The Individual State Wrestling Tournament is taking place this Friday and Saturday at the Ford Field in Detroit. Hudsonville is being represented by four accomplished senior wrestlers. Cameron Ensign is competing at 135, Jack Samuels is wrestling at 145, James Samuels is wrestling at 152 and Kyle Scott is competing at 215.
Day one got off to a great start with all four of our wrestlers winning their first match. This put the guys in great positions to make All-State as each was one win away. In the second championship round, Cameron Ensign and James Samuels both faced off with the top ranked wrestlers in their weight both from Detroit Catholic Central. Although the guys battled well, they ended up falling short in this round. Jack Samuels and Kyle Scott both wrestled great matches against their opponents and won, securing them a spot in the semi-final matches at the end of the day.
In the wrestle back rounds, Cameron Ensign dropped a very hard fought close match. This brought an end to his tournament and career. We are very proud of the fact that Cameron is one of the top 12 wrestlers in the state at 135 this year. James Samuels wrestled at the top of his game in the wrestle back winning by fall. With this win, James became All-State for the second time in his career. He will wrestle tomorrow to see where he finishes overall.
The semi-final round is always a very competitive round. Jack Samuels was tasked with beating last years State Runner-Up. Although Jack got out to the early lead, he ended up dropping this match. Jack will also wrestle tomorrow to determine his final placing in the state. Although the semi-final for Jack was disappointing, Jack has become the first wrestler at Hudsonville to be All-State four times in his career! Kyle’s semifinal match started different as he fell behind in the match in the first 30 seconds. From here on out Kyle took control of the match and came back to win 5-3. With that win Kyle has advanced to the championship match late tomorrow afternoon.
Hudsonville Wrestling is very proud of the way these four men have competed and the way they have carried themselves. We are excited to see how the final three guys remaining finish up their careers!