The season ended for the Grand Ledge wrestling team, as they lost to Brighton High School in the Division 1 Regional final.
Battle Creek Lakeview defeated the Comets by a score of 55-12. The loss was a tough ending, but coach Steve Delaney said it was his best since he began coaching.
This year’s team won the Capital Area Activities Conference Blue title, which was their first since 2005. They have had 11 regional qualifiers this year, which is a school record.
“This was a great year for our team,” said Delaney. “It was a year we thought was going to be a rebuilding year and we didn’t think we could do it. If things work out, then the sky is the limit for next season.”
Eight of the 11 regional qualifiers are returning next year. “We are going to be much stronger and better as a team,” said Delaney.
This loss came after an impressive victory in the CAAC Blue championships, where they scored 241 points compared to Eastern’s 224.5 and Holt’s 219.
“We had a great year and unfortunately it has come to an end,” said wrestler Corey Arnouts. “However, luckily I am still playing, which I am happy about. I wish we were still in it, but I am glad to continue on in the finals.”
Despite the loss, Grand Ledge has three individual wrestlers who are still qualifiers for the Division 1 state finals. Along with Arnouts, Jay Brickley and Curtis Brownell have advanced in the tournament.
“We fought hard this year and we plan on improving next season,” said Brickley. “I may still be fighting for my chance, but I certainly haven’t forgotten our loss. We will get Battle Creek Lakeview next year.”
The three qualifiers are battling at Grand Haven along with six Holt members. The Holt Rams also lost their team match against Brighton by a score of 69-6.
Brighton ended up defeating Battle Creek Lakeview by a score of 27-25. They are going to be facing Grand Haven this Friday.