wrestlers win state titles
wrestlers competed in the
MHSAA individual state tournament
last weekend, with Hesperia wrestlers
claiming two state championships and
five state runner-up titles in Division 4.
Yates, an undefeated senior
and returning state champion, claimed
his second state title, wrestling at
125 lbs. Teammate Davian Gowens
won the state championship at 103 lbs.
Corey Agens (103 lbs.),
Logan Eaves (125 lbs.), Trenton
Roesly (135 lbs.), Chase Siersema
(140 lbs.) and Mark Workman
(160 lbs.) each placed second, marking
a rare achievement for the Panthers,
whose seven qualifying wrestlers all
advanced to the finals in their weight
Garrett Martin (130 lbs.)
placed fourth while teammate Hayden
Cregg (140 lbs.) placed eighth in
Luke Spotts placed eighth
at 130 lbs. in Division 2.
Chase Hicks (135 lbs.) and
Niko Guajardo (140 lbs.) each placed
eighth in their respective weight classes
in Division 3.
for more coverage from the
tournament in next weeks TimesIndicator.
Photo by R.C.Wheater Sr.
With their coaches leading the cheers, Fremont High
School bowlers celebrated with their state championship trophy at a reception that
welcomed them back to Fremont on Saturday night. The group includes (left to right) Sean
Vincent, Mike Margol, State Champion Sam Brandt, Jacob Grabill, Walker Powers, Seth Pell
and team Captain Jeremy Pikaart. Manager Shaun Tuls is not in the picture.
FHS bowlers win their second
years after winning the schools first bowling state championship, the Fremont High
School boys bowling team won their second state title, overcoming a shaky start to beat
Pinconning in the state final on Friday at Airport Lanes in Jackson.
junior Sam Brandt finished his fine season with a state championship, beating Zach Ulicny
of Jackson Lumen Christi by 82 pins in the final.
team is resilient, Coach Tom Elmer said. Theyve battled and battled all
Packers beat Pinconning by 1,296 to 1,203 pins, with Brandt leading the team with 268,
Jeremy Pikaart scoring 231, Mike Margol 203, Jacob Grabill 144 and Sean Vincent 124.
Packers advanced to the team final by beating Grand Rapids South Christian by 1,312 to
1,259 in the semi-final. Sean Vincent posted a clean frame, all spares.
Fremont bowlers beat top-seeded Jackson Lumen
Christi in the quarterfinal, winning by 52 pins. Coming from behind to beat the Lumen
Christi bowlers on their home lanes.
Packers regrouped after qualifying in the eighth and final bracket slot in the preliminary
the teams captain, said that the Packers realized that they were in a now or
I found out we made it in, he said, I knew we could do it. I said we need to
throw some intensity into it, he said, and we can do this.
Brandt advanced to the individual state final with a semifinal victory over Jeff Medina of
Ludington, 411 to 351. He beat Kirk Guckenberg of Ishpeming, 398 to 355, in the
Mike Margol lost to Ulicny by 8 pins in the quarterfinal round. Jeremy Pikaart lost to
Guckenberg in the Round of 16.
placed third in the state last year. He said that he already has his sights on a repeat
for his senior season.
still have another year to make it back-to-back, he said.
Thomas Brandt is fantabulous, said teammate Jacob Grabill, who confessed that he was
a little bit surprised by the team championship.
were not bowling up to our potential, he said, but we turned it around, we
bowled, we got excited, and we won.
I was lucky enough to be part of both state
championships, Pikaart added. It was a great season, great guys, great
Photo by R.C.Wheater Sr.
Coaches Duane Hopkins (left), Tom Elmer (center) and
Paul Vincent enjoyed celebrating with their team on Saturday night.