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Mar 04 2013

Steps on the Podium

Five Falcons place top-eight at State


Colin BeebeAllendale capped off another stellar season this past weekend in Auburn Hills by placing five wrestlers at the 2013 MHSAA D-III Individual Wrestling Championships.
 
Competing against the best grapplers in the state of Michigan, Allendale put two wrestlers in the championship finals while three Falcons earned top-eight status. The following Falcons took steps on the podium: Colin Beebe 2nd, Taylor Gohn 2nd, Brandon Dyke 4th, Glenn Geurink 5th and Luke Jensen 7th.
 
Wrestling is by far the toughest sport in high school athletics, it is often referred to as “the ultimate character builder.” It is a sport where the participant is solely responsible for what occurs. There are no teammates dropping passes, no one else missing the lay-up, no one else traveling and no one else jumping off-sides. Two competitors alone in the squared circle, each responsible for their own outcome. No sport manifests itself better than wrestling in developing an individual’s mental toughness. Wrestlers learn early on that success goes hand-in-hand with hard work and dedication. Through this process of learning, the wrestler develops a work ethic and a mental toughness that not only Taylor Gohntranslates into victories, but also serves as a vehicle in facing down and overcoming life’s many obstacles.
 
To wrestle and succeed at the elite level, one must have an above average physical ability, resolute discipline, unwavering commitment, a strong work ethic, competitiveness, resourcefulness, perseverance, passion and world class inner-will. Colin Beebe and the other Allendale competitors personify this.
 
A returning state place winner, who most wrestling insiders believed was the favorite to win the D-III 189-pound state championship, Beebe wrestled a brilliant tournament and then in the finals, leading 3-2 with only twenty seconds left in the match, made one mistake.
 
In the blink of an eye, the state championship that Beebe had worked so hard for was gone, gone to Dundee grappler Teddy Warren 6-3. As devastating as the loss must have been to Beebe, he rose to his feet at the conclusion of the match. Held his head high, shook his opponent’s hand and the opposing coach’s hand, gathered up his gear and calmly left the mat. The crowd was witnessing a special moment; they were witnessing Colin Beebe facing down and overcoming one of life’s obstacles.
 
In the 215 pound final, another Allendale wrestler, No. 2 ranked Taylor Gohn, faced Gage Hutchison. Hutchison, a Sr. from Buchanan, was ranked No. 1, was undefeated and was the returning state champion. Ironically, Hutchison’s last loss was in the 2011 state finals where he was defeated by Allendale wrestler Jared Groeneveld. Drama abounded.
 
Gohn’s season leading up to the state tournament had been one of mayhem for his opponents. Gohn was having a tremendous state tournament and with his dominating performance going into the finals the wrestling purists were greatly anticipating the clash with Hutchison. 
 
As the match got started, both wrestlers abandoned any sense of caution. Gohn initiated a textbook duck-under to get behind Hutchison and as Gohn attempted to take Hutchison to the mat, he regrettably left his right leg forward of Hutchison’s leg. This allowed the Buchanan wrestler to grab hold of the leg, lift it and initiate a scramble. The result was a takedown for Hutchison.
 
After a potentially dangerous stoppage, Hutchison, while working from the top, was able to secure a cross-face cradle and score back points to end the first period 5-0.
 
Hutchison chose to start the second period in the down position. At the whistle Gohn immediately threw both legs in and was working a power half trying to score his own back points. Unfortunately, Gohn got out of position while riding too high. This allowed Hutchison to remove the legs, get the reversal and secure a tight half-nelson off the ensuing scramble, resulting in a fall at the 2:24 mark. Gohn also left the mat with his head held high.
 
When the topic of “active, elite wrestlers” arises in a future conversation, Allendale sophomore Brandon Dyke proved without a doubt that he belongs on the list. Dyke came away from the state tournament with a very solid fourth place finish. Along the way, Dyke defeated No. 7 ranked Durand grappler, Zane Perrin 5-4, to secure a step on the podium before suffering his first defeat of the tournament to Skylar Ley 5-0.
 
In the consolations, Dyke dismantled Farwell’s Tristan Zienkiewicz 7-0 to earn a spot in the consolation finals where he eventually fell to No. 1 ranked Todd Olsen from Dundee by a major decision.
 
Allendale Jr. Glenn Geurink is a monster. Wrestling in only his second full season, the ascension of Geurink into the ranks of elite heavyweight wrestlers has been simply mind-boggling. Geurink’s uncanny ability as a heavyweight to apply constant pressure, attack and counter with a myriad of moves thrown with the worst of intentions, has become a major concern for opposing heavyweights.
 
Geurink used his repertoire to finish the tournament with a very solid performance. Each of his wins were won in a convincing fashion and each of his two losses were by a mere one point each.
 
Sr. Luke Jensen finished out his high school career with a lop-sided 13-2 victory over Midland Bullock Creek’s Nick Torres in the 7th and 8th place consolations match. Competing in arguably, one of the deepest weight classes in the tournament, Jensen did the Allendale faithful proud with his gritty performance. In two of Jensen’s three wins, he majored his opponent, contrasting with each of his two losses where Jensen never lost by more than two points. In one of those losses, he was defeated 4-3 by Jerry Fenner of Birch Run, who eventually would go on to win the championship. 
 
As the 2012-13 wrestling season comes to a close, the future indeed looks bright for the Allendale Falcons. Four of the seven wrestlers that competed at state will return to the line-up next season. A very solid freshman class will be joining an already potent line-up of Falcons ready to take their turn stepping up onto the podium. 
 
 
-SevenMinutes



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