Undefeated Chelsea wrestler Steve Bleise advances to Division 2 state title match
Joseph Tobianski | AnnArbor.com
- Six Washtenaw County wrestlers fight back through consolations brackets to earn All-State distinction
- Chelsea, Ypsilanti, Manchester wrestlers advance to individual state semifinals
AUBURN HILLS -- The Holly High School wrestling team is not a big fan of Steve Bleise right now.
Bleise will wrestle for the 135 pound Division 2 championship at the MHSAA Individual Wrestling Finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday after defeating Holly senior and two-time state champion Anthony Gonzalez .
Bleise's quarterfinal win earlier in the day was against another Holly senior, Mason Cleaver. Cleaver was a runner-up last season. Bleise is 45-0 on the season.
Bleise's teammate, Michael Hovater was unable to maintain his unblemished record, picking up his first loss of the season to Garett Stehley in the semifinal of the 189 lbs. weight class.
Bleise will face St. John's sophomore Logan Massa in the final. Massa is perhaps more well known for being the brother of four-time undefeated state champion, Taylor Massa, who currently wrestles for Michigan.
But the younger Massa is no slouch himself, finishing runner-up last year at 119 as a freshman. Bleise finished fourth in the same weight class after losing 6-3 to Massa in the quarterfinals last year.
Ypsilanti's Kyle Abdellatif (D2, 125) and Manchester's Eric Coval (D3, 145 both had close matches in the semifinals, but both came up short. Abdellatif lost to JacQuan Moore of Stevensville Lakeshor, 6-1, and Coval fell to Jordon Bennett of Lake Odessa Lakewood 10-4.
Championship matches will be streamed live on MHSAA.tv with the first weight class (285) scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m.