Rochester High's Kavan Troy is embraced by assistant coaches Shane Shadaia, right, and Cody Devoe. Troy won the Division 1 state title at 103 pounds by pin over Davidson's Aden Williams

Rochester High's Kavan Troy is embraced by assistant coaches Shane Shadaia, right, and Cody Devoe. Troy won the Division 1 state title at 103 pounds by pin over Davidson's Aden Williams

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Rochester’s Kavan Troy caps off undefeated season with a D-1 state title

By: Jacob Herbert | Rochester Post | Published March 2, 2019

 Rochester High's Kavan Troy, top, competes in a Division 1 individual state final at Ford Field. Troy won the match, finishing the season with a 50-0 record.

Rochester High's Kavan Troy, top, competes in a Division 1 individual state final at Ford Field. Troy won the match, finishing the season with a 50-0 record.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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DETROIT — One year ago, Rochester High’s Kavan Troy failed to make it out of the district portion of the Division 1 individual wrestling playoffs. Now, with a pin over Davidson High’s Aden Williams with 53 seconds left in the third period, Troy is a D-1 state champion at 103 pounds.

“I’m just overwhelmed. It’s really cool,” Troy said. "I don’t even know how to explain it right now.”

Troy ends the season with a perfect 50-0 record. Falcons coach Erik Vernon said it’s been awesome to see his young sophomore grow over the past year.

“He’s such a hard working kid,” Vernon said. “He comes from a hard working family who has kind of instilled that in him. He’s at every weight room session, plays football for us as well as just works his butt off in both sports.”

Both Troy and Williams met in individual regionals last week. Troy won that match with a pin early in the first period. This match was different as Williams took more of a defensive approach.

The grapplers headed into the second period tied 0-0. That’s when Troy started to find his grove. The sophomore scored an escape and a takedown and took a 3-0 lead into the final frame.

Troy scored another takedown in the third period and was well on his way to victory with a 5-0 lead. That’s when Troy, who Vernon said had to adjust to Williams’ defensive techniques all match, saw an opportunity and went for the pin.

Vernon said what really impressed him about Troy’s wrestling this season was his willingness to learn and continue to learn until he got better and better.

“He’s a sponge,” Vernon said. “If you show him something, he tries it the next time he’s on the mat and he keeps working on it. Anything you show him, he just tries it. He’s not afraid to try different things out.”

Vernon also credited Rochester assistant coaches Shane Shadaia and Cody Devoe with helping Troy find success this season.

"They've done an amazing job all year," Vernon said. "How they've worked with him and the rest of our wrestlers all year, this couldn't have happened without those guys. They're the best assistant coaches you're going to find anywhere, 100 percent."

 

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