11 WRESTLERS MAKE INDIVIDUALS STATE TOURNEY; TEAM TAKES RUNNER-UP STATE TITLE

11 WRESTLERS MAKE INDIVIDUALS STATE TOURNEY; TEAM TAKES RUNNER-UP STATE TITLE

Ashley Hojara, Editor

The Titan Wrestling team is making history this season! Not only did they make the State Final in the team competition but a school record eleven wrestlers also qualified for the individual tournament.  Joey Schindler, Nico Martini, Elijuh Weaver, Trey Barber, Austin Fredrick, Jack Pehote, Jajuan Lovejoy, Chaise Mayer, Joel Radvansky, Keff O’Connel, and David Stepanian advanced to Individual states at the Palace as team states come to an end. Coverage to come next week following the results of this weekends individual tournament to take place at the Palace of Auburn Hills. 

Last weekend was one to remember for the wresting team. They left school early on Friday and headed for Central Michigan University in the of hopes winning the state trophy.  After the 2 and a half hour drive, the Titans faced off against DeWitt. They showed valiant effort in a mighty comeback and with that came the final score Tower 35- DeWitt 33.

After getting a good night sleep, the wrestlers were back in the arena getting ready for the next match at 11:30am. This time, they would face the Niles Vikings. Trey Barber started the team off with a win giving them a solid lead and plenty of spirit. The rest of the team carried the momentum through the match with pins from Nate pipes, David Stepanian, Chaise Mayer, and Joey Schindler. The Titans proved that they deserved to be there.

Warren Woods Tower advanced to the finals and were ready to face Lowell; the 3 time state champions at 6:00pm that same night. Tower was a heavy underdog and they new that, but that didn’t stop them from putting up the fight of their lives. Although they worked unbelievably hard, our Titans still fell short with the score 32-21. They are they state runner ups of 2017 but they are much more than that, they are a team who fought with everything they had to bring home the trophy. They are a family who worked together every day preparing for this moment and they gave it their all and that’s all that could be asked of them.

Although they didn’t bring home the championship trophy, they brought home something else. They brought the pride at this high school.