wrestling raised almost $300 in Dual Meet against Rival Rockford
It was an emotional night for both West Ottawa and OK Red rival Rockford as they participated last Wednesday. The Rams went into the dual meet already feeling the sting of loss; their long time assistant coach Mike Young had passed away that day and the entire team found itself needing to regroup. After a short delay the dual meet started with both teams vying to win one more conference dual.
It was a rough one for the Panthers, as West Ottawa dropped a loss 19-40. State ranked Andy Hansen of Rockford started the dual with a fall over Alec Kuipers ('18). West Ottawa fired back with a fall of their own with Shantryl Stevenson ('16) to tie the score at 135. Rockford them went a slew of victories up the middle, winning the next five. It wasn't until 189lber Keenan Montoya ('16) almost secures a major decision over Rockford's Khale Showers 11-4. The Rams fired back with wins at 215 and 295 to seal the victory, leaving Jace Garza ('17) and Ethan Curtin ('16) the only other victors for the Panthers.
But there was some silver lining for the West Ottawa wrestling team. Through the donations of the wrestling community and fans, they were able to raise almost $300 in donations that will go towards cancer research. To signify their solidarity to fighting the sickness, the team wore purple shirts and donned purple socks as they competed.
The Panthers move to 18-8 and will wrestle Grand Haven away on February 2nd.
130: Andy Hansen (ROCKFORD) over Alec Kuipers (HOLWOTT) (Fall 0:47)
135: Shantryl Stevenson (HOLWOTT) over Dillon Hude (ROCKFORD) (Fall 5:17)
140: Jack Richardson (ROCKFORD) over Ethan Garcia (HOLWOTT) (Dec 13-6)
145: Carson Klima (ROCKFORD) over Isaiah Altamira (HOLWOTT) (MD 10-1)
152: John Quist (ROCKFORD) over Julian Jimenez (HOLWOTT) (Dec 11-7)
160: Nate Curtis (ROCKFORD) over Wes Hook (HOLWOTT) (Dec 7-4)
171: Gage Radaz (ROCKFORD) over Matt Vongphachahn (HOLWOTT) (Fall 3:35)
189: Keenan Montoya (HOLWOTT) over Khale Showers (ROCKFORD) (Dec 11-4)
215: Zach Hill (ROCKFORD) over Daniel Munoz (HOLWOTT) (Dec 7-2)
285: Cameron White (ROCKFORD) over Ted Babcock (HOLWOTT) (SV-1 5-3)
103: Jace Garza (HOLWOTT) over (ROCKFORD) (For.)
112: Ethan Curtin (HOLWOTT) over Caleb Wagner (ROCKFORD) (MD 18-5)
119: Connor White (ROCKFORD) over Mason Billingsley (HOLWOTT) (Fall 1:47)
125: Noah Anderson (ROCKFORD) over Hunter McCrea (HOLWOTT) (Dec 9-3)