Dowagiac second at the ‘Rumble in the Jack’

Published 9:53 am Friday, March 8, 2019

DOWAGIAC — The Dowagiac Wrestling Club took second place at its third annual “Rumble in the Jack” Feb. 24.

Dowagiac had 36 wrestlers compete in the tournament that featured 34 teams.

The top 14 placers from each team were used to compile the team scores.

Dowagiac had 32 wrestlers win medals, including 10 champions. Thirteen Dowagiac wrestlers finished second.

Three Rivers took first place with 264 points. Dowagiac was second with 253.5 points, while Constantine was third with 154.5 points. Hartford finished fourth with 131 points.

“The tournament was well attended,” said Dowagiac coach Jarrid Bradford. “The coaches saw some major improvements in a few of the younger wrestlers this past weekend.”

Winning championships for Dowagiac were Cody White, Taven Livingston, Carson White, Malakai Haines, Israel Villegas, Rowan Bradford, Rooney Olmedo, Jacob Villegas, Alan Wegner and Lawson Bailey. 

Taking second place were Oliver Olmedo, Brody Livingston, Jenna Bradford, Roman Paredes, Markus Ottinger, AJ Munson, Jonathan Phillips, Gavin Schoff, Andrew Hartman, Cal Chapman, Noah Phillips, Skylar Vincek and Jerome Haines. 

Earning bronze medals were Cinthia Villegas, Jesse Szymonski, Kaiden Reith, Aiden Voorhees and Cameron White, while Drew Ferrier, Evan Hammond, Sam Billingham and Hayden Growth finished fourth.

Four “Warriors of the Rumble” were selected during the tournament by the Army National Guard’s Charlie Company. They were selected by Captain Richard Stack, Staff Sgt. Danyelle Phillips, and Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Rench of the Michigan Army National Guard, who were on hand to open the event by presenting the U.S. and Michigan State flags and to observe both sessions of wrestling to pick the winners.

The “warriors” were Adam Gallup, of Otsego, and Kyler Shellenburger, of Three Rivers, from the morning session, and Mason Whitman, of Hartford, and Haines, of Dowagiac, from the afternoon session.

All four received special trophies for their effort.

Dowagiac will be back in action St. Patrick’s Day weekend as they compete in the regional MYWAY Tournament at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, which will be followed by the Novice, Open and girl’s state finals.