Breuker, Dalson, Montney, and Jenerou earn All State honors
Four Packer wrestlers competed at the State Finals held at Ford Field March 2nd and 3rd. Freshman Cody Routley was at 103. Matthew Halasinski was at 130. Seniors Cade Breuker competed at 140, and Parker Dalson was in the 145 pound weight class.
Routley lost his first match 10-8 to Nolan Rodriguez from Alma, but battled back and defeated JD Gross from Richmond 5-2. His second loss of the tournament was to Jordan Rodriguez of Chesaning, which knocked him out of the medal rounds.
Halasinski lost to Christian Killion of Dundee in the first round and to Codie Aidif of Mt. Morris in the second round. He gained some good experience and hopes to return to the finals next year.
Cade Breuker and Parker Dalson were both honored as All-State Wrestlers.
They both won their first round matches. Breuker pinned Cole Hansen from Gladstone in 2:21. Parker Dalson beat Ethan Wyatt of Richmond 8-6.
In the second round, Breuker lost a tough one to Bastian of Richmond and Dalson lost to Trombley of Lake Fenton.
Both were resilient and won their consolation matches to place. In sudden victory overtime, Breuker beat Jackson of Otisville-Lakeville 9-4. After tying it up with 3 seconds left, Breuker scored a takedown and nearfall points to seal his spot on the All-State podium. Dalson beat Makiah McCracken of Newaygo ( his opponent in the CSAA Conference finals as well) by a score of 9-2 to be All-State also.
Breuker went on the defeat the number one seed, Lipka, from Montague 13-7. He then lost to Hubbard to place 6th in the state.
Dalson lost to Spiess of Perry to place 8th in the state.
Grant also sent four wrestlers to Ford Field. Seniors James Montney and Jaggar Jenerou came away with All-State Honors. Montney finished 7th at 152lbs opening the tournament by losing a close match to Garett Morris from Ogemaw Heights. Moving into the consolation bracket Montney defeated Max Sandzik from Clawson 5-1,and Trenton Naragon from Birch Run 5-2 in the blood round, securing his all-state status.
Montney lost another close match to Lane Allen from Lakewood who would eventually finish 3rd then finished his wrestling career by defeating Eric Barr from Richmond in the ultimate tiebreaker 3-2 to finish 7th.
This was his second time earning all-state honors.
Jenerou opened the tournament besting Max Kyser from Shepherd by pin, then defeating Mike Pizzo from Clawson by major decision 14-3. A loss to eventual state runner-up Trevor Robinson from Shepherd in the semi-finals sent him to the consolation bracket where he advanced with a 3-1 overtime win over Evan Jones from Kent City.
Jenerou ended his wrestling career by defeating Tom Balakovitz from Whitehall 11-5 to finish 3rd and also secure his 2nd all-state honors.
Jenerou and Montney are the first wrestlers in school history to be 2-time All-staters and Jenerou is the first 3 time state qualifier in school history. Sophomore Billy Ostyn and Senior Kalub Bonter both came up short in achieving All-state status, but both have been 2-time state qualifiers