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Wrestling team finds success with standout athletes

PHOTOGRAPHER: Asha Lewis

PHOTOGRAPHER: Asha Lewis

Paul Janes, Staff Writer

Coming off of holiday break the wrestling team was looking forward to a strong return. With a match against Wayland, they were looking forward to a win. However, it didn’t turn out the way they planned. After that loss they now have a record of 6-7. They are hoping to even out their record in their next match.

However, their match record doesn’t show off all the talent they have on the team. This past weekend the team competed in the Dave Dunneback Invitational. The team had 4 of their wrestlers place in the top 3, with John Shelton ‘20 winning his division to cap off the teams success. Brothers Declan Lee ‘20, and Maddox Lee ‘18 both got second place, and Michael Afton ‘18 placed third.

“I was pleased with how most of the guys wrestled. I felt as if most of them went out there and proved themselves,” Maddox Lee said.

This success isn’t unusual for the wrestlers, as Shelton is currently ranked #2 in the state, only losing to the #1 wrestler in the state. Maddox Lee also recently recorded his 100th high school win, a huge accomplishment that he is looking to expand on during the rest of the season.   

“Getting my 100th win is a big accomplishment for me because not many wrestlers get to that landmark, and just to get there makes me realize how much I have improved thanks to the coaches and practice partners,” Lee said.

With a lot of time left in the season the wrestling team is looking to keep improving, and they hope to even their record up in their next match against rivals Grand Rapids Christian on January 17.

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