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HARTLAND >> Two high school wrestling coaches with teams in the state quarterfinals will be delivering different messages to their teams at practice on Monday.

Hartland got a school record 11 individuals through to the individual state finals in two weeks at The Palace of Auburn Hills, while Dakota could only get four through.

“What an amazing day, 11 qualifiers and eight in the finals,” said Eagles coach Todd Cheney, whose school hosted the Division 1 regional on Saturday. “It’s pretty exciting. It’s just a huge boost of momentum.”

The Eagles’ previous high of individual qualifiers was 10 which happened three times (2005, 2010 and 2012).

“Kids are happier and excited and when they’re like that they work harder,” said Cheney, who had all 14 wrestlers reach regionals. “We’re fortunate to wrestle as a team this week and then the following week with 11 which is almost our entire team. It’s extra practices that a lot of other schools don’t get.

“Different goal, different day,” Cheney added. “For us, every Monday we sit down and re-evaluate what we have to do. Next weekend we’re going to be wrestling for a team state championship.”

Hartland has yet to win a team state title, finishing runner-up five times.

“When you’re a senior and get knocked out at regionals they’re done individually, but they can still do it for the team,” Cheney said. “Sometimes it’s tough to get them back focused. It depends on the kid.”

The Cougars had penciled at least eight wrestlers getting through to states.

“It’s really difficult getting up week after week to wrestle,” Dakota coach Ed Skowneski said. “With Thursday, Saturday and then that past Wednesday those were all intense moments for the kids.”

The Cougars, who had 11 regional qualifiers, needed wins in each of the final weight classes at districts and regionals in order to advance.

“I felt like I had wrestled against Anchor Bay and Fraser and I didn’t step out on the mat,” Skowneski said of the Cougars’ district and regional championship wins. “You can just imagine what the kids felt like.

“We had a lot of tough matches today,” Skowneski continued. “It’s hard to be constantly ready to go every time you step out there on the mat, but they still wrestled well.”

Dakota has just one senior on its squad.

“They’re all still learning and to be able to go through that and still compete it’s great for them,” Skowneski said. “It’s training for the future.”

What makes this a tougher pill to swallow for the Cougars is they could meet Harland in a state quarterfinal match on Friday at Central Michigan.

“The top four teams in the state are extremely good and whoever we’re going up against just like before we’re going to go at them,” Skowneski said. “We were definitely hoping and expecting for more qualifiers. We had some tough matchups, but that’s part of wrestling.

“This kind of leaves a bad taste in their mouths,” Skowneski added. “This next week of practice, we’ll work out and remember this and get ready for Friday.”

The Eagles crowned four champs – Reece Hughes (140 pounds), Sage Castillo (152), Lucas LaForge (171), Brandon Krol (285) – as did Walled Lake Central – Kaleb Marion (119), Nick Freeman (130), Ben Freeman (135), Haydn Kinjorski (160). Anchor Bay had three individual champs – Jack Medley (112), Nolan Romanoski (125), Trevor Yank (189).

Other individual champs were Bloomfield Hills’ Kajuan Caldwell (145), Chippewa Valley’s Jalen Goudelock (215) and Fraser’s Nathan Hollifield (103).

Division 1

(Host Hartland)


112: Jack Medley (Anchor Bay) dec. Nolan Klapec (White Lake-Lakeland), 6-2. 119: Kaleb Marion (Walled Lake Central) dec. Kemonte Simons (Southfield), 7-6. 125: Nolan Romanoski (Anchor Bay) dec. Noah Lopez (Hartland), 2-1. 130: Nick Freeman (Walled Lake Central) dec. Tyler Sanders (Dakota), 11-4. 135: Ben Freeman (Walled Lake Central) major dec. Jeffrey Andrews (Anchor Bay), 18-5. 140: Reece Hughes (Hartland) dec. Layne Malczewski (Dakota), 6-2. 145: Kajuan Caldwell (Bloomfield Hills) dec. Dustin Solomon (Dakota), 4-2. 152: Sage Castillo (Hartland) dec. Logan Vish (Hartland), 6-3. 160: Haydn Kinjorski (Walled Lake Central) dec. Jared Roberts (Fraser), 5-3. 171: Lucas LaForge (Hartland) dec. Patrick Liess (Walled Lake Northern), 5-3. 189: Trevor Yank (Anchor Bay) injury default Andrew Spisz (Hartland). 215: Jalen Goudelock (Chippewa Valley) pinned Andrew Loria (Stevenson), 2:31. 285: Brandon Krol (Hartland) pinned Reno Giacalone (Anchor Bay), :37. 103: Nathan Hollifield (Fraser) dec. Kyle Kantola (Hartland), 4-2.


112: Terrin Machart (Ford) dec. Leann Abad (Warren-Mott), 5-3. 119: Alex Backers (L`Anse Creuse) dec. Michael Romanoski (Anchor Bay), 4-0. 125: Tyler Thompson (Grosse Pointe South) dec. Brandon Kwiatkowski (Stevenson), 9-7 (TB-1). 130: Warren Stanfield (North Farmington) major dec. Garnet Potter (Hartland), 11-2. 135: Colin Takata (Beverly Hills Groves) dec. Nick DiNobile (Hartland), 5-1. 140: Danny Pfeffer (Fraser) dec. Jacob Girard (L`Anse Creuse), 9-5. 145: Luke Brazil (Anchor Bay) dec. Rion May (Roseville), 9-4. 152: Nick Casas (Stevenson) dec. Kyle Minor (Roseville), 2-1. 160: Vinny Dolland (Chippewa Valley) major dec. Jake Brock (Southfield), 8-0. 171: Kyran Daniels (Warren-Mott) dec. Jon Gough (Grosse Pointe South), 3-1. 189: Chris Hackney (Fraser) pinned Max Doggett (Southfield), :58. 215: Elijah Tucker (Fraser) dec. Michael Schulcz (Birmingham Seaholm), 3-2 (TB-1 3-2. 285: Chris Nader (North Farmington) injury default Zach Doran (North Farmington). 103: Justin Tiburcio (Dakota) major dec. Corey Cavanaugh (Hartland), 10-2.

Last Updated: 2/20/2016 8:35:57 PM EST

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