Rockford High School Wrestling

Three wrestlers advance to state finals

February 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

Team season ends by TIM COOPER The Rockford wrestling team entered their regional competition on Wednesday, Feb. 16, looking for a way to make up points against Hudsonville, who beat the Rams 39-20 two weeks prior. Knowing that, Coach Brian Richardson adjusted his lineup in hopes of obtaining more favorable match-ups. Hudsonville grabbed an early lead, winning the 145- and 152-pound matches, putting the Rams down by nine. Rockford got on the board in the 160-pound match when Austin Scogg outworked opponent Zach VanEss before pinning him at the 5:42 mark. Hudsonville increased their lead by four with a major decision in the 171-pound match. Robby Gorton, at 189 pounds, brought the Rams to within one point by pinning Todd Holstege in 1:33. Freshman Brent Showers gave Rockford its first lead of the dual with a 15-0 technical fall over Dallas Dickson. Taylon Nuyenhuis put the Eagles back on top 19-17 with a fall in 2:16 over Jake Wilson. Steven Jendritz kept hope alive in the 103-pound match by pinning Victor Urzola, giving the lead back to the Rams at 23-19. An 11-5 decision by Zach Henderson over Rockford’s Nate Rojas in the 112-pound match pulled the Eagles to within one. A decision at 119 pounds by Cullen Maksimowski over Matt Igo, followed by Tyler VanRooyen’s major decision over Zach Nystrum, gave the Rams an eight-point lead with three matches remaining. Hudsonville won the remaining three matches, giving them a 37-30 victory, and a place in the regional finals against Grand Haven. Grand Haven advanced to the finals by beating East Kentwood 36-29. Hudsonville defeated Grand Haven 35-33, moving them on to Battle Creek for a shot at the team state championship. “We had our chance tonight,” said the Rams’ Coach Richardson. “These kids have seen adversity all season long. Our senior captains did the best tonight to give us a win. Mike Rottier of Hudsonville is a good coach. That’s a well-coached team.” On Saturday, Feb. 19, six Ram wrestlers traveled to East Kentwood for the individual regional competition. Scogg advanced through the championship bracket, beating Spencer Hill of Midland Dow in the opening round, and Jenison’s Trevor Dunham in the semifinals. Scogg’s semifinal victory was his 100th career win. In the finals, Scogg […]

Rockford wrestling season opens with shocker at Comstock Park

December 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Sixty-two young men start the season for the Rockford wrestling team this year. Notable returning wrestlers are Jake Byers and Jake Johnson, both runners-up from last year’s individual state tournament, along with defending state champions Jake Dorulla and Joe Stefanski. All four seniors have verbally committed to wrestle for Eastern Michigan University next year. Joining them will be regional qualifiers junior Bruce Carlstrom and sophomores Tyler VanRooyen and Austin Scogg. Prior to the first tournament, the Rams squared off in the annual Orange and Black, a dual meet to showcase Ram depth on the mat. Fourteen matches at Rockford High School on Thursday, Dec. 3, decided who would be in the starting lineup. The first competition away from Rockford was held Saturday, Dec. 5 at Comstock Park. The Rams faced Central Montcalm in the opener. In typical dominant fashion, Rockford opened a 36-3 lead midway through the match, and recorded a total of six falls, winning 11 of 13 matches for a final score of 65-9. In the second round, Rockford squared off against East Grand Rapids, dominating the Pioneers by winning all 14 matches with a final score of 78-0. Round three saw the Rams face a tough Coopersville team. Rockford won nine of 14 in this one, finishing with a final score of 46-24. In the finals, Rockford faced an inspired team from Comstock Park who advanced by beating Wyoming Park, Spring Lake and Belding. In a dual meet that saw the lead change many times, Rockford fought hard but came up short in the end. Jake Byers, 130 pounds this year, showed true senior leadership in recording three falls in the day while wrestling for less than two minutes. Each pin came in less than 30 seconds of the first period. Bruce Carlstrom, 152 pounds, also showed dominance by winning four times with one fall, one technical fall and one major decision on the day. Sophomore Tyler Van Rooyen, 103 pounds, showed why he’s ready to make a splash for Rockford by also recording four pins. Sophomore Austin Scogg pinned four opponents with his typical solid leg wrestling. He was able to defeat all comers. Senior Jake Johnson, 160 pounds, showed why he is the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class in […]