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Two Shores wrestlers capture OK Black conference title

Megan Swanker, Sports Editor

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Junior Zach Zimmer-Donahue and sophomore Camaran Stout both captured an OK Black conference title, Feb. 4.

“Zach was very sick the week before the conference tournament, (but) he wrestled really smart up to the finals by finishing his match before with a quick pin,” coach Patrick Lemay said. “It is tough to come back from illness and wrestle two full matches. Even in the finals, Zach pinned his opponent quickly. It was smart wrestling by him. Cam was very aggressive the entire tournament. When Cam, or any of our wrestlers for that matter, get on the offense and don’t hold back, they are almost always successful.”

Zimmer-Donahue successfully defended his conference title that he earned during his sophomore year. In the semi-finals, Donahue pinned his opponent, who had a nine-point lead at the time. In the finals, Donahue’s match only lasted 38 seconds where he won by a pin.

“Being a conference champ means that I (put in more) work than everyone else in our conference, (and) it feels good.” Zimmer-Donahue said. “It feels good to know that my hard work has paid off.”

Stout said he had revenge on his mind when he first stepped onto the mat. Previous to the conference match, Stout faced the same opponent from Jenison in the season match as he did in the finals. After pinning his first opponent from Reeths-Puffer in the semis and defeating that previous opponent from Jenison by a score of 5-4, Stout had finally grasped his deserving title.

“(It feels) amazing. It was for a conference title. It was a big deal that I had won (because) I’m only a sophomore.” Stout said. “The kid who beat me earlier in the year when we wrestled Jenison was the same kid who I wrestled in the finals. Beating him showed even more improvement and I was one of only two kids to win, which made it even better.”

Coach Lemay said he is excited for these two wrestlers and their conference titles.

“Cam and Zach are both great wrestlers. They both have been wrestling for a long time and it shows with their ability and accomplishments,” Lemay said. “(They) are workout partners which is great because they are able to push each other. They work very hard in the wrestling room and winning a conference title was payoff for all of that hard work.”

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