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sity wrestling match, but it
was a great day for the
Trojans’ lone senior state
qualifier. West pinned
Lansing Eastern’s Harun
Mkumbakwa with 13 sec-
onds left in the third period

of their opening round match,
but was then pinned late in
the third period of his quar-
terfinal contest with
Romulus’ Jaylen Culver.
Culver finished as the state
runner-up at heavyweight,

falling 8-2 to Lowell’s
Keegan Nugent in the 285-
pound championship.
West got by the blood
round thanks to a bye and
then pinned Flint Kearsley’s
Dominik DiGenova in the
third round of consolation
and managed a 3-1 win over
Pennfield’s Dawson Ransom
in the consolation semifinals.
Greenville’s Zach McMillan
had a 4-1 advantage on West
late in the second period of
their third-place match when
he put him on his shoulders.
“He definitely worked
with us on improving some
of his technique,” Fletke said
of West’s improvements this
season. “I think physically
he was there already, but we
worked on some of his posi-
tioning on his feet and mak-
ing sure he was in the right
position. He definitely gravi-
tated towards that and
worked hard in the practice
room to get there.”
While West had never
been to the finals before,
Zoet suffered the pain of
being bested in the blood
round a year ago and had a
goal of earning his first state
medal this season.
“Definitely, the back half
of the year he turned it on,”
Fletke said of Zoet. “In the
middle of the season he
struggled with some losses,
some close loses. The back
half of the year he set a goal
for himself and went after it.
“He started working hard-
er in practice, had that fire,
and didn’t like where maybe
he was going. He said, I’ve
got to make a change,’ and
he took it upon himself to
find a little bit bigger partner
in the room. We switched to
a little bit bigger [practice]
partner and it seemed to help
None of Zoet’s wins
Saturday were bigger than
his first one. He trailed
Lansing Waverly’s James
Wagner 16-6 late in the sec-
ond period after having been
on his back a couple of times,
but Zoet managed a reversal
and put Wagner’s shoulders
on the mat with 23 seconds
left in the period.
Lake Fenton’s Zack Hall
bested Zoet 10-1 in the quar-
terfinals. Zoet then took a
9-3 win in his blood round
match with Drake Blackmun
from Plainwell to clinch his
state medal. Lowell’s James
Link took a 6-4 win over
Zoet in overtime in the third
round of consolation and
Zoet finished his day with a

3-0 win over Trey Myers
from Fremont in the match
for seventh.
Gibson’s path to a medal
was the same as Zoet’s. He
scored an opening round pin
of Stevensville Lakeshore’s
Kyle Stampfly, but then fell
9-5 in the quarterfinal round
against Monroe Jefferson’s
Dylan Garcia.
From there, Gibson earned
a -1 win over East Grand
Rapids’ Eran Marx in the

blood round. Eaton Rapids’
Jay Shaull bested Gibson 4-
in the third round of consola-
tion and then Gibson bounced
back to beat Landon Miller
from Lowell 6-0 in the match
for seventh.
Those Trojan middle
weights still have some time
to grow, and all hope to be
back at the state finals with a
few more teammates.
“Definitely having those
guys around you pushing

you and supporting you in
practice is humongous,”
Fletke said. “There is always
someone there in the room
and they’re surrounded by
others that were unable to be
here today, but in the future
will be that are knocking at
the door too. It helps when
there are no freebies in the
room and everybody has to
compete every day.”

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Thornapple Kellogg’s Kyron Zoet works his way to a 3-0 victory over Fremont’s Trey
Myers in their 130-pound medal match for seventh place Friday at the Division 2
Individual State Finals inside Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. (Photo by Brett

Thornapple Kellogg’s Zach Gibson holds Lowell’s Trey Myers on his back in the
third period of their medal round match for seventh place in Division 2’s 125-pound
weight class Friday at the Division 2 Individual State Finals at Van Andel Arena in
Grand Rapids. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Thornapple Kellogg’s Andrew Middleton fights to keep
his feet on the mat as he is controlled by Petoskey’s
Trevor Swiss during their 140-pound consolation match
Friday (April 2) at the Division 2 Individual State Finals in
Grand Rapids. (Photo by Brett Bremer)\

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