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Rams destroy Muskegon, finish second at Holt

January 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

Three Rockford wrestlers remain undefeated for season by TIM COOPER On Wednesday, Jan. 20, it was short and ugly in the Rams’ favor when Rockford traveled to the lakeshore to take on the Big Reds in wrestling action. Five voids gave the Rams 30 points on the team score before the dual meet wrestling action even started, and the Rams continued on, winning nine of the 13 remaining matches. Pins and technical falls dominated the action against Muskegon wrestlers, with Rams taking six falls and three technical falls en route to a 76-3 thumping. The dual meet took approximately 45 minutes from start to finish. Recording pins for Rockford were Cullen Maksimowski (119 pounds) with a fall at 2:44. Bruce Carlstrom (152) won with a fall in 55 seconds. Solomon Gant (160) won by fall in 1:10. Jake Dorulla (171) took a 12-0 lead into the second period before winning by fall in 3:04. Zach Nelson, stepping in from the B team at 215 pounds, in the shortest match of the night, used just 25 seconds to pin his opponent. Joe Stefanski, jumping up one weight class to wrestle at 285 pounds, finished his Big Red opponent in 3:54, giving the Rams a final victory of 76-3. On Saturday, Jan. 23, the Rams traveled to Holt for an individual tournament which is typically one of the toughest competitions any wrestler will have during the season. With four of the top 10 Division I teams in the state and 16 teams competing, nearly 200 wrestlers were hitting the mats, including one team from Cincinnati, Ohio. Rockford stayed near the top of the team standings all day long. At one point, the Rams dropped as low as fifth, but bounced back by placing six wrestlers in the championship finals and four others winning medals. Sixth-place finishers for the Rams were sophomore Austin Scogg (140), sophomore Tyler VanRooyen (103), and freshman Nate Rojas (112). Carlstrom (152) chipped in with a third-place finish. In the championship bracket, Jacob Scholten, wrestling up at 125, took on the number-one-ranked Alec Morraidian of Detroit Catholic Central. Scholten, who was debuting for the Rams at this tournament, put up a great fight against the defending 112-pound state champion in Division I. Scholten is […]

Wrestlers dominate conference play against old foes

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

Sam Williams pulls off a switch on Zach Rehrus of West Ottawa. Photo by JIM COOPER by TIM COOPER With the starting weight drawn at 160 pounds in Rockford’s dual meet against West Ottawa, held on Wednesday, Jan. 13, Rockford’s Robbie Gorton started the night’s wrestling. Showing a systematic destruction of West Ottawa’s Austin Sanders, Gorton began scoring early with a takedown and two near-falls, building a 7-0 lead before the end of the first period. In the second, Gorton continued to build his score by using a takedown and two-point near-fall to hold an 11-0 lead after the first four minutes. Gorton’s dominance over Sanders continued early into the third as he scored four more points, receiving a technical fall with a 15-0 win in Rockford’s first match. In the 171-pound match, number-one state-ranked Jake Dorulla remained undefeated as he followed Gorton’s scoring closely, ending the first 7-0, the second 12-0, and a technical fall in the third with a 15-0 dismantling of West Ottawa’s Joey McClure. This gave the Rams a 10-0 team score after two matches. Jake Johnson, once again wrestling up two weight classes at 189 pounds, faced West Ottawa’s sixth-ranked Steve McClure. In the first period, Johnson took McClure to the mat early, but McClure managed to escape. Midway through the first period, Johnson stepped into a throw by McClure, going from his feet to his back, giving up four points and the lead. Trailing 5-2 at the start of the second, Johnson battled back, reversing McClure, who escaped and achieve a takedown on Johnson. Trailing 9-5 starting the third period, Johnson again reversed McClure and receive one more stalling point to pull the match to within one point, 8-9. Knowing time was running out, Johnson released McClure and attempted numerous times in the final seconds to take McClure down for a final victory. McClure fought off all of Johnson’s attacks, and took home a hard-fought 10-8 win, giving West Ottawa their first points of the night. In the 215-pound match, Rockford senior Joe Stefanski faced Christian Nagelvoort. In a short and sweet 25 seconds, Stefanski added six points to the Rams’ total, winning with a fall. In the heavyweight match, Jake Banaszak (285), wrestled up one weight class. He […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ram Wrestlers Crowned District Champs, Heading to Regionals

February 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

by TIM COOPER On Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Kentwood High School, the top-ranked Rockford Rams faced Grand Ledge in district dual competition. The district consisted of Rockford, Grand Ledge with the winner facing East Kentwood. Leading off for the Rams at 140 pounds was Zach Johnson facing Josh Vaillencourt. In a short and sweet match Johnson tidily disposed of Vaillencourt in 51 seconds with a fall. At 145 pounds Bruce Carlstrom took on Corey Knapp of the Comets. In a match that would go the full six minutes, Carlstrom came away victorious with an 11-4 decision, giving the Rams a 9-0 lead. CJ Scholl (152) was up next for the Rams, facing Ethan Schulert. Scholl jumped to a quick 2-1 lead in the first after taking Schulert to the mat and releasing him. Scholl carried the lead into the second and at the 2:41 mark turned his opponent to the mat, securing the fall. The win brought Rockford to a 15-0 lead. At 160 pounds, Jake Johnson carried a 7-1 lead through the first against Grand Ledge’s Wade Smith. In the second period Smith chose the down position, reversing Johnson only to have the tables turned as Johnson reversed Smith and turn Smith’s shoulders to the mat for the pin in 3:31. At 171 pounds Paul Crieghton came up from his usual B team spot to face the comets John Cosgrove. Creighton kept the mat close as the first period ended in a 3-3 tie. The second period saw Creighton in the up position and Cosgrove reversed for two points, giving him a 5-3 lead going into the third. In the third period Creighton scored one point on a technical violation for locking hands. Time expired with Creighton trailing 5-4, putting Grand Ledge on the board with a team score of 3 to Rockford’s 21. Rockford spent the next few matches racking up plenty of points. The Rams began their tear with a pin by Zach VanAzak (189) at 5:50. Voids by Grand Ledge at 215 pounds and 285 pounds Tyler VanRooyen used just 17 seconds to pin his Comet opponent in the 103 pound weight class. The match was followed by a void in the 112-pound weight class, bringing the team score to 51-3 […]

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