Justin Carnahan

JUSTIN CARNAHAN of New Lothrop, top, wrestles Michigan Lutheran Seminary’s Jerry Yang Wednesday during the Division 4 team districts in Saginaw. Carnahan is 36-0 this season heading into Saturday’s individual districts.

NEW LOTHROP — For Justin Carnahan, every year of his high school career has been about his growth and improvement as a wrestler.

“My freshmen year I placed fifth in the state and went 25-18,” the New Lothrop senior said. “Sophomore year, I went 40-6 and was a state runner up and then my junior year I was 36-5.”

That junior season also included some adversity. Carnahan suffered a setback in the thick of the postseason.

“I got hurt at regionals so I couldn’t wrestle at state,” Carnahan said. “It sucked but you know I wrestled all summer and the injury definitely drove me and still drives me to get better.”

This season has proven to be a bounce- back year for Carnahan as he has put together an impressive, undefeated 36-0 season heading into Saturday’s individual district tournament at New Lothrop High School.

“I knew that I had the potential to be undefeated. I knew I had it in me. But it wasn’t a goal of mine coming into the season,” Carnahan said.

Carnahan has not only upped his performances but also has bumped up in weight class nearly every year he’s wrestled at the high school level.

“My freshmen year I was 140 before going up to 171 for my sophomore and junior year,” said Carnahan. “There was a lot of challenges with going up because the lighter weights wrestle so much different from the heavier ones. So I had to adapt to that but credit to my coaches for helping me with that. They all put a lot of work in showing me how to wrestle big guys and the moves that would work on those heavier weights.”

This season he has made yet another weight class jump — this time to 189.

Carnahan’s main focus is on getting back to where he couldn’t be last year.

“My main goal is to go to the title,” Carnahan said. “I didn’t get to do it last year so I’m going to do it this year.”

Here are some area individual wrestlers to watch out for during Saturday’s individual district tournaments. A top four finish will qualify wrestlers into next weekend’s individual regionals:

Byron

Zack Hall, So., 119

On the season, Hall has crafted a 41-4 record. Last year he finished seventh in the state at 112 pounds. Hall is currently ranked No.3 by MichiganGrappler.com.

Cole Staton, Jr., 215

Staton stands 27-12 and is currently ranked No.12 by MichiganGrappler.com

Matt Johnson, So., 285

Johnson boasts a record of 30-13 and is currently ranked No.9 by MichiganGrappler.com.

Durand

Brock Holek, Sr., 135

Holek is a perfect 36-0 heading into individual district competition.

Hunter Spaulding, Jr, 189

Spaulding sports a 27-7 record entering the individual districts.

Ovid-Elsie

Mason Spiess, Sr., 103

Spiess enters individual district action with a 28-5 record. Spiess was a regional qualifier last year and is projected to make a run at states this postseason.

Max Spiess, So., 119

Spiess goes into individual district competition with a 27-7 record. Speiss has defeated four of six ranked wrestlers (in his weight) in the district pool this season.

Trenton Hurst, Sr., 171

Hurst goes into individual district play with a 23-11 record. According to coach Kyle Spiess ,Hurst has the potential to be a state qualifier.

Corunna

Ty Anderson, Sr., 145

So far, Anderson stands 34-3. He finished fifth in the state last season.

Xavier Anderson, Fr., 140

Anderson sports a 32-9 mark.

Matt Weiss, Sr., 160

So far this season, Weiss has fared 26-11.

Owosso

Colton Blaha, Sr., 160

Blaha has crafted a 41-1 record so far. He is a three-time state qualifier and a two-time state placer. Blaha finished third in the state at 152 a year ago.

Joey Devaras, Sr., 103

Devaras has delivered a 35-5 mark so far this season.

Dominic Patterson, Sr., 285

Patterson is another Trojan to watch out for as he has crafted a 32-9 mark.

New Lothrop

Justin Carnahan, Sr., 189

Carnahan is a perfect 36-0 heading into Saturday’s Division 4 individual districts at New Lothrop.

Isiah Pasik, So., 285

Pasik has won 30 of the 32 matches he has competed in so far this winter. He will be aiming to make a return to the individual state finals. Pasik is currently ranked No.2 in the state according to MichiganGrappler.com

Logan Wolford, Sr., 130

Wolford stands 28-5 entering the individual districts. He is a three-time state qualifier and is currently ranked No.4 in the state at 130 according to MichiganGrappler.com

Laingsburg

Aden Baynes, Fr., 135

Heading into individual districts, Baynes stands 23-11.

Mikey Brooks, Fr., 171

Brooks has crafted a 19-2 mark so far this season. Laingsburg coach Shawn Baynes believes that Brooks and Aden Baynes have good shots at qualifying for regionals.

Perry

Jacob Orweller, Jr., 125

Heading into individual districts, Orweller is 23-6.

Andrew McConnell, Junior, 189

McConnell stands 22-10 and has been a consistent force this season.

Chesaning

Jordan Rodriguez, Senior, 112

Rodriguez, coming off a state runner-up finish, stands 30-1 so far this season.

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