Local wrestlers qualify for individual finals
BYRON Center—Joey Orr already had Wolverine Conference and individual district championships to his credit.
On Saturday, Feb. 20, he added an individual regional title to the ever-growing list.
Orr posted a 6-4 decision over East Grand Rapids’ Dren Bartrum in the finals of the 135-pound weight class to take the top spot at the Division 2 individual regional at Byron Center.
Teammate Trey Boerman joined Orr as a regional champion, earning a 9-4 decision over Lakewood’s David Kruse in the finals at 160.
“Joey Trey both had a great day in winning their regional titles,” Allegan coach Murray Rose said.
Orr and Boerman were two of the seven Allegan wrestlers to punch their ticket for the individual state finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills starting Thursday, March 3.
The other five Tigers—Davynn Schneider at 103, Jake Orr at 112, Ricky Jefferson at 130, Levi Sabin at 171 and Austin Farrell at 189—each finished third by winning the consolation finals.
Justin Wiseman (130), Ben Diaz (152) and Jacob Holmes (215) also competed for Allegan, with all three falling in the round prior to the consolation finals, otherwise known as the “blood round.”
“All of our other qualifiers won their last match and took third, which was good,” Rose said. “We also had the three other kids lose matches in the blood round. That was disappointing.”
Martin nearly matched Allegan in terms of the number of state qualifiers it produced, with six Clippers advancing to the Division 4 state finals.
Dayton VanderPloeg (130), Zach Mobley (160) and Ethan Simmons (215) had the best results, each securing runner-up finishes.
Noah Eshuis was third at 189, while Todd Myers (152) and Payton Hunt (160) both placed fourth in their respective weight classes.
Otsego accounted for the only other state qualifier from Allegan County, as Adam Bolyard placed fourth in a Division 3 regional at Hopkins.