By: RICKY LINDSAY, STAFF REPORTER
The University of Michigan-Dearborn Wrestling Club was well represented this past Saturday, when graduate student Dan Loyd suited up for the Wolves at the Laker Classic.
The meet was held at Grand Valley State University, and featured tough competition from NCAA and NCJAA varsity teams.
Loyd weighed in Saturday morning and was set to compete in 174 pound weight class for the Wolves. He entered the meet with a 3-0 record on the season.
Loyd’s first match of the day was against Riley Boomer of Muskegon Community College (NCJAA). Boomer, ranked sixth nationally in the NCJAA, pinned Loyd in the first period at 1:57.
In the next match, Loyd took on Ethan Lindgren of Alma College (NCAA Division 3). Loyd pinned Lindgren at 4:11 for his first win on the day.
In his final match, Loyd took on Paul Mikhjian of Alma College. Mikhjian eventually pinned Loyd at 3:45.
Loyd finished the Laker Classic with a 1-2 record on the day. His coach, Grant MacKenzie, was pleased with Loyd’s performance.
“This was not a tournament for only club wrestlers who typically practice a few times a week,” said MacKenzie.
He expressed high remarks for Loyd this season, even while taking the his only two losses at the Laker Classic.
“Iʼm impressed with Dan Loydʼs eagerness to wrestle and his humble attitude,” said MacKenzie. “Dan truly loves the sport and is grateful to have another chance to compete as a graduate student at University of Michigan-Dearborn.”
The next wrestling competition is the State Championships of Michigan, taking place February 17 at Mott Community College. The competition will feature only NCWA wrestling clubs. Hassen Berry and Loyd will participate in the competition for the Wolves.