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Posted on Sat, Feb 16, 2013 : 11:02 p.m.

Chelsea sending two undefeated champions to wrestling state finals and more regional results

By Pete Cunningham

Chelsea's Steven Bleise and Michael Hovater continued their undefeated seasons on Thursday, winning their respective weight classes at the Division 2 individual regional tournament at Eaton Rapids High School.

Bleise improved his record to 42-0 at 135 and Hovater to 39-0 at 189.

Bleise and Hovater were among 19 Washtenaw County wrestlers to qualify for the MHSAA individual state wrestling finals on Saturday, including brothers Kyle and Zaid Abdellatif from Ypsilanti who qualified in Division 2 at 125 and heavyweight.

Here are the rest of the qualifiers:

Division 1 at Canton HIgh School



Pioneer senior Billy Cobb-Gulley, above, qualified for the Division 1 individual state wrestling tournament with a second place regional finish.

Daniel Brenner | file photo

Billy Cobb-Gulley, Pioneer (103)
Jahi Hilliard, Pioneer (215)

Taylor Ticknor, Saline (112)
Jordan Markey, Lincoln (130)
Nate O'Sullivan, Saline (135)
Alex Cornelius, Saline (152)

Division 2 at Eaton Rapids

Zeke Breuninger, Dexter (112)
Steven Bleis, Chelsea (135)
Michael Hovater, Chelsea (189)

Kyle Abdellatif, Ypsilanti (125)

Avery Osentoski, Chelsea (145)
Zaid Abdellatif, Ypsilanti (285)

Division 2 at Tecumseh High School

Ben Fick, Milan (171)

Division 3 at Manchester


Manchester senior Brian Robert, right, and Michigan Center junior Presley Kellogg battle for control during their third place match at the MHSAA Division 3 individual wrestling regionals at Manchester High School on Saturday, Feb. 16.

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Photo Gallery

Eric Coval, Manchester (145)

Brendan Abrigo, Manchester (103)
Charlie Steffens, Manchester (119)
Ben Heuser, Manchester (135)
Michael Golding, Manchester (160)
Brian Robert, Manchester (285)

Pete Cunningham covers sports for He can be reached at Follow him at @petcunningham.


Pete Cunningham

Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 3:45 p.m.

Dexter junior Zeke Breuninger was a champion at 112 pounds in the Division 2 regional at Eaton Rapids. His name has been added to the list of qualifiers which is now at 19 with his inclusion.

Josh Dillen

Sun, Feb 17, 2013 : 10:12 p.m.

Pete, You had me scared!! I'm down in Pensacola for my training and have been following your articles to keep informed on the area wrestling. I woke up this morning and didn't see Zeke Breuninger listed anywhere at 112 and got a little worried! I'll be following you during the state tournament since I can't make it there. Thanks for the great articles as always.