Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wrestlers head to regional tournament Saturday

Logan Welcher trys to set up his shot. The junior will try to make his mark in his first trip to the individual state finals. He will compete in the 125 pound weight class.

Five Hamilton wrestlers are going to compete in the regional tournament at Fruitport high school tomorrow, Feb. 16. The meet will consist of the individuals that placed top 4 from the Coopersville and Hastings districts. The top 4 from regionals in each weight class will proceed on to the individual state finals.

Hamilton heavyweight Corey Hassevoort can’t wait for the meet.

“I’m very confident and very excited about it,” Hassevoort said. He also thinks that the others will do well in the meet.

Hawkeye Head Coach Gregg Stoel believes that they all have winnable first rounds. He said all the wrestlers can do is wrestle their best and get better everyday in practice to give them the best chance.

“Every week wrestlers are eliminated from the state competition, so every match the competition is better,” Coach Stoel said.

This is a very important meet because it is the last meet between the wrestlers and the state meet. Collin Welcher, last years runner-up at 103 pounds at state knows what it takes to make it there.  This year, he is competing in the 119 pound category.

“I believe that I should make it back to state this year, and I think the others will all make it too,” Welcher said.

Everyone  competing knows that the competition will be good. Chance Smith, who will compete at 171 pounds, has moved up a weight class from the regular season.

“I believe I made the right choice,” Smith said, “because the 160 weight class is very very good.”

He also believes that everyone has to work their hardest to make it into the top 4 of the region.

The other two Hawkeyes wrestling are Logan Welcher, at 125 pounds, and Cameron Stoel at 189 pounds.

Go out and support the Hawkeyes in Fruitport on Saturday.

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