Division 4 wrestling finals
AUBURN HILLS — Skyler Crespo became the first freshman in the history of Mendon’s wrestling program Saturday to win a state championship.
Crespo, Mendon’s standout 125-pounder, decisioned defending state champion Robert LeFevre of Erie-Mason 3-1 in the Division 4 finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Crespo, who finishes the season with a record of 52-1, won his semifinal match Friday evening by technical fall 18-3 in 5:57 over Jacob Roberts of Leroy Pine River.
The biggest scare for Crespo came in his quarterfinals match against Jake Brand of Burton Bentley.
“I was down 7-1 and he turned me over on my back in the first period. That was scary because it was the first time I had been turned on my back all year,” Crespo said.
Crespo came back to win the match 13-7.
“After that match I was able to weigh in again after drinking and eating and got myself rehydrated. I came out and dominated in my semifinal match then,” Crespo said.
Crespo had a while to wait around to wrestle his finals match at 4:45 p.m.
“It was nerve-wracking waiting around all day, but I stayed calm as I could and went out and was confident and came away with the win. He (LeFevre) is a real strong kid. I was able to get a takedown and an escape and he scored a point on me for stalling,” Crespo said.
“It’s just starting to hit me that I won a state title. Now I will get back to work on Monday and get ready to do it again next season. I plan to wrestle both freestyle and folkstyle tournaments in the off season.”
It was one of the most successful weekends in the history of Mendon’s program.
“Skyler wrestled a great match from a match management stand point and controlled the situations he was in with composure. LeFevre had a great game plan for us, but Skyler stayed true to who he is and stayed confident in his offense and defense,” said Mendon coach Caleb Stephenson.
“Lots of people see Skyler from afar and don’t understand the type of work that he has put in for years both mentally and physically that have prepared him for this moment. He has been all over the country pursuing great tournaments with his parents who have dedicated so much to his success.”
Junior Nik Andaverde placed fourth at 112 pounds.
Andaverde lost his semifinals match Friday night to Noah Comar of Clinton by pin in 1:20.
In the consolation bracket, Andaverde came back and pinned Dylan Stephens of Leroy Pine River in 2:19 before falling in the consolation finals 2-1 to Noah Cantu of Hart.
“Nik wrestled the best tournament of his life, technically, physically and mentally. We are very proud of him and the best part is that he is coming back next year,” Stephenson said.
Mendon junior Wyatt Cool (160) finished fifth to gain his second straight all-state finish.
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