Individual state titles up for grabs
Lincoln Olson of Davison became the 20th four-time state champion last year.
Will Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Devin Schroder be next?
Individual wrestling finals get underway at 2 p.m. Thursday at The Palace with matches in all four divisions starting at 152 pounds. Quarterfinals are set for 10:30 a.m. Friday with semifinals to follow at 7 p.m. Championships will begin Saturday at 4:45 p.m.
Schroder will be looking to take home his third straight Division 3 individual title at 119 pounds. He won at 112 as a freshman.
Schroder is 42-1 in his senior year and could be tested in a possible second-round matchup with Corunna senior Tristan Serbus (50-3) and a potential title bout against Lake Fenton sophomore Jarrett Trombley (29-0).
Trombley won the 112-pound title as a freshman, edging Serbus in a 4-3 decision to finish at 51-1.
And, how will Walled Lake Central junior Ben Freeman perform? He won state titles his first two years with his lone loss coming by injury default.
“He’s very dedicated and has a lot of desire,” said Al Freeman, Central’s coach and Ben’s father.
Freeman, who has made a verbal commitment to wrestle at Michigan, finished 44-0 last season with a 10-7 decision over Kalamazoo Central’s Romeo Riley in the 125-pound title match in Division 1. He won at 103 pounds his freshman year.
Freeman (38-0) will be competing at 135 pounds this year.
Lucas Hall has piled up more than his share of state championships, helping Lowell earn its third consecutive Division 2 state team title last Saturday at Central Michigan’s McGuirk Arena.
Now, Hall will try to pick up his third individual state title, competing at 125 pounds. He won the championship at 119 last year and 112 his sophomore year.
Sage Castillo hopes to cap off his outstanding senior season after helping Hartland earn its first state team title in school history.
He was at his best last weekend, coming away with pins in Hartland’s quarterfinal win over Macomb Dakota, in the semifinals against Oxford, and in the title match with Davison to improve to 55-0 on the season and 198-35 for his career.
Castillo knows this is his last chance to come away with the ultimate crown after finishing fifth at 125 his sophomore year and having his hopes dashed with a third-round loss at 135 last year.
“I would be the very first two-time state champion in one year (at Hartland) for obvious reasons, so that would be amazing,” Castillo said. “I just have to go out...and wrestle even harder since everyone wants the same thing, a state championship. I have to go out and be aggressive.”
Castillo, ranked No. 2 at 152 pounds, has a potential quarterfinal matchup with third-ranked Kameron Bush of Grandville Friday and a possible title bout with top-ranked Kolin Leyrer of Holt Saturday.
“I’ve had some great practice partners who have pushed me hard every day to get ready,” said Castillo. “It’s been a great season so far and it would be amazing to get 200 wins and be an individual state champ.”
Individual wrestling finals
Thursday-Saturday, The Palace, Auburn Hills
First round: 2 p.m.
Quarterfinals: 10:30 a.m.
Semifinals: 7 p.m.
Consolation semifinals: 9:45 a.m.
Consolation finals: 11 a.m.
Championship matches: 4:45 p.m.