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 Warren Woods Tower junior 119-pounder Joe Haynes wraps up Cedar Springs' Trevor Marsman during a D-2 state title match March 7 at Ford Field. Haynes scored a major decision to give him the state championship.

Warren Woods Tower junior 119-pounder Joe Haynes wraps up Cedar Springs' Trevor Marsman during a D-2 state title match March 7 at Ford Field. Haynes scored a major decision to give him the state championship.

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Tower's Joe Haynes wins D-2 wrestling crown

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published March 7, 2020

DETROIT — It seemed fitting that the Warren Woods Tower junior 119-pounder ended the season atop Division 2.

Joe Haynes is a three-time All-State grappler, finishing third in his weight class as a freshman and second in 2019.

With his state championship secured March 7 at Ford Field, Haynes adds his name to the list of Tower grapplers who have battled their way to the top of the heap.

Haynes bested Cedar Springs High’s Trevor Marsman 11-2 for a major decision in the championship match. Haynes (49-3 overall) recorded four takedowns in the match.

“It’s a great feeling to have this happen,” said Haynes, who wrestled Marsman once before as a freshman. “I’ve done pretty well each year. I thought I could have been in the title match as a freshman, but to finally get to this point is pretty special.

“I came in ready to wrestle my style. I wasn’t going to let any opponent dictate any parts of the matches.”

Haynes entered the tournament as the No. 1 ranked wrestler in his weight class. Titans coach Greg Mayer, who helped two grapplers win state titles last season, said confidence played a big role in Haynes reaching the top of his weight class.

“He’s a great kid. He’s a good student, good person,” Mayer said. “It’s always good to see things like this happen to people like (Haynes).

“He’s grown a lot this season. He was more determined all year. I think that determination gets amplified a bit when you come up short like he did last year.”

Haynes credited battling with teammates each day for his success. Tower had nine wrestlers qualify for the state finals, with six earning All-State honors.

“We’ve got a great team. We’ve got some guys who didn’t (make All-State) who did better than they have in previous years,” Haynes said. “And (Mayer) is a great coach. He’s the main one who builds up my confidence to get me ready for this stage. This is awesome.”