Wrestling

St. Johns' Bret Fedewa caps off perfect season with state title

Bret Fedewa ,top, of St. Johns untangles Dustin Gross of Dearborn Heights-Annapolis for a takedown during their 152lbs. division 2 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Bret Fedewa ,top, of St. Johns untangles Dustin Gross of Dearborn Heights-Annapolis for a takedown during their 152lbs. division 2 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

AUBURN HILLS – The streak continued with Bret Fedewa’s state title at 152 pounds in Division 2.

The St. Johns’ senior kept alive the nine-year streak of no less than one state champion from the Redwings’ storied program.

“I just wanted to continue that, I didn’t want to see that die,” Fedewa said of the streak after defeating Dustin Gross of Dearborn Heights Annapolis, 7-4. “I want it to continue next year, next year, the year after that.”

Both wrestlers came in undefeated, Fedewa with 52 wins and Gross with 56.

“Just toughness and hard work,” Fedewa said was the difference in his mind. “You’ve got to wear them down. Got my body prepared, my mind prepared. I was just ready to go out there and win it, focus.”

Austin O'Hearon ,right, of Eaton Rapids celebrates with a coach as Alec Rees of Sparta walks off the mat after their 145lbs. division 2 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. O'Hearon won 3-2 in overtime. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Austin O’Hearon ,right, of Eaton Rapids celebrates with a coach as Alec Rees of Sparta walks off the mat after their 145lbs. division 2 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. O’Hearon won 3-2 in overtime. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Eaton Rapids earned another state championship on the back of Austin O’Hearon’s double-overtime win against previously-undefeated Alec Rees of Sparta at 145 pounds.

“Just trying to win,” O’Hearon uttered between deep breaths soon after walking off the mat. “I’ve been real nervous all day. Feeling sick and everything. I knew I was going to win, I just didn’t think it would take double overtime and have it that close.”

O’Hearon said the key winning move was a 360 smash, which scored a reversal.

Also in Division 2, DeWitt senior Lucas McFarland won a state championship at 160 pounds by defeating Dylan Terrance of Flint Kearsley, 6-5. McFarland finished 54-2 for the season while earning a major decision and a pin in the finals’ bracket.

Division 1
Kolin Leyrer ,left, of Holt takes down William Marano of Dearborn Edsel Ford during their 160lbs. division 1 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Kolin Leyrer ,left, of Holt takes down William Marano of Dearborn Edsel Ford during their 160lbs. division 1 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Kolin Leyrer of Holt brought home the only mid-Michigan title in Division 1 by winning the state championship at 160 pounds with a 6-4 victory over William Marano of Dearborn Edsel Ford. Leyrer earned a pin in just 57 seconds in the opening match Thursday, then rolled out three decisions by a combined score of 19-10 to earn the state championship.

Division 2
Chris Fauson ,left, of Charlotte tries to stave off a pin by Drew Marten of Tecumseh during their 130lbs. division 2 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Marten would get the pin moments later. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Chris Fauson ,left, of Charlotte tries to stave off a pin by Drew Marten of Tecumseh during their 130lbs. division 2 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Marten would get the pin moments later. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Charlotte’s Chris Fauson was the runner-up in Division 2 at 130 pounds, losing by pin to Tecumseh’s Drew Marten in 3:50. Also a runner-up was St. Johns’  Trent Lashuay, who fell to Parma Western’s Luke Raczkowski 22-9 in a major decision.

Division 3
Daniel Thompson ,right, of Lakewood grapples with Collin Lieber of Croswell-Lexington during their 171lbs. division 3 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Daniel Thompson ,right, of Lakewood grapples with Collin Lieber of Croswell-Lexington during their 171lbs. division 3 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Returning state champ Cash Thompson of Lakewood was upset by No. 3 seed Collin Lieber of Lexington-Crosswell, 4-3, at 171 pounds. Thompson said the day prior that Lieber would be tough, after placing second, third and second his first three years coming to the Palace.

“I’m happy with how I did overall,” Thompson said while waiting for his runner-up medal. “That finals match was great. Collin’s a really good wrestler. It’s one of those deals where it could go either way. Today was his day, tomorrow could be my day. He wrestled great.”

Lakewood’s Luke Tromp joined his teammate as a runner-up, losing to Lake Fenton’s Trent Hillger via technical fall, 15-0.

Perry’s Anthony Gallagher was also a runner-up in 112 in Division 3, losing an 8-3 decision to Essexville Garber’s Mitchel Christensen.

Division 4
Sean O'Hearon ,left, of Springport takes down Braxton Seida of Carson City-Crystal during their 140lbs. division 4 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Sean O’Hearon ,left, of Springport takes down Braxton Seida of Carson City-Crystal during their 140lbs. division 4 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Carson City-Crystal had two wrestlers in the championship round: Jamison Ward finished runner-up at 103 pounds, as did Braxton Seida at 140 pounds, falling to Sean O`Hearon of Springport via technical fall, 26-11.

Jonathan Stid of Dansville earned state runner-up at 160 pounds.

Lucas McFarland ,top, of DeWitt turns Dylan Terrence of Flint Kearsley for a near fall and 3 points in the last seconds of their 160lbs. division 2 state championship match to win 6-5 Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Lucas McFarland ,top, of DeWitt turns Dylan Terrence of Flint Kearsley for a near fall and 3 points in the last seconds of their 160lbs. division 2 state championship match to win 6-5 Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Tanner Gonzalez ,right,of Manistique takes down Johnathan Stid of Dansville during their 160lbs. division 4 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Tanner Gonzalez ,right,of Manistique takes down Johnathan Stid of Dansville during their 160lbs. division 4 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Kolin Leyrer of Holt knocks Holt Wrestling Head Coach Rocky Shaft to the mat as he jumps into his arms after defeating William Marano of Dearborn Edsel Ford in their 160lbs. division 1 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Kolin Leyrer of Holt knocks Holt Wrestling Head Coach Rocky Shaft to the mat as he jumps into his arms after defeating William Marano of Dearborn Edsel Ford in their 160lbs. division 1 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Bret Fedewa ,left, of St. Johns escapes from Dustin Gross of Dearborn Heights Annapolis to take the lead in the 3rd period of their 152lbs. division 2 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Bret Fedewa ,left, of St. Johns escapes from Dustin Gross of Dearborn Heights Annapolis to take the lead in the 3rd period of their 152lbs. division 2 state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Bret Fedewa ,left, of St. Johns escapes from Dustin Gross of Dearborn Heights-Annapolis to tie their 152lbs. division 2 state championship match in the 3rd period Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Bret Fedewa ,left, of St. Johns escapes from Dustin Gross of Dearborn Heights-Annapolis to tie their 152lbs. division 2 state championship match in the 3rd period Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Austin O'Hearon ,right, of Eaton Rapids wraps up the leg of Alec Rees of Sparta in overtime of their 145lbs. state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Austin O’Hearon ,right, of Eaton Rapids wraps up the leg of Alec Rees of Sparta in overtime of their 145lbs. state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Austin O'Hearon ,right, of Eaton Rapids maintains control of Alec Rees of Sparta as he attempts to escape during their 145lbs. state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO

Austin O’Hearon ,right, of Eaton Rapids maintains control of Alec Rees of Sparta as he attempts to escape during their 145lbs. state championship match Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. KEVIN W. FOWLER PHOTO