Warren Fitzgerald senior 215-pounder Taye Ghadiali knocked off Goodrich High senior Honour Kline March 2 to win a Division 2 state title.

Warren Fitzgerald senior 215-pounder Taye Ghadiali knocked off Goodrich High senior Honour Kline March 2 to win a Division 2 state title.

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Fitzgerald's Ghadiali ends wrestling program's state championship drought

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published March 2, 2019

WARREN — Warren Fitzgerald senior 215-pound grappler Taye Ghadiali ensured he would always be remembered in the halls of the school at 9 Mile and Ryan Road.

Ghadiali bested Goodrich High senior Honour Kline 11-4 March 2 to win a Division 2 state championship.

Ghadiali ends the season with a 45-0 record. Kline suffered just his second loss of the season. Ghadiali earned All-State honors last season.

“Last year I was just trying to win. This year I wanted to dominate,” Ghadiali said. “I put in a lot of work in to get better this season and it paid off.”

Ghadiali is just the second state champion in school history. John Wojciechowski won a D-2 title as a heavyweight in 1981. Wojciechowski currently teaches at Fitzgerald and played football at Michigan State University, and played seven years with the Chicago Bears.

Ghadiali credits his coaches and Wojciechowski for his success.

“We don’t have a lot of wrestlers in our school, so my coaches always went out and talked with other coaches to get me some guys to go against,” Ghadiali said. “(Wojciechowski) helps me out. He gives me a lot of tips. A lot went into me winning this title. It’s unbelievable.”

Gary Skop coaches Ghadiali on the mat and gridiron. Skop was jubilant following Ghadiali’s state title win.

“He’s just a great kid. He’s a great student. He really works hard for everything he earns,” Skop said. “He’s loves wrestling. When he’s not on the mat, he’s watching wrestling. Now his picture will be in our fieldhouse forever. He deserves it.”

Ghadiali said he believed his season would end this way because of how he prepared. He said he focused on improving each day in practice and in each match.

“I knew this could happen,” Ghadiali said. “It’s an incredible accomplishment and a great feeling.”