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HOWELL - With a pair of loose gold metal strips and a figurehead separated from its foundation, the KLAA traveling trophy needed some repair work.

But that mattered little to Hartland coach Todd Cheney, who grabbed the trophy with a smile to cart it back to the school. The repairs can wait.

The Eagles had a record six individual champions as they won the KLAA individual tournament in dominating fashion, scoring 283.5 points to finish well ahead of runnerup Westland John Glenn (201), Brighton (156.5) and Walled Lake Central (156). Waterford Kettering was eighth with 94 points, South Lyon was 12th with 76.5 and Walled Lake Northern finished 13th with 71, just ahead of 14th-place finisher Lakeland 69.5 in the 24-team tournament.

Points and places were hard to come by in perhaps the toughest league tournament in the state.

“We did really well, a couple kids we lost to earlier, we beat,” said a smiling Cheney. “All 13 (wrestlers) were in the top seven.”

Sage Castillo (152), Logan Vish (160), Lucas LaForge (171), Brandon Krol (285), Noah Lopez (125) and Reece Hughes (140) each won titles for the Eagles.

Walled Lake Central’s Ben Freeman led the Vikings with his third straight league title. The two-time state champion earned a 19-7 major decision over Westland John Glenn’s John Siemasz in a match which didn’t reflect the final score.

“He’s really tough,” said Freeman, subdued and always conscious of the ambush factor as one of the state’s top pound-for-pound wrestlers. “It’s not really time to (celebrate). I’m just trying to focus on my next tournament. (But) I’ve been scoring a lot of points, which is good. But there are still things I have to improve.”

Teammate Kaleb Marion scored a technical fall over Hartland’s Carter Hankins (17-1), while the Vikings’ other finalists, Nick Freeman (130), Nick Costanzo (145), Nick Onwenu (171) and Haydn Kinjorski (160), each settled for second place.

Kettering’s Tim Hagelin reached the 152-pound finals but suffered an 8-3 loss to Castillo, who is unbeaten with a 42-0 record.

Mott’s surprising heavyweight, Quentin Logan, reached the finals but was pinned by Krol in the first period. “I just have to practice harder, “ he said. “To get out of district, you have to wrestle kids like that.”

Lakeland’s Nolan Klapec settled for second in the 112-pound class, teammate Kameron Carter was third at 171, Walled Lake Northern’s Patrick Liess was third in the 160-pound class and Kettering’s Anthony Gonzalez was third in the 140-pound class.

Last Updated: 2/6/2016 10:11:29 PM EST


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