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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 wrestling falls to Hudsonville

February 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rams crown two champions at OK Red conference tournament  by TIM COOPER  The Rams started out in a hole, after the Hudsonville Eagles won the first two matches of the dual meet between the two teams on Thursday, Feb. 3. In the 140-pound match, Carl Nystrum of Hudsonville pinned Mick DeBoer in 1:42. At 145 pounds, Rockford’s Peter Nugent battled hard with highly ranked Jared Zimmerman. Nugent kept the match close for six minutes, falling to Zimmerman, 9-6. Rockford’s Austin Scogg, at 152, gave the Rams their first points of the evening when he scored a 12-3 major decision over the Eagles’ Ryan Luyke. Rockford’s Dan Apkarian gave up an early five points to Zach VanEss in the 160-pound match. Apkarian battled back, tying the score, when he escaped VanEss early in the third period. The two wrestlers went back and forth before VanEss walked off the mat with a 16-11 decision, increasing the Eagles’ lead. Robby Gorton added six to the Ram total, with his fall over Dallas Dickson in 3:42 seconds, making the team score 15-10. The Eagles added nine points to their lead with victories at 215 and 285 pounds. Rockford pulled within 10 when Steven Jendritz (103) dismantled Austin Bechler in a 14-0 major decision. A 13-4 major decision by Cullen Maksimowski at 119 pounds, followed by a 7-2 decision by Tyler VanRooyen over Zach Nystrum at 125 pounds, helped to pull the Rams to within seven. Hudsonville won the final two matches by fall, giving them a 39-20 victory over the visiting Rams.   On Saturday, Feb. 5, the Rams traveled to Grand Haven for the OK Red conference tournament. Rockford’s A. Scogg put together a fine day, making his way into the finals, where he defeated East Kentwood’s Niko Parks in a 4-2 thriller at 152 pounds. In the 119-pound weight class, VanRooyen reached a milestone on his way to the finals. He earned his 100th win when he defeated Austin Stine of Jenison in the semifinals. VanRooyen then faced Grand Haven’s Josh Juchartz in the final round, defeating him 6-2, and earning a conference championship. Two other Ram wrestlers made their way to the finals. Nate Rojas (112) lost 7-4 to Hudsonville’s Zach Henderson, and Maksimowski (125) lost […]

Rams wrestlers ground Falcons

January 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 […]

Orange and Black kicks off Rockford wrestling season

December 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rams shine at Comstock Park Tournament by TIM COOPER On Thursday, Dec. 2, the Rockford Rams opened the wrestling season with the annual Orange and Black intrasquad competition. Each year, this scrimmage decides who will wrestle in the varsity lineup for the Rams. All members of the wrestling team compete in wrestle-offs during the first few weeks of practice to determine who will participate in the Orange and Black meet. Unlike years past, where Rockford had many returning champions, this year’s edition returns only two state championship-qualifying wrestlers in juniors Tyler VanRooyen and Austin Scogg. Freshman Steven Jendritz won by major decision over sophomore Andrew Vanos. Jendritz will take over the 103-pound spot vacated by VanRooyen, who has jumped up to the 119-pound weight class. Returning to the varsity lineup at 112 pounds is sophomore Nate Rojas, who defeated freshman Aaron Stack by fall in 1:29. Rojas wrestled at 112 pounds last year, and is looking to stay in the starting lineup all season in 2010-2011. At 119 pounds, VanRooyen defeated freshman Terry Gant in the second period by way of pin. This season marks VanRooyen’s third year in the varsity lineup. VanRooyen is Rockford’s only returning All State wrestler. The Rams have another returning starter at 125 pounds, as junior Cullen Maksimowski is trying to stay healthy for the entire season. Maksimowski suffered a devastating injury at the Holt Invitational last year when he broke his arm, requiring surgery and ending his season. Maksimowski defeated Eathen Weaver to earn the position. Junior Trent Boyer will join Maksimowski, as he was unopposed in the Orange and Black. Boyer saw limited action in the varsity lineup last season. Senior Alex Padilla defeated freshman Braden Zych with a fall (3:29) in the 135-pound match. Padilla was in the varsity lineup full time as a freshman, but saw limited time the last two seasons. At 140 pounds, another senior, Mick DeBoer, built an early 12-point lead over junior Jacob Dollaway, before sealing the match with a pin in 2:29. Senior Peter Nugent defeated sophomore Wade Harrier by technical fall 17-2 at 145 pounds. Ram fans may remember Nugent, who saw limited time in the varsity lineup last year, including wrestling in last year’s regional finals with Lowell. Nugent’s […]

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