Comar is state runner-up for Redskins


Clinton freshman Noah Comar (l) faced Hudson’s Jordan Hamdan in the championship match and lost by a 5-1 decision. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Being a freshman on Clinton’s varsity wrestling team didn’t seem to matter to Noah Comar. The 112-pounder built a solid season record of 52-3 to advance to the Division 4 individual state finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills from March 3-5 and advanced all the way to the championship bout.
Once he reached the championship finals where wrestlers of all grades aim for, he faced, of all things, another freshman, Jordan Hamdan of Hudson, and lost by a 5-1 decision.
Comar (55-4) capped his historic season with a freshman record of 55 wins on the way to his finals match. He pinned Jacob Bosley (HART) in the opening round and followed with a 4-0 decision against Andrew Park (PRIV).
In the semifinal, Comar defeated Anthony Mack (DANS) 10-4.
Despite the loss in the championship bout, Clinton had six medalists and tied its school record at the championships. 
Nick Rolland (152-pounds) capped his senior season with 54 wins and a fifth place finish. 
Austin Popp (215) finished with 46 wins and a fifth place finish in his second trip to the individual finals. 
Ethan Vaughn (heavyweight) finished his career with 37 wins and a sixth place finish. 
Exchange student Verneri Korkee (171) finished his lone season as a Redskin wrestler with 41 wins and a seventh place finish. He became the first exchange student for Clinton to earn all-state status in wrestling. 
Senior David Chantelois (152) finished his career with an eighth place finish and 40 wins for the season.  
Nick Lacoss (43-14, 130) also competed for Clinton, but did not place.
“This was an exciting season for the entire wrestling season and we hope to continue building the program for the future,” said Clinton coach Jeff Rolland.
Clinton’s assistant wrestling coach Casey Randolph was named the MHSAA Division 4 Assistant Coach of the Year before the championship matches began.
The award is voted on by the coaches of the Michigan Wrestling Coaches Association. Head coach Rolland said it was a well-deserved honor and a credit to all his hard work.
“Coach Randolph is one of the finest coaches I have ever been around and he deserves this award. I am happy he was recognized with this honor and am so proud to be able to coach with him and the rest of our amazing coaching staff,” said Rolland.


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