Preps: Harper Creek wrestling wins Homer Invite

Preps: Harper Creek wrestling wins Homer Invite


Preps: Harper Creek wrestling wins Homer Invite


The resurgent Harper Creek High wrestling team won the Homer Invitational/Caudill Memorial Tournament on Saturday, collecting five team victories and having seven of its student-athletes win weight-class titles.

Last year at the same tourney, Harper Creek finished ninth. Last week, the Beavers placed second at the Hillsdale Invite.

“We’ve really come a long way this season. We’re really young, with only two seniors in the lineup, but all of the kids are working really hard and I couldn’t be more pleased. And because we’re so young this year, it looks to make it for a bright future for this program,” Harper Creek coach Dave Studer said.

Team-wise, Harper Creek defeated host Homer 39-36 in the title match. Also, the Beavers beat Michigan Center (55-18), Colon (66-6), Reading (67-6) and the Lakeview “B” squad (43-31).

Posting 5-0 records individually on the day for the Beavers were Dakota Trimm at 112 pounds, Mitch Coon at 119, Brenner Beck at 130, Nate Sisler at 135, Joey Ramos at 140 and Jacob Bishop at 145/152. Also, 130-pounder Hunter Peri was loaned out to other squads for the meet and also went 5-0.

And, with 4-1 marks for Harper Creek were Skyler Ashley at 125 pounds and Caleb Masten at 189.

The Lakeview “B” squad wound up going 4-1 on the day as a team. Aside from falling to Harper Creek, the Spartans defeated Michigan Center (61-15), Reading (54-22), Colon (72-12) and Jackson NW (42-30). Going 5-0 on the day for Lakeview were Chase Seeley at 103, Zach Johnson at 152, Van Hup at 160 and Carlos Parks at 189. And, with 4-1 records on the day were Patrick Thang at 125, Lal Lian at 130 and Brady Broderick at 171.


Bangor Invite: Pennfield placed fourth out of 14 total teams with 129 points. With second-place finishes for Pennfield were Kurtis Babcock at 112 pounds, Dylan Huff at 119, Nick Schwarz at 189 and Taylor Dean at 285. And, with fourth-place finishes were Jacob Herpin at 125 and Michael Davis at 145.

Also, with top-six finishes for Delton Kellogg at the meet were Curtis Meinke at 103 (fifth), Jake Bever at 112 (fifth), Lane Homister at 135 (sixth), Jacob Reed at 152 (second), Shawn McCandlish at 189 (sixth) and Tyden Ferris at 215 (fourth).

Clinton Invite: The Lakeview “A” team placed first out of 18 schools with 234 points, and Coldwater was sixth with 116. Lakeview is now 10-2 overall on the season.

With first-place finishes for the Spartans were Brendan Stevens at 103 pounds (Stevens was named outstanding wrestler of the lower weight classes), Daniel New at 112, Jon Cox at 160 and James Ruanta at 189. With seconds were Mason Evans at 130 and Stephen Moody at 152; with thirds were Brandon Rose at 135 and Matt Barrett at 215; and with fourths were Lal Sang at 119, Brennon Gooding at 145 and Cole Winters at 285.


Lakeview Quad: The host Spartans — ranked No. 4 in Division 2 — went 1-2 on the day, and had to endure having nine swimmers out of their lineup. Among those missing was junior Adam Waltman, already a state meet qualifier in two events, as Waltman suffered a broken femur in an auto accident earlier this week and is sidelined for the rest of the season.

In Saturday’s meet, Lakeview defeated D-2 honorable mention Okemos 109-77; lost 113-73 to D-2 No. 5-ranked Midland Dow; and lost 107-79 to D-1 honorable mention Forest Hills.

With top-three finishes on the day for the Spartans were the 200 medley relay of Scott Carstens, Toni Jubes, Tabor Smyth and Brad Glubke, which finished third in a state meet qualifying time of 1:46.76; Sam Myers, who was second in the 200 freestyle in 1:52.21; Carstens and Braden Shanks, who were second and third, respectively, in the 40 freestyle in state qualifying times of 22.23 and 22.51; Austin Nemire and Levi Youmans, who were first and second, respectively, in 1-meter diving with 260.95 and 22.25 points; Smyth, who was first in the 100 butterfly in 56.50; Carstens and Shanks, who were second and third, respectively, in the 100 freestyle in 49.01 (SQ) and 50.90; the 200 freestyle relay of Shanks, Glubke, Parker Sprau and Myers, which was second in a state qualifying time of 1;34.87; Smyth, who was first in the 100 backstroke in a state qualifying time of 56.71; and the 400 freestyle relay of Shanks, Myers, Carstens and Smyth, which was second in a state qualifying time of 3:25.36.

“It was a tough meet in a lot of ways, missing so many kids for so many different reasons and because of the weather,” Lakeview coach Kyle Lott said. “But the kids we had out there today did a great job, and this is only going to make us stronger as a team with the way they all performed today.”



BOWLING: Pennfield, Coldwater, Gull Lake, Marshall at Battle of the Bakers Tournament at M-66 Bowl


BOYS’ BASKETBALL: Centreville at St. Philip, Mendon at Athens

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: St. Philip at Centreville, Potterville at Bellevue, Climax-Scotts at Pittsford

BOWLING: Pennfield at Parma Western, Galesburg-Augusta vs. K-Christian


BOYS’ BASKETBALL: B.C. Central at Benton Harbor, Bedford Bible School at Marshall Academy, Calhoun Christian at K-Heritage Christian, Harper Creek at Lumen Christi, P-Central at Lakeview, Pennfield at Coldwater, St. Philip at Bellevue, Climax-Scotts at Camden-Frontier, Burr Oak at Colon, Schoolcraft at Delton Kellogg, Constantine at Galesburg-Augusta, Gull Lake at St. Joseph, L-Christian at Maple Valley, Marshall at Parma Western, Perry at Olivet, Napoleon at Quincy, Tekonsha at Litchfield

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Benton Harbor at B.C. Central, Lumen Christi at Harper Creek, Lakeview at P-Central, Coldwater at Pennfield, Quincy at Athens, Colon at White Pigeon, Delton Kellogg at Schoolcraft, Galesburg-Augusta at Constantine, St. Joseph at Gull Lake, Homer at Springport, Maple Valley at L-Christian, Parma Western at Marshall, Factoryville Christian at Marshall Academy, Olivet at Perry, Union City at Concord

BOYS’ SWIMMING: B.C. Central at P-Central, Marshall at Harper Creek


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