesday, Jan. 20, it was short and ugly in the Rams’ favor when Rockford traveled to the lakeshore to take on the Big Reds in wrestling action. Five voids gave the Rams 30 points on the team score before the dual meet wrestling action even started, and the Rams continued on, winning nine of the 13 remaining matches. Pins and technical falls dominated the action against Muskegon wrestlers, with Rams taking six falls and three technical falls en route to a 76-3 thumping. The dual meet took approximately 45 minutes from start to finish. Recording pins for Rockford were Cullen Maksimowski (119 pounds) with a fall at 2:44. Bruce Carlstrom (152) won with a fall in 55 seconds. Solomon Gant (160) won by fall in 1:10. Jake Dorulla (171) took a 12-0 lead into the second period before winning by fall in 3:04. Zach Nelson, stepping in from the B team at 215 pounds, in the shortest match of the night, used just 25 seconds to pin his opponent. Joe Stefanski, jumping up one weight class to wrestle at 285 pounds, finished his Big Red opponent in 3:54, giving the Rams a final victory of 76-3. On Saturday, Jan. 23, the Rams traveled to Holt for an individual tournament which is typically one of the toughest competitions any wrestler will have during the season. With four of the top 10 Division I teams in the state and 16 teams competing, nearly 200 wrestlers were hitting the mats, including one team from Cincinnati, Ohio. Rockford stayed near the top of the team standings all day long. At one point, the Rams dropped as low as fifth, but bounced back by placing six wrestlers in the championship finals and four others winning medals. Sixth-place finishers for the Rams were sophomore Austin Scogg (140), sophomore Tyler VanRooyen (103), and freshman Nate Rojas (112). Carlstrom (152) chipped in with a third-place finish. In the championship bracket, Jacob Scholten, wrestling up at 125, took on the number-one-ranked Alec Morraidian of Detroit Catholic Central. Scholten, who was debuting for the Rams at this tournament, put up a great fight against the defending 112-pound state champion in Division I. Scholten is […]

Wrestlers dominate conference play against old foes

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

Sam Williams pulls off a switch on Zach Rehrus of West Ottawa. Photo by JIM COOPER by TIM COOPER With the starting weight drawn at 160 pounds in Rockford’s dual meet against West Ottawa, held on Wednesday, Jan. 13, Rockford’s Robbie Gorton started the night’s wrestling. Showing a systematic destruction of West Ottawa’s Austin Sanders, Gorton began scoring early with a takedown and two near-falls, building a 7-0 lead before the end of the first period. In the second, Gorton continued to build his score by using a takedown and two-point near-fall to hold an 11-0 lead after the first four minutes. Gorton’s dominance over Sanders continued early into the third as he scored four more points, receiving a technical fall with a 15-0 win in Rockford’s first match. In the 171-pound match, number-one state-ranked Jake Dorulla remained undefeated as he followed Gorton’s scoring closely, ending the first 7-0, the second 12-0, and a technical fall in the third with a 15-0 dismantling of West Ottawa’s Joey McClure. This gave the Rams a 10-0 team score after two matches. Jake Johnson, once again wrestling up two weight classes at 189 pounds, faced West Ottawa’s sixth-ranked Steve McClure. In the first period, Johnson took McClure to the mat early, but McClure managed to escape. Midway through the first period, Johnson stepped into a throw by McClure, going from his feet to his back, giving up four points and the lead. Trailing 5-2 at the start of the second, Johnson battled back, reversing McClure, who escaped and achieve a takedown on Johnson. Trailing 9-5 starting the third period, Johnson again reversed McClure and receive one more stalling point to pull the match to within one point, 8-9. Knowing time was running out, Johnson released McClure and attempted numerous times in the final seconds to take McClure down for a final victory. McClure fought off all of Johnson’s attacks, and took home a hard-fought 10-8 win, giving West Ottawa their first points of the night. In the 215-pound match, Rockford senior Joe Stefanski faced Christian Nagelvoort. In a short and sweet 25 seconds, Stefanski added six points to the Rams’ total, winning with a fall. In the heavyweight match, Jake Banaszak (285), wrestled up one weight class. He […]

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