Coloma’s Ishmael and Smith earn second place at Berrien County wrestling invitational
Wrestling teams from Coloma and Watervliet joined fellow grapplers from Lakeshore, Niles, Edwardsburg, Lawton, Constantine, Buchanan, Brandywine, River Valley, St. Joseph, Berrien Springs, Dowagiac, Cassopolis, Eau Claire, New Buffalo/Bridgman, and Benton Harbor at the Greater Berrien County Wrestling Invitational on Saturday, January 28.
JAMMIN’ JAMANE… Coloma’s Jamane Smith dropped Lakeshore’s Zeke Rohl to the mat Saturday during the Greater Berrien County Wrestling Invitational. Smith would pick up a 7-3 decision over Rohl and would later roll into the championship round in the 189 lb. weight class. Smith wrestled his way to a second place finish at the event. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Held at St. Joseph, the meet featured the area’s best wrestlers, and competition was fierce. The meet was won by Lakeshore with 277 points and six individual champions. Coloma finished seventh with 58 points and Watervliet rang in, in ninth place, with 49 points.
Coloma heralded the success of two of its own as Ian Ishmael and Jamane Smith wrestled in championship matches in the 130 and 189 lb. weight classes, respectively.
Ishmael faced Tony Williams of Lakeshore in the 130 lb. bout and was pinned at 0:56.
Smith squared off against Edwardsburg’s Austin Cline at 189 and lost a close match, 8-6.
Coloma’s Cody Reese and Watervliet’s Klayton Marshall took to the mat in the 125 lb. weight class in a match for third place. It took all three periods, but Reese pulled out the 8-3 victory.
Watervliet’s Brad Yazel took home fourth place in the 152 lb. weight class after he was pinned by Robert Glover of Niles at 0:29. Fellow Panther Logan Swigart was pinned by Dawson Bruckner of Niles at 0:48 in a 189 lb. match.
Watervliet’s Trevor Pelton ended his day in sixth place. He was pinned at 1:33 by St. Joseph’s Evan Fitts. Also wrestling to sixth place was Coloma’s Cole Allmon. He put up quite a battle against Roy Solis of Cassopolis was but pinned at 4:40.
Hartford roughed up by Gobles
Hartford girls’ varsity basketball coach Lee Mireles will be the first to tell you that to win a basketball game you need more than three players scoring points.
Hartford lost 54-32 Friday, January 27 to visiting Gobles in an effort that saw AJ Jackson and Marissa Beraza score 30 of their team’s points.
Gobles commanded the game from the get-go. They led 14-8 after the first period and had a comfortable 29-13 lead as the first half faded away.
Hartford scored six points in the third period and 13 in the fourth period, but the damage was done. Gobles took the 54-32 victory.
Beraza scored four 3-pointers for Hartford. She accounted for six of Hartford’s eight first period points and five of the team’s six third period points. Beraza also had five steals and five rebounds.
Jackson was the lone Indian to score in the fourth period. She tallied all 13 points in a heck of an effort, both offensively and defensively. She grabbed eight rebounds and had two blocks.
Also scoring for Hartford was Mikenzie Chambers; she chipped in two points. Angela Saldana, Jessica Cortes, and Elly Valdes were credited with one block each. Amara Wesaw and Megan Nelson had two steals apiece.