2018-02-08 / Sports

Charger wrestlers split with Clare, St. Charles

By Lamont Lenar


Robert Wooten wins his match over the Clare wrestler with a pin for Valley Lutheran in its trimeet on Jan. 31. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Robert Wooten wins his match over the Clare wrestler with a pin for Valley Lutheran in its trimeet on Jan. 31. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Valley Lutheran wrestling team went 1-1 in its Wednesday, Jan. 31 tri-meet, losing to Clare 48-24 and beating St. Charles 30-18.

Against Clare, two Valley Lutheran wrestlers won their matches with pins. Jeremy Britton took the win at 140 lbs. with a fall at the 1:39 mark and Robert Wooten got the fall at 215 lbs. in 2:49.

Against St. Charles, Christopher Plamondon took the win with a fall at 1:43 for the Chargers at 145 lbs., and Matthew Wilkins took 285 lbs. with a fall at 4:19.

The Chargers competed in the Tri-Valley Conference Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 3, with Joe Sanchez getting two wins at 160 lbs.

The Valley Lutheran and Nouvel Catholic Central teams joined together this year, with Joe Sanchez joining the Chargers from Nouvel along with Panther coach Marc Reder.


Jeremy Britton pins the Claire wrestler in his 140 lb. matchup for Valley Lutheran in the Jan. 31 meet. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Jeremy Britton pins the Claire wrestler in his 140 lb. matchup for Valley Lutheran in the Jan. 31 meet. Photo by Lamont Lenar Valley Lutheran coach Alan Blake said that combining the team has worked out really well, and that he and coach Reder both have similar coaching styles.

By combining, the team is able to field a larger team in more weight classes, but also will move the team up a division in the district and regional tournaments.

Coach Blake explained that the team is young, and gaining experience, with just one senior and two juniors and the rest of the squad made up of sophomores and freshman.

With the young team he sees potential. It may be difficult to advance as a team in the post season tournaments, but he is still hopeful kids can punch through, with some individual wrestlers able to get through districts and qualify for regionals.

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