Kent County Classic

Rockford wrestlers have strong showing in Kent County Classic

December 17, 2009 // 0 Comments

Nine Rams bring home medals The dual meet with Hudsonville scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 9 was postponed due to the blizzard and will be made up at as part of the Dec. 19 Tom Horn Tournament to be held at Holland High School. The Rams did see action on Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Kent County Classic held at Union High School. In a tournament that is a precursor for many of the area’s top wrestlers qualifying for state, the Rams came up short in the team total but showed why they plan on being a force as the season progresses. Rockford placed nine wrestlers in medals in the day’s competition. Senior Drew Scogg, 135 pounds, showed heart in battling to a sixth-place finish with a 10-5 defeat in his final match of the day. Despite considerable effort, Scogg was bested by conference foe Joe Curley of East Kentwood. Finishing fourth was Paul Creighton, 189 pounds, by virtue of a close 4-1 decision to Zack Weir of Stevensville Lakeshore. Jake Johnson, 160 pounds, found himself wrestling for third place after falling in the semi-final round to Greenville’s Adam Bonner, 3-1 in overtime. After suffering his first defeat, Johnson bounced back, finishing third with a 5-4 decision over Jordan Graham of Big Rapids. Sophomore Austin Scogg, 140 pounds, also found himself wrestling for third place, defeating Tiesean Hatchet of Union, 11-6. The Rams showed power by placing five wrestlers in the finals, wrestling for first place. Tyler VanRooyen, 103 pounds, found himself trailing 1-0 late in the first period after giving up one point for stalling. He made a strong showing, keeping the match close throughout, but eventually fell in a 2-0 decision to Nick Ross of Comstock Park. VanRooyen brought home the silver medal for second place. At 145 pounds, Bruce Carlstrom also showed tenacity in a match that changed leads many times. Carlstrom was wrestling the number-one-ranked wrestler in Division II at this weight class. Colin Fuller of Greenville outlasted Carlstrom, winning a 13-7 decision in one of the best matches of the day. In the 215-pound weight class, Joe Stefanski showed why he is a contender for the individual state championship. Battling tough competition all day, Stefanski continually outclassed the field with two […]