Ford freshman wrestler prepping for state finals

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published February 27, 2015

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — You could say that wrestling is in Utica Ford freshman Terrin Machart’s blood.

The 103-pounder is the younger brother of Ford graduate Tevin Machart, who earned All-State honors from 2012-14.

Machart will look to keep the family streak alive when he takes the mat at the 2015 Division 1 state finals, set for March 5-7 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Championship matches begin at 4:45 p.m. March 7.

“(Tevin) helps me out a lot,” Machart said. “He’s taught me a lot of different things, but not everything.”

Machart finished third in his weight class at a Feb. 21 regional to advance to the state finals. The top four finishers at each regional moved on to the state finals. The top eight placers at the state finals earn All-State honors. Three Ford grapplers earned All-State honors in 2014.

“This is all pretty exciting,” said Machart, who enters the state finals with a 43-8 record. “It’s something I always wanted to do. It’s even cooler with me being a freshman.”

Machart has the chance to be Ford’s second state champion after 215-pounder Mark Augustiniak won a state title in 1996. Vinnie Colonna finished second at 130 pounds in 2006.

Ford coach Scott Scalici said Machart came into the program a very well-trained grappler.

“It seems like it’d be hard for him to improve, but he’s worked his butt off and improved dramatically over the course of the season,” Scalici said. “He knows what his weaker areas are and he’ll target those. He takes every match as an opportunity to get better. He’s done that for this moment right here.”

Machart said Scalici has given him a lot of help. The Ford freshman went so far as to call his coach “the best practice partner” he could find.

Scalici said Machart should be ready for the state finals, as Ford has taken on some stiff competition this season. Scalici said all Ford wrestlers have worked on finishing matches strong and finding ways to pull wins out in the end.

“I think we’ve got a great chance of doing well (at the state finals), too,” Scalici said. “And it’s a good opportunity for him to get his feet wet. He’s wrestled a lot of the guys who he might see at the state meet, so he knows what to expect.”

His older brother will give Machart some advice, too, being a three-time All-State selection. Machart said Tevin and other family members are scheduled to be on hand to see how Terrin fares, too.

“I’m really excited for it,” Machart said. “There’s going to be a lot of good wrestlers there. It’ll be fun.”


Stevenson senior set to wrestle at state finals
Also advancing to the state finals from the Sterling Heights Sentry coverage area is Sterling Heights Stevenson senior 119-pounder Eddie Dickow (46-7), who took fourth in a D-1 regional Feb. 21 at Oxford. Dickow has the chance to become Stevenson’s first state champion.

For more coverage of the state wrestling postseason, check www.candgnews.com and www.mhsaa.com.

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