Gaylord Holds off Goodrich in D2 Quarterfinals

KALAMAZOO – The Gaylord wrestling program is returning to the Division 2 state semifinals for the first time since 2016.

Facing the six-seed Goodrich in a quarterfinal Friday at Kalamazoo’s Wings Event Center, the Blue Devils earned a 34-22 win.

Will Sides (103), Jacob Clemens (112), Derek Giallombardo (125), John Henry Sosa (130), Cody Starks (135), Dimitri Smith (160) and Cade Foster (171) all picked up wins for the Blue Devils.

“I thought we wrestled really well against a good Goodrich team,” Gaylord coach Jerry LaJoie said. “Everything went against us and Goodrich is always well-coached. They were together and in the match. Now we’re going to square off against Warren-Woods Tower. We’ll see how that goes. We’re going to be doing our planning tonight and trying to get things set up. It’s number two verse number three and that’s the way it’s supposed to come out down here.”

Gaylord (35-1) will face the two-seed Warren Woods-Tower at noon Saturday. Warren Woods-Tower (26-5) handed Allendale a 41-29 loss earlier on Friday.

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