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Saxons take tie-breaker for tournament title in Coopersville

Coopersville pulled out a 38-35 win over the Hastings varsity wrestling team at the Broncos' Military Appreciation Tournament Saturday, but it didn't keep the Saxons from the title.

Hastings went 4-1 on the day, as did Coopersville, with the Saxons earning the tie-breaker for the overall title on points. The Saxons beat Kent City 48-30, and Kent City scored a victory of its own over Coopersville (42-37).

Mason Denton, Jackson Dubois and Robby Slaughter were all 5-0 on the day for the Saxons. Payton Miller Tyler Dull, Gabe Trick, Zach Chipman and Griffin Seeber had four wins each and Shane Dillon and Joe Turnes had three wins each.

Coopersville built a 38-21 lead through the first 11 bouts in its dual with the Saxons, and Murphy Crandle and Breydon VanOffelen came up huge for their team, battling to limit Seeber (130 pounds) and Slaughter (140) to major decisions. Seeber bested Crandle 13-4 and Slaughter bested VanOffelen 14-6. Both Saxons had their Bronco opponent on their back in the first period, but the Coopersville guys were able to avoid the pin.

In between those bouts, Denton had no trouble sticking Jordan Gillhespy in the 135-pound match, earning the pin in 16 seconds. Miller, Dull and Dubois also had pins in that dual for the Saxons and Dillon earned a 6-2 win over Jake Wiersma at 112 pounds.

Slaughter, Trick, Miller, Dull, Elias Sanchez, Dubois and Neal had pins for the Saxons in the win over Kent City. Chipman scored an 8-5 decision over Kent City's Zane Kik at 103 pounds and Denton closed the dual with a 10-6 win over Brayden Armstrong at 130 pounds.

The Saxons dominated their other duals, scoring a 69-7 win over Northview, a 60-19 win over Ravenna and a 51-24 win over Zeeland West.

The Saxons will return to action Saturday hosting their annual L.H. Lamb Tournament.

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