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Old 5-A League Fueled Wrestling's Rise

Old 5-A League Fueled Wrestling's Rise
Monday, June 29, 2020
For all intents and purposes, the earliest days of the MHSAA wrestling state championships served as a glorified meet for the members of the 5-A Conference.  Greater Lansing established a stronghold on the sport that would last those first 13 years.
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Moment: DCC's Toth Never Gives Up

Moment: DCC's Toth Never Gives Up
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Evan Toth and Detroit Catholic Central seemed all but finished heading into the final period of the final bout of the Division 1 Team Wrestling Final against Davison on Feb. 23, 2013. And then, in a little more than an instant, Toth changed his and his team’s for...
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Moment: Richmond Gets Pin to Win

Moment: Richmond Gets Pin to Win
Monday, March 30, 2020
Three matches remained in the Division 3 Wrestling Final on Feb. 28, 2015, and Dundee led 25-12 with a third-straight championship nearly in grasp. But after his Richmond teammates Adam Boyd and Roy Costello fought back to pull their team within four points of t...
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After Inspiring Return, Bartlett Marches On

After Inspiring Return, Bartlett Marches On
Friday, March 27, 2020
Just before the Temperance Bedford wrestling team was to enter the arena at Kalamazoo’s Wings Event Center for opening ceremonies of the MHSAA Team Finals this winter, head coach Kevin Vogel told Connor Bartlett he had a job for him. “I had no idea what it ...
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Clinton Joins Elite Group of Mat Champs

Clinton Joins Elite Group of Mat Champs
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Team wrestling has become the most difficult MHSAA sport for new contenders to break into the championship elite. In Division 4, Hudson or New Lothrop had won actually the last 11 Finals championships before this season. Those two teams arrived at Wings Event Center la...
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Crespo Enjoys Moment, on to Next Goals

Crespo Enjoys Moment, on to Next Goals
Friday, March 13, 2020
A single afternoon in middle school set Skyler Crespo down a path that would lead to four Individual Finals wrestling championships. It was the day he quit the sport. The withdrawal was brief — only hours, really — but it happened. He ripped his headgear of...
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Vance Bounces Back to Finish as Champ

Vance Bounces Back to Finish as Champ
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
It took a day for Tristan Vance to fully appreciate what he had accomplished. The Clio senior won the Division 2 189-pound championship Saturday at the MHSAA Individual Wrestling Finals. Quite often, it takes some time before the gravity of the moment sets in. For Vanc...
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Mendon's Crespo Completes 4-Title Drive

Mendon's Crespo Completes 4-Title Drive
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Skyler Crespo reached Michigan wrestling immortality Saturday night. The senior from Mendon became just the 28th wrestler in MHSAA history — and second on the day — to earn a fourth Individual Finals title.
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Davison's Facundo Earns Historic Opportunity

Davison's Facundo Earns Historic Opportunity
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Alex Facundo suffered a blow when he was disqualified one week ago during a match at the Division 1 Team Finals against eventual champion Detroit Catholic Central.  But Facundo, the top-ranked wrestler in both the state and nation, did not let last weekend’s...
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Ida Champ's Revenge 3 Years in Making

Ida Champ's Revenge 3 Years in Making
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Hunter Assenmacher had waited three years for this.  The Ida senior defeated Flint Powers Catholic’s Sean Spidle 7-4 on Saturday in the Division 3 119-pound championship match at the MHSAA Individual Finals at Ford Field. The win avenged Assen...
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Lowell's Boone Ends as 2nd 8-Time Champion

Lowell's Boone Ends as 2nd 8-Time Champion
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Brent Metcalf. Austin Boone. That’s it. That’s the list. Boone, a senior at Lowell, became the second wrestler in MHSAA history Saturday to win four individual titles while being part of four team titles, as he defeated Gaylord’s Chase LaJoie&nbs...
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Performance: Lowell's Austin Boone

Performance: Lowell's Austin Boone
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Together with his teammates, Lowell's Austin Boone continued to contribute to a historic streak Saturday by helping the Red Arrows to their record seventh-straight MHSAA Team Finals championship, posting a pin and two major decisions to earn the MHSAA “Performance...
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D1 Preview: Returning Stars Fill Lineup

D1 Preview: Returning Stars Fill Lineup
Thursday, March 5, 2020
This weekend’s Individual Finals Division 1 brackets are absolutely loaded with stars, featuring eight champions and six runners-up from 2019’s showcase at Ford Field. But the best part over the next two days will be watching how 210 more wrestlers seeking ...
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D3 Preview: Powering Up for 4-Time Fame

D3 Preview: Powering Up for 4-Time Fame
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Sean Spidle is back where he started this run, and with an opportunity to finish it among the all-time greats in MHSAA wrestling history. The Flint Powers Catholic senior, along with two others this weekend, will wrestle at Ford Field to become the 27th to win fou...
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D2 Preview: Boone Pursues Title Sweep

D2 Preview: Boone Pursues Title Sweep
Thursday, March 5, 2020
The name Brent Metcalf is as revered as any in the history of Michigan high school wrestling. By Saturday night, Lowell’s Austin Boone may join the Davison legend in a pair of historic achievements.
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D4 Preview: Crespo Aims for 4-Time Glory

D4 Preview: Crespo Aims for 4-Time Glory
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
For the second straight season, Division 4 has a chance to contribute to MHSAA wrestling history with a candidate to join the elite list of four-time champions. Mendon senior Skyler Crespo is one of three contenders this weekend hoping to become the 27th in state ...
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Clinton Finishes Chase for 1st Title

Clinton Finishes Chase for 1st Title
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Last year when Clinton wrestling co-coach Jeff Rolland walked off the mat after the Division 4 Team Final, he said, “Until someone beats them, they are the one everyone in chasing.” “They” are the Hudson Tigers, who had just beaten Rolland's up-...
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Lowell Title Run Grows to 7 Straight

Lowell Title Run Grows to 7 Straight
Saturday, February 29, 2020
When talking about a dynasty, Lowell wrestling coach R.J. Boudro says the cause and effect of his program’s reaches far outside of his wrestling room. Boudro and Red Arrows added to their dynasty Saturday at the Wings Event Center when they won their seventh stra...
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DCC Wins D1 Clash of Annual Contenders

DCC Wins D1 Clash of Annual Contenders
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Brendin Yatooma was blocking out all of the noise Saturday at Wings Events Center.  The Detroit Catholic Central senior 215-pounder proudly hoisted the Division 1 MHSAA Team Wrestling Finals championship trophy over his head, a smile plastered ...
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2020 Dundee Stakes Claim as Vikings' Best

2020 Dundee Stakes Claim as Vikings' Best
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Nobody was quite ready Saturday to definitively call this Dundee wrestling team the best in program history.  But simply being in the conversation says enough.
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