11-15-18 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Coloma Comet Wrestlers take to the mat with young team but high expectations

The Coloma Comets begin the 2018-2019 wrestling season with a young team and high hopes. Their first action will take place on Wednesday, December 5, at Portage Northern High School, with matches that will also include teams from Charlotte and Mendon.

The Comet team will have plenty of road experience under their belt before they even take to the mat in familiar territory at the Comet gym, as their first home matches will be held on January 9, 2019. There are only four home dates scheduled for the Comet grapplers, on the calendar for this year.

Last spring the Comets won their second straight Division 3 District championship when they defeated the South Haven Rams.

Kenny Ashley the head coach for the Comet Wrestlers said, “We are still a young team, but all of these kids have plenty of experience. With the three state qualifiers from last year’s team leading the way, we are going to try to make a state run.” Coach Ashley also goes on to state, “Our biggest weakness is filling the lineup, we have one or two open spots right now and if we are going to make that run, we are going to have to fill those spots. I have high expectations that those spots will get filled and we can make that run.”

SUCCESSFUL STATE RUN… Coloma’s Emma Vandermolen finished 151st out of 238 runners at the MHSAA Lower Peninsula Division 3 cross county state finals at Michigan International Speedway. The junior was the lone Comet qualifier and completed the course in a time of 21:56.9.

Those three state qualifiers that Coach Ashley was speaking of are senior Cody Reese, and juniors, Ian Ishmael and Cole Alsup. They will be expected to provide the leadership needed to help coach the younger kids along, and keep them improving both physically and mentally.

The experience they gained as state qualifiers and going up against some of the top wrestlers in the state will be invaluable as they set their goals to not only get back to state but win it all.

A couple other Comets on the watch list who could step up and give them some much needed punch, are Ishmael’s younger brother Ian, who is a freshman this year, and senior Cole Almon who last year started out 12-1, but couldn’t continue because of outside issues which needed his attention.

Rounding out the Comet roster are Delray Williams, Blane Sutherland, Dillon Clemmons, Nate Terry, Nathan Wilder, Noah Mort, Cole Current, Alec DeLatorre, Mike Case, Jackson Hodges, Aaron Pounders, Nathan Strunk, Ethan Blanchard, Zac Colvin, Josiah Galaspy, and Trenton Harrel.

The Comets will be facing some top competition this year and hope to be hitting on all cylinders once the state championship competition begins.

Best of luck to Coach Ashley’s team.

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