Pressure doesn't worry Richmond wrestler

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Fresh off a Division 3 state team wrestling title, Richmond senior Devin Skatzka will be attempting to become a four-time individual champion this weekend at The Palace.

"There's a lot of talk about it (pressure), but I don't really think about it much," said Skatzka, 50-2 this season at 160 pounds and looking to become the 19th four-time individual state champion in history. (St. Johns' Zac Hall was the last four-time state champion, 2014.)

Skatzka won the state title at 135 pounds as a freshman (47-8), and followed that with the 145-pound title as a sophomore (52-2) and added the 152-pound crown as a junior (44-3).

He also was a part of a pair of state team titles, as a freshman and then last week.

"It was special, especially coming my senior year," said Skatzka, who will wrestle at Indiana next season.

Skatzka, who also excelled at football this year (1,623 yards rushing, 31 touchdowns), knows the competition this weekend will be tough, especially from Dundee's Donny Mandell.

"Donny Mandell right now is the No. 2 ranked kid," Skatzka said. "I wrestled him in the team state finals (in 2014) and beat him by seven, and I had a major (decision win) over him this summer, but he's got a lot better and he's tough."

Davison's Lincoln Olson (Oklahoma State) also will be attempting to become a four-time state champion. He is 49-0 at 135 pounds.

Elusive title

Jacob Gorial has won 222 career matches at Hartland.

He, however, still is without a state title.

"It's always on my mind," said Gorial, 53-0 and competing at 152 pounds in Division 1.

Gorial reached the championship match as a sophomore, but lost to teammate Austin Eicher (145 pounds). He finished seventh as a freshman and fourth last year.

Takedowns

Detroit Catholic Central had five individual state champions last year in Division 1, and Myles Amine and Trevor Zdebski are looking to repeat.

Amine, a surprise winner last year at 140 pounds, is 42-0 this season at 160 pounds in Division 1. Zdebski, the 119-pound winner last year, is 41-5 at 130 pounds.

... After falling just short of winning the 119-pound title in Division 2 as a freshman year, St. Johns' Logan Massa returned to win the 135-pound title his sophomore year and the 152-pound championship last year.

Massa, who is joining his brother Taylor at Michigan next year, is 33-0 at 171 pounds.

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Individual finals

Today-Saturday, The Palace, Auburn Hills

Schedule

Today: 2 p.m.

Friday: Quarterfinals , 10:30 a.m. Semifinals, 7 p.m.

Saturday: Consolation finals , 11 a.m. Championship, 4:45 p.m.