Wrestlers end their season in the first round of districts

Jeremy Parkhurst sets up a shot against his opponent.

The Hamilton wresting team lost its match against Allegan in the first round of district action. This marks the end of the team wrestling season. The Hawkeyes were ranked 8th in the state, and suffered a hard loss to the 4th ranked Tigers from Allegan, losing 57-11.

The loss ends Hamilton’s streak of 11 straight district championships. Hamilton finished the season with a record of 22-2.

While the Hawkeyes had won many tournaments throughout the season and was in and out of the rankings for Division 2 all year, the match didn’t go the way expected on Wednesday. The battle between the schools started off with a loss at 160 pounds and continued on from there.

Hawkeye senior Cameron Stoel got the first win of the night at 189 weight class. Hamilton expected the match to be a close head to head fight that would leave fans on the edge of their seats, but it turned out different.

Team captain Collin Welcher was one of the kids that won on Wednesday.

“Allegan being in our team districts this year was rough on us,” Welcher said. “We were just not mentally ready to wrestle that level of competition yet. I think it’s good for us to wrestle teams like Allegan, just not in Districts.”

Several Hawkeyes could still make it into the individual state finals as 14 individuals will be competing in districts on Saturday Feb 9.

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