By Jeff Steers
(February 19, 2022 9:41 PM) There were plenty of medals handed out to Jackson County wrestlers during the Michigan High School Athletic Association regional individual tournaments.
A total of 31 Jackson County wrestlers will move on in the wrestling state tournament looking to finish on top of the podium in two weeks.
Wrestlers had to finish in the top four in their respective weight classes to move on in the tournament.
The finals will be held March 4, 5 at Ford Field in Detroit.
Here are the qualifiers, school, weight class, and order of finish at the various regional wrestling tournaments.
MHSAA Individual Regional Tournaments
Division 1 at Lowell: Jaylon Riggins of Jackson was the only one of six Vikings to advance to the state meet. Riggins – who finished third at the state meet a year ago – earned a regional championship at 160 pounds during the individual meet at Lowell High School.
Division 2 at Niles: Four wrestlers from Northwest and three from Western advanced to the state meet during the D-2 regional individual tournament at Niles. Here are the qualifiers in D-2: Lincoln Raczkowski, Western, 130 pounds, regional champion; Gage Race, Northwest, 135, third place; Jacob Singleton, Western, 145, fourth place; Zach Jacobs, Northwest, 152, second place; Braden Gariety, Northwest, 160, fourth place; Adam Haselius, Northwest, 189, regional champion; and Dominic Honsinger, Western, 285, regional champion.
Division 3 at Constantine: Seven of the 12 wrestlers from Napoleon will advance to the state finals. Here are the qualifiers: Antonio Bocanegra, Napoleon, 103, second place; Brenden Yob, Napoleon, 112, fourth place; Deegan Herman, Napoleon, 125, fourth place; Mason Roth, Napoleon, 152, second place; Nick Marienfeld, Napoleon, 160, regional champion; Bart Laretz, Napoleon, 171, third place; and Brady Brooks, Napoleon, 285, second place.
Division 4 at Lutheran Westland: Nine area wrestlers earned trips to the Michigan High School Athletic Association state finals March 4, 5, at Ford Field in Detroit. Here are the qualifiers: Stephen Hertzfeld, East Jackson, 103, regional champion; Sam Edie, Grass Lake, 112, second place; David Fielder, Hanover-Horton, 119, regional champion; Travis Frederick, Lumen Christi, 125, second place; Tobin Okoniewski, Lumen Christi, 130, fourth place; Reid Garcia, Lumen Christi, 135, second place; Josh Frailey, Hanover-Horton, 152, third place; Jack Reid, Grass Lake, 189, fourth place; and Dylan Osborne, East Jackson, 215, fourth place.
Division 4 at Lawton: Springport had seven of eight wrestlers qualify for the state finals in Division 4. Here are the qualifiers: David Becker, Springport, 125, second place; Benjamin Butler, Springport, 130, second place; Joe Sunkle, Springport, 135, regional champion; Chase Caudill, Springport, 135, third place; Rylinn Hale, Springport, 145, fourth place; Dylan Sanford, Springport, 152, third place; and Matt Riehle, Springport, 160, second place.