Tecumseh wins regional wrestling title
After securing the Division 2 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Regional wrestling title at home on Wednesday, Feb. 12, Tecumseh’s varsity wrestling team qualified eight individuals for the state finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Tecumseh beat New Boston Huron 40-29 to advance to the regional final and pinned down Mason with a 47-24 final for the regional team title.
The Indians then qualified 8-of-11 individuals at the regional finals at Mason on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Tecumseh defeated Carleton Airport 48-14 and Milan 70-3 to capture its 12th consecutive district championship the previous week.
Tecumseh had two Regional Champions, brothers Preston Pelham at 285-pounds and Landon Pelham 215-pounds.
Preston Pelham improved his season record to an impressive 50-1. He opened with a pin (:33) over Niles’ Alex Bata and followed with a major decision (9-1) over Jonathan Morris of Carleton-Airport. Preston Pelham defeated New Boston Huron’s Jeff Henderson 1-0 in the regional final.
Landon Pelham also went undefeated and bumped up his record to 51-3 to advance to the Palace. He defeated Ted Jackowiak (Niles) by pin (3:01) and followed with a major decision (12-4) over Josh Berry (Trenton).
Landon Pelham beat Zack Underwood (Gibraltar-Carlson) with a 6-3 decision in the regional championship final.
Tecumseh had three others in the finals that finished second: Ricky Azelton (103, 48-3), Drew Marten (112, 45-9) and Robert Comar (119, 43-12).
Placing third for Tecumseh were Kyle Humphries (140, 33-18) and Kody McCrate (189, 35-9).
Kolin Connors (285, 16-5) placed fourth for the Indians.
Falling short of advancing to the individual state finals for Tecumseh were junior captain Wyatt Cadmus, senior captain Jake Hilton and senior Travis Byrd.
Tecumseh’s George Lesko received the 2014 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year, as voted on by his peers.
Tecumseh, the number three seed, advances to Battle Creek as one of the final eight teams in Division 2 with an overall season record of 31-2.
The state quarterfinal match for the Indians is against Warren Woods-Tower on Friday, Feb. 21, at 5:30 p.m.
The number two seed, St. Johns, takes on Bay City Western in the other bracket.
If Tecumseh wins, they will advance to the semifinals, Saturday Feb. 22 at 11:45 a.m.
The state championship final is at 4 p.m. that same afternoon.
The Individual State Finals are from February 27 to March 1 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.