Matusko Finishes Second at Wrestling State Finals





Chelsea’s Nick Matusko came up just short for his bid in a state championship, falling 5-2 to Avry Mutschler of Lowell in the Division 2 140 title match.

Matusko entered the finals with an undefeated record at 46-0 and ranked 4th, while Mutschler was 36-2 and ranked #1 in the state.

Mutschler got a takedown in the first period for a 2-0 lead, but Matusko escaped to make it 2-1 after one period.

An escape by Mutschler in the second made it 3-1 after two periods.

Trailing 3-1 in the third, Matusko chose bottom and nearly locked in a headlock for a reversal but Mutschler slipped out of it to keep it 3-1. Matusko got the escape with 36 seconds in the match to make it 3-2 and needed a takedown for the win. He went on the attack, but Mutschler got a takedown with nine seconds left to make it 5-2 and seal the win.

Matusko reached the finals with a 16-1 tech fall and a pair of hard-fought 3-1 and 3-2 wins over ranked opponents. He finished the season with a 46-1 record.

Two other Bulldogs participated in the finals.

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Josiah Fitch


Josiah Fitch came up just short in his bid to reach the podium. He dropped his first match but bounced back with a 4-3 win. He needed a win in his next match to earn all-state honors but fell by pin to fall short. He finished the season with a 39-12 record.

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Shane Nold


Shane Nold qualified for the finals for the first time. He dropped both his matches and finished the season with a 32-14 record.

Three other area wrestler took part in the finals.

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Mark Young


Dexter’s Mark Young dropped both his matches at D2 215 and finished the season with a 44-7 record.

Saline had a pair of wrestlers at the finals.



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Cade Gilless


Cade Gilles dropped both his matches at D1 171 and finished with a 32-13 record.

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Zach Sabin


Zach Sabin dropped both matches at D1 215 and finished with a 35-12 record.





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