With the CAAC Blue wrestling tournament right around the corner, Grand Ledge has been plenty busy preparing as they won two more conference meets before making a strong showing at the Portage Central Invitational held last weekend on Jan. 26.
“I’m pleased with where we’re at right now,” head coach Steve Delaney said. “Our kids have been wrestling pretty well for as young as they are. We’ve got our big meet with Holt this week for the regular season title. We match up with them pretty well. We’re both 6-0 in the league.” (The meet was held Wednesday evening after deadline.)
Before the Portage Central Invite the Comets crushed Lansing Everett on Jan. 16, 66-15. One week later they won 9 of 14 matches to cruise past East Lansing, 49-27.
Against the Vikings the Comets won the first six matches.
Owen Hufnagel won by forfeit at 103 and 112 pounder David Weiss won by a disqualification. 119 pounder JJ Brickley won by pin in 2:50. Bryan Jones pinned his opponent in just 49 seconds at 125 pounds and Billy Reed won by pin in 2:47 at 130 pounds. 135 pounder Dylan Steward won by pin at the 3:12 mark.
140 pounder Andrew Castaneda was pinned in 42 seconds and 145 pound Patrick Powers got back on the winning track with a pin in 2:59.
Nick Cugini won by pin in 1:31 at 152 pounds before 160 pounder Jacob Ross lost by a 15-8 margin.
Nick Verran won at 171 pounds by pin with just eight second remaining in his match. Ba Blamo picked up a win by pin in just 1:15 at 189 pounds and 215 pounder Aaron Riley won by pin in 3:42. 285 pounder Caleb Gentry was pinned in 1:23.
Against East Lansing, Tony Patino won by forfeit at 103 pounds.
Weiss picked up another win by pin in 1:05 and Brickley did the same in 3:10. Jones picked up a major decision with a dominating score of 14-2.
Steward won by pin in 1:22 and Mateo Palacios won by pin in 3:47. Powers pinned his opponent in 1:53 and Verran won by pin in 1:10. Riley closed out the Comets scoring with a 6-3 decision.
At Portage the Comets scored 168 team points, just four points behind second place Grandville and not far behind tournament winner Hartland who scored 194 points.
“We wrestled pretty well,” Delaney said. There was some very good competition there and our kids held their own.”
Jones was the lone first place winner for the Comets. He won at 125 pounds by a close and tough 2-0 decision over Alex McCoy of Portage.
Three Comets finished second including Brickley at 119 pounds. Brickley dropped a heartbreaking 5-4 decision. Billy Reed was also defeated at 130 pounds by a score of 15-0 by Jacob Gorial of Hartland. Jacob Ross, at 160 pounds, was pinned by Hartland’s Nate Smith in 3:19.
Grand Ledge also won three consolation matches for third place beginning with 103 pounder Tony Patino. He defeated Collin Fuller of Portage Central by a score of 7-2. Weiss won an 8-1 decision over Cole Nesti of Gull Lake at 112 pounds and Verran placed third at 171 pounds with a 9-0 major decision over Cameron Root of Portage Central.
Dylan Steward came in fourth at 135 pounds. He was pinned by Collin Tompkins of Grandville in 1:15.
Aaron Riley also finished fourth at 215 pounds. He fell in 1:40 to Jake Economou of Hartland.
Myrun Chandler finished fifth at 189 pounds, as did Matthew Lloyd at 285 pounds. Mateo Palacios came in sixth at 140 pounds and Patrick Powers grabbed seventh at 145 pounds.