Jamane Smith Jr. is regional wrestling champion, joins five local athletes headed to state
Coloma’s Jamane Smith Jr. continued his incredible season Saturday by remaining undefeated in his senior season and capturing the regional championship title in the 189 lb. weight class.
Smith will now head to state competition at Ford Field Friday, March 2 to compete against the best wrestlers in Michigan. Smith will be quite a contender as he holds a 44-0 record.
Division 3 regional wrestling competition was held at Fremont for Coloma qualifiers. Joining Smith at state will be Ian Ishmael, Cody Reese, and Cole Alsup.
Smith faced Kyler Kolk of Fremont in first round action and won by technical fall 23-5. In the semifinals match, Smith topped Justin Lyle of Dowagiac by major decision 22-9.
Smith pinned Christian Brooks of Holton in the finals match at 4:23 for the championship title.
Cole Alsup, a sophomore wrestling in the heavyweight division, won a 5-2 decision over Gabriel Castro. Alsup then faced – and lost to – Schoolcraft’s River Fox by pin at 5:32.
Alsup tangled with Dowagiac’s Wyatt Bailey and earned the win by pin at 2:40. Alsup finished in fourth place after he was pinned by Eddie Hines of Grand Rapids Catholic Central at 4:18.
Ishmael’s first match of the day in the 135 lb. weight class was against Comstock Park’s Austin Sanders. Ishmael, a sophomore, was pinned with three seconds left in the match. Following that loss, Ishmael took on Connor Nolan, also of Comstock Park. Ishmael pinned Nolan at 4:29 to move on in competition.
Buchanan’s Adam Eger became Ishmael’s next opponent. Ishmael recorded a pin at 3:58.
SOARING COMET… Coloma’s Willie Donald goes up for a shot last Wednesday against Benton Harbor. A two-point second quarter spelled doom for Coloma, as the Comets lost 55-46, ending their undefeated streak this season. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
A fourth-place finish was in Ishmael’s future after he lost a 6-2 decision to first-round foe Sanders.
Cody Reece also qualified for state competition after he finished third overall in the 140 lb. weight class.
Reece, a junior, opened the event with a 13-3 major decision over Fremont’s Trey Breuker. Reece was then pinned by Comstock Park’s Christian Maldonado at 5:16.
Reece won a 13-8 decision over Jake Britton before suffering a 16-2 major decision loss to Garrett Stank of Lakewood.
Division 4 wrestling regional competition was held at Carson City – Crystal Saturday, February 17.
Watervliet advanced two wrestlers from regionals that will battle for state titles in one week.
Watervliet’s Matt Melcher, a sophomore in the 215 division, turned a first-round pin of Logan Hurst into a semi-final 5-2 win over Michael Minne of Martin.
Melcher earned runner-up honors by taking second place after he lost a tough match to Carson City – Crystal’s Brian Yeakey. Yeakey needed a sudden death period to get the 5-3 win over Melcher.