Lions Compete In Conference Meet
Story and photos by Brea Goodin
Saturday the Newaygo Lion Wrestlers began their day early and traveled to Big Rapids to strive for their ranking in the conference league meet.
The Lions led the day off with Sophomore Kade Bhuyan, taking charge in the second period and pinning his opponent. Bhuyan stood tall as he earned 2nd place in his weight class.
As the day went on, the Lions...
...continued to work hard and show their tenacity.
Junior Hunter Postma demonstrated his determination. Despite being down in points he pinned his first opponent of the day in the first period. As Postma progressed and fell short in his last two, tough matches ending his day by grabbing a 4th place in the 145-lb. weight class.
Junior, Branden Verburg, endured a tough day with strong wrestling opponents in the 215-lb. weight class, falling short in his two matches on the day, but continuing to show his support to his teammates.
Sophomore, Andrew Goodin came into the meet with a bye his first match then began his day with a challenging match, coming up short on points. Goodin finished strong with two consecutive wins, leaving him with a 2-1 record for the day and putting him on the stand for 3rd place in the 171-lb. weight class.
Sophomore, Michael Lafontsee came out to a difficult first match, but rebounded in his second match with a strong pin to take the win. Lafontsee took 3rd place in the 285-lb. weight class.
Entering the 140-lb. weight class, Junior, Makiah McCraken, came out aggressive and won his first two matches. Wrestling for the final match in the championship, McCraken lost to his opponent taking home 2nd place to wrap up a successful day for the Lion grapplers.
“While the Newaygo Lions are rebuilding the wrestling program, they are picking up some hardware along the way,” said Coach Coucke. “Our team may be small, but big in heart as the boys leave it all on the mat. I feel honored and proud to be able to coach these dedicated wrestlers.”
With the support of the coaches, families and spectators, Newaygo completed a successful day, taking home 5th place, as a team, in the CSAA Gold Tournament.