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D1 Preview: DCC Ready for Challengers

D1 Preview: DCC Ready for Challengers
Thursday, February 22, 2018
For nearly two seasons, no high school team in Michigan has been able to take down reigning Division 1 champion Detroit Catholic Central.  This weekend’s MHSAA Finals at Kalamazoo’s Wings Events Center would be the time and place for aspiring challenge...
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D2 Preview: Lowell Aims to be 3rd to 5

D2 Preview: Lowell Aims to be 3rd to 5
Thursday, February 22, 2018
After becoming the fifth school in MHSAA history to win four straight Team Wrestling Finals last year, Lowell can become just the third to make it five consecutive this weekend at Wings Events Center. The Red Arrows will be chasing the record for longest streak held by...
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D3 Preview: Rivals Seeded to Meet Again

D3 Preview: Rivals Seeded to Meet Again
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Dundee and Richmond have met in six of the last eight Division 3 Team Finals, but none carried as much anticipation as this weekend’s possible rematch is building. Richmond claimed last season’s MHSAA title on a tie-breaker after the teams tied 28-28, and t...
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D4 Preview: Hopefuls Knocking on Door

D4 Preview: Hopefuls Knocking on Door
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Hudson and New Lothrop have met for the Division 4 championship the last four seasons, and last year even as the Hornets entered Finals weekend unranked. But a look at the overall strength of this year’s quarterfinalists signals a new contender could rise.
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Performance: Eaton Rapids' Austin O'Hearon

Performance: Eaton Rapids' Austin O'Hearon
Friday, February 16, 2018
Eaton Rapids' Austin O’Hearon, the reigning Division 2 individual champion at 145 pounds, led Eaton Rapids to a Team District championship on Feb. 7 as the Greyhounds won their matches by a combined score of 147-3.  He then went on to win his Individual Dist...
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Cushman: Good to Great to 101 Straight

Cushman: Good to Great to 101 Straight
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Flushing’s Ben Cushman wanted to be better than good on the wrestling mat. After his sophomore season ended in at the MHSAA Finals, one win shy of the podium and all-state honors, Cushman decided to do everything he could to become great – to be able to com...
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Performance: Dundee's Brandon Whitman

Performance: Dundee's Brandon Whitman
Friday, January 26, 2018
Dundee's Brandon Whitman is fast approaching an opportunity to join one of the elite groups of achievers in any sport in MHSAA history.  With a chance at becoming the 23rd four-time individual wrestling champion a little more than a month away, Whitman contin...
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Coaching Cousins Build on Macomb Roots

Coaching Cousins Build on Macomb Roots
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Success must begin somewhere. And for the Macomb Dakota wrestling program, its beginnings can be traced to a church in Mount Clemens nearly 25 years ago.
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Expectations High for Battle-Tested Gaylord

Expectations High for Battle-Tested Gaylord
Friday, January 5, 2018
During the winter of 2001, Davison’s Chase Metcalf was in the process of winning a second consecutive MHSAA individual wrestling title. Jerry LaJoie, the wrestling coach at Gaylord, was quite familiar with Metcalf and his younger brother, Brent, who would finish 2...
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Comar Sets Goals for Self, Clinton

Comar Sets Goals for Self, Clinton
Friday, December 8, 2017
Clinton High School has had a remarkable run of Division I college athletes over the past six years. In fact, eight have come through the halls of the northern Lenawee County school that boasts an enrollment of only 310 high school students total. Noah Comar could beco...
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Performance: Walled Lake Central's Ben Freeman

Performance: Walled Lake Central's Ben Freeman
Friday, March 10, 2017
Walled Lake Central's Ben Freeman joined one of the elite groups of individual champions in any MHSAA sport Saturday when he defeated Birmingham Groves’ Colin Takata by technical fall, 24-7, to win the Division 1 championship at 140 pounds – and become the 2...
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Gonzalez Locks Down Emeralds' 1st Title

Gonzalez Locks Down Emeralds' 1st Title
Friday, March 10, 2017
It was a celebration nearly fit for a king Sunday as the city of Manistique welcomed home its first MHSAA Finals champion. Senior Tanner Gonzalez became the first Manistique wrestler to capture an individual title by taking a 5-4 double-overtime decision from Dansville...
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Crespo Begins 'Chase' with 1st D4 Title

Crespo Begins 'Chase' with 1st D4 Title
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Oftentimes a coaching change is accompanied by the need to restock talent in order to rebuild. That certainly wasn’t the case for first-year Mendon wrestling coach Caleb Stephenson, who took over for his father, Art, this winter.
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Hillger Becomes Palace King 1 Last Time

Hillger Becomes Palace King 1 Last Time
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Trent Hillger was as impressive as ever during his run to his third straight MHSAA individual title. The Lake Fenton senior heavyweight pinned his first three opponents at the Division 3 Finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills this past weekend, then beat Lake Odessa Lak...
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No Slowing Embree On 2nd Title Run

No Slowing Embree On 2nd Title Run
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Warren Lincoln senior Jelani Embree is an explosive and powerful force on the wrestling mat, showing off his superb athleticism. He showed he is also very smart on the mat, too.
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Hudson's Hamdan Wins Clash of Champs

Hudson's Hamdan Wins Clash of Champs
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Hudson sophomore Jordan Hamdan didn’t just want to win a Division 4 title Saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills – he also wanted to impress his older brother, Roddy. Hamdan accomplished both, defeating Jackson Lumen Christi’s Spencer Good 3-2 in a m...
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Freeman Caps Career with 4th Title

Freeman Caps Career with 4th Title
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Ben Freeman stamped his name in Michigan high school wrestling history Saturday with an impressive and technical display of skills that fans across the state have become accustomed to from the talented Walled Lake Central senior. Freeman became just the 22nd wrestler i...
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D4 Preview: Wide-Open Field in Pursuit

D4 Preview: Wide-Open Field in Pursuit
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Contenders with a combined 21 appearances in MHSAA individual title matches return to the Division 4 Finals this weekend. Eight are reigning champions, including one who won in Division 3 last season before his team was reclassified into this bracket.
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D3 Preview: Veterans Dominate Bracket

D3 Preview: Veterans Dominate Bracket
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Three contenders at this weekend’s Division 3 Individual Wrestling Finals are competing for their third MHSAA titles, while eight past champions total will take to the mat starting with Thursday’s first round. Those eight are among 10 favorites we’ve ...
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D2 Preview: Eager to Finish Business

D2 Preview: Eager to Finish Business
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Many of Division 2’s contenders this weekend hope it’s an MHSAA Finals filled with second chances. Six of 10 favorites highlighted in this preview were runners-up a year ago, two losing by a mere point in their championship matches.
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