The Grand Haven wrestling team won two tough dual matches Wednesday, against Forest Hills Central and Grandville, to capture a Division 1 regional championship at Rockford High School.
The Bucs now advance to the state quarterfinals Feb. 27 at Battle Creek’s Kellogg Arena. The semifinals and finals are scheduled for the next day at the same site.
Reeths-Puffer and Whitehall advanced to the Division 2 and 3 finals in their respective regionals, but lost in the finals.
Grand Haven downed Forest Hills Central 38-31 in the semifinals, then downed Grandville 31-30 in the finals.
Only 12 of 14 scheduled matches took place in the finals, because Grand Haven had enough points to seal the victory and forfeited the final two matches.
Winners in the finals for Grand Haven were Zac Marsman (112), Ryder Smith (119), Zach McKinnon (125), Camden Bertucci (130), Antonio Reyes (135), Aaron Cummings (160), Nick Mulcahy (189) and Chase VanHof (285).
Reeths-Puffer advanced to the Division 2 regional final in Coopersville by beating Greenville 39-33 in the semifinals, but dropped a very tight 30-24 decision to Comstock Park in the finals.
The finals came down to the last match, in the 103-pound weight class. Comstock Park won the match to clinch the victory.
Winners for the Rockets in the finals were Caleb Jensen (112), Connor McKinnon (145), Sean McWilliams (160), Dawson Romanowski (215) and Max Briggs (285).
Reeths-Puffer, the champion of the O-K Black Conference, finished the team season with a 28-5 dual record.
In the Division 3 regional at Grant, Whitehall pounded Alma in the semifinals 58-17, but lost to Remus Chippewa Hills 30-21 in the finals.
The Vikings, champions of the West Michigan Conference, lost in the regional finals for the second straight season.
Winners for Whitehall in the finals were Trip Thommen (189), Hunter Bower (103), Corey Robinson (112), Reiley Brown (125) and Jwan Britton (135).