Blue Water Area wrestlers packed the podium at this year’s MHSAA State Finals.
Of the 35 athletes to qualify for the tournament, 16 earned all-state honors, including three runners-up and one state champion.
As defending champ in the Girls Division, Algonac’s Sky Langewicz (110-lbs) kept her crown with a dominant performance: an 18-3 tech fall followed by two pins to secure her spot in the finals. In the final round, she won over Gaylord’s Sunni LaFond by a 5-3 decision. The sophomore finished her season at 46-5, helping her team to its first BWAC and Regional titles along the way.
Cros-Lex’s Joey Scaramuzzino and St. Clair’s Cristian Haslem each finished as a runner-up in Division 2, and Richmond’s Noah Harris did the same in Division 3.
Harris, a 120-lbs senior, wrapped up his impressive career with his highest finish at the State Finals after having placed seventh or eighth the previous three years. He went 2-1 in the tournament and was 41-6 on the season.
As for Haslem, his career is just beginning. The 106-lbs freshman picked up only his second loss of the season in the finals. He went 3-1 in the tournament and was 46-2 overall.
And Scaramuzzino’s runner-up finish wasn’t the junior’s only excitement over the weekend. He also earned his 100th career win, finishing his season 51-4.
Imlay City senior Anthony D’Ambrosio (150-lbs) finished his career with a third-place finish at the Finals. In his last match, he edged his opponent by a narrow 3-2 decision, guaranteeing himself a 50-win season as he finished the year 50-7 overall. Yale junior Jeremy Griffith placed fifth in the same weight class, finishing the year at 46-11.
Algonac sophomore Lucky Gartin (120-lbs) also captured third-place by a pin, finishing the year 52-7 overall.
Yale’s Landon Sopha (106-lbs), a sophomore, returned to the Finals as last year’s runner-up. This season he finished fourth after two incredibly close losses, one by a 2-0 sudden victory and another by a 4-3 tiebreaker. He was 45-9 overall on the year.
Teammates Josh Kasner (175-lbs) and Reid Hiltunen (190-lbs) each finished fifth for Algonac. Kasner, a junior, won his final match by a 12-6 decision, finishing the year 51-2. His only two losses came at the state tournament. He defeated conference foe Zac Dykes, a sophomore from Armada, in the final match.
As for Hiltunen, a sophomore, his final match was decided by just a point, 2-1, and he finished the year at 45-5.
Heading into the tournament, Imlay City junior Dominic D’Ambrosio (132-lbs) was tied with the school record for the number of pins in a season. After picking up three more on the weekend, he etched his name in the books with 41 total pins. He finished fifth in the state with a 56-5 overall record.
Algonac sophomore Chris Campbell (113-lbs), Imlay City sophomore Christopher Galiana (120-lbs), and Richmond junior Matthew Misch (285-lbs) each finished sixth in their respective weight classes. Campbell and Galiana end with 50-plus-win seasons, while Misch completes the year at 38-10 overall.
Junior David Clemons (138-lbs) rounded out Algonac’s all-state placers when he finished eighth with a 51-8 season record, and Imlay City senior Latham Perry ends his career not only as an all-state wrestler after placing eighth, but he also joined the 100-win club by adding two more wins to his record last weekend.
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