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WL Central's Freeman reaches state finals fourth straight year WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Walled Lake Central's Ben Freeman won his semifinal match and reached the state finals for the fourth straight year. A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Catholic Central's Cameron Amine competes in the D1 semfinals. A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Catholic Central's Cameron Amine sizes up Brian Case of Davison in their D1 145-pound semifinal match. A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Colin Takata of Birmingham Groves checks the clock in his D1 semifinal match against Brighton's Lee Grabowski. A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Clarkston's Conor Donahue things about his next move as he wrestles Catholic Central's Kevon Davenport in their D1 130-pound match. A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A berth in the state finals was at stake as wrestlers competed at the individual state wrestling semifinals Friday evening at The Palace of Auburn Hills. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by MARVIN GOODWIN).

Catholic Central's five returning state champs back in finals

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AUBURN HILLS >> You can’t win a state title unless you get to the state finals, and that’s what a number of area wrestlers did Friday at the MHSAA individual state wrestling semifinals at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Novi Detroit Catholic Central sent its five returning state champions back to the finals, while Walled Lake Central’s Ben Freeman, one of three Vikings finalists, put himself in position to contend for his fourth straight state title.

Three are already in the bag as he tries to etch his name among the state’s handful of Division 1 four-time champions.

Freeman, now 33-0, beat Brandon Riggins of Jackson by technical fall, his third such victory of the tournament. “It feels good obviously,” said Freeman, who eventually wore down his opponent, “(but) it’s always hard.”

His teammate, freshman TJ Daugherty, needed three overtime periods to squeak out a victory over Davison’s Andrew Chambal in the 103-pound class. “It was really tough,” said a composed Daugherty. “Tried to stay focused to get the win. I wasn’t sure if I could take him down, but I knew he couldn’t take me down.”

Nick Freeman topped Oxford’s Sergio Borg in the 135-pound semifinals to complete the Vikings’ trio of finalists.

Meanwhile, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s freshman Josh Edmond upped his record to 52-0 with a victory over Joe Schindler of Warreon Woods-Tower in the Division 2 135-pound class. “It’s good, but I have to get one more win,” said Edmond.

Catholic Central’s familiar five was at it again, posting victory after victory with saavy and control. Kevon Davenport, the Shamrocks’ 130-pounder, shut out Clarkston’s Conor Donahue, shaking off a pair of unnecessary roughness calls on his opponent, to complete the Shamrock finalists.

Cameron Amine, who had won by technical fall in his previous two matches, started Catholic Central’s victory parade by drawing Davison’s Brian Case in the semifinals and consequently, squeezed out a 1-0 victory. Amine scored on an escape in the third period of his closest match of the tournament. “It’s a tough tournament,” said coach Mitch Hancock, recognizing Case’s ability. “He (Amine) had some close matches last year year (so) he’s really composed in these close matches.”

Ty Morland scored a takedown seven seconds into the match en route to a technical fall victory over Romeo’s Austen Malczewski. “I had a slow start this morning (quarterfinals) but that one felt a lot better,” said Morland, now 33-0,

Nick Jenkins took on Macomb Dakota’s Rahmi Khalil and scored a 2-0 victory in the heavyweight class, and 112-pounder Ben Kamali rolled over Jack Samuels of Hudsonville with a major decision. “It feels good, I’ve dominated most of my matches,” said Kamali, who is feeling great. “I’m more than 100 percent right now.”

Birmingham Groves’ Colin Takata reached the finals in the 140-pound class with a 3-1 victory over Brighton’s Lee Grabowski. “Mental toughness and training,” said Takata. “Just goes to show the work you put in the offseason prepares you for in season.”

In other matches, Southfield A&T’s Max Doggett reached the semifinals before falling in the D1 171-pound class. Consolation rounds continue Saturday at the Palace before the finals, scheduled to start at 4:45 p.m.

Last Updated: 3/3/2017 10:56:41 PM EST


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