Whitehall’s Reiley Brown capped off a great season by winning the 125-pound state championship at the Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state finals Saturday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Brown won a 3-0 decision over Birch Run’s Jerry Fenner in the Division 3 title match. Fenner was the defending state champion at 125 and was ranked No. 1 in the weight class.
Brown and Fenner had wrestled twice this season prior to Saturday, with each taking one match.
“(Brown) wrestled the kid twice earlier in the year, so this was a rubber match,” said Whitehall Coach Cliff Sandee. “We had a game plan and he stuck to it and wrestled well.
“It couldn’t have been a better situation. I think he’s one of the best wrestlers in the state of Michigan. He wrestles over 100 matches a year and he earned it. It was just a lot of fun and great to see him represent Whitehall and the area.”
Kent City’s Shane Rodenburg took home a Division 4 state championship at the 171-pound weight class. Rodenburg won 3-0 in the title match.
Hesperia (Division 4) had two wrestlers finish as state runners-up in their respective weight divisions – Gerritt Yates (135) and Trenton Roesly (140).
In Division 1, Grand Haven’s Camden Bertucci (125), Antonio Reyes (135) and Chase VanHoef (285) and Mona Shores’ Sam Karel (152) won All-State honors.
Whitehall’s Jwan Britton (135) and Trip Thommen (171) and Shelby’s Dylan Felt (125) and Trent Montambo (285) earned All-State status in Division 3. Hart’s Jacob Bosley (103) was an All-Stater in Division 4.