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WRESTLING: Finals begin (PHOTOS)

Annapolis' Austin Hussing

Annapolis' Joe Pila

The main event is here.

The high school wrestling season will come to a boil this weekend as The Palace of Auburn Hills hosts the individual state tournaments.

The action begins tomorrow when every state qualifier makes his entrance in the Grand March at 1:45 p.m. and the matches start at 2 p.m.

Round 2 will begin Friday at 8:30 a.m., with Round 3 at 11 a.m., Round 4 at 2 p.m. and the championship semifinals at 7 p.m. Round 6 will be Saturday at 8:30 a.m., with Round 7 at 10 a.m. and the consolation finals at 11:30 a.m. The final round will start at 4:45 p.m.

The area will have eight representatives on hand.

In Division 1, Fordson senior Yahya Talab finished second at 160 pounds at the regional and will open up with a match against New Boston Anchor Bay senior Johnny Boussier. Talab has a record of 49-9, while Boussier sports an impressive 51-4 mark.

Talab's teammate, senior Victor Lindsey, was fourth at 145 at the regional and will take a record of 43-11 into his first bout against Portage Central senior Kevin Haughn, who is 35-6.

Crestwood senior Sejad Al-Hussain was fourth at the regional at 130 and takes a nice 52-6 record into his state tournament debut against East Kentwood senior Curtis Blackwell, who is 35-9.

Annapolis has four wrestlers in the hunt in Division 2.

Junior Hunter McCoy became a state qualifier for the second year in a row when he placed third at 189 at the regional. McCoy will take a 49-5 record to the big show, where he will open up against Flint Kearsley junior Robert Jones (18-3).

Shawn Cohan was third at 112 at the regional and will take a record of 43-12 into his first match against fellow sophomore Blain Dempsey of Mattawan (30-4).

Junior Austin Hussing (43-12) was fourth at 125 at the regional and will square off against Middleville Thornapple Kellogg senior Ryan Flynn and his impressive record of 35-3.

Cougar Joe Pila and Divine Child's Kevin Hart both qualified at 140. Hart beat Pila in the battle for third and fourth at the regional and the senior will take a 40-9 record into his opener against Muskegon Reeths Puffer senior Tyler Stephens, who is 46-3. Pila, meanwhile, has a tough assignment. The senior will face Allegan junior Kyle Simaz, who finished second in the state at 130 last year and is currently 56-0.







Last Updated: 2/26/2013 2:24:10 PM EST

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