UPDATED: Constantine wins the Greater Berrien County Invitational

Published 2:15 pm Saturday, January 27, 2024

ST. JOSEPH — Perennial wrestling powerhouse Constantine overtook host St. Joseph and Lakeshore to win the 2024 Greater Berrien County Invitational Saturday.

The Falcons finished with 219.5 points, while the Bears had 189 points and the Lancers with 174.5 points.

Dowagiac finished fifth with 124.5 points, Niles 10th with 72 points, Brandywine 11th with 62 points, Edwardsburg 13th with 56 points and Cassopolis 19th with 21 points.

The Chieftains and Bobcats both had an individual champion, while Dowagiac had two wrestlers finish second. Brandywine had a runner-up, while the Vikings had a pair of second-place finishers.

Dowagiac’s Israel Villegas captured the 150-pound championship at the Greater Berrien County Invitational with a 10-3 victory over Gull Lake’s Blake Strickler.

Gavin Schoff, of Brandywine, won the 157-pound title with a 4-3 victory over Constantine’s Brody Jones.

Dowagiac’s AJ Munson finished second at 113 at the Greater Berrien County Invitational in St. Joseph after a 10-1 loss to Lawton’s Austin Garcia. Dowagiac’s Cal Chapman was second at 285 pounds at the Greater Berrien County Invitational after being pinned by Constantine’s Bennett VandenBerg in 3:18 of the championship match.

Kaiden Rieth, of Brandywine, finished second at 126 pounds as he was defeated by Lakeshore’s Cole Lausch 10-4.

Niles’ Sam Rucker takes second place at the Great Berrien County Invitational at 175 pounds after falling to Paw Paw’s Gavin Turk 3-2.

Jaime Gaya, of Niles, was the runner-up at 215 pounds at the Great Berrien County Invitational. He was defeated in the championship match by Paw Paw’s Austin George, 5-1.