Farmington High’s Donovan King prepares for the state wrestling tournament March 1-2 at Ford Field in Detroit. King is competing in the 285-pound weight class.

Farmington High’s Donovan King prepares for the state wrestling tournament March 1-2 at Ford Field in Detroit. King is competing in the 285-pound weight class.

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Donovan King eyeing D-2 state wrestling title

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published February 26, 2019

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FARMINGTON — When Farmington High’s Donovan King placed fifth at the state individual wrestling tournament as a sophomore in 2017, he knew a state championship wasn’t out of reach.

He was hoping to claim that title last season, but a knee injury forced him to take the year off. Now a senior, King knows it is his last go, and he’s determined to walk away as a state champion.

King will be competing in the 285-pound weight class. Farmington has two former state champions in John Cassell (1967) and Mark Churella (1975).

“There’s no doubt in my mind that he can be a state champ, but it’s got to happen on the mat. It doesn’t happen on paper. It doesn’t happen in your mind. It happens on the mat. I have every bit of confidence that he can get there,” Farmington assistant coach Howard Welsh said.

Entering the state tournament, King was 48-2 overall, with both losses coming in overtime to Holly High’s Blake Querio. At the regional, King was able to avenge those losses by pinning Querio in the first period.

After battling three times this season, King and Querio have formed quite the rivalry. All of their losses have been to one another, and a fourth match is not out of the question.

With the two grapplers on opposite sides of the bracket, each would have to win three consecutive matches to reach the state final. King said a championship match against Querio would be special.

“It would be great for us to matchup again, because I have a chance to beat him again and he has a chance to beat me,” King said. “Neither one of us knows what to expect from each other, even though we’ve wrestled each other three times. If we ever meet up again, it would be a crazy match.”

With one more shot at winning a state title, King is heading into the state tournament with a chip on his shoulder. Even with him being a top seed, he knows nothing will be easy.

King noted that with him being a top seed, his opponents are going to give him their best shot and try to take him out. With that in mind, the heavyweight is looking forward to the challenge of grappling with the state’s best.

King will open the tournament with Holland High’s Michael Landin, who has a 30-14 record.

“I’ve had a lot of great moments, but I don’t think the greatest has come yet. I think that’s what’s going to happen in the state meet,” King said.

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