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  • Huron's Logan Ritchie brought home Downriver's first state title since 2011 with a championship at 160 pounds last Saturday in Auburn Hills.

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For the first time since 2011, a wrestler from the Downriver area has been crowned as a state champion.

In the finals of the MHSAA State Meet on Saturday, Huron’s Logan Ritchie came away with a Division 2 title at 160 pounds.

The first-place battle at 160 actually featured another of the area’s best grapplers, as Ritchie beat Summit Academy’s TJ Barnes and won in a 2-1 decision to become the champ.

To go along with his first-place honor, Ritchie finished with a 57-2 record for the season, while Barnes came away 56-2.

Downriver’s last state title winner was Woodhaven’s Justin Dozier, who won as a heavyweight three years ago.

It was a strong day overall for Downriver, with Ritchie and Barnes helping to lead a field of 13 total placers from the area out of the two dozen grapplers who qualified to compete.

Also making it to the championship match was Woodhaven’s Derek Hillman (189 pounds), who finished second in Division 1 after losing to Rochester Hills’ Shwan Shadaia. Hillman, a senior, ended the season with a 50-3 record and has verbally committed to wrestle at Eastern Michigan University next year.

Aside from Ritchie, three other Huron wrestlers were among the top eight on Saturday in Division 2.

Jon Wellman (125) of the Chiefs took third with a 13-3 major decision against Lowell’s Derek Krajewski in the final, Judah Caballero (112) took sixth and Jeff Henderson (285) earned seventh with a 1-0 decision against Corey Hassevoort of Hamilton in the final.

For Division 1 Anderson, Logan Parks (140) took third with a win against Tevin Machart of Utica-Ford. Dante Rivera-Garcia (112) was seventh with a 3-1 decision against Plymouth-Canton’s Brandon Harris in the final and Jacob Balogh came away with eighth place for the day.

Melvindale’s Ameer Munassar (130) earned fourth in Auburn Hills in Division 2 and before losing in the third-place match had won consecutive decisions by 10-3, 6-3 and 11-4.

Senior Zachary Underwood (215) of Carlson wrapped up his wrestling career with a sixth-place finish at the Palace in Division 2. Ahead of his loss in the fifth-place match, Underwood earned consecutive wins with decisions of 10-3 and 10-4, the first of which came against Trenton’s Josh Berry.

Woodhaven’s other placer of the day was Jarod Ammons (160), who took seventh with a 4-3 decision over Grosse Pointe North’s Andrew Lock in Division 1.

Brandon Garcia (152) of Riverview took seventh, as well, after knocking off Fruitport’s Austin Fialek in a Division 2 final.

Also qualifying to wrestle this weekend were: Carlson’s Jerry Lakos (103), Woodhaven’s Xavier Graham (103), Trenton’s Connor Charping (130), Riverview’s Theodore Lossing (135), Roosevelt’s Collin Vargo (135) and Quentin Santiago (152), Melvindale’s Ryan Large-Agee (140) and Manuel Roldan (189), Anderson’s Chris Pauly (189) and Cody Tis (215) and Huron’s Deion Copley (189).

Last Updated: 3/4/2014 2:46:48 PM EST