This past Saturday at the Regional Championships at Richmond High School, Millington had three wrestlers qualify for the State Championships. The state championships will take place on March 2 and 3 at Ford Field in Detroit.
After the closure of the Palace of Auburn Hills in 2017, the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) had to find a new venue to host the individual wrestling finals. This will be the first year for the finals at Ford Field in downtown Detroit.
“A few things will be different this year,” Millington head coach Greg Hudie told Millington Athletics. “The finals will run on five mats instead of three and we are down to two days instead of three. They will go by much quicker. We are still going to go down on Thursday night. With weigh-ins at 8 a.m. on Friday, we do not want to deal with the traffic. Hats-off to Jack (Sherman), Dakota (Tatro), and Jack (Shreve) for making it to the finals.”
Freshman Jack Sherman qualified for the state championships by finishing in second place in the 103-pound weight class. Sherman began the day with a bye and then defeated Nat Young of Lakeville High School in the semi-finals with a technical fall decision (15-0) at 3:15 in the match. Sherman would end up losing the finals match to Jake Elasivich of Montrose by pin at the 2:58. Elasivich also beat Sherman in the district final match last week in a 7-5 decision. Sherman (40-4) will face Garret Mogg (39-9) of Sanford-Meridian High School in his first match at the state championship tournament.
Senior Dakota Tatro took second place in the 130-pound weight class at the regional tournament. Tatro started the day by defeating Jacob Weiss of Livonia-Clarenceville by a technical fall (18-3) at the 3:32 point in the match. He then went on to defeat Kyle Parlberg of Birch Run by a 5-1 decision. Tatro lost in the finals to Codie Aidif of Mt. Morris by a 6-4 decision. Tatro defeated Aidif by an 8-2 decision last week in the finals of the district tournament. Tatro (40-5) will face John Botkins (45-10) of Caro High School in his first match at the state championship tournament.
Junior Jackson Shreve qualified for the state championships by finishing in second place in the 215-pound weight class. Shreve started his day off defeating Max Burk of Madison Heights Bishop Foley in a 12-1 decision. He then pinned Trevor Beck of Birch Run at the 5:33 mark in the semi-finals. A loss in the finals via a pin at the 2:19 mark to Colton McKiernan of Richmond gave Shreve the second place finish. Shreve (36-12) will face Diontae Givens (31-13) of Howard City Tri-County Area in his first match at the state championships.
Millington has three individual state-champions in school history and also four runners-up. Jared Roehl won state championships in 2017 (215) and 2015 (189), while Jason Holmes won a state championship in 1996 (160). Roehl was a runner-up in 2016 (189), Jason Stewart was a runner-up in 1997 (140), while Holmes was a runner-up twice, in 1995 (151) and 1994 (152).