TJ Barnes Will Wrestle at MCC
On Thursday, May 8, Tobias “TJ” Barnes of Summit Academy signed his athletic scholarship letter of intent to wrestle the next two years at Muskegon Community College. TJ selected MCC over other schools such as Cleveland State. TJ finished his high school career as a two-time state placer, and Division Two 160-pound runner-up. Losing in the state finals to Huron High School’s Logan Ritchie, TJ will leave Summit Academy as its all-time wins leader. He also holds the record for wins in a season. He also finished in the top 12 at this years FloNationals tournament in Pennsylvania.
Wrestlers Finish 9th in Nation; Zack Cooper, Tyler Stenberg and Donovan Fouchey Earn All-American Honors
The MCC wrestling team cracked into the Top 10 with its 9th place finish at the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Championships which concluded Saturday, March 1, at the Spokane (WA) Convention Center.
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M won the overall team championship with 169 points, followed by Northwest College 149, Clackamas CC 139, Colby CC 84.5, Nesosha County CC 83, North Idaho 72, Iowa Central CC 66, Ellsworth CC 65.5, Muskegon CC 62, and North Iowa Area CC 60.
Freshman Zachary Cooper (Big Rapids, MI/Whitehall) at 133 pounds led the way for the Jayhawks. He wrestled back to finish third after suffering an upset in the quarterfinals.
“Zachary has been so impressive all year,” said MCC Coach Mark Brunger. “You see a lot of kids fold when their dreams of a championship are dashed. Zack just got more focused and challenged himself to take come back and finish third.”
Freshmen Donavan Fouchey (Oscoda, MI/Oscoda) at 197 pounds and Tyler Stenberg (Twin Lake, MI/Reeths-Puffer) at 149 pounds also garnered All-American honors, finishing 4th and 6th respectively.
“I’m very proud of this team,” said Brunger. “They are young, hard-working and tenacious. Great things are on the horizon for Muskegon Jayhawk wrestling.”
MCC also had four other wrestlers finish just one match away from becoming All-Americans: freshman Cody Stenberg (Twin Lake, MI/Reeths-Puffer) at 141 pounds; freshman Lukas Gilmore (Greensville, MI/Greenville) at 165 pounds; freshman Joe Sika (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall) at 174 pounds; and sophomore Shawn Chamberlain (Dexter, MI/Dexter) at 285 pounds.
Full brackets can be viewed by going to www.trackwrestling.com and searching NJCAA.
MCC Second at District Championships; Nine Jayhawk Wrestlers Qualify for Nationals
The MCC wrestling team finished second in the Central District/National Qualifier tournament on Sunday at Triton College in River Grove, IL.
During the competition the Jayhawks qualified nine of the 10 weight classes for the national tournament. Lincoln College edged MCC by four points for the title.
“While we fell short of our goal to come in here and win the district, we are still in a good position to perform well at the national tournament,” said Coach Brunger. “We have qualified nine wrestlers and all of them will be major point scorers for us at nationals.”
The team had an outstanding semifinal round sending nine wrestlers into the championship match and one into the consolation round, building a 22-point team lead. Unfortunately, only freshman Zack Cooper (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall) at 133 won a match in the last round, and the lead evaporated.
Runners up finishes were freshmen: Devane Dodgens (Chippewa Hills) at 125; Cody Stenberg (Reeths-Puffer) at 141; Tyler Stenberg (Reeths-Puffer) at 149; Lukas Gilmore (Greenville) at 165; Joe Sika (Whitehall) at 174: Steven Malloy (Morley-Stanwood) at 184; Donavan Fouchey (Oscoda) at 197; and sophomore Shawn Chamberlain (Dexter) at 285.
The NJCAA National Championships will be held Feb. 28 – March 1 in Spokane, Washington.
The final team scores were: Lincoln, 995, MCC 95.5, Harper College 83.5, Triton College 29.5, and Waubonsee College 14.0.
Full brackets can be viewed by going to www.trackwrestling.com and searching 2014 NJCAA Midwest District.
Wrestlers End Regular Season in Perfect Form
The Jayhawks traveled to Allendale, Mich. to wrestle in the GVSU Laker Classic this Sunday, Feb. 2.
The MCC wrestling team found perfection Sunday as they won every individual match in the tournament that was against an opposing school. “As far as I know it has never been done by us in tournament format,” said an excited Coach Brunger. “As far as outcomes go, you just can’t wrestle any better. The important thing is that we maintain our focus and carry this kind of performance into the post-season.” The Jayhawks entered wrestlers in 8 of the 10 weight class, and came home with 8 individual champions.
Champions for the Jayhawks included freshman Devane Dodgens (Remus, MI/Chippewa Hills HS/125), freshman Zack Cooper (Big Rapids, MI/Whitehall HS/133), freshman Cody Stenberg (Muskegon, MI/Reeths-Puffer HS/141), freshman Tyler Stenberg (Muskegon, MI/Reeths-Puffer HS/149), freshman Joe Sika (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall HS/174), freshman Steven Malloy (Newaygo, MI/Morley-Stanwood HS/184), freshman Donavan Fouchey (Oscoda, MI/Oscoda/197) and freshman Logan Morningstar (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall HS/285)
Runner up performances were recorded by freshman Thomas Szymula (Mount Pleasant, MI/Mount Pleasant HS/125), sophomore Andrew Nold (Dexter, MI/Chelsea HS/149), freshman Chad Maks (Hartland, MI/Hartland HS/197) and sophomore Shawn Chamberlain (Dexter, MI/Dexter HS/285), sophomore Darian Holmes (Woodhaven, MI/Woodhaven HS/285) finished third.
In two weeks the 8th ranked Muskegon wrestlers will head to Triton College in River Grove, IL to compete for a Central District team championship and individual berths to the NJCAA National Championships which will be held February 28th and March 1st in Spokane, Washington.
Complete brackets can be found by going to www.trackwrestling.com and searching Laker Classic.
Muskegon Wrestlers Shutout Triton CC and Upset Lincoln CC
The 8th ranked Muskegon wrestling team traveled to Lincoln Ill. Saturday, Jan. 18 looking to continue their momentum from their 6th place finish at the NWCA National Duals. They did just that as they blanked the 16th ranked Triton squad and then built up a 21-0 lead against the 6th ranked Lincoln wrestlers and held on for a 27-19 victory.
“We have two concerns at this stage of the season, peaking at the right time and staying healthy,” said Coach Brunger. “These guys are near peaking in performance and we are right on track, unfortunately we had a few injuries at the end of the Lincoln dual so we have our fingers crossed that we heal quickly. Regardless, we feel great about our performance, winning all ten matches against a ranked opponent and scoring an upset is definitely a great day!”
The Jayhawks were led by 2-0 performances by freshman Devane Dodgens (Remus, MI/Chippewa Hills HS), freshman Zachary Cooper (Big Rapids, MI/Whitehall HS), freshman Cody Stenberg (Muskegon, MI/Reeths-Puffer HS), Elvis Peacock (Hersey, MI/Chippewa Hills HS), sophomore Shaquill Bell (South Haven, MI/South Haven HS) and freshman Mason Courtright (Shelby, MI/Shelby HS). Freshman Tyler Stenberg (Muskegon, MI/Reeths-Puffer HS) and freshman Joe Sika (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall HS) were both 1-0 on the day.
The event ended the dual meet season for the Jayhawks. They finished with a 9-4 record and a 6th place national finish at the NWCA National Duals last weekend. Their focus now shifts to tournament scoring as they eye a regional championship and a top 5 finish in the country in February. Up next is the Alma Open on Saturday, January 25th.
(8) Muskegon 40
(16) Triton 0
141 – Cody Stenberg (MCC) ff.
197 – Donavan Fouchey (MCC) ff.
(8) Muskegon 27
(6) Lincoln 19
125 – Devane Dodgens (MCC) d.
Olivet vs. Muskegon Exhibition Matches
Jayhawks Victorious in Inaugural Rick Stenberg Memorial Scholarship
MCC and Reeths-Puffer HS competed at the Inaugural Rick Stenberg Memorial Scholarship Duals, Wednesday, Jan 15. The 8th ranked Jayhawks of Muskegon may have outscored the 6th ranked Lakers of Grand Valley State University at Reeths-Puffer High School, but they all considered it a victory as the teams helped raise money for the Rick Stenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund in front of a large home crowd.
The night started with Reeths-Puffer defeating Grand Rapids Union and then Muskegon upending Grand Valley by a score of 31-18. Muskegon will be back on the mat this Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Lincoln Duals in Lincoln Ill.
Muskegon Community College – 31
Grand Valley State University – 18
125 – Devane Dodgens (MCC) d. Joe Stolp (GVSU) Fall 6:00
133 – Zack Cooper (MCC) d. Joey Montney (GVSU) Fall 2:24
141 – Tyler Dempsey (GVSU) d. Justin Hagar (MCC) 3-2
149 – Kyle Horr (GVSU) d. Elvis Peacock (MCC) 5-3
157 – Gabe Stepanovich (GVSU) won by forfeit
165 – Bobby Tymes (GVSU) won by forfeit
174 – Joe Sika (MCC) d. Jack Baker (GVSU) Fall 1:15
184 – Steven Malloy (MCC) d. Nick Verran (GVSU) 4-1
197 – Donavan Fouchey (MCC) md. Alex Parkyn (GVSU) 18-5
285 – Shawn Chamberlain (Muskegon) won by forfeit
MCC Wrestling Finishes Sixth at the National Dual Meet Championships
On Sunday, Jan. 12th, day two of the NCWA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Des Moines, Iowa the 8th ranked Muskegon Community College wrestling team had a strong showing outperforming their national ranking and tournament seeding en route to a sixth place finish.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the team and the way they responded to the challenge,” said Coach Brunger. “We had several wrestlers knock of ranked opponents this weekend, gaining valuable confidence and experience heading in to the final stretch of the season.”
In Sunday’s competition the Jayhawks knocked off Iowa Western 24-14 before falling to North Iowa Area Community College 26-12 in the 5th/6th place final. They finished the weekend with a 3-2 dual meet record.
DAY TWO RESULTS
Match #4 Cons. Semi: Muskegon defeated Iowa Western 24-14
125 – Devane Dodgens (Muskegon) over Adrian Lozano (Iowa Western) Dec 9-4
133 – Wilfred Charbono (Iowa Western) over Thomas Szymula (Muskegon) Dec 6-0
141 – Justin Hagar (Muskegon) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
149 – Tyler Nation (Iowa Western) over Elvis Peacock (Muskegon) Maj 13-3
157 – Shaquill Bell (Muskegon) over Aleksei Vickers (Iowa Western) Dec 6-4
165 – Lukas Gilmore (Muskegon) over Tim Hester (Iowa Western) Dec 10-5
174 – Joseph Sika (Muskegon) over Matt Walker (Iowa Western) Dec 5-3
184 – Steven Malloy (Muskegon) over Josh Kloppel (Iowa Western) Fall 3:29
197 – Tim Mcdonald (Iowa Western) over Chad Maks (Muskegon) Maj 16-8
285 – Nathan Judge (Iowa Western) over Shawn Chamberlain (Muskegon) Dec 9-3
Match #5 5th Place Match: North Iowa Area defeated Muskegon 26-12
125 – Devane Dodgens (Muskegon) over Michael Ruffino (North Iowa Area) Dec 4-2
133 – Jorge Pau (North Iowa Area) over Thomas Szymula (Muskegon) Dec 6-2
141 – Blake Spotts (North Iowa Area) over Andrew Nold (Muskegon) Fall 1:45
149 – Nosomy Pozo (North Iowa Area) over Elvis Peacock (Muskegon) TF 21-6
157 – Yoanse Mejias (North Iowa Area) over Shaquill Bell (Muskegon) Dec 7-6
165 – Sha-Keno Jenkins (North Iowa Area) over Lukas Gilmore (Muskegon) Dec 6-3
174 – Joseph Sika (Muskegon) over Thomas Daniels (North Iowa Area) Dec 10-4
184 – Andy Glaser (North Iowa Area) over Steven Malloy (Muskegon) Dec 9-5
197 – Shakheim Chapman (North Iowa Area) over Donavan Fouchey (Muskegon) Dec 4-1
285 – Shawn Chamberlain (Muskegon) over Alex Stockton (North Iowa Area) Fall 6:13
#8 MCC Wrestling Defeats Nesosho, Pratt, Iowa Western to Place 6th at National Duals
At the CWA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Des Moines, IA, the 8th ranked Muskegon Community College wrestling team took the mat against the nation’s top teams on Saturday and finished the day 2-1 as a team.
The first day finish qualified MCC for the second day of competition, where the Jayhawks went 1-1 by defeating Iowa Western 24-14 before losing to North Iowa Area 26-12 to finish in sixth place.
“We just battled hard all day, and what is most important is that we are getting better in every match and learning,” said Coach Brunger after day one. “I am really happy for the guys to have a good opening day and qualify us for tomorrow’s placement rounds.”
DAY ONE RESULTS:
Undefeated wrestlers on the day were Mason Courtright (174lb/freshman/Shelby) 2-0, Darian Holmes (285lb/sophomore/Woodhaven) 1-0, Shawn Chamberlain (285lb/sophomore/Dexter) 2-0, Steven Malloy (184lb/freshman/Morley Stanwood) 3-0 including a pin over 3rd ranked Miles Nixon of Northwest and Lukas Gilmore (165/freshman/Greenville) who finished 3-0 on the day, including a 6-1 decision over top ranked Diorian Coleman of Northwest
Championship Round 1: Muskegon defeated Neosho 27-12
125 – Devane Dodgens (Muskegon) over Ryan Sherry (Neosho) Dec 7-2
133 – Lemuel Johnson (Neosho) over Thomas Szymula (Muskegon) Fall 1:23
141 – Alex Shea (Neosho) over Andrew Nold (Muskegon) Fall 3:33
149 – Elvis Peacock (Muskegon) over Jared Suppes (Neosho) Dec 9-2
157 – Shaquill Bell (Muskegon) over Samuel Son (Neosho) Dec 8-4
165 – Lukas Gilmore (Muskegon) over O`Shea Smith-Traylor (Neosho) Dec 4-3
174 – Mason Courtright (Muskegon) over Andrew Benner (Neosho) Fall 4:39
184 – Steven Malloy (Muskegon) over Austin Warren (Neosho) Dec 4-3
197 – Donavan Fouchey (Muskegon) over Dillon Archer (Neosho) Dec 9-4
285 – Darian Holmes (Muskegon) over William Divine (Neosho) Dec 8-4
Quarterfinal: Northwest defeated Muskegon 22-15
125 – Cody Vichi (Northwest) over Devane Dodgens (Muskegon) SV-1 6-4
133 – Ben Jorgensen (Northwest) over Thomas Szymula (Muskegon) Maj 13-3
141 – Zach Loveless (Northwest) over Andrew Nold (Muskegon) Fall 3:25
149 – Kaelen Loveless (Northwest) over Elvis Peacock (Muskegon) Dec 5-3
157 – Shaquill Bell (Muskegon) over Cormick Eaton (Northwest) Dec 9-7
165 – Lukas Gilmore (Muskegon) over Diorian Coleman (Northwest) Dec 6-1
174 – Cole Mcarthur (Northwest) over Joseph Sika (Muskegon) Dec 7-4
184 – Steven Malloy (Muskegon) over Miles Nixon (Northwest) Fall 2:19
197 – Jonathan Wixom (Northwest) over Donavan Fouchey (Muskegon) Dec 7-5
285 – Shawn Chamberlain (Muskegon) over Gabriel Escobedo (Northwest) Dec 1-0
Consolation Round 2: MCC defeated Pratt 33-13
125 – Devane Dodgens (Muskegon) over Auston Finley (Pratt) Maj 19-6
133 – Skyler Mccomb (Pratt) over Thomas Szymula (Muskegon) Maj 12-1
141 – Daniel Melcher (Pratt) over Andrew Nold (Muskegon) Fall 6:54
149 – Elvis Peacock (Muskegon) over Korey Pfannenstiel (Pratt) Maj 9-0
157 – Austin Hughey (Pratt) over Shaquill Bell (Muskegon) Dec 9-4
165 – Lukas Gilmore (Muskegon) over Cade Noble (Pratt) Maj 17-7
174 – Mason Courtright (Muskegon) over Cody Carson (Pratt) Fall 3:48
184 – Steven Malloy (Muskegon) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf
197 – Donavan Fouchey (Muskegon) over Kasey Crump (Pratt) Dec 6-3
285 – Shawn Chamberlain (Muskegon) over Beau Bergeron
Three MCC Wrestlers Take Titles at Art Kraft Memorial Invitational
The Muskegon Community College wrestling team had another strong showing. The 24th annual Art Kraft at Triton College in River Grove, Ill. provided a preview of the region, with every team present plus a few others.
The Jayhawks continue to be led by freshmen Zack Cooper (Big Rapids, MI/Whitehall HS) and freshman Lukas Gilmore (Greenville, MI/Greenville HS) who both won championships. Zack improved to 16-0 on the season while Lukas is now 18-1. The Jayhawks had a third champion in freshman Joe Sika (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall) who won his first tournament championship of the season at 174 pounds and is getting better every week. The Jayhawks also had strong showings by finalists’ freshman Elvis Peacock, 149 lbs (Hersey, MI/Chippewa Hills HS) and freshman Donavan Fouchey, 197 lbs (Oscoda, MI/Oscoda HS).
Five other Jayhawks finished in the top six of the tournament. Freshman Devane Dodgens (Remus, MI/Chippewa Hills HS) finished 3rd at 125 lbs, freshman Steven Malloy (Newago, MI/Morley Stanwood HS) was 4th at 184 lbs, freshman Mason Courtright (Shelby, MI/Shelby HS) was 5th at 184 lbs, freshman Myron Hosey (Belding, MI/Belding HS) was 6th at 184 lbs and sophomore Shawn Chamberlain (Dexter, MI/Dexter HS) was 4th at 285 lbs.
The Jayhawks hope to carry this momentum through the winter break and into the National Dual Meet Championships which takes place Sat. & Sun. January 11th & 12th in Des Moines, Iowa.
Jayhawk Wrestler Lucas Gilmore Crowned Champion at Niagara Open
The 9th ranked Muskegon CC Wrestlers traveled to Sanborn, NY Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Thunder Wolves Open which featured a many four year schools including: NCAA Division I University of Buffalo and Penn State University, and Division II Mercyhurst College. Leading the charge for the Jayhawks was freshman Lukas Gilmore (Greenville, MI/Greenville HS) who won the championship at 165 pounds.
Four wrestlers finished in the top 4 of their respective weight classes. Gilmore finished 4-0 on the day and defeated very tough opponents including NCAA division I wrestler Ryan Therrian of Buffalo in the semi-finals and Chris Nevinger of Niagara CC who is a 3x New York State Champion and is ranked 10th in the country at 165 pounds. “Lukas was great all day, he is an extremely smart kid and just might be the hardest working wrestler in a room.” exclaimed Coach Brunger. “He is a great pleasure to coach.” Also having excellent days were 125 pound freshman Devane Dodgens (Remus, MI/Chippewa Hills) who finished 3rd and only loss was to a NCAA Div. II All-American from Mercyhurst, 174 pound freshman Joe Sika (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall HS) who finished 4th and 184 pound freshman Mason Courtright (Shelby, MI/Shelby HS).
The MCC wrestlers are back in action next Saturday, Dec. 14 at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois.
Wrestlers Post 1-2 Mark at Olivet Duals; Jayhawk’s Zack Cooper Still Unbeaten
For the second week in a row the Jayhawk wrestling squad was the only junior college in the house, this time on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Olivet Duas. This week however, the overmatched Jayhawks were battling the best the opposing team could put on the mat in dual meets instead of a tournament format.
The 19th ranked Jayhawks wrestled Olivet in round one and lost 31-9 winning just two matches in the contest. In the second round MCC faced Trine University and won all nine contests including an exciting first period pin by 133 pounder freshman Zack Cooper (Big Rapids, MI/Whitehall HS) over Trine University’s junior Brandon Preston, who is ranked 8th at 133 pounds in NCAA Div. III. In the last round MCC dropped a tough dual against Indiana Tech who is ranked 11th in the NAIA as a team by a score of 24-12.
“Against Indiana Tech we had many opportunities to win matches that could have turned the tide. We really got better as the day went on and we learned a lot. We will be improved and ready when we get back on that mat at Niagara,” Brunger added. “When Coach Brissette (Olivet head coach) emailed me a month ago asking who we wanted to wrestle my response was simple, we’ll wrestle anyone,” said Coach Brunger. “We are very talented, but really young. In order to learn we need to be exposed for our mistakes against more seasoned juniors and seniors.”
7th ranked Zack Cooper remained unbeaten on the season, stretching his record to 13-0. Other wrestlers with winning records on the day were 165lb freshman Lukas Gilmore (grennville, MI/Greenville HS), 184lb freshman Mason Courtright (Shelby, MI/Shelby HS), 197lb freshman Donavan Fouchey (Oscoda, MI/Oscoda HS) and 285lb sophomore Shawn Chamberlain (Dexter, MI/Dexter HS) who were all 2-1 on the day. Full results are listed below.
Olivet College 31 Muskegon CC 9
125 Kyle Gilles (OC) d. Devane Dodgens 9-3
133 Zachary Cooper (MCC) Fall Damian Johnson (OC)
141 Justin Holm (OC) WBF
149 Gage Peterson (OC) Md. Elvis Peacock (MCC) 15-5
157 Kyle Witgen (OC) Md. Jason Peacock (MCC) 18-5
165 Lukas Gilmore (MCC) d. Eddie Nuttall (OC) 9-4
174 Nick Allen (OC) Md. Joe Sika (MCC) 12-2
184 Jeff Holm (OC) d. Steven Malloy (MCC) 5-1
197 Andrew Simpson (OC) d. Donavan Fouchey (MCC) 4-0
285 Ryan Steverson (OC) d. Shawn Chamberlain (MCC) 3-2
Muskegon CC 39 Trine 6
125 Devane Dodgens (MCC) d. Matt Frane (TU) 11-7
133 Zachary Cooper (MCC) Fall Brandon Preston (TU) 2:09
141 Levi Grabor (TU) WBF
149 Elvis Peacock (MCC) Fall Adam Bolles (TU) 1:59
157 Jason Peacock (MCC) WBF
165 Lukas Gilmore (MCC) Fall Isaiah Hill (TU) 4:11
174 Joe Sika (MCC) WBF
184 Steven Malloy (MCC) d. Shane Henrickson (TU) 3-2
197 Donavan Fouchey (MCC) d. Mike Conner (TU) 7-4
285 Shawn Chamberlain Fall Matt Beard (TU) :46
Indiana Tech 25 Muskegon CC 12
125 Kris McKinley (ITU) d. 2OT Devane Dodgens (MCC) 4-2
133 Zachary Cooper (MCC) d. Mitch Pawlak (ITU) 4-1
141 Travis Barroquill (ITU) WBF
149 Adam Fahs (ITU) d. Elvis Peacock (MCC) 7-0
157 Chase Hack (ITU) d. Jason Peacock (MCC) 7-5
165 KaFuba Donzon (ITU) d. Lukas Gilmore (MCC) 7-3
174 Darryl Grayson (ITU) Md. Joe Sika (MCC) 11-3
184 Taylor DeLong (ITU) d. Mason Courtright (MCC) 9-6
197 Donavan Fouchey (MCC) d. Brandon Sunday (ITU) 3-2
285 Shawn Chamberlain (MCC) Fall Andre Dunn (ITU) :26
184 Mason Courtright (MCC) Fall Collin Rankin (Alma) 2:41
197 Nick Fruits (Trine) Fall Myron Hosey (MCC) 5:48
184 Mason Courtight (MCC) Md. Durtham Basso (Alma) 16-7
197 Myron Hosey (MCC) d. Dalton Smallwood (Olivet) 4-2
Three MCC Jayhawk Wrestlers Crowned Champions at Trine University Invitational
The 19th ranked Jayhawk wrestlers traveled to Trine University on Saturday, Nov. 15th as the only Junior College amongst a field of NCAA Division III and NAIA schools. Undeterred the Jayhawks claimed three individual championships, four runner-up finishes, and eight wrestlers place in top four. “The crazy thing is we gave a few starters the weekend off to heal up and spend time with family, we only entered wrestlers in eight of the ten weights and we still performed this well,” said Coach Mark Brunger. “That is a credit to our training and the overall dedication of the team to make one another better each and every day.”
The Jayhawks were opening eyes all day as they sent seven wrestlers to the finals in six out of the eight weight classes they entered. For the second week in row teammate’s freshman Lukas Gilmore (Greenville, MI/Greenville HS) and sophomore Shaquill Bell (South Haven, MI/South Haven HS) made the finals at 165 lbs. Gilmore won the championship as Bell defaulted due to a swollen eye. “Both of these guys have just been dynamite so far this year,” exclaimed Brunger. Not to be outdone freshman Zachary Cooper (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall HS) took home the crown at 133 lbs. and freshman Donavan Fouchey (Oscoda, MI/Oscoda HS) did the same at 197 lbs. Joining Bell as runners-up was freshman Cody Stenberg (Muskegon, MI/Reeths-Puffer HS) at 141 lbs., freshman Tyler Stenberg (Muskegon, MI/Reeths-Puffer HS) at 149 lbs., and freshman Joseph Sika (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall HS) at 174 lbs. Freshman Chad Maks (Hartland, MI/Hartland) was 4th at 197 lbs.
The MCC will compete next at the Olivet Duals on Saturday, Nov. 23rd
19th Ranked Wrestlers Open Season Defeating a Pair of Top 10 Teams
The 19th ranked Jayhawk wresters opened the season on an emotional night against two highly ranked opponents and came out victorious in both contests on Friday night, Nov. 8. Wearing purple t-shirts and socks to honor the father of brothers Cody and Tyler Stenberg as he battles pancreatic cancer, the Jayhawks defeated 10th ranked Niagara County Community College 28-18 and finished the night by defeating 9th ranked Triton 43-3.
“It was a great start to an amazing weekend,” exclaimed Coach Mark Brunger. “Our team was mostly off the radar in the preseason because we are starting so many freshmen. They wanted to come out and make a statement and wrestle hard for Rick Stenberg.” The Stenberg boys from Reeths-Puffer excited the local crowd by recording victories Friday night and by Placing in the Ben McMullen Open on Saturday. Freshman Cody Stenberg (Muskegon, MI/Reeths-Puffer HS) finished 1st at 141 pounds by defeating Brandon Preston 7-3 in the finals finishing 5-0 on the weekend. Freshman Tyler Stenberg (Muskegon, MI/Reeths-Puffer HS) finished 3rd at the Open at 149 pounds to secure a 4-1 record for the weekend.
The Jayhawks were full of impressive finishes with four champions and seven placers. Joining Cody Stenberg as champions, were freshman Zachary Cooper (Big Rapids, MI/Whitehall HS) at 133 pounds, freshman Lukas Gilmore (Greenville, MI/Greenville HS) at 165 pounds and Steven Malloy (Newaygo, MI/Morley Stanwood HS) at 184 pounds. Additional Jayhawk placers listed below.
Ben McMullen Open Placers Saturday, Nov. 9th
125lb – Freshman Devane Dodgens (Remus, MI/Chippewa Hills HS) – 3rd
149lb – Freshman Elvis Peacock (Hersey, MI/Chippewa Hills HS) – 2nd
149lb – Freshman Tyler Stenberg (Muskegon MI, Reeths-Puffer HS) – 3rd
157lb – Freshman Jason Peacock Remus, MI/Chippewa Hills HS) – 3rd
165lb – Sophomore Shaquill Bell (South Haven, MI/South Haven HS) – 2nd
184lb – Freshman Mason Courtright (Shelby, MI/Shelby HS) – 2nd
285lb – Freshman Logan Morningstar (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall HS) – 4th