GVSU club wrestling hosts Laker Classic

14 schools competed at the individual tournament

By Jake Carroll | 2/5/17 9:37pm

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GVL/ Hannah Zajac- Dylan Dwyer, a business major and freshman at Grand Valley State, competes on Saturday Feb. 4, 2017 inside the Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale.

by Hannah Zajac / Grand Valley Lanthorn

This isn’t WWE wrestling where everything is scripted. There is no Undertaker or John Cena. Instead, the Grand Valley State club wrestling team has Harun Bogdanic and Dylan Dwyer.

Saturday, Feb. 4 the GVSU club wrestling team hosted the Laker Classic in Fieldhouse Arena.

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​GVL/HannahZajac- Travis Starr, a nursing major and freshman at Grand Valley State, competes on Satuday Feb. 4, 2017 inside the Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale. ​

The sidelines were splattered with color—blue, red, black, white, and yellow singlets were being donned by 14 different schools from Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Kentucky. Four different conferences were also being represented by the 94 wrestlers.

GVSU, Michigan, Olivet College, Ferris State, and Michigan State were among the largest schools who were present.

The classic wasn’t scored team-by-team, but was an individual tournament where GVSU showed up and showed out.

GVSU wrestler Dylan Dwyer performed well after finishing first in the 157 pound weight class, something he’s done often this season. Dwyer has had a fantastic freshman year, and is the No. 1 wrestler in the 157 weight class at most of the meets he is present for.

Dwyer won all four of his bouts on the day.

“I think I did great,” Dwyer said. “I think we really wrestled well as a team though, too. All the chemistry is coming together and that provides for a good group dynamic.”

Dwyer wasn’t the only one to showcase his dominance.

Harun Bogdanic also placed first after winning three matches in the 235 pound weight class. Bogdanic received a bye in the first round, and went on to cruise his way to the first place podium.

Another wrestler who had a great day was Brendan Hazelton. Hazelton finished second at 133 pounds.

GVSU coach Rick Bolhuis was pleased with Hazelton’s effort.

“Hazelton wrestled above his normal weight and made it to the finals,” Bolhuis said. “He lost to someone who normally wrestled at that weight, so I can’t be too upset about it.”

Kahlil Brown performed well for the Lakers by taking third at 125 pounds. He only lost one match throughout the day, his second match against Corey Robinson from Muskegon Community College.

Among GVSU’s top finishers was sophomore Jake Sobeck. Sobeck finished second at 149 pounds. Sobeck was undefeated on the day after winning two matches to place him in the first place matchup against Isaac Hammonds from Akron.

Sobeck lost to Hammonds on decision and took second place in his weight class.

“There’s matches you do well, and there’s matches that you don’t,” Sobeck said. “You always see little things that you can fix. I’m happy with how I did, but I think I could have probably done better.”

Sobeck has noticed improvement on the team since the first time they hit the mats to now, with national qualifiers just around the corner.

“I’ve seen a lot of improvement throughout the year,” Sobeck said. “I didn’t really see anyone who was all that disappointing today. I think everyone wrestled really well.”

Bolhuis says that there is still a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. The national qualifying meet is only three weeks out, and the team is hoping to have some representation.

The GVSU wrestling team will be back on the mats next Saturday, Feb. 11 for the Glass City Duals in Toledo, Ohio.

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