Evan Jones and Alex Russo finished up their senior seasons in style last weekend by bringing home all-state honors for their performance at the MHSAA Individual Wrestling Finals held at Ford Field in Detroit.
Evan, who qualified for the 4th time, secured a 4th place finish by going 3-2 on the weekend. He dropped two close matches, but he was able to persevere to earn 3 victories to move up one place on the podium from his 5th place finish as a junior. Evan finished his career with a 52-6 record. He also cemented his spot in KC wrestling history by moving into 3rd place on the all-time win list with 175 career wins. He only trails assistant coach Chris Sandison (189) and Shane Rodenburg (219). Evan also secured over 80 pins in his career to earn a spot in the Wade Vanderlind Memorial Pin Club, and he was a multiple time CSAA all-conference performer. Evan’s overall work ethic, dedication, and drive to be successful were some of the key ingredients to his success over the past four years. Congrats, Evan!
Alex Russo qualified for the state meet for the first time in his career, and he made the most of his opportunity by placing 8th and earning all-state honors at 112. Alex went 2-3 on the weekend to accomplish this feat. Alex finished his season with a 44-13 record. He also earned all-conference honorable mention in the CSAA for the 2nd consecutive season and ended his career with 109 career victories. Also, because of his dedication in the classroom and his 3.6 g.p.a., Alex will earn academic all-state honors this season as well. His commitment and willingness to sacrifice, along with his goal of making it to the finals, enabled Alex to achieve success throughout his career. Congrats, Alex!
Jayden Williams also competed at the individual state finals as well. Jayden qualified by placing 2nd at districts and regionals, only trailing the state champ in his weight class. Jayden went 1-2 during the tournament, just missing out on all-state honors. He started his tournament out with an impressive pin over his opponent from Mio. He then lost a close match to the state runner-up in the quarters. He then dropped his blood round match to finish his weekend. Jayden finished with a 37-12 record in his first full competitive season with the team. He was a CSAA conference champion and beat several all-state wrestlers throughout the season. Jayden will return next year as one of our leaders as he looks to improve upon this year’s performance by climbing onto the podium in 2020.
Once again, all three wrestlers demonstrated great effort, pride, and class as they represented Kent City at the state finals. Great job, guys!