Curtis wins state title in Las Vegas |

Curtis wins state title in Las Vegas

The bright lights of Las Vegas were not the only thing shining last weekend at the state wrestling tournament. Mike Halket and his small but solid team charged into the city that never sleeps, coming away with one state champion and several honors.

After losing to Rite of Passage’s star wrestler Nicholas Shephard in division playoffs two weeks ago, Wolverine wrestler James Curtis faced him again at states for the 171-pound weight class title.

In a crushing 14-0 victory, Curtis walked away with the top honor in Nevada wrestling in his last match of high school competition.

Coming off of a second place finish in divisional match-ups, Brad Sausser wrestled his way to a fourth place spot in Vegas in the 152-pound class.

The tightest competition this season has centered around the 145-pound arena, in which Ian Wrenn has held his ground all season. After an undefeated season, Wrenn finished fifth in division competition and faced a solid barrage of opponents at the state level. Finishing fourth overall, Wrenn held on throughout each match, and will return next year in what promises to be another impressive season.

Brian Kendrick came out of divisions as the number one wrestler in the 140-pound class and lost his last match 8-3 in Vegas, to claim second overall in states. Freshman Rick Sausser also traveled with the team to state competition after finishing fifth in divisional playoffs. While Sausser did not place in Vegas, he gained more time on the mat and will have three more years to apply this experience if he decides to return next season.

Weighing in at just over 100 pounds, 103-pound wrestler Dennis Graham finished second in divisions and grabbed an impressive third place at states. Graham will also have another year to wrestle for the Wolverines, and Coach Mike Halket is optimistic about next year’s lineup.

Three seniors will be graduating at the end of the year, leaving ample room on the roster for new wrestlers to join the team.

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