It doesn’t take much for Ty Jasman to see what he wants.
The Canton senior wrestler is stoked to have his photo placed up on the wall inside the red-padded team room — joining those of Chiefs stalwarts such as Ben Griffin and Alec Pantaleo.
For that to happen, Jasman only needs to earn all-state honors at the March 5-7 Division 1 individual finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills. That means he’ll need to finish in the top eight in his 140-pound weight class.
Jasman’s chances of being part of the Canton wrestling “Wall of Fame” were boosted considerably Saturday at Saline. He won the individual regional championship with a 4-1 win over Livonia Franklin’s Jordan Atienza.
“I’m going to be the only one doing it (finals) this year,” said Jasman, the lone Chief to qualify for states. “I’m just trying to leave a legacy, you know?
“We got a wall, there’s 17 guys on the wall in our room of plaques who placed top eight and I want to be there. I’m just working my hardest to get there.”
For the two weeks leading up to his date at The Palace, Jasman intends on continuing with that mission.
Teammates and coaches will be there to help work with him – not to mention former teammates such as 2014 grad Griffin, who also watched Saturday at Saline.
“Ben should be coming up and wrestling with me next week,” Jasman said. “He said I’m wrestling great, that this is the best he’s ever seen me wrestle.”
Top of his game
Jasman, whose parents are Scott and Neva Jasman, said he has had plenty of encouragement from his family over the years.
He also emphasized how much Canton’s coaching staff has helped him up his game during the course of his varsity career.
On the short list are Chiefs head coach Cory Mancuso and assistants Mike Pantaleo, Tony Kreucher and Carl Lucke.
“I mean, I got to take my coaches’ view of me and their perspective,” Jasman said, “so I guess I’m wrestling a lot better than I thought I was going to.”
Mancuso nodded and smiled after what Jasman was able to accomplish at Saline.
“This is the point you want to get to now,” Mancuso said. “He set himself up for the best possible position for the individual finals and that’s what you want.
“He’ll be ready to go; he’s peaked at the right time. He’s wrestling excellent right now.”
Jasman is 36-6 and has amassed about 120 career victories, with a compact style and bulldog mentality.
He also isn’t going to be a Palace rookie late next week, returning to the big-league arena for the second consecutive March.
Of course, Jasman won’t be content on merely placing. He wants to be as close to the top step of the podium as possible.
“Going to The Palace is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’ll be able to do it twice,” Jasman said, beaming. “Last year, I took fourth in my district, fourth in my region and went two-and-out at states.
“But that’s just how it plays out, I guess. I should be top five, at least. That’s my goal.”
That would also secure his legacy, as well as a spot on the coveted “Wall of Fame.”