Muskegon, Mich. – Junior Zachary Cooper (Chippewa Hills, Mich. / Whitehall) and freshman Jayce Kuehnlein (St. Louis, Mich. / St. Louis) won their respective weight class brackets as the Alma College wrestling team participated in the Ben McMullen Open at Muskegon Community College Saturday (Nov. 3)
- Cooper started off his day in the 149 pound tournament by winning by a technical fall with a score of 18-0. He went on to win three more matches, all by pins, to earn first place.
- Kuehnlein received a bye in the first round of the 157 pound tournament. From there, the freshman shined with three impressive wins in route to his first place finish, with two coming from pins including one in the quarterfinals that happened 42 seconds into the match.
- Sophomore Joe Vondrasek (Owosso, Mich. / Owosso) was undefeated on the day until the 174 pound championship bout. He earned three wins all by decision to receive second place.
- After falling in the quarterfinals in the 184 pound weight class, freshman Dylan Seaton (Port Huron, Mich. / Port Huron Northern) won four straight matches to take third place. All four of the wins came by either a pin or a technical fall.
- Alma was represented by two Scots in the 133 pound weight class and both ended up on the podium. Sophomore Chase Beecher (Clio, Mich. / Clio) went 3-2 to take fourth place and freshman Carter Hankins (Hartland, Mich. / Hartland) finished 3-2 after winning the fifth place match by a decision.
- Freshman Lucas Brewer (Belleville, Mich. / Huron) had a nice day going 4-2. He fell in the third place match to take fourth in the 174 pound weight class.
- Freshmen Leo West (Takoma Park, Md. / Montgomery Blair) and Jacob Ransom (Traverse City, Mich. / Traverse City West) wrapped up the final two of Alma's nine wrestlers that placed. In the 184 pound tourney West worked his way through the consolation side with two wins by pins. He took sixth place. While Ransom had a 3-2 day in the 285 pound class to take a share of eighth.
- The Scots were one of three teams that had multiple winners at the open.
- As a team, Alma went 33-27 overall.
What He Said
"It's still early yet, we still have things to improve on. But overall we're happy with how our guys showed up today. Guys were ready to wrestle." - Assistant Coach Jared Groeneveld
The Scots will have a week to prepare for their next competition. They are at the Trine Invitational on Saturday (Nov. 10) for a 10 a.m. start time.