After last week’s two-win victory in the Division 3 districts, the Pennfield Panthers knew they had to bring their best mat play into Wednesday night’s regional contest.
Four teams came into the MHSAA Division 3 Team Wrestling regional contest eyeing a tournament prize on Wednesday night and a trip to Battle Creek for the State Finals at Kellogg Arena. However, at Lakewood High School the visiting Panthers had to win against the Allendale Falcons – a tough feat seeing as the Falcons were ranked No. 10 in Div. 3.
Despite a push from the Panthers early on, Pennfield fell to the Falcons 64-12 in this regional semifinal at Lakewood High School in Lake Odessa.
“We looked at the books. We went around, around and around, and we said we would have to have a perfect day for us – and an awful day for them – in order for us to beat them,” said the Panthers’ head wrestling coach Larry Boyer. “They are tough. They are very strong. And it showed here.”
The Panthers’ Nick Schwarz (189) and Taylor Dean (285) were the lone winners on Pennfield’s side against the Falcons. Coach Boyer, though, was impressed by how his team played this season. He believes the team needs to carry this momentum going forward into next season as everyone returns, except one senior.
“What’s good for us is our kids have to see where we have to be for next year” said Boyer. “This is an excellent squad. Overall, I thought our performance was very good. I thought we improved from the beginning to the end. I’m very happy with what we did. “
Allendale 64, Pennfield 12: 103: Asher Meekhof (Allendale) p. Nolen Bornamann (Pennfield), 1:07; 112: Nick Dankowski (A) p. Jaycob Herpin (P), 1:41; 119: Jake TeBos (A) def. Dylan Huff (P), 12-8; 125: Angel Pérez (A) p. Kurtis Babcock (P), 5:47; 130: Ryan Wynsema (A) won on a void; 135: Jackson Lambing (A) p. Dillon Striplin (P), :40; 140: Anthony Gualtieri (A) p. Michael Davis (P), :53; 145: Mason Dyke (A) p. Isaac Vincent (P), 5:57; 152: Clayton VanFarowe (A) p. Ashton Leenhouts (P), 5-0; 160: Brandon Dyke (A) p. Storm Vanhyfte (P), :44; 171: Jesse Groeneveld (A) p. Esteban Gancer (P), :27; 189: Nick Schwarz (P) p. Spencer Brandon (A), :2:38; 215: Jon Nielsen (A) def. Collin Prideaux (P), 11-0; and 285: Taylor Dean (P) p. Adam Ginn (A), 1:36.
Next: 2015 Team Wrestling Finals
Where: Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek
When: Feb. 27-28