Grand Haven wrestling team falls to New Baltimore Anchor Bay 47-12 in Division 1 state quarterfinals

By Nate Thompson
LocalSportsJournal.com

The Grand Haven wrestling team was labeled by opposing coaches in the Division 1 state quarterfinals as possibly the most dangerous squad to take the mat.

But the wrestlers from New Baltimore Anchor Bay were definitely not intimidated.

The undefeated Tars (37-0) made it another one-and-done trip for Grand Haven in the state quarterfinals Friday, as they easily eliminated the Buccaneers 47-12 at Battle Creek’s Kellogg Arena.

Grand Haven, which finished the season with a dual record of 26-4 , was also eliminated in its last trip to the quarterfinals in 2012.

Anchor Bay advances to the state semifinals on Saturday, where it will face Hartland. Brighton and Davison will compete in the other Division 1 semifinal. The championship match is in the afternoon.

Grand Haven was frustrated by the Tars’ ability to score match-swinging pins.

Anchor Bay had five pins in the match, compared to just one for the Bucs, from senior heavyweight Chase VanHoef.

Grand Haven had just two other wrestlers win their matches. Senior Camden Bertucci improved his perfect individual record to 40-0 following his 5-2 decision at 130 pounds. Senior Nick Mulcahy also came out on top at 189 pounds, recording a 6-0 decision.

The Bucs’ three other individual state qualifiers weren’t as fortunate, as Antonio Reyes fell 11-8 at 135 pounds; Evan Johnson dropped a 11-6 decision at 140; and Aaron Cummings suffered a tough 5-3 loss at 160.

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