AUBURN HILLS — Jared Roehl wasn’t perfect in his state tournament run last weekend.
But he didn’t exactly struggle either.
Roehl, the Millington wrestling star, went 4-0 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and earned his second individual state championship at the finals hosted by The Palace of Auburn Hills.
“Never worried, he’s in control, totally trust the kid and the decisions he makes,” said Millington coach Greg Hudie. “Every move he makes, I know that it’s going to be the best. This is what he’s trained for.”
Roehl ended his four-year standout career with a 42-0 record and 215-pound Division 3 state championship as a senior.
“I feel great, it’s a big relief,” Roehl said moments after winning the championship match Saturday. “And now I’m excited to start training (for next year), going to Central and getting up there and start working out with my teammates.”
Roehl won a 189-pound state title as a sophomore. Last year Roehl, who is also a star football player, settled for runner-up at 189 pounds. He placed sixth at the state tournament as a freshman.
Roehl is attending Central Michigan University on a wrestling scholarship.
After winning by first-round pin in his first two matches, Roehl won his match in the tournament semifinals by technical fall (16-1) in the second round against Corunna’s Luke Cortez. In the finals, Roehl got on the board with a takedown with 10 seconds remaining in the first round of his bout with Richmond’s Tyler Marino. He extended the lead to 6-1 in the second period and then kept Cortez at bay in the third round.
After the match Roehl celebrated — mildly — with his coaches, Hudie and Joe Roehl — Jared’s older brother. Many state champions cried after winning the title. Some jumped into the arms of their coach. The Millington corner was subdued though.
“After the match, his reaction, our reaction (was suppressed),” Hudie said. “He knows he should win, the coaches know he should win. We’re very excited for him even though we’re not jumping up and down and screaming.”
Roehl has lost just two matches in the last three years, both as a junior. One of those matches was in last year’s 189-pound state title bout where he lost 2-1 to Dundee sophomore Brandon Whitman. Roehl and Whitman appeared headed for a state-finals rematch, but once the postseason began, Whitman, who had been wrestling at 215 pounds most of the season wrestled in the 189-pound division.
Roehl felt his prospects for a state championship improved, but was also a bit dejected at not getting a shot at the rematch.
“It was a little of both,” Roehl said. “I knew it was going to be a real tough match against him, either one of us could have won it. Like I said, he’s a great opponent. He’s good but I still think I’m better.”
Roehl wasn’t the only Millington wrestler making waves at the finals. Fellow senior and Millington football running back Brady Payne also had an all-state showing at The Palace. Payne lost two matches — in the semifinals and consolation bracket finals — by one-point each. He placed fourth at 145 pounds.
The top eight in each weight class earn all-state recognition.
Also in Division 3, Caro placed a pair of wrestlers in the top five — D.J. Daniels and Blain Wood.
Daniels, the No. 1 seed at 140 pounds placed third and Wood took fifth at 125 pounds.
“I thought we wrestled well, we came up short in a couple of matches, stuff like that happens down here,” said Caro co-coach Joe Fulton. “You never know what to expect. Things could have been better, but they could have been a lot worse. I’m happy with the results and I think we’ve got a bright future.”
Fulton, who won a state championship for Caro in his wrestling days, is in his first year of coaching. Fellow co-coach Will Green also made his first trip to The Palace after earning all-state status for the Caro wrestling team.
“I tell you, it’s a hard weekend,” Green said. “Everybody that’s here is here for a reason. We showed up and wrestled hard, I’m really proud of these guys, they left it all on the mat.”
Daniels, a sophomore, won his first match, lost in the second round, then swept through the consolation bracket by winning four consecutive matches. Wood, a junior, won his first two matches to earn a spot in the semifinals. He lost in the semis to Amante’ Young of Clare, a grappler Wood had beaten earlier in the year.
“My first two matches, I thought I performed well,” Wood said. “But then I got a little too, I guess I was a little overconfident in my semis match. I mean, overall I did pretty decent, it’s better than not placing. I wish I would have had a little more fun instead of worrying about it.”
Young went on to win the 125-pound state championship. Wood went 1-1 in the consolation bracket.
Two other Caro wrestlers made the trip to The Palace — senior Patrick Ford and sophomore John Botkins. Botkins went 1-2 in the 125-pound division and Ford lost both his matches at 135-pounds.
“I’m proud of everyone, especially Patrick,” Green said. “He slept the whole way down here (Thursday), he was throwing up, he weighed in at a weight class below (130 pounds) because he couldn’t keep on weight and still wrestled hard. It takes a lot of heart to do what he did.”
Frankenmuth’s Kris Roche also earned Division 3 all state by placing seventh at 189 pounds.
In Division 4, Mayville and Cass City each placed two wrestlers in the top eight. Wildcats’ 285-pound junior Jackson Schenk took third place after going 5-1 in the tournament. Teammate Jake LaValley closed out his high school career with an eighth-place finish at 145 pounds.
T.J. Moore, a Cass City senior, placed third at 215 pounds, suffering a loss in the semifinals before sweeping through the consolation bracket. Red Hawks’ junior Wyatt Dickson also earned all state by placing sixth at 152 pounds.
Of Vassar’s four state qualifiers, freshman Zach Goss was the Vulcans’ lone all-state representative with a fourth-place effort at 103 pounds.
Local wrestling individual results from state finals (top 8 in each division earn all state)
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Blain Wood (125 pounds, fifth place)
John Botkins (125, DNP)
Patrick Ford (135, DNP)
D.J. Daniels (140, third)
Dakota Tatro (119, DNP)
Brady Payne (145, fourth)
Jared Roehl (215, first)
Daniel Mills (152, DNP)
Kris Roche (189, seventh)
Nate Lambeth (215, DNP)
Billy Dow (125, DNP)
Christian Lefler (130, DNP)
Ben Hulley (140, DNP)
Zach Lefler (140, DNP, injured)
Jake LaValley (145, eighth)
Jackson Schenk (285, third)
Seth Osentoski (135, DNP)
Darren Dickson (145, DNP)
Wyatt Dickson (152, sixth)
T.J. Moore (215, third)
Zach Goss (103, fourth)
Hunter Baker (119, DNP, disqualified)
Max Kukulski (135, DNP)
Corbin Dundas (171, DNP)
Cody Sanchez (103, DNP)
Andrew Webster (112, DNP)