St. Johns captures 7 individual titles

St. Johns captures 7 individual titles


St. Johns captures 7 individual titles



St. Johns won seven individual state wrestling titles Saturday night at The Palace.

Meanwhile, with machine-like precision, Adam Coon blew through the Division 2 heavyweight bracket with four pins, to give the Fowlerville senior his fourth individual wrestling state title in a near-perfect high school career.

The nation’s No. 1 heavyweight became the 17th wrestler in Michigan to win the maximum four championships, finishing at a career 212-3.

“That was huge, to show that I can be dominant on the mat,” Coon said of four pins. “It just feels great.”

Coon’s four pins this weekend all came in the first period, at 1:00, 1:59, 0:37 and 1:13 in the final, for a total of 4:49 punch-in time on the clock.

As if two weren’t enough, junior Zac Hall of St. Johns won a third consecutive state championship by tech fall in 5:08 over JacQuan Moore of St. Clair Shores Lake Shore at 125. Hall finished 48-0 with his senior year ahead. He hopes to become the second wrestler all-time to win four individual and four team championships. Brent Metcalf of Davison was the first, the middle of last decade.

“Only one other kid has done it so that’s a pretty incredible class to be put with,” Hall said.

Hall’s win began a string of St. Johns’ titlists. At 130, Jacob Schmitt won his second straight championship — third total — by pin in 47 seconds over Christian Schoenherr of Bay City Western.

Redwings teammate Logan Massa was next at 135. He pinned senior Steve Bleise of Chelsea, who had entered the match 45-0, in 2:45. Then senior Ben Whitford won his fourth state title — two in Michigan and two in Illinois — with a win at 145 pounds via tech fall at 4:15 over Casey Burandt of Niles.

“Just knowing that it was my fourth one, I wasn’t going to let down,” he said. “I’ve been dreaming this since I was 7 years old and I wasn’t going to let anyone take that away.”

Also taking individual state titles for St. Johns were: senior Josh Pennell at 152, sophomore Angus Arthur at 171 and senior Payne Hayden at 189.

Fowlerville’s Brian Moran scored a bookend win in the last match of the night over Lowell’s Taylor Kornoely for the 215 championship. Moran was one of Coon’s victims two years ago in the 215 final.

“Monkey off the back, whatever we call it, it’s been a long four years, grinding the sport out as hard as I could,” Moran said. “To finish on top it just feels amazing.”

Holt’s Shayne Wireman won his second state championship on a 6-3 decision over incoming defending champ Mitch Rogaliner of Temperance Bedford at 119 pounds in Division 1. Wireman also beat Rogaliner for the 2011 title at 103.

“We faced each other many times, so it’s a fun match to go against him,” Wireman said. “We’ve dominated the weight class. He knows what I’m going to do, too, but I felt well prepared and came out on top.”

Wireman (49-0) was working with borrowed equipment but didn’t let it throw him off.

“My headgear broke in the first five seconds I was out here, so I borrowed a teammate’s,” he said, which was thrown from the stands. “I don’t really like (that style) head gear, but I sure liked that one.”

Holt’s Benny Gomez (49-0) won the championship at 103, pinning Michael Volyanyuk of Farmington Hills Harrison.

“My dreams came true, I’m a state champ, but I’m still in shock,” Gomez said.

Leslie brothers Kanen Storr and Zehlin Storr won state titles at 103 and 135, respectively.


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