Coon’s senior season was as dominant as it gets. At the state tournament he was completely unchallenged, recording 1st period pins in all 4 of his matches to spend a cumulative total of under 5 minutes on the mat. Coon finished the year with a record of 55-0, marking his third consecutive undefeated season, and fourth consecutive title. He was named Michigan Grappler’s Prep Wrestler of The Year, and was also the consensus #1 heavyweight in the country.
Freeman’s freshman season was among the best in state history. He started by earning AA honors at the GFC and Super 32 challenge in the preseason, and then followed up with an absolutely dominant high school campaign. Freeman won all of his matches by tech-fall at the state tournament to finish off a 43-1 season where his only loss came via default. To cap it all off, Freeman won a Cadet Folkstyle national title at 113lbs and was first freshman named to the Dream Team since 2012.
Rodriguez kicked off his sophomore season Super 32, storming to finals where he lost a back-and-forth battle to Joey Dance of Virginia. He went on to post a season record of 52-2, recording 2 falls, a tech, and a major at the state tournament to claim his second title in as many years. Following the season Rodriguez continued his dominance on the national stage by winning a title at Cadet Folkstyle Nationals. Shortly later, Rodriguez was named to the Dream Team for the first and only time in his career.
After 3 years of knocking on the door Lambert finally got his state title as a senior, winning an overtime match over Logan Massa of St Johns in the finals following a fall, a major, and a decision in his previous 3 bouts. Lambert finished the season with a perfect record of 58-0 in addition to a preseason national title at the GFC, which helped make him a clear-cut selection to his first Dream Team.
As a junior Olson continued to etch his legacy as one of the state’s all-time best. He went undefeated against in-state opponents, losing only to Ohio state champ Anthony Tutuolo. At the state tournament Olson was arguably the most dominant wrestler in attendance, recording 4 tech-falls en route to his third straight title. He also earned plenty of national accolades, winning a GFC title in the preseason and placing 7th at Flonationals in the postseason. At year’s end Olson was named to his third Dream Team, joining Taylor Massa and Zac Hall of St Johns as the only wrestlers to ever be named to the Dream Team in their freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons.
As a senior Schmitt was virtually unstoppable, recording 3 falls and a tech at the state tournament to win his third title. Prior to the season he was equally impressive at the GFC, recording 4 falls and a major en route to a national title. Another highlight came at the Goodrich TOC, where Schmitt pinned his way to becoming a 4X at one of the state's most prestigious events. Schmitt finished the season with a record of 51-0 and made his third Michigan Grappler Dream Team.
Competing at his final state tournament, Nieman recorded 3 falls and a tech to win his third consecutive title and finish the season with a record of 59-0. He followed up with an equally impressive postseason, winning an NHSCA Senior National title in dominant fashion. Shortly later, Nieman was named to his first Dream Team after a couple of near misses with 2nd team finishes in the 2 years prior.
Over the course of his final season Hall put the finishing touches on one of the greatest careers in MHSAA history. He began with a stellar preseason, winning his third GFC National Title as well as the NUWAY Freakshow. Hall then went on to complete his second consecutive undefeated season with a record of 52-0, winning his fourth state title via a fall, a tech, a major, and a decision. Shortly later he was named as Michigan Grappler’s prep wrestler of the year, joining former teammate Taylor Massa as the second wrestler to ever appear on 4 Dream Teams.
He only spent the back half of his high school career in Michigan, but fans will be hard pressed to find a 2 year stretch more impressive than the one Whitford enjoyed from Fall ’11 to Spring ’13. As a senior he went 37-0 to finish his MHSAA career with an unbeaten mark of 79-0. At the state tournament Whitford was completely unchallenged, recording a fall and 2 techs along with a forfeit in the quarterfinals to claim back-to-back titles. He finished his career ranked as the country’s #1 wrestler at 145lbs while also being named to a second straight Dream Team.
In the fall preceding his junior year Massa made a huge statement, winning national titles at the GFC and Super 32. He then went on to complete the first undefeated season of his high school career at 51-0. Massa was especially impressive at the Palace, pinning all 4 of his opponents to win a second consecutive state title. He finished runner-up to teammate Zac Hall in Wrestler of the Year voting while appearing on the Dream Team for a second straight year.
Morse began his senior season in epic fashion, defeating 4X D2 state champion Taylor Massa of St Johns in an all Michigan final at Super 32. He finished the season at 43-1 and was untouched at the state tournament, recording 2 falls and a tech before winning 7-0 over 2X state finalist Jake Johnson of Rockford in the finals. After the season Morse was invited to the Dapper Dan Classic where he defeated 3X Pennsylvania state champ Dylan Alton of Central Mountain to earn a #1 ranking in the country at his weight class. Finally, Morse was the only D1 wrestler of the half-decade to be named as Michigan Grappler’s Prep Wrestler of the Year.
Massa’s high school career was as decorated as it gets, and his final season was the best of them all. He kicked it off by finally winning a Super 32 National Championship after 4 straight years of top-3 finishes with no title. Not only did Massa finally win 32’s, but he made it look easy with bonus points in all but 1 match. He carried that momentum into the high school season, posting a record of 44-0 to finish his illustrious career with a spotless mark of 221-0. At the state tournament Massa one all of his matches by fall for a combined total of 5 minutes and 58 seconds. Massa was then named as Michigan Grappler’s Prep Wrestler of the Year, and became the first ever 4X Dream Team selection.
Generally a senior as good as Thomas is a near lock for a state title, but that was far from the case in this particular instance. A Super 32 AA in the preseason and NHSCA Senior National Runner-Up in the postseason, Thomas found himself on the same state bracket as defending state champ and future NCAA AA Gabe Dean of Lowell. After recording a fall and a pair of controlling decisions to reach the finals, Thomas took Dean down to his back in the final seconds of their match to win by a score of 5-1 and capture his third state title. At 62-0, Thomas completed his second consecutive undefeated season and went on to be named to his third consecutive Dream Team.
After spending the first 3 years of his career in D2, McDiarmid absolutely tore through D1 in his senior season. He won his second state title, posting 2 techs, a major, and a 7-0 decision in the process. McDiarmid finished the season with a record of 57-0, then went on to win an NHSCA Senior National title and was featured on the Dream Team for a second straight season.
As a junior Prescott finished the undefeated with a record of 34-0 and pinned his way through the state tournament, continuing to establish himself as one of the state’s all-time great heavyweights. A 2X state champ/3X finalist, Prescott was featured on the Dream Team after earning runner-up honors at Flonationals.
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