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 Macomb Dakota junior Brendan Ferretti sees his hand raised after winning the D-1 119-pound individual state title March 7 at Ford Field. Feretti beat Rochester Hills Stoney Creek's Andrew Hampton by a 7-3 decision.

Macomb Dakota junior Brendan Ferretti sees his hand raised after winning the D-1 119-pound individual state title March 7 at Ford Field. Feretti beat Rochester Hills Stoney Creek's Andrew Hampton by a 7-3 decision.

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Dakota’s Brendan Ferretti overcomes injury to capture D-1 state title

By: Jacob Herbert | Online Only | Published March 7, 2020

DETROIT — Macomb Dakota's Brendan Ferretti wasn’t even sure if he was going to be able to wrestle this season. A foot injury suffered last June kept the junior out of action until January 2020.

Ferretti said the initial plan was to sit the season out and rest up for his senior year. But due to a fortunate change of events, the 119-pounder came back to win 34 matches this season en route to capturing his second straight Division 1 individual state title with a 7-3 decision over Rochester Hills Stoney Creek’s Andrew Hampton March 7 at Ford Field.

“I knew I could win, I’d just have to work hard,” Ferretti said. “I had the mentality that I wasn’t going to lose and I felt like since I won last year, I felt like I couldn’t leave here without winning again.”

Ferretti led the match from start to finish. He scored a takedown right out of the gate and led 2-1 after the first period.

Over the course of the next two periods, Ferretti tactfully extended his lead, scoring an escape and two takedowns in the second period to reach his total of 7 points.

With the match all but complete in the third period, Ferretti surrendered an escape to the Stoney Creek junior. All three of Hampton’s points in the match came via an escape. 

“I’ve never wrestled him in my life, but I know in my head I’m the best wrestler in here,” Ferretti said.

The junior said that the back-to-back state titles only makes him want to work harder so that a three-peat can be obtained in his senior season.

Dakota coach Ed Skowneski watched as Ferretti worked his way up from the wrestling club. Ferretti was one of the first wrestlers in the club and the coach said it was a great feeling to see all the effort pay off.

"He's one of the hardest workers I've ever seen. He's a great leader for the program, so everybody else kind of follows in line and wants to do what Brendan's doing,” Skowneski said. “It's great for me because he's acting like a coach in himself, and because he's doing so many workouts and lifting and doing freestyle and greco and everything he needs to do in the offseason, all these other guys on the team want to do it as well.”