February 2020 ROAR

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Coverage of Rockford athletics at all levels.

The Rams wrestling team pose with their runner-up trophy in the Kent County Championships. ~ Contributed Photo

A NEW ERA

Ram Wrestlers Reaching Their Goals

JEANNIE GREGORY

ROAR Editor

The 2019-20 Rams wrestling team set a goal of stepping

up their game and gave it a name – “New Era.” They kicked off

this season with what head coach Brian Richardson called, “as

tough a schedule as you can put together.” The Rams wrestled

eight ranked teams head-to-head and competed against 16

incredible teams at the Detroit Catholic Central (DCC) Invitational

and the Kent County Championships. So far it looks like

Richardson’s faith in his wrestlers was well-placed. His Rams

are making their mark on the mat.

“This group doesn’t in any way want to discount the contributions

of the guys that came before them, but they want to

make their own name for themselves.”

The Rams are working hard to do exactly that.

They started their tournament campaign with the Kent City

Kick Off Classic in early December and claimed the title with

10 Rams going undefeated on the day. Just four days later the

Rams competed in the Grandville Quad and came home with

two more victories, dominating Grand Ledge and Niles. The

Rams then claimed runner-up in the Kent County Championships.

In the Grand Haven Quad, the Rams topped two OK Red

opponents to move their season record to 10-1 and notch two

valuable conference wins.

The first weekend in January found the Rams competing

in the DCC Invitational in Novi. The tournament fielded the

toughest competition in its history, with five of the teams nationally

ranked. Rockford was able to earn a sixth place out of

the 21 teams in the highly competitive wrestling tournament.

“This tournament was brutal,” shares Richardson. “They

had an incredible field and fortunately we took sixth place.

We had a great day all the way around, and I couldn’t be more

impressed with what our kids did in this competition.”

The Rams topped Grand Haven and Caledonia in dual

meets and battled slippery roads, Saturday, Jan. 18, to compete

in the Lakeshore Super Duals. The team came away with a 4-0

record on the day to claim the meet. With the victories, the

Rams’ record moved to 16-1 on the season.

24 ROAR MAGAZINE FEBRUARY, 2020

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