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Lamphere wrestler finishes state runner-up

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published March 9, 2018

 Madison Heights Lamphere junior wrestler Matt Tomsett looks in a hold on his opponent at the individual finals March 3 at Ford Field. Tomsett finished runner-up in the Division 2 130-pound class.

Madison Heights Lamphere junior wrestler Matt Tomsett looks in a hold on his opponent at the individual finals March 3 at Ford Field. Tomsett finished runner-up in the Division 2 130-pound class.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Lamphere junior Matt Tomsett concluded his wrestling season by making it all the way to the championship match in the 130-pound class of the Division 2 individual finals at Ford Field March 3.

Tomsett lost to Gibraltar Carlson’s Branson Proudlock in an 8-2 decision.

The grappler finished the year at 49-4 overall and with his second straight All-State honor. Last season, he was sixth in the individual finals. The top eight earn All-State honors.

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

Lamphere coach Russ McKenzie said that Tomsett represents Lamphere very well. From his perspective, making it as far as Tomsett did requires perseverance, dedication and commitment.

“Without the three, you’ll never get there,” McKenzie said. “This isn’t a two-week journey; this isn’t a month journey. … 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,” he 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.”

The success that Tomsett has had can help him both on and off the mat.

“It helps me a lot,” he said. “Even if I’m in a bad place, I can still always say I did that. No one can really take it away from me, so it gives me a (lot of) confidence.”

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