Clinton well-represented at Ford Field
Unbeknownst to most high school wrestling fans, it was a tough wrestling season for Clinton High School athlete Logan Badge.
He re-injured his elbow, was out of action for nearly one-quarter of the season, and was sick.
But it all ended well as the Redskins won the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 team title and Badge added another individual title Saturday at Ford Field.
The Redskins qualified 13 wrestlers for the individual finals last weekend. Nine of them earned all-state honors by placing in the top eight in their respective weight classes.
Three wrestled for state individual titles, but Badge was the only one who ended the tournament unscathed.
“I went through a lot this season with sickness and injuries,” Badge said. “But all of the adrenaline in my body wrestles away the pain.”
He defeated Justin Carnahan of New Lothrop 6-4 in the finals. Carnahan held a 4-3 lead after the first period, but was shut out the remainder of the match.
Badge said he did not change his mindset heading into the individual final. The sophomore moved to the 189-pound weight class this season because he felt quicker and stronger. Badge won a state championship last year at 215 pounds.
Kent McCombs advanced to the state finals at 145 pounds. He lost to Skyler Crespo of Mendon in the final, 11-0. Crespo became a four-time individual champion with the win. McCombs finished the season with 37 wins.
Brayden Randolph finished second at 171 pounds with a hard-fought 3-2 loss to Brock Nelson of Leroy Pine River in the finals. Randolph finished the season with a 54-5 record.
Also earning all-state honors for Clinton were: Connor Busz, third at 103 pounds; Chase Packard finished eighth at 112 pounds; George Ames was third at 135 pounds; Spencer Konz placed third at 160 pounds; Jack Voll finished sixth at 215; and Will Felts was sixth at 285 pounds.
Lucas Petty of Tecumseh High School did not place in Division 2 at 140 pounds.