Three Raider Wrestlers Compete in Individual States, One Brings Home Title

March 4, 2018

 

A trio of Raider wrestlers competed at the MHSAA Division 3 individual state tournament on Friday and Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit.

 

Senior Desmond Gardner finished fifth place in the 140-pound weight class. 

 

Gardner entered the tournament with a season record of 42-5.  In his first match on Friday, he pinned Sam Jackson of Otisville Lakeville.  In his second match, Gardner lost to Nick Felt of Shelby by a score of 11-2.  Felt would eventually end up taking second place.

 

In his third match, Gardner beat Cole Hansen of Gladstone 17-2, followed by pinning Blain Wood of Caro.  Next, Gardner lost to Hayden Bastien of Richmond 2-0. 

 

In his final match of the tournament, Gardner would pin Fremont’s Cade Breuker at 0:23 to finish in fifth place.

 

Senior Devin Miller finished fourth place in the 160-pound weight class.   

 

Miller entered the tournament with a 44-6 record.  He lost his first match on Friday 5-0 to Derek McCollom of Whitehall.  He would then beat Cameron Gilley of Comstock 11-3.  Next, he defeated Reginald Muse of Michigan Collegiate High School of Warren 7-6. 

 

In his fourth match, he beat David Kaltz of Richmond 3-1.  Miller would move on to defeat Gavin Morgan of Mt. Morris.  In his last match of the tournament, Miller would lose to Charley Newton of Essexville Garber 4-3. 

 

Junior Owen Guilford won the State Championship at 171-pound weight class. 

 

Guilford entered the tournament with a 39-1 record.  His first match was a 15-2 major decision over Zack Randall of Algonac.  Next, he would pin Kayleb Venema of Whitehall at 3:49.

 

In the semi-final, Guilford would face another Algonac wrestler in Jack Jewell, who he would beat in a major decision 15-3. 

 

In the championship match, Guilford met Robert Granberry of Chippewa Hills.  Granberry entered the tournament 45-5.  Guilford dominated much of the match against Granberry and won decisively with a score of 10-1.

 

Guilford is the first Portland wrestler to win a state title since 2000 when Jonah Lyon won at the 152-pound weight class.

 

Owen Guilford is the second Guilford to win a state title for Portland, following his uncle Chad who won the crown in 1997 at the same 171-pound weight class. 

 

Photo courtesy of AJ Guilford.  From left to right, Coach Andy Pulling, Devin Miller, Owen Guilford, Coach Mark Holdren, Desmond Gardner, Assistannt Coach Ryan Fedewa.  

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