Parker Smith has qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association 2016 Individual Wrestling Finals after placing fourth in the 160-pound division at Saturday’s regional competition at Williamston High School.
Smith lost his first match to Corunna’s Jerry Yellinek, 11-2, before rallying for victories over Chesaning’s Trevor Patterson (injury default) and Ithaca’s James O’Boyle via pin in 5:58. In the consolation final, Smith lost to Dundee’s Kyle Reinhard, 2-0.
Just a sophomore, Smith reached the regional meet after a first-place finish in the February 13 district tournament at Michigan Center High School. His season record is now 33-8.
The 2016 MHSAA Individual Wrestling Finals will be held at The Palace of Auburn Hills March 3-5.
Olivet’s Carson Hartman, a junior 103-pounder, also competed at Saturday’s regional meet. He lost to Lake Fenton’s A.J. Geyer in 5:10 and then dropped a heart-breaker to Chesaning’s Dawson Giesken, 8-6, in overtime. Hartman concluded his season at 27-13.