The Rockford wrestling team journeyed to Hudsonville for an OK Red dual meet on Wednesday, January 21st in search of their first league triumph against the Eagles. Pins were the rule of the day as the two squads combined for eleven pins in the 14 matches contested. Unfortunately for the Rams it was the home squad that garnered six of the pins en route to a 42-30 decision. “We are just giving up too many pins at various weight classes to come out on top in some of these relatively tightly contested matches,” said Rockford Coach Brian Richardson. “I was extremely pleased with the work of a few of our younger guys tonight in John Quist and Tyler Glave. They seem to be really turning the corner and now we just need a little more consistency up and down the lineup to come out on top with more regularity. We have a very young team and are going through growing pains but we are confident that better days lie ahead for us.” The four Ram wrestlers who pinned their way to victory were Jared Bennett with a pin in 3:25 at 119 pounds, Andy Hansen with a pin at 130 pounds in 5:00, Chris Bell who stuck his opponent in a quick 1:17 at 160 and Glave at 215 with a fall in 3:29. Michael Tankersley won an 8-6 decision at 112 and Quist came out on top of his match 11-5 at 140 to complete the scoring for Rockford. Rams fall to Hudsonville 42-30 in OK Red tilt
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Rams get complete effort in dual meet win by TIM COOPER When the Rockford Rams took to the mat on Wednesday, Jan. 18 against Grandville, memories of losing to the Bulldogs last year were very strong. This year’s team was determined to prevent history from repeating itself. The Rams’ scoring opened in the 103-pound match when Stephen Jendritz caught Micah Newton at the 1:07 mark of the first round, giving Rockford a 6-3 lead after two matches. Grandville went back on top with wins at 112 and 119, taking a 10-6 advantage going into the 125-pound match between Rockford’s Cullen Maksimowski and Grandville’s Keedan Hoezee. Maksimowski, who splits time with Tyler VanRooyen at 125 and 130, dominated Hoezee, taking the Bulldog wrestler to the mat seven times en route to a 19-7 major decision. A Grandville void to Corey Stankus at 130 and VanRooyen’s pin of Jake Brower put the Rams on top for good. “This was the most complete effort we had all season,” said Coach Brian Richardson, whose Rams won 10 of 14 matches on their way to a 52-14 victory over their arch-rival. “This team is peaking at the right time. We’re glad to be in the driver’s seat of the OK Red.” On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Rams traveled to Stevensville for a tournament hosted by the Lancers of Lakeshore High School. In the opening round, Rockford faced off with Division IV’s top-ranked team, the Hudson Tigers. The Tigers showed the Rams why they’re ranked number one by beating Rockford 41-16. In round two of the tournament, Rockford faced the host Lancers for the third time this season. The first dual saw the Rams win by one point on December 23 at Lakeshore’s Alumni Night. The second time around, the Lancers soundly defeated a depleted Rockford squad on January 7 at Howell High School. In the rubber match between the two teams, Rockford won 30-23. The Rams won nine of the 14 matches, sparked by a VanRooyen pin in the 125-pound match and Trent Boyer’s 9-3 victory, despite battling flu-like symptoms all day. Austin Scogg’s fall at 152 and decisions by Danny Apkarian (160) and Robby Gorton (171) also contributed to the Rams’ victory. In the final dual of the day, […]
Bulldogs defeat Rams in wrestling for first time since 2003 The Rams wrestling team hosted the Grandville Bulldogs on their annual Parents’ Night on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The visiting Bulldogs jumped out to an early 19-0 lead by winning the first four matches, two by fall, one by major decision, and one by decision. The Rams began chipping away at the Bulldogs, with a 2-1 decision by Peter Nugent at 145 pounds over Dominic Barrenger. Austin Scogg added six to the Ram total by pinning Davon Rivera in 28 seconds. Danny Apkarian continued the Ram momentum in the 160-pound match, defeating Trever Sously 8-3, pulling Rockford to within seven points. Grandville took some of that momentum away in the 171-pound match when the Bulldogs’ Ryan Cox pinned Brady Gent in 5:07. In the 189-pound match, Grandville’s Coach Ryan Gritter opted to bump around Rockford’s Robby Gorton, giving the Ram wrestler a void to make the team score 25-18. In the 215-pound match, freshman phenom Brent Showers proved to be too much for the Bulldogs’ Colton Hunt, winning a 6-2 decision, and putting the Rams four points behind Grandville. Again the Bulldogs stole the Rams’ momentum with a major decision at 285 pounds, and a victory-sealing fall at the 103-pound match. Rockford managed to close the gap with a major decision by Nate Rojas over Dakota Torralva at 112 pounds, and a fall by Tyler VanRooyen over Jake Parks. The final score of the dual was, Grandville 35, Rockford 31, giving the Bulldogs their first victory over the Rams since 2003. Following the match, Rockford’s Coach Brian Richardson said, “Grandville is a well-coached team. They wrestled a great meet tonight. They moved some guys around to get favorable match-ups, and it worked. We knew it was about bonus points. Grandville took bonus points with every match they won.” Richardson also made special mention of Tony Apkarian. “We threw Tony into a tough situation, and he gave us a great effort tonight.” This weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 5, the Rams travel to Grand Haven for the OK Red conference tournament to decide the final positions for the 2010-11 OK Red wrestling season.
VanRooyen only Ram in finals at Holt tournament by TIM COOPER The Rams fell behind the East Kentwood Falcons early in their dual meet on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Matt Franklin put his Falcons up 6-0 when he pinned Rockford’s Danny Apkarian early in the first period of their 160-pound match. Rockford tied the scored at six apiece after decisions in the 171- and 189-pound matches. At 171 pounds, Robby Gorton won a 6-2 decision over Ernie Morton. At 189, Brady Gent won his match over Zac Tinerella, 3-2. East Kentwood (EK) took the lead back after the 215-pound weight class, when Jesse Keenan defeated Brent Showers 10-7, making the team score 9-6. Jake Wilson of Rockford defeated Phil Morrow, 11-7, allowing the Rams to knot the score at 9. Rockford took its first lead of the night when 103-pound Steven Jendritz edged Charlie Hang in a 6-4 overtime decision. Hang had defeated Jendritz earlier this season when the two wrestled at the Kent County Classic. The Rams took a 24-9 advantage into the 125-pound match, following a 1:59 second pin by Nate Rojas over Curtis Blackwell in a 112-pound match and a void for Tyler VanRooyen at 119. EK cut the Rockford lead by three when Anthony Hang won a 6-3 decision over Cullen Maksimowski. At 130 pounds, Rockford’s Trent Boyer gave up an early takedown to pass regional qualifier Anwar Munye. Boyer battled back in the second period, receiving two near-falls and taking a 5-2 lead into the third period. Boyer built on his three-point lead in the third period, finishing with a 13-2 major decision. “I didn’t think I would beat him,” Boyer said. “The first time I tilted him, everything changed. It made me more confident. The second turn was when I knew I could win.” The Ram lead was extended further as Alex Padilla (135) and Mick DeBoer (140) both received voids, giving Rockford a 40-12 lead. Austin Geerlings of EK used 5:54 seconds to pin Peter Nugent, leading into the final match of the night. The 152-pound match between Rockford’s Austin Scogg and EK’s Niko Parks was tied 4-4 after regulation. The two would battle another two minutes in overtime, with Scogg scoring three points in the final 30 seconds […]
by TIM COOPER The Rockford Rams traveled to Battle Creek on Friday, March 26 for the final dual meets of the season. In the quarterfinals the Rams took on Westland John Glenn, a team they had defeated in late December. One Ram in particular found himself in an interesting situation for any wrestler at this time of the season. Jake Dorulla, defending state champion at 171 pounds, was told he had to gain weight to help fill out the Ram lineup. Dorulla took the task at hand and gained 6.5 pounds in about 20 hours, going over the 173-pound limit to possibly wrestle in the 215-pound weight class. Dorulla set the tone early in his match, winning by fall and helping the Rams cruise to a 34-28 victory over the Westland John Glenn Rockets. Other victorious Ram wrestlers were Joe Stefanski at 285 pounds, Jake Scholten (119), Jake Byers (125), Austin Scogg (145), Bruce Carlstrom (152), Jake Johnson (160) and Zach Banaszak (171). The victory over the Rockets punched the Ram ticket to the semifinal round where they wrestled the Eagles of Hartland. This was a rematch from December 19, when Hartland defeated the Rams 43-17. Because of key additions, the Rams were able to erase the 26-point deficit and turn the tables on the Eagles, beating them 29-25, and advancing to the state finals, a familiar place for Rockford, having been there three of the last four years. In the finals, Rockford faced the top-seeded team from Detroit Catholic Central (DCC). The Shamrocks—who had defeated the Rams twice in individual tournaments earlier in the season—were loaded and ready for the defending state champions. The Shamrocks had qualified 14 individual wrestlers for a state championship run this week. The Rams will be wrestling seven boys, starting Thursday, March 4, at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Byers (130) gave the Rams an early lead when he scored a major decision over DCC’s Charlie Joseph. Byers used a series of takedowns and releases to build a 13-5 victory, giving the Rams a 4-0 lead after the first match. The Shamrocks strung three victories together, taking a 17-4 margin into the 152-pound match between Carlstrom and the Shamrocks’ Gerid Gee. Carlstrom cut into the DCC lead, scoring a […]