Packers Prevail in Wrestling District
Story and photos by Alexis Mercer
Four teams competed at the MHSAA Team District tournament at Newaygo High School on Wednesday, February 7: Fremont, Holton, Muskegon Orchard View and Newaygo. It was a single elimination evening, with the winner taking home the District trophy.
In the semi-final round, Holton competed against Fremont and Newaygo against Muskegon Orchard View.
Holton was outnumbered 7 wrestlers to 26, but took to the mats with pride. Of the 14 weight classes, Holton was forced to void 7 due to their small numbers. In the remaining matches, Fremont pinned their opponent in 6 of them. Christian Brooks of Holton won his match, earning the Red Devils their only points of the evening. Pins from Fremont were earned by Matt Halasinski, Cade Breuker, Trey Breuker, Chase Knudsen, Elijah Rought, and Jager Kibart. The final score of this match was Fremont 78, Holton 4.
On the opposite mat at the same time, Newaygo and Orchard View were competing. Newaygo was also outnumbered, but not as significantly as Holton, with 8 wrestlers to OV's 12. Newaygo was forced to void 5 weight classes, while OV voided 2 (both teams left two additional weight classes open). Earning points for Newaygo while wrestling against opponents were Caleb Stevensen (3), Makiah McCracken (3) and Nick Simington (6). The final score was Orchard View 44, Newaygo 24.
In the District Final, Fremont faced Orchard View. While OV was able to put more points on the board than Holton, Fremont dominated once again to earn the trophy. The Packers' depth allowed them to put a wrestler on the mat for each match. Earning points for Fremont while wrestling an opponent were Alex Bordeaux, Cade Breuker, Trey Breuker, Parker Dalson, Elijah Rought, Chaz Wheater, and Cody Routley. The final score was Fremont 60, Orchard View 19.
Fremont will go on to compete at the MHSAA Team Regional meet.