Local wrestlers earn spots at State

Matthew Day–couriersports@vineyardpress.biz
	In MHSAA Regional individual wrestling play Saturday, Paw Paw senior Keenen Loehrs captured a fourth place finish in his division to move on to the state finals next weekend.   	Hot Shotz Photography

    Lawton wrestlers Nick Baldwin, Dylan Amm and Landyn VanWyk made the trip to Regional competition at Hudson in hopes of earning an invitation to the State meet. They had tremendous performances during the day, with some minor set backs, but all three finished among the top four in their weight class to move on to State matches.
    VanWyk placed third overall in the 135 lb. weight class. After losing his second match of the day, 5-1, to the eventual second place finisher from Mendon, VanWyk landed in the consolation round for third or fourth place, where he pinned his opponent at the :53 second mark of the second period.
    Amm also took a single loss on the day, 5-1, to a Hudson opponent, in the championship match, giving him a solid second place. Taking his bracket all the way through the championship round and finishing out the tournament without a loss for a Regional first place was Baldwin, who faced and beat the same Decatur opponent to become District champ.  
    Lawrence’s Chris Schuman also competed in the Regional at Hudson.  The senior wrestled in the 145 lb. weight class and lost his first match to an opponent from Hudson who pinned him in the first period. But, Schuman got to work, and followed his loss with two wins, including a second-round victory by a pin at the :43 mark of the first period.  Schuman finished in fourth place with a final 4-1 loss to a wrestler  from Mendon.
    These wrestlers will attend the State meet at Ford Field next week. The opening round is scheduled for Friday, March 1, with the championship matches  on Saturday, March 2.


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