Four Tigers, Four Packers and a Lion will be descending on Ford Field for the state individual wrestling tournament next Friday and Saturday.
The Fremont Four competed at the Regional competition held in the Packer gym. At 103 pounds Cody Routley was the champion, defeating Bailey Borgeld of Comstock Park by a score of 5-2. Cade Breuker was also crowned the Regional Champion at 140 pounds after pinning Christian Maldonado, also of Comstock Park.
Parker Dalson lost a tough finals match to Hudsonville Unity Christian's,Seth Konynenbelt, bya score of 3-0. He finished Regional runner-up at the 145 pound weight class.
Matthew Halasinski rounded out the list of state-bound Packers, qualifying at 130 pounds defeating Blake Michael of Orchard View in the blood round to punch his ticket to state.
Grant sent 5 regional qualifiers to Fremont. Senior Jagarr Jenerou took home a championship winning the title at 135 pounds getting 2 pins along the way before defeating Evan Jones from Kent City 8-1 in the finals. Senior Jimmy Montney finished 2nd at 152 pounds losing in the finals to Lane Allen from Lakewood 6-4. Sophomore Billy Ostyn also finished 2nd at 112 pounds, losing in the finals to Hunter Heath from Niles Brandywine. Senior Kalub Bonter took home the 3rd place medal at 152 pounds, winning in the consolation finals by tech fall over Tommy Shawl of Orchard View. Senior Gabe Castro 285 pounds came up just short losing in the third round, also known as the blood round, to his Grand Rapids Catholic Central opponent in quadruple overtime by a heartbreaking one point.
Ostyn, Bonter and Montney are making their second appearance at state while Jenerou heads to the Motor City for a school record third run at state.
Makiah McCracken of Newaygo will be the lone Lion heading east and will be joining Fremont’s Dalson in the 145 pound class.
The tournament begins Friday March 2 at 11:45 with the Grand March before competition kicks off at noon.
Here are the anticipated matchups for the Near North Nine.
Cody Routley vs.Nolan Rodriguez, Alma 103
Matthew Halasinski vs. Christian Killion, Dundee
Cade Breuker vs. Cole Hansen, Gladstone
Parker Dalson vs. Ethan Wyatt, Richmond
Makiah McCracken vs. Alex Roberts, Richmond
Billy Ostyn vs. Dawson Giesken, Chesaning
Jagarr Jenerou vs, Maximas Kyser, Shepard
James Montney vs. Garrett Morris, Ogemaw Heights
Kalub Bonter vs. Jaycob Sharp, Chippewa Hills