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Feb 26 2013

The Magnificent Seven

Falcons look to make an impact and mine gold at the MHSAA State Championships


Throughout history mankind has given special reverence to the significance of the number SEVEN. The Holy Bible is replete with its occurrence and in numerology it is a symbol denoting man’s struggle to know and understand.
 
It’s only fitting that the Allendale wrestling team will be sending seven Falcons to the 2013 MHSAA Division III State Wrestling Championships at The Palace in Auburn Hills March 1-2. 
 
In order to secure a spot on that coveted sixteen-man state-championship chart, wrestlers must first place in the top four at one of the state’s four assigned regionals. Of the seven Falcon wrestlers making the trip to the MHSAA State Wrestling Finals, two are regional champions, three are second place holders and two finished fourth.  
 
Leading the way for Allendale are returning all-state grapplers Sr. Luke Jensen (33-4) at 119, Jr. Colin Beebe (35-0) at 189, Sr. Taylor Gohn (35-2) at 215 and Sophomore Jackson Lambdin (39-11) at 112.
 The Magnificent Seven
This marks the third trip to Auburn Hills for Jensen. In addition to the second place finish Luke notched last season at 112, Jensen also medaled third in 2011 at 103. This season’s 119 championship is wide open. With five of the top six wrestlers playing musical chairs in the rankings for most of the season, it is going to come down to whoever is having a good day. Luke has a really good shot at making the finals.
 
Beebe returns to the state tournament after placing third at 189 in 2012. Colin is one of the two wrestlers favored to win it all in 2013. The other is Houghton Lake Sr. Dalton Bailey (37-0). As chance may have it, the formula the MHSAA uses to place the wrestlers on the chart, has put both Beebe and Bailey on the same side of the bracket. Potentially, this means that both grapplers will see each other in the semis, leaving the winner favored to go on and win it all. It is an obstacle that will have to be overcome, but Colin has the total package and is wrestling the best he has all season. 
 
Lambdin finished last season with a fourth place on the podium at 103. The 112 bracket looks to be very deep and formidable this year; however, Jackson has a history of showing up big when it matters most. Last season’s furious dismantling of highly regarded Logan Irey in the state finals is a testament to that. Lambdin has the tools to beat anyone on the chart; don’t be surprised if he does.
 
Gohn took home a sixth place finish at 215 last year. When the 2012-13 season kicked off, Taylor picked right up where he left off. After adding some muscle mass, wrestling competitively in the off season and somehow figuring out how to crank up his intensity even higher, Gohn became an extremely focused, one-man-wrecking-crew. Taylor’s chances to reach the finals are very good.
 
Joining the all-state quartet are No. 2 ranked Jr. Glenn Geurink (34-5) at 275, No. 10 ranked Sr. Austin Zaldivar (36-11) at 152 and Sophomore Brandon Dyke (39-9) at 160.
 
Geurink will make his first appearance at the Palace after flying under the radar for much of the 2012-13 season. During the second half of this season, Glenn has decimated state-ranked opponents at every turn. Among the notches on his belt are wins over previous No. 1 ranked Logan Morningstar, No. 4 ranked Wyatt Conkle, No. 6 ranked Joe Brightwell and No. 7 ranked Ross Hulick. If the tournament plays out like this season has, Geurink will win it all.
 
Team captain Austin Zaldivar is peaking at the right time. Austin has been surging as of late and will make a push for the state crown using stubborn determination, exceptional athleticism and outstanding technique. As the season has worn on, Zaldivar has raised his wrestling to a new level and honed it to perfection with his second-to-none work ethic.  If anyone deserves a step on the podium, Austin does.
 
On his journey to Auburn Hills, Brandon Dyke carries with him, a package of athleticism, heart, technique, savagery and an uncanny ability to dissect an opponent’s style on the fly. Look up the term “He brings it” and you will find Brandon’s picture posted there. Dyke is the odds-on-favorite to medal this year.
 
-SevenMinutes
 
Coverage as of this writing: mhsaa.tv will live stream the 2013 MHSAA State Individual Finals starting Sat Mar 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST.
 
Note: Last season, both Friday and Saturday were streamed live so this very well could be a typo that they are only streaming on Saturday.



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