Jayden Williams is making up for lost time. A year ago, he was sidelined as a sophomore after breaking his arm in the CSAA Individual Wrestling Championships, preventing him from starring in the MHSAA Districts. This was only a few weeks after he was able to begin wrestling in competition following his transfer from Brimley High School in the Upper Peninsula. Needless to say, his time on the mat was limited. In 2018-2019, Williams is 34-9 in the 119 lb. weight class and has been key to Kent City’s 26-7 team record. At the CSAA Individual Championships, Williams made it through unscathed with a 1st place finish, only one of two Kent City wrestlers to achieve this feat in the 12 team tournament. At Wednesday’s team districts, Williams picked up the first of two wins on the night against a very strong Carson City Crystal team. Then on Saturday, Williams came home with a second place finish. On his way to the championship match he defeated the eventual 4th place finisher by major decision, and then proceeded to disperse of the number 2 seed who came into the match with only one loss (40-1).
Williams stays active at Kent City, playing three sports for the Eagles. In the fall, Williams was key in Kent City’s success on the grid-iron, playing corner back for the CSAA Silver champions and playoff qualifiers. Williams also runs track in the spring and brought some more speed to the line-up participating in the sprints and sprint relays for the CSAA Silver champion Eagles. Williams is one of five wrestlers whose season will continue for another week as the top four at each MHSAA District advance to the next round. Kent City will travel to New Lothrop for their regional action, which will present a new set of challenges for the junior wrestler. However, Williams is wrestling well at the right time of the year and needs to use this momentum in these final three weeks of the season. With a top four finish in this next round, Williams will be headed to Ford Field for the 1st time, an achievement for any wrestler. The magic number next Saturday is two — two wins and you are assured a top four finish. If he has any say in the matter, Jayden Williams will waste no time trying to extend his season, especially considering his abrupt end to his sophomore season.