Madison Heights Lamphere wrestler finishes runner-up at state finals

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published March 3, 2018

 Madison Heights Lamphere junior Matt Tomsett has a hold of his opponent during the Division 2 championship match in the 130-pound weight class at the individual finals. Tomsett finished as a state runner-up.

Madison Heights Lamphere junior Matt Tomsett has a hold of his opponent during the Division 2 championship match in the 130-pound weight class at the individual finals. Tomsett finished as a state runner-up.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

DETROIT — Madison Heights Lamphere junior wrestler Matt Tomsett concluded his season by making it all the way to the championship match at the Division 2 individual finals March 3 at Ford Field.

 

Tomsett fell to Gibralter Carlson's Branson Proudlock 8-2 in the 130-pound weight class.

 

Tomsett finishes the year at 49-4 and second straight season as an All-State wrester. Last season, he was sixth in the state finals.

 

“I’m pretty happy,” Tomsett said. “It’s good for next year with motivation to help me learn what I need to improve on.”

 

Coach Russ McKenzie said that Tomsett represents Lamphere very well, and he can appreciate what it took for him to make it as far as he did.

 

“Wrestling is perseverance, dedication and commitment,” McKenzie said. “Without the three, you’ll never get there. This isn’t a two-week journey; this isn’t a month journey. This is a year of preparation that you set yourself up (for). Next year’s state tournament begins a week from now, and the kids train all year long to get to this level.”

 

Although it was a difficult journey, Tomsett said it was worth it in the end.

 

“It’s a lot of dedication, hard work,” Tomsett said. “Even if you’re not the best talent-wise, if you work hard, I know tons of kids that make it here because they wanted to make it here. So, they worked for it. … If you work hard enough you can achieve it.”