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2013-14 All-News-Herald Wrestling Team PHOTO GALLERY

  • Jacob Balogh - Anderson
  • Derek Hillman - Woodhaven
  • Chris Pauly (right) - Anderson
  • Cody Tis (top) - Anderson
  • Deion Copley (top) - Huron
  • Devin McClain (bottom) - Woodhaven
  • Donte Rivera-Garcia (top) - Anderson
  • Ean Purcell - Trenton
  • Jerry Lakos (right) - Carlson
  • Logan Parks - Anderson
  • Logan Ritchie - Huron
  • Trenton's Connor Charping (left) and Melvindale's Ameer Munassar
  • TJ Barnes (top) - Summit
  • Teddy Lossing (top) - Riverview
  • Josh Berry (black headgear) - Trenton
  • Justin Patton (left) - Woodhaven
  • Roosevelt's Quentin Santiago (left) and Woodhaven's Jared Ammons
  • Zachary Underwood - Carlson
  • Judah Caballero - Huron
  • Brandon Garcia - Riverview
The 2013-14 Downriver wrestling season was full of strong performances from several of the area’s teams and individuals.

Overall, about two dozen Downriver wrestlers qualified for the state meet, with Huron’s Logan Ritchie bringing home the area’s first wrestling state title since 2011. Summit’s TJ Barnes, who Ritchie beat in the final at 160 pounds, finished as a state runner up, as did Woodhaven’s Derek Hillman (189).

Woodhaven emerged as the DRL team champ this year, but only after winning the league meet, as the Warriors, Trenton and Anderson all finished the regular season with 6-1 records.

In the postseason, Anderson won its seventh consecutive team district title, Flat Rock claimed its fourth in a row and Melvindale stunned Annapolis to make it back-to-back district crowns for the Cardinals.

The powerhouse Huron team also captured a team district title after it survived a first-round upset bid from Carlson and then took down Riverview, which had advanced by beating defending champ Trenton.

This year’s All-News Herald team features wrestlers who were league champions, state qualifiers or both. Huron and Woodhaven both lead the way with six representatives, while Anderson has five.

Meet the 2013-14 All-News Herald Wrestling Team:

Logan Ritchie, Huron

With a Division 2 state championship at 160 pounds, Ritchie became the first area wrestler since 2011 to bring home the ultimate prize. In the finals at the Palace, the junior knocked off Summit’s TJ Barnes in a 2-1 decision. Overall, Ritchie was 57-2 this year and also won a league championship, finished runner up at districts and was third at regionals.

TJ Barnes, Summit

Barnes made his third consecutive trip to the state meet this year and came home as a runner up at 160 pounds in Division 2, losing in a 2-1 decision to Huron’s Logan Ritchie in the finals. The senior went into this season already holding Summit’s all-time win record and this year snapped his own school record for wins in season with a 56-2 record. On the way to states, Barnes knocked off Ritchie for a district title and won a regional championship.

Derek Hillman, Woodhaven

Hillman wrapped up an incredible high school career by finishing as a Division 1 runner up at the state meet at 189 pounds. It was his third consecutive trip to Auburn Hills and along the way this season he won a league, district and regional title and posted a 48-3 record. During his time with the Warriors, Hillman earned 180 victories, which is the new school record.

Logan Parks, Anderson

Parks helped lead a group of five Anderson wrestlers to the state meet this year and he earned a third-place finish in Division 1 at 140 pounds. Only a junior, it was his second consecutive trip to Auburn Hills and his road there included a 54-2 overall record and championships at the league, district and regional meets. Also, Parks helped guide the Anderson squad to a 6-1 DRL record this year and a team district title.

Judah Caballero, Huron

2013-14 marked the third consecutive time Caballero qualified for the state meet, as he earned his way there as freshman at Grosse Ile and last year with the Chiefs. In Auburn Hills this season, he placed sixth in Division 2 at 112 pounds and ended his season with a 45-14 record. Caballero was one of five Chiefs at the Palace and his junior campaign featured a league, district and regional championship and a team district title with Huron.

John Wellman, Huron

At 125 pounds, John Wellman returned to the state finals and took third place this season in Division 2. For the junior, the path to the Palace included a Huron League championship, a runner up finish at districts, third place at regionals and a team district title with the Chiefs.

Ameer Munassar, Melvindale

Just a sophomore, Munassar was one of the area’s top wrestlers and placed fourth at states in Division 2 at 130 pounds in what was his second consecutive trip to Auburn Hills. With a 57-5 overall record, he earned league and district titles and finished as a runner up at regionals. Also, he was part of a Cardinals squad that knocked off powerhouse Annapolis for its second consecutive team district title.

Zachary Underwood, Carlson

Underwood earned his way back to the state meet this year and wrapped up his stellar high school wrestling career with a sixth-place finish in Division at 215 pounds and a 46-8 overall record. This season, the Marauders’ captain was also a runner up at both districts and regionals and helped guide the squad to an overall record of 19-5.

Brandon Garcia, Riverview

Wrestling at 152 pounds, sophomore Garcia qualified for the state finals for the second consecutive season and placed seventh in Division 2 at the Palace. On his way to Auburn Hills, Garcia won a league, district and regional title and helped the Pirates upset defending champ Trenton in the team district semifinals. For the season, he finished with a 54-4 overall record.

Donte Rivera-Garcia, Anderson

Rivera-Garcia kicked off his high school wrestling career with a big year for team district champion Anderson in 2013-14. The 112-pound freshman qualified for the state meet and placed seventh at the event in Division 1, finishing the season with a 46-10 record. Along the way, he picked up a league and district title and was a regional runner up.

Jeff Henderson, Huron

As a heavyweight, Henderson earned his way to the state meet this year and placed seventh in Division 2. This season he picked up a Huron League title and was a runner up at both districts and regionals. Henderson also helped guide the Chiefs to a district title this year and a second-place finish in the league.

Jared Ammons, Woodhaven

In his senior season with Woodhaven, Ammons qualified for the state meet and came away with a seventh-place finish in Division 1 at 160 pounds. This year he finished with a 42-15 overall record and his 2013-14 campaign was highlighted by a league title, as well as a second-place district finish and a third-place regional finish.

Jacob Balogh, Anderson

Balogh was one of three Anderson Titans who placed in Division 1 at the state meet this year, as he finished eighth at 145 pounds. On his way to states, he earned titles at both the league and district meets and was a regional runner up. Balogh also had two victories at team districts, which helped Anderson win its seventh consecutive title.

Quentin Santiago, Roosevelt

For the third consecutive season, Santiago qualified for a trip to the state meet in Auburn Hills. The senior team captain was ranked as one the state’s best Division 1 wrestlers at 152 pounds all season and wrapped up his high school wrestling career with a 42-4 record for 2013-14. To earn his way back to states this year he repeated as a league champ and then finished as a runner up at regionals.

Xavier Graham, Woodhaven

In his freshman season, Graham was a force at 103 pounds all year and qualified for the Division 1 state finals. Leading up to the state meet, he was one of six wrestlers to win a league title for the DRL champion Warriors and then went on to place third at districts and second at regionals.

Deion Copely, Huron

Copely was one of five Huron wrestlers who qualified for the state meet this year and made the trip to Auburn Hills. Wrestling at 215 pounds, he won titles at both the league and district meets and was a runner up at regionals. At team districts, he earned a victory in the finals to help the Chiefs secure the title.

Collin Vargo, Roosevelt

This season, Vargo emerged as one of Downriver’s best wrestlers and joined teammate Quentin Santiago as a state qualifier in Division 1 competition at the Palace. Wrestling at 135 pounds, Vargo picked up both a league and district title this year and placed fourth at regionals.

Chris Pauly, Anderson

Wrestling at 189 pounds in Division 1, Pauly was one of five Anderson representatives at the state meet in Auburn Hills this season. On his way there, the senior took second at both the league and district meets and was fourth at regionals. At team districts he picked up a pair of wins to help the Titans clinch a seventh consecutive title and later ended 2013-14 with an overall record of 43-13

Cody Tis, Anderson

In his junior campaign with Anderson, Tis clinched his spot in the state finals with a third-place finish in Division 1 regionals. Before heading up to Auburn Hills, the 215-pounder was a league and district runner up and earned two victories at team districts, where the Titans captured their seventh consecutive title. To wrap up the season, Tis finished with a 43-12 record.

Connor Charping, Trenton

As freshman, Charping had an immediate impact for the Trojans and was one of two team members who qualified for the state finals in Division 2. At 130 pounds he was a league and district runner up, as well as a fourth-place finisher at regionals. At the end of the season, Charping finished with an impressive 45-12 overall record

Josh Berry, Trenton

To wrap up his wrestling career at Trenton, Berry earned his way to the state finals in Auburn Hills this year in Division 2. The senior competed at 215 pounds and was third at both the league and district meets and took fourth at regionals. His final season with the Trojans ended with a 36-19 overall record.

Jerry Lakos, Carlson

Lakos joined teammate Zachary Underwood this year as Carlson’s other qualifier for the state meet in Division 2. At 103 pounds, the junior finished as a league runner up, took third at districts and was fourth at regionals. In the semifinals of team districts, Lakos won a late match against Huron and helped the Marauders come close to knocking off the tough Chiefs squad. For the season, he finished with a 38-18 overall record.

Ryan Large-Agee, Melvindale

With a fourth-place finish in Division 2 regionals, Large-Agee earned his way to the state finals and was one of three Melvindale wrestlers who made the trip to Auburn Hills. At team districts, the junior 140-pounder posted two victories; including a pin in the finals that helped his squad upset Annapolis and claim its second consecutive district title. For the season, Large-Agee came away with a 37-17 overall record.

Manuel Roldan, Melvindale

Roldan joined teammates Ryan Large-Agee and Ameer Munassar as state qualifiers, as he earned his way there with a fourth-place finisher at Division 2 regionals at 189 pounds. In what was his junior season, Roldan was also placed third at districts and finished the 2013-14 campaign with an overall record of 37-15.

Teddy Lossing, Riverview

A third-place finish in Division 2 regionals launched Lossing into this year’s state finals at the Palace, where he joined teammate Brandon Garcia as the squad’s other qualifier. This season, Lossing was also a district champ and he placed third at the Huron League Meet. His final season of high school wrestling ended with a 41-12 overall record.

Branden Fisher, Flat Rock

It was a strong junior season for Fisher, who qualified for the Division 3 state finals at 135 pounds and was both a district runner up and third-place finisher at the Huron League Meet. Fisher’s season ended with an overall record of 31-13.

Michael Wright, Riverview

At 103 pounds, Wright had a strong sophomore season, as he won a Huron League title, placed second at districts and finished with a 39-11 overall record. At team districts, he picked up two victories, the first of which helped the Pirates knock off Trenton in the semifinals.

Devin McClain, Woodhaven

In the finals of the DRL Meet, McClain came away with a big victory at 135 pounds to earn a league title. The senior’s win helped Woodhaven secure both the meet and league championships for this year. McClain also went on to take third at districts and he finished 2013-14 with a 39-11 overall record.

Hunter Grasso, Woodhaven

As a freshman, Grasso won a league title at 119 pounds, which was one of six Woodhaven championships for the day, and the Warriors went on to win the meet and the league crown. At Division 1 districts, Grasso placed third and he later wrapped up his first high school season with an impressive 47-11 overall record.

Justin Collins, Huron

Wrestling at 171 pounds, Collins claimed one of six championships for Huron at the league meet this year. The senior finished third at districts and also picked up a victory at team districts to help the Chiefs earn this season’s title. For Collins, his final season with Huron ended with a 23-3 overall record.

Justin Patton, Woodhaven

Patton helped his team finish on top in what was the senior season for the 171-pounder. He earned one of six league championships for Woodhaven at the DRL Meet and the team went on to win the event and the league title. For Patton, his final season of prep wrestling ended with a 35-9 overall record.

Ean Purcell

In his freshman season, heavyweight Ean Purcell won a championship for Trenton at the DRL Meet and finished the 2013-14 campaign with an overall record of 27-20.





Last Updated: 3/21/2014 6:02:40 PM EST

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