Rockford Ram Wrestling Team

Ram wrestling team still searching to find identity

January 7, 2010 // 0 Comments

Coach Richardson faces former coach by TIM COOPER On Tuesday, Dec. 22, the Ram wrestling team made the short trip to Lowell to face the Division II second-ranked team in Stevensville Lakeshore and the defending Division II state champion, the Lowell Red Arrows. The Rams opened an early 4-0 lead on the Lancers of Stevensville with an 11-3 major decision by Jake Byers AT 130 pounds. In the second match, senior Drew Scogg, 135 pounds, built the lead to 7-0 with his 7-1 win. The Lancers got on the board in the 140-pound match by taking a 3-2 decision from Rockford’s Austin Scogg. Bruce Carlstrom (145) bounced back with a 6-4 decision, giving the Rams a seven-point lead at 10-3. Lakeshore took back the lead in the next two matches, with a fall at 152 pounds and a 9-3 decision in the 160-pound match. At 171 pounds, senior Jake Dorulla continued to show why he is the number-one-ranked wrestler in the state. The Eastern Michigan University-bound senior took a 15-0 technical fall in the second period, giving the Rams a 15-12 lead. Jake Johnson (189) added four more points to the Ram total with an 18-5 major decision, once again giving the Rams a seven-point lead, 19-12. Paul Creighton, wrestling up one weight class at 215, failed to best his opponent, giving up a 7-1 decision. The team score then stood at Rockford 19, Lakeshore 15. Joe Stefanski, also wrestling up a weight class at 285 pounds, proved to be the last bright spot for the Rams in this dual meet. Stefanski used his speed and strength to build an 11-1 lead before time ran out, giving Rockford their largest lead of the night at 23-15. The Lancers came charging back, winning the final four matches and giving them a 37-23 victory over the Rams. Ram Coach Richardson, for the first time as a high school coach, faced his former mentor, Coach Bruce Bittenbender of Lakeshore. Bittenbender was Richardson’s wrestling coach while Richardson was a student athlete at Lakeshore himself. Bittenbinder is also the winningest coach in Michigan high school wrestling history with 740 dual meet wins. In the second tilt, Rockford faced the Red Arrows of Lowell in a dual meet that went much […]