by Justin Stezowski
HAMILTON, Mich. – On Thursday, the Hamilton Wrestling Team fell to the Zeeland West Dux with a score of 36-29. Despite the intense match, the loss saw Hamilton’s team postseason come to an end. “It came down to not wrestling well enough to win. We didn’t come out aggressive enough. We knew we were going to have close matches in the higher weight classes and we didn’t win them,” said Coach Stoel.
Trenton Holyfield came out with a great effort on his match going from 160 to 189. He fought hard-exactly how his coach wanted. Coach Stoel trusts Holyfield to come out and perform against any opponent he faces. Another wrestler with a tough match was senior Tate Knapp. In a pivotal match, Knapp lost a heartbreaking one-point decision in front of a raucous home crowd. “Tate has gotten a little bit more cautious, and he opened it up against the kid the first time. You know there is a lot to be learned from a loss and maybe this is a good time to have that loss.”
The Hawkeye wrestlers had their individual districts in Lowell this past Saturday. The top four wrestlers will then move onto Regionals meet in Byron Center. We as a community have done a great job supporting this wrestling team and are looking to see some individual state championships this year.