Rockford High School Wrestling Team

Rockford wrestlers finish strong at Jenison

February 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

Rams come up short at OK Red conference tournament by TIM COOPER and JIM COOPER The Rockford High School wrestling team fell behind Jenison early in the dual between the two schools on Wednesday, Feb. 1. With the Rams trailing the Wildcats 11-0 after the first two matches, senior captains Austin Scogg (152 pounds) and Danny Apkarian (160) quickly gave Rockford the lead as they each pinned their opponents. A third pin at 171 pounds by Grant Tennihill put the Rams on top 18-11. Rockford went on to win seven of the final nine matches, to take away a 48-23 victory. In addition to the falls in the middle weights, the Rams added three more. In the 119-pound match, Nate Rojas pinned his opponent in just 21 seconds. Cullen Maksimowski (125) won by fall in 2:33. Tyler VanRooyen (130) pinned his opponent in 2:39. With the match well in hand, the Rams sent Trent Boyer against fifth-ranked Dylan Wyngarden. Boyer, who has consistently come up big for Rockford this year, once again pulled an upset against a ranked opponent. “I knew I broke him when I threw him in the first period,” said Boyer. “He ran out of steam as the match went on. I felt stronger and stronger. This is probably the biggest win of my career.” On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Rams traveled to Hudsonville for the annual OK Red conference tournament. Rockford needed to finish ahead of Grand Haven in order to win the conference crown outright. The Rams came up short, despite placing 11 of their 14 wrestlers. Brandon Houle (215), Stephen Jendritz (112) and Tennihill all finished in fourth place for Rockford. Taking third-place honors were Robby Gorton at 189 pounds and Jared Bennett at 103. Maksimowski, Boyer, Scogg and Apkarian were runners-up. VanRooyen won a 7-2 decision over Zach Nystrum of Hudsonville to secure his third OK Red title. Rojas defeated 10th-ranked Zack Henderson of Hudsonville in a stunning upset in the finals at 119 pounds. “I didn’t expect to win this championship,” Rojas said. “This is the first time I have ever beaten Henderson. This really feels great.”

Ram wrestlers defeat West Ottawa, then take on Michigan’s best

December 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

by TIM COOPER Following a brutal tournament at East Kentwood in the opening weekend of the 2011-2012 wrestling season, the Rockford Rams hosted their first dual meets on Wednesday, Dec. 14. In the opening meet of the evening, Rockford battled with the OK Red conference foe Panthers of West Ottawa. The Panthers jumped out to an early 14-3 lead, winning three of the first four matches. The Rams’ sole victory, 103-pound Jared Bennett, defeated West Ottawa’s Ivan Hernandez 5-0. Rockford started to roll in the 125-pound match when Tyler VanRooyen pinned Panther Mitch Beckman in 50 seconds. The Rams received a 6-1 victory from Nate Rojas at 130 to bring them within two points of West Ottawa. When Cullen Maksimowski defeated Clayton Castro 13-5, the Rams went on top for good. Rockford continued their dominance as they won the following seven matches to close out the dual and take a 44-14 OK Red conference victory. In addition to VanRooyen’s fall, Dan Apkarian pinned Joel Munoz in 1:44 at 160, and Robby Gorton added a fall at 189 as he defeated Justin Rich in 1:59. In Rockford’s second duel of the night, the Rams took on the Forest Hills Central Rangers. Once again, Rockford found themselves battling back after falling behind early, as the Rangers opened up a 13-0 lead after the first three matches. VanRooyen again ignited the Rams, this time with a 5-2 decision over the Rangers’ Steve Emery. Rockford won eight of the last 10 matches, en route to a 35-22 victory. Coach Brian Richardson said of his Rams, “I am very happy about tonight. West Ottawa was very tough. The boys gave a great effort. Freshman Grant Tennihill gave us two big wins tonight.” Richardson also gave high praise to the senior leadership on the Ram squad. On Saturday, Dec. 17, the Rams traveled to Holland High School for the Tim Horn Memorial tournament. This tournament put the Rams into action against some of the top teams in the state of Michigan. Following a first-round bye, Rockford wrestled St. Johns, the top ranked team in all divisions. A void at 103 and a 5-0 decision at 130 from VanRooyen were the only victories the Rams received against the overpowering Redwings. St. Johns […]

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 […]

Ram wrestlers leave mark at Detroit Catholic Central, Grand Haven

January 14, 2010 // 0 Comments

by TIM COOPER On Wednesday, Jan. 6, the Rams stepped back into OK Red action, hosting the Buccaneers of Grand Haven. Early on it was all Rockford with the lightweights. Grand Haven showed promise with the middle weights, only to be denied at the end. At 103 pounds, sophomore Tyler VanRooyen used an early lateral drop to take Grand Haven’s Jarod Spencer off his feet onto his back. VanRooyen improved his position further, pinning Spencer in 1:47. Nate Rojas (112) would not be denied against Dylan VanderHyde. Rojas attained the first takedown early in the match, using a double-leg takedown. Rojas gained an early 2-0 lead before VanderHyde reversed the situation, tying the score as time ran out in the first period. VanderHyde took a 2-3 lead when he escaped Rojas at the start of the second period. Rojas again took back the lead with another double-leg takedown. Each wrestler reversed one another before the period ran out, giving Rojas a 6-5 lead to start the third. Rojas continued scoring in the third with an early escape followed by a takedown, giving him a four-point advantage when time expired, and giving the Rams a 9-0 lead after two matches. Freshman Cullen Maximowski (119) showed that the Rams came to wrestle, as he continued the trend for the lightweight wrestlers. For the third consecutive match, the Ram wrestler was first to the takedown, an accomplishment which would continue through 11 of the 14 matches. Maximowski used his takedown to build a 7-4 lead and gain a tough-fought victory. In the 125-pound match, Rockford senior Chris Barrentine dominated Garret Young. Young relentlessly turned his opponent’s shoulders to the mat, building a 12-5 lead after two periods. Young took down his opponent in the third, only to be reversed by Barrentine for the final score, 14-7, giving the Rams a 15-0 lead. Grand Haven finally was able to get on the board in the 130-pound match, when the Buccaneers’ Justin Mezzo pinned Rockford’s Trent Boyer in 1:47. Rams senior Jake Byers, wrestling up one weight class at 135 pounds, remained undefeated with his 13-4 victory over CJ Stock. Byers, as he’s done all season, used takedown after takedown to build his score and add four more points to […]