BATTLE CREEK – One of the fastest pins in team state finals history got the Division 2 championship off to a rousing start Saturday at Kellogg Arena.
Lucas Hall of Lowell ended the lead-off 119-pound match in just 14 seconds by dropping Isaac Coolidge of Eaton Rapids mere moments after the singing of the national anthem. It gave the Red Arrows a quick 6-0 lead that soon became a 21-4 advantage after five matches — thanks in part to two more pins by teammates Zeth Dean (130, 1:39) and Jordan Hall (140, 2:48).
Lowell continued to press until it won a second straight state title, 40-16.
“Getting the fast pin was my goal. It’s what my coach wanted me to do,” Hall said. “Whatever I could do for my team to put us in a good spot.”
Eaton Rapids is a program back on the rise after winning four state titles in the 1990s and a runner-up in 2008. Lowell has five titles since 2002, with six runners-up since its first came at the hands of Eaton Rapids in ’99.
Lowell also got a pin from Josh Colegrove (215, 1:21).
■ DIVISION 3: Richmond won the state title, 27-25, over two-time defending champ Dundee when its final two wrestlers earned pins to secure a come-from-behind victory that caused the loudest eruption by far all day in Kellogg Arena.
Trailing by 13 points, Richmond’s Adam Boyd won the 285-pound match on a 3-0 decision. Roy Costello then earned a pin at 103 pounds over Dan Jaworski in 31 seconds, before Connor Behem copied the effort at 112, taking down Harry Wallace in 1:07.
“When Roy got the pin I knew I could get it done,” Behem said. “It was motivation for me. A win wasn’t good enough. I needed a major or a pin.”
Saturday became the fourth straight year the two programs faced off for the Division 3 championship, and fifth time in the last six seasons. Dundee won the last two meetings; Richmond did in 2010 and ’12 over Dundee but also won it all in 2011 over Lake Fenton.
Dundee won eight of the 14 matches but Richmond had three falls (including Devin Skatzka at 160 in 0:56) to help add bonus points.
■ DIVISION 4: Tyler Roberts of Hudson stopped the clock on his 119-pound match in the first 25 seconds by dropping Austin Birchmeier of defending champ New Lothrop, to lead off a repeat of last year’s state finals opponents.
But the hoopla was short-lived as New Lothrop battled back and won a second consecutive title over Hudson, 38-24.
New Lothrop coach Jeff Campbell said being a top seed this year wasn’t as much pressure on the program as trying to win the title last season.
“It was a different feeling, all year, than it was last year,” he said. “Last year, it felt like we had to get it. We had that good group of seniors that had a chance three years before that, but had some heartbreakers in the semis. There was so much more pressure (last year) to get it.”
Hudson had a five-year run of consecutive state championships from 2009 to 2013 — which tied Davison (2002-06) in Division 1 as the longest record streaks — when it was stopped last year by the Hornets.