Skyler Crespo’s historic run to a fourth-straight Michigan High School Athletic Association individual wrestling state title was a dominant one Friday and Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit. The Mendon 145-pound senior earned a first-round pin over Onaway’s Brendan Fenstermaker before a technical fall against Manchester’s Jacob Kurgin in the quarterfinals. A 10-1 major versus Leslie’s Grant Weber in the semis set up a title bout against Clinton’s Kent McCombs. Crespo capped the day with an 11-0 major to finish 53-1 for the year and became the 28th grappler in state history to claim four championships.
Crespo was the only athlete from Cass, St. Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties to hoist the crown, but 17 others finished among the top eight for all-state honors.
Joining him in Division 4 was teammate Emmett Bingaman, who lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Manchester’s Simon Lato in the finals at heavyweight. The second-place finish followed two pins earlier in the championship bracket and a 3-2 decision over Carson City-Crystal’s Brian Yeakey in the semis. It was Bingaman’s third all-state performance of his career.
Schoolcraft’s Caden Sukich placed fourth at 119, teammate Hunter Martens was fifth at 125 and Mendon’s Eric Vergauwen placed fifth at 135. White Pigeon’s Lincoln Strawser battled back from a quarterfinal defeat with a blood-round pin in 4:18 against Lawton’s Carter Cosby to ensure a top-eight finish. Colon’s Caiden Carver ended the weekend with a fifth-place finish at 145.
A pair of Kalamazoo Central Maroon Giants earned all-state status in Division 1. Leonardo Galasso was fourth overall at 160 and Joshua Boggan took seventh at 215.
In Division 2, Edwardsburg’s Jackson Hoover was the top local performer with a third-place finish at 140. He lost by pin in the semis but bounced back with a pin in the consolation semis and a win by 10-9 ultimate tiebreaker against Lowell’s William Link in the third-place match.
Fellow Eddies Jacob Reece took eighth at 145 and Dillon Hursh finished seventh at 189. Gull Lake’s Dakota Oman snagged sixth place at 152.
In Division 3, Constantine’s Boe Eckman cruised to three straight pins to land in the finals at 215. His championship run was spoiled by Richmond’s Luke Davis, who eked out an 11-9 decision against Eckman.
Constantine’s Isaac Hall grabbed fourth place at 189 and teammate Dylan Reiff was eighth overall at 130. Dowagiac’s Jordan Simpson placed fourth at 103 and teammate Wyatt Bailey was fourth at 285.