Wrestling teams from around Cass, St. Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties competed at their respective conference championships Saturday, which included Edwardsburg claiming a Wolverine Conference title, White Pigeon winning a Southwest 10 Conference crown and Schoolcraft’s victory at the SAC tournament. Complete tournament results can be found at trackwrestling.com.
Wolverine Conference Championship
South Haven 78
Paw Paw 70
Three Rivers 58
For Edwardsburg, Jackson Hoover put together an impressive 18-3 technical fall over Plainwell’s Owen McDaniel in the finals at 135, while Jacob Reece followed up at 140 with a title against Paw Paw’s William Bradley, which ended with a 17-4 major. The Eddies’ Michael Tatay kept it rolling at 145 with a pin (2:27) versus Dowagiac’s Deny White for a championship. At 171, Caden Reece pinned Dalton Shannon (Plainwell) in the finals, and 189-pounder Dillon Hursh edged Three Rivers’ Michael Draper 8-6 in the championship. Drew Bidwell secured the final title for the Eddies with a 15-3 major decision against Otsego’s James Roe at 215.
At 103 pounds, Dowagiac’s Jordan Simpson earned a 14-9 decision over Plainwell’s Caleb Williams in the championship match. Simpson pinned South Haven’s Trevor Price in the semis. Teammate Alex McIntosh also boasted a title with his pin (4:44) against Otsego’s Peyton Bohl in the championship bout at 130. Heavyweight Wyatt Bailey also snagged a championship for the Chieftains with a pin (1:11) vs. Otsego’s Jacob Slater in the finals.
Also for Dowagiac, Dylan Elmore’s day ended with a runner-up finish at 119 after losing a 5-0 decision to Otsego’s Josh Sunnerville in the finals. Lamberto Paredes finished second at 160, losing by major decision (13-1) to Otsego’s Jake Case in the final bout.
Collin Hassenger of Vicksburg lost an 11-1 major decision to Drew Gonzales (Plainwell) in the 112-pound finals.
Photos by Aaron Olson
SMAC Conference Championship
Battle Creek Lakeview 160.5
Kalamazoo Central 82.5
St. Joseph 72.5
Portage Central 70.5
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 64
Portage Northern 48
Gull Lake 44
Battle Creek Central 13
For Portage Northern, Mitchell Derhammer pounded out a 10-3 decision over Gull Lake’s Dakota Oman in the 145-pound championship. Derhammer earned a 12-6 win over Portage Central’s Joey Quertermus in the second round, and a 6-5 decision vs. Lakeview’s Josh Wright in the third round. Teammate Amrrar Khaiara was runner-up at 119 following a 3-1 loss to Evan Sheeders (Lakeview) in the finals.
Loy Norrix 135-pounder Jakub Wayman ended the day with an 11-4 loss to Lakeshore’s Shane Williams for second place. Also for the Knights, Josh Wilson placed second t 215 after a loss by pin (1:07) in the 215-pound championship.
Portage Central’s Bryce Hoff improved to 36-4 for the year after a 13-4 major over Niles’ Cade Best in the 171-pound title bout, and Mustangs teammate Brayden Ramnarine took second place overall at 125 after a loss by pin (3:09) against Mattawan’s Logan Melvin in the championship, and Lafayette Evans was runner-up at 285 after a loss by pin (0:56) to Niles’ Brian Soto in the finals.
Leonardo Gallasso claimed a second-place finish for Kalamazoo Central at 160. He reached the finals and lost by major decision (15-5) to Mattawan’s Tyson Ford. Fellow Maroon Giant Joshua Boggan was also runner-up at 189. He lost a close 3-1 battle with Niles’ Dawson Bruckner in the championship match.
Southwest 10 Conference Championship
(At White Pigeon)
White Pigeon 201
Eau Claire 7
White Pigeon’s six first-place performances Saturday was more than enough to help the Chiefs cruise to a league title. Heavyweight Kobie DeBruine went 2-0 for a championship, as did Evan Atherton (130), Lincoln Strawser (135) and Kyle Black (145). Yack Hagen (103) and Austin Raymond (112) won their only matches of the day to be crowned champs. Mendon, with five starters sitting out due to injury, was second overall.
Mendon’s Skyler Crespo secured a title at 152, Emmett Bingaman finished first at 215, and Kody Drewer was the champion at 140.
Cassopolis 119-pounder William Westphal and 171-pounder Gage Collins gave the Rangers their two individual titles.
Individual match results were not reported.
Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship
Schoolcraft’s Caden Sukich couldn’t be stopped at 112 pounds, finishing the day with a 15-2 major decision in the finals against Watervliet’s Trever Pelton. At 125, Gary Cramer got the job done for the Eagles with a pin in 5:42 over Delton-Kellogg’s Ethan Reed in the championship.
River Fox fell in 6:00 to Coloma’s Cole Alsup in the 285 championship bout, and Hunter Martens was also runner-up for the Eagles at 119. He was pinned in 3:22 in the finals by Lawton’s Dylan Amm. Also taking second was Brady Gillaspie, who was on the wrong end of a fall (1:04) in the 135-pound finals vs. Lawton’s Landyn VanWyk.
Constantine’s Isaac Hall was the last man standing at 171 pounds, defeating Galesburg-Augusta’s Cole Niytray 6-1 in the finals. Fellow Falcon Boe Eckman recorded a 4-2 championship victory over Watervliet’s Matt Melcher at 215. Constantine’s Andrew Colwell was runner-up at 103, falling to Coloma’s Caeleb Ishmael (1:34) in the finals. Gage Ensign wrapped up second place at 130 following a 5-2 loss to Lawton’s Nick Baldwin.
For Climax-Scotts/Martin, Jacob Robinson was the top dog at 160 pounds. He registered a 16-0 technical fall over Fennville’s Mauricia Bedolla in the championship. Teammate Cooper Simmons pinned Constantine’s Dakota Anthony (0:58) in the 189-pound championship, and Jordan Tutt came away with a title at 152 after a 9-0 major decision in the championship against Gobles’ Hunter Underwood. Carson Young was runner-up at 140, losing by fall in the finals (2:36) to Coloma’s Ian Ishmael.