Whitehall wrestler Joe Sika (right) grabs hold of Allendale opponent Jon Nielsen during the regional final match Wednesday at Comstock Park. Sika’s major decision helped the Vikes to a 32-26 win.
COMSTOCK PARK — No matter how Whitehall wrestling coach Cliff Sandee crunched the numbers, he couldn’t come up with a way his team should expect to defeat Grand Rapids Catholic Central at Wednesday night’s regional semifinal match.
“We kept doing the numbers over and over again, and I thought the best we could do was a one-point loss to Catholic,” Sandee said. “I know the rankings (where Whitehall came in #3 and the Cougars were #4) didn’t speak to that, but I thought Catholic was a horrible matchup for us.”
The Vikings showed otherwise, however, mustering enough key wins to edge the Cougars 31-24 in the semifinals. Whitehall went on to defeat eighth-ranked Allendale 32-26 in the finals and win its second straight regional title.
Rockets’ team season ends
SPARTA — The Reeths-Puffer Rockets fell Wednesday to Byron Center in the Division 2 regional semifinals at Sparta.
Reeths-Puffer’s team season ended with the 50-24 loss to the Bulldogs. The Rockets ended the season with a 21-5 dual-meet record.
Vikings have 10 regional qualifiers
ALLENDALE — The Whitehall Vikings sent 10 wrestlers to regionals, nine of whom placed in the top three at last Saturday’s Allendale individual districts.
The individual regionals were held at Whitehall Saturday after the Beacon went to press.
Montague sends 3 to regionals
MONTAGUE — Three Montague Wildcats competed at Saturday’s Bangor regionals after the Beacon went to press thanks to strong performances at last Saturday’s individual districts, which the Wildcats hosted.
Rockets qualify 6 for regionals
COOPERSVILLE — The Reeths-Puffer Rockets sent six wrestlers to the individual regional tournament from last Saturday’s districts at Coopersville. The regionals took place Saturday at Fruitport after the Beacon went to press.
Leading the Rockets’ qualifiers was Buck Tottingham, who took first place at 215 pounds, the Rockets’ lone district champion.
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