Hamilton’s Tate Knapp, who competes in the 215-pound weight class, controls the action against his opponent from Hastings. Knapp won this match and the one against Mona Shores, making him one of five Hawkeyes to go 2-0 during the double-dual.

Hawkeye grapplers split pair of matches at double dual

Leo Martonosi

Even though the temperature outside was frigid, the action inside the Hamilton gymnasium was hot from start to finish of the Hawkeyes’ home double-dual wrestling match on Wednesday, Jan. 7.
A strong Hastings team left Hamilton with a sour taste in its first action of the night, taking a 43-31 decision. The Hawkeyes easily rebounded in their second match, a 57-18 win over Muskegon Mona Shores.
“We didn’t wrestle very smart against Hastings,” said longtime Hamilton coach Greg Stoel.
Stoel said there was a big reason why the Saxons upended his squad.
“We weren’t mentally tough like we needed to be,” Stoel said.
One of Stoel’s top wrestlers, Trenton Holyfield, is undefeated on the season and enters every match with fire in his eyes.
“I don’t want to lose,” said Holyfield, the son of Hamilton assistant coach John Holyfield.
Trenton Holyfield insisted Stoel and his father aren’t the only reason he reached a milestone 100th career victory at the outset of the 2014-15 season.
“I’ve had a lot of support from several other (West Michigan) coaches over the years,” Holyfield said.
One of those coaches Holyfield was referring to drove from Sparta to take in the action.
“That was pretty cool,” Holyfield said. “Getting tips and advice from so many coaches has given me an edge (this winter).”
Holyfield would like nothing better than to get back to the state championship tournament in March.

For full story, pick up a copy of the January 15 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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