Big Rapids wrestlers defeat Hopkins

Big Rapids’ Matthew Henderson (top) battles with Logan Kling of Hopkins during Friday’s Hopkins invitational. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — How important is it for a wrestler to score the first points of his match?

In the case of the host school in Saturday’s Big Rapids Cardinal Wrestling Invitational on Saturday, it’s extremely important.

Big Rapids had lost its first four matches and then took on Hopkins in the consolation round. After the last match, it was 36-36 and the official had to go to the eighth tie-breaking criteria to determine a winner. It was the team with the most number of first points scored in individual matches.

Kalean McBride (145) was 4-1 with three pins for Big Rapids while Jacob Alber (285) was 4-1 with one pin. Nate Smith (160) was 3-2 with a pin, Ashton Sova was 3-1 with three pins and Matthew Henderson (125) was 3-2.

“On Wednesday (in the opener), I thought we wrestled rough,” Big Rapids coach Bruce Hoffman said. “The guys came out today, and we have three that are banged up and not really in our lineup. We’re giving up (several) weight classes.”

Big Rapids voided seven weight classes on Saturday, due to injuries and other factors.

“That makes it tough,” Hoffman said.

“I wrestled pretty good,” Alber said. “The team wrestled as a team and we were all cheering for each other.”

Big Rapids hosts a double dual on Saturday.

“Once we get everyone healthy, I believe we should be a force to be reckoned with,” McBride said.




Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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