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  • Clawson's Katlyn Pizzo earned a victory in her first match in the Division 3 103-pound division. Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Birmingham Groves coach Joe Jones shouts to his wrestler. Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • West Bloomfield's John Hawkins celebrates a victory. Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Two-time state qualifier Katlyn Pizzo of Clawson has the advantage in her match. Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Wrestlers battled for victories and the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round during the first day of competition Thursday at the individual state wrestling tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).

Clawson's Pizzo advances; WL Central, Catholic Central roll

AUBURN HILLS - For first-time wrestlers, the big-time atmosphere of the individual state wrestling tournament Thursday at The Palace of Auburn Hills was a sight to behold.

"Everything was way better than I expected," said Pontiac's Efrain Ortiz, competing at state for the first time. "It really started when we did the (grand) march. I started getting the jellies."

That nervousness vanished after his first match, a victory over Ferndale's Donovan Pitts-Reed in the Division 2 189-pound class, as he advanced to Friday's quarterfinals.

Some 1,000 wrestlers from around the state, competing in 14 weight classes and four divisions, are vying for medals at the tournament. Fewer than half will medal.

First-timers, such as Ortiz, though, learned a lesson. "I have to make a better choice before I eat," said Ortiz, who had eggs and hash browns for breakfast at the Stuffed Bun restaurant. "Big portions."

The big meal weighed on him during his match, but he vowed to be better prepared for Friday. Winning the first match was the goal for all state qualifiers, as a victory assured a spot in the quarterfinals.

That's where several first-time qualifiers found themselves, including Clarkston's Jake Calvano, West Bloomfield's John Hawks and Walled Lake Northern's Nick Welch.

Calvano built a 7-5 lead after two periods against Grand Haven's Bryan Batten in their D1 152-pound match, and kept him from scoring the rest of the way for the win. "It was super tiring, (but) you have to push through the pain," said Calvano, loving the experience. "It's a great environment, I love it."

Hawkins, who was home schooled before going to West Bloomfield his senior year, and out of wrestling for three years, pinned Rockford's Noah Anderson in the first period. "It feels great (but) I was a little nervous (at first)," said Hawkins. "It was good. Big day tomorrow."

Welch trailed 7-5 in the third period before pinning Grand Ledge's Karson Kost, while Waterford Kettering's Anthony Gonzalez forged a 7-0 victory over Wyandotte's Colton Thompson at 140 to record his 100th career victory.

A number of veterans, such as Walled Lake Central's Ben Freeman, a three-time state champion, are taking advantage of their experience.

Freeman rolled up an 11-3 advantage after the first period en route to a technical fall at 3:06 over Rockford's Jack Richardson. "I just want to score a lot of points," said Freeman, who banged heads with Richardson in the early seconds. "I'm taking one match at a time ... feeling good."

Freeman led five Walled Lake Central winners, including TJ Daugherty (103), who pinned Waterford Kettering's Mark Brado in the second period, Nick Freeman (135), Warren Stanfield III (130) and Nick Onwenu, who squeaked out a 3-2 decision over Rockford's Tyler Glave at 189.

"Real tough match, the kid was better than I expected," said Onwenu, enjoying his first state meet experience. "I love it, the lights, everything. I got my whole family watching."

Novi Detroit Catholic Central had 14 state qualifiers and most won their matches, including returning state champs Ty Morland (171), Nick Jenkins (285), Cameron Amine (145), Kevon Davenport (130) and Ben Kamali (112), who pinned Holt's Michael Thackthay in the first period.

Morland pinned Utica's Danny Smyk in 50 seconds. "I want to close out my career the right way, I want to dominate," said Morland, unbeaten in 34 matches.

Jenkins beat Davison's Arron Gilmore 4-1 in a titanic struggle. "It's good to know what's going on ... (and) having respect for all of your opponents," he said of the experience factor.

Davenport struggled at first before posting a 9-3 victory over Oxford's Garrett Tyrrell. "Obviously I didn't wrestle the greatest, but I got the win," said Davenport. "Physically I feel pretty healthy."

Clawson's Katlyn Pizzo, perhaps the only female in the tournament, was all smiles coming off the mat after her 2-0 victory over Whitehall's Sam Baustert in a D3 103-pound match. "It's very exciting," said Pizzo, a two-time state qualifier who lost both of her matches at state last season. She was the team's lone qualifier last year but this year she has company. "I have three other guys here (so) it's a lot better to share the experience," she said.

Pizzo, who has a 43-9 record, already is a member of the U.S. Junior World Team and the Cadet World team and hopes to parlay that experience into a medal at the state tournament. "This is the year to get on the podium," she said.

Among others who advanced were Southfield A&T's Max Doggett, a 6-4 winner over Brighton's Jake Soop, and teammate Isaiah Berry, a 3-2 victor over Romeo's Hunter Garris at 125. "I'm a senior, my last high school go-round," said Doggett, anticipating a place on the medal stand.

Also, Oxford's Sergio Borg (135) and Ryan Miller (140) also advanced to the quarterfinal round, along with Farmington heavyweight Donovan King and Holly's Nathan Young (103) in Division 2.

And in one of the final matches of the evening, Colin Takata of Birmingham Groves weathered a delay of several minutes because of computer problems, to defeat Jimmy Muscato of Pinckney in the D1 140-pound class.

Last Updated: 3/2/2017 10:30:40 PM EST


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