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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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D1 Preview: Champions March Again

D1 Preview: Champions March Again
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
This weekend’s Division 1 Individual Finals field is arguably the deepest in championship experience in a number of years. A total of 12 reigning title winners will be back on the mat starting Thursday at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Five more 2016 runners-up also...
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Lowell 4-Peats With Win in Classic Clash

Lowell 4-Peats With Win in Classic Clash
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Lowell coach R.J. Boudro knew his wrestling team wasn't going to just show up Saturday for the Division 2 Final and walk away with its fourth straight team title. He knew as far back as last year that there was a new team in the state trying to muscle its way to the t...
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This Time, DCC Leaves CMU as D1 Champ

This Time, DCC Leaves CMU as D1 Champ
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Last year, the Michigan High School Athletic Association held its Team Wrestling Finals at Central Michigan University's McGuirk Arena for the first time. The Detroit Catholic Central wrestling team did not have a good first trip to CMU, losing in the Division 1 Semif...
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Richmond Takes Latest Dramatic D3 Final

Richmond Takes Latest Dramatic D3 Final
Saturday, February 25, 2017
It took 14 matches and eight steps through the dual meet tiebreaker criteria Saturday to decide the latest edition of the wrestling rivalry between Richmond and Dundee. But when Criteria H showed a 17-8 advantage for Richmond in total first points scored, it was Blue ...
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Hudson Wins D4 Rematch, 6th Team Title

Hudson Wins D4 Rematch, 6th Team Title
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Scott Marry’s emotional celebrations had become a staple at the MHSAA Team Wrestling Finals. The Hudson coach had nervously watched his team win a handful of Division 4 titles, each time exploding with energy after a clinching late victory. On Saturday, however,...
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D2 Preview: Arrows Target Title 4-Peat

D2 Preview: Arrows Target Title 4-Peat
Friday, February 24, 2017
Over the first 29 years the MHSAA has sponsored Team Wrestling Finals, only four schools have won at least four straight championships.  This weekend, Lowell can to become the fifth.
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D3 Preview: Past Champs Favored Again

D3 Preview: Past Champs Favored Again
Friday, February 24, 2017
Only four teams have competed in MHSAA Division 3 team championship matches this decade. And not surprisingly, those four programs have the top four seeds heading into this weekend's Quarterfinals at Central Michigan University.
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D1 Preview: Titans Prepare to Clash

D1 Preview: Titans Prepare to Clash
Thursday, February 23, 2017
To call the Division 1 Quarterfinal field loaded would be an understatement. The top seven ranked teams at the end of the regular season all have advanced to this weekend's final rounds at Central Michigan University's McGuirk Arena – paced by a top-seeded D...
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D4 Preview: Entering the Hornets' Nest

D4 Preview: Entering the Hornets' Nest
Thursday, February 23, 2017
If seedings hold true, we will have a new Division 4 wrestling champion Saturday for the first time since 2014. But that next champion wouldn't really be new; Hudson is the top seed entering Friday’s Quarterfinals and won every Division 4 title from 2009-2013 bef...
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Wrestling Finals Ticket Sales Underway

Wrestling Finals Ticket Sales Underway
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Fans wishing to purchase advance tickets for the 2017 Michigan High School Athletic Association Team and Individual Wrestling Finals may now do so through the host sites' box offices, from Central Michigan University for Team Wrestling Finals and The Palace of Auburn Hi...
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