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Clinton’s Comar, Badge take state wrestling crowns

Eleven bring home hardware from Ford Field during individual championships

Thirteen members of the Clinton Wrestling Team competed at Ford Field on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2 for the individual state tournament and they continued their record-breaking season. The team came home with three finalists and two state champions along with a new school record 11 state placers.

Noah Comar capped his incredible high school career with his second state title and finished his career with a 219-8 record. He got to the finals with two pins and a tech fall. The two pins took his career pin total to 150. In the championship match, he beat his opponent, 8-2. While Comar was finishing, Logan Badge was just getting started. He won the 215-pound weight title in his freshman season. He advanced to the final with a pin, major decision over the third ranked wrestler, and a 6-1 win over the top-ranked wrestler. In the final he beat the second-ranked and returning runner-up, 6-3 to claim his first state title and finish the season 37-2.

Brayden Randolph also advanced to the final on a tough road. He got there with a pin, a 5-4 decision over a fourth-ranked wrestler, and a 3-2 decision over the sixth-ranked wrestler. In the final, he dropped a tough 4-2 decision to finish second.

The Redskins had two third place finishers and they came out of the same household. Jeffrey and Spencer Konz became the first brothers in Clinton history to place at the state meet in the same season.
Spencer started with a win by tech fall before getting beat by the eventual runner-up in round two. That was his only loss as he rattled off wins by a 5-2 decision, pin, and 4-2 in overtime to advance to the third place match. In his final match of the tournament, he finished with a 2-1 victory for third place. Not to be outdone, Jeffrey went the same route, winning his opening match 5-0 before dropping his second match to the eventual runner-up. He then won in overtime. 7-6, and posted back-to-back pins to advance to the third place match. The second pin also was his 100th career win. In the final he prevailed in overtime, 7-5.

Christian Minard was the lone fourth place finisher for the Redskins. He won his first two matches (8-1 and 11-1) to reach the semifinals where he lost to the runner-up. He rebounded with an 8-3 decision before falling in the third place match 7-2.

AJ Baxter and Kent McCombs finished fifth for Clinton. Baxter started with two wins to reach the semi-finals. The first was by fall and the second was a 13-6 decision. He then dropped two in a row to reach the fifth place match where he finished his sophomore year with a pin to win. McCombs followed a different path to the fifth place match. He won his first match 14-3, and lost his second bout to the eventual state champ. McCombs got wins by 14-0 and 4-1 in his next two matches to give him a shot at getting in the third place match. He lost a 2-0 decision there but secured a win in his next match 14-3 to finish fifth.

George Ames came in sixth. The freshman started the tournament with two wins to reach the semi-finals but got hurt in his quarterfinal win and was unable to continued and finished in suxth place.

Brandon Beach was Clinton’s lone seventh place finisher. He lost his opener to put himself in a tough spot but rebounded with a 13-7 win and then trailing 2-0, and what appeared to be certain victory for his opponent who had him locked in a cradle, with 35 seconds left in the match he turned his opponent and held on for the 3-2 victory. After losing his next match to drop to the seventh place match, he got a pin in just 1:40 to end his career on a high note.

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