ST. JOHNS – By the time Logan Massa was a junior he accomplished what only a handful of St. Johns wrestlers had done before him.
Massa already had two Division 2 individual titles to his name. A third would put him in elite company.
He captured his third consecutive state championship last month with a pinfall victory over Melvindale’s Mauel Roldan. The victory capped a 45-0 season for the 171-pounder — his second straight undefeated year.
“My first one was most special, but my last one will be the most memorable,” said Massa, who joins Zac Hall and his brother, Taylor, as the only wrestlers in Redwings history with three individual state titles. “It felt great to go out on top in my last high school match. That was fun.”
Massa came into his senior year with hopes of enjoying his final months with longtime friends and teammates. He also wanted to nurture the underclassmen and help them understand the importance of giving it your all every day. That is something that took Massa a year to learn upon entering high school.
“Wrestling was fun, but I wasn’t motivated until later in my freshman year, start of sophomore year,” he said. “Maybe if I pushed harder in eighth grade or freshman year I would have gotten my fourth straight title this year.
“But (not getting it as a freshman) motivated me the next year, so maybe it was a good thing.”
Massa hasn’t lost a match since the beginning of his sophomore year and concluded his high school career with a 182-4 record. That dominance earned him a scholarship to wrestle at the University of Michigan.
He’s currently taking online classes and is training with the Cliff Keen Wrestling Club, out of Ann Arbor, in preparation for the next stage of his career.
“My goal is to be the best wrestler I can be going into college,” he said. “I’m waking up every day and training with Olympic guys.
“I enjoy the sports and want to be the best wrestler, person and friend that I can be.”