Ten Washtenaw county wrestlers advance to quarterfinals on Day 1 of state championships
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Overall, Washtenaw County wrestlers went 10-9 in opening round matches on Day 1 of the three-day event, with wrestlers from the area going 5-1 in Division 1, 4-3 in Division 2 and 1-5 in Division 3.
Ypsilanti's Kyle Abdellatif, competing at 125, was among the area's ten wrestlers to advance to Friday's championship quarterfinals after securing a 7-6 win over Fremont's Luke Spotts.
"Kyle had a close match, and was able to hold off his opponent at the end," Ypsilanti coach Claudell Ruffin said. "I think he has a great shot to make it to the semifinals, but it is the first time he will see this wrestler so it will be a challenge."
Kyle's brother Zaid Abdellatif, dropped down to the consolation bracket after losing his opening round match, 7-2.
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Pioneer's Billy Cobb-Gulley (103) and Jahi Hilliard (215), both seniors competing in their first state finals, won their opening round matches as did Lincoln's Jordan Markey (130), himself a returning state placer. Saline seniors Taylor Ticknor (112) and Alex Cornelius (152) also won their matches, but Nate O'Sullivan (135) dropped an 8-4 decision to Davison's Matt Miller.
Manchester, competing in Division 3 for the first time, saw its wrestlers struggle with Eric Coval's 14-2 win over Boyne City's Conner Mills the only victory for the school's six competitors.
Consolation matches begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday with championship quarterfinals scheduled for 11 a.m. The MHSAA will continue to live-stream every match on it's website through Saturday's championship finals.
Check out championship brackets for all of Washtenaw County's wrestlers at MLive.com: