Grand Ledge wrestlers off to fine start despite young lineup

Grand Ledge wrestlers off to fine start despite young lineup


Grand Ledge wrestlers off to fine start despite young lineup



With just two seniors starting at the 14 weight classes for head coach Steve Delaney, Grand Ledge is off to a 10-4 start to the 2012-13 season.

“We have a very young lineup this year but so far the boys are wrestling with a lot of toughness and determination,” Delaney stated.

125 pound senior Bryan Jones is off to a superb 16-5 start while 171 pound senior Nick Verran currently sits atop a 16-6 record. Both are this year’s team co-captains.

On Jan. 5 the Comets hosted the 10 team Grand Ledge Invitational. Teams from Mason, Hudsonville, Flint Kearsley, Roseville, Greenville, Gaylord, Eaton Rapids, Holland West Ottaw and Lansing Everett participated.

Grand Ledge went three-for-four for the day with their lone loss, a 34-23 setback to the always tough Mason Bulldogs. In that meet the Comets led 18-3 after winning five of the six low weight matches. Mason came back to take seven of the final eight matches to secure the comeback win.

Grand Ledge defeated Holland West Ottawa 33-28, Roseville 51-11 and crushed Flint Kearsley 68-6.

Along with two freshman starters, 135 pounder Dylan Steward (14-6) and freshman 285 pounder Matt Lloyd (5-7), the Comets sport five sophomores and five juniors starters.

Sophomore starters include 103 pounder Tony Patino. He is 9-6. David Weiss is 9-4 at 112 pounds and 140 pound Mateo Palacios is 9-11 in 20 matches. 160 pound Jake Ross is 5-8 and at heavyweight Caleb Gentry is 3-3 at the 285 pound class.

Juniors include returning star Jay Jay Brickley who is carrying an excellent 18-4 record to date at 119 pounds. 152 pound Nick Cugini is presently 3-4 and 189 pounder Andy Lehman is 5-10. Aaron Riley is closing in on .500 with a 9.10 record.

“I’ve been very happy with how our guys have started the new year,” Delaney said. “They have a solid commitment to push harder in the practice room. They are steadily improving and that’s what we want.”


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