Jackson High School wrestler Jaylon Riggins, top, battles an opponent during the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 state wrestling finals on Saturday at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports
By Jeff Steers
(April 3, 2021 10:26 PM) Jackson High School wrestler Jaylon Riggins said he was going to “dominate” at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 wrestling finals on Saturday at Wings Event Center.
For most of the day, he did.
Heavyweight Jayson Roy let his wrestling doing the talking for him.
He isn’t much for talking.
Both Riggins and Roy earned all-state honors by finishing in the top eight at the state finals.
Roy won the state title at 285 pounds with a 4-0 win over Joshua Terrill of Holt High School in the finals. The senior finished the season with a perfect 31-0 record.
The Jackson wrestler was ranked No. 1 by a number of publications throughout the 2021 season.
He delivered with three pins in his preliminary matches leading up to the championship match.
Riggins won his first two matches at 160 pounds, but lost in the semifinal round. The junior battled back to the third-place match. He earned a hard-fought 10-9 win in the third-place match.
Riggins took the attitude that he was going to “win no matter what it took” today.
“It would have meant a lot to me and my family to win a title,” Riggins said.
He is expected to be a highly-ranked wrestler for the Vikings in 2021-2022.
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