Rockford Wrestling Battles Grand Haven

January 29, 2009 // 0 Comments

On Wednesday, Jan. 21, Rockford made their first of two trips to the lakeshore to do battle against Grand Haven. Zach Johnson started out at 140 pounds and received a void because of a coaching decision by Grand Haven Coach Jamie Richardson. Tyler Johnson, dropped down from 152 pounds to 145 pounds. Using a late third-period reversal won his match 2-0 over Grand Haven’s Jack Dempsy, giving Rockford a 9-0 lead. Bruce Carlstrom put in a strong match at 152 pounds, and lost to Tyler Collard 10-2. At that point Grand Haven was within five points of Rockford with a score of 9-4. Jake Johnson (160) was next, taking on Tyler Kaffenberger. Falling behind early in his match 2-0, Johnson turned the tables, only giving up five more points the rest of the way and winning 16-7. At 171, Jake Dorulla continued his winning ways, building the Ram lead with a 12-2 major decision, making the team score 17-4. Zach Banazak (189), stepping up from the B team, faced a very tough Grand Haven opponent, losing his match with a 6-5 score. Banazak moved up to the A team because of a possible season-ending injury to Jarod Dubay, who broke his arm during practice when another wrestler fell on him. At 215 pounds, Joe Stephanski won his match by a fall in 1:30, bringing the Ram lead to 16. At this point the team score was 23-7 for Rockford. At the heavyweight division, Jesse Somsel took just 1:08 to pin his opponent, giving the Rams a 29-7 lead. Tyler VanRooyan (103) gave up the first takedown to the Grand Haven wrestler. He was able to reverse the situation, only to give up an escape to fall behind 3-2. Just as the first period was about to end, VanRooyan made a wonderful double-leg takedown to pull ahead 4-3. In the second period, a technical violation by the Grand Haven wrestler and an escape by VanRooyan made the score 6-3. Choosing the top position for the third period, VanRooyan exposed his opponent’s shoulders to the mat, giving him an 8-3 lead and the victory. Kyle Hurley (112), another B team wrestler stepping up to varsity, went the full six minutes, losing to Grand Haven’s Vanderhyde 11-3. The […]

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