Utica Ford II’s Machart looking for another strong showing finals

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published March 2, 2017


STERLING HEIGHTS — It’s been a pretty good year for Utica Ford II junior 119-pound wrestler Terrin Machart.

Machart said he’s faced and beaten some good competition this season. He’s performed so well, he’s making his third straight trip to the Division 1 individual state finals March 2-4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Machart, who is 34-6 overall, finished fourth in the state at 112 pounds last season and earned his spot in the field this time around with a second-place finish at regionals. The top eight placers in each class earn All-State honors at the championships.

He believes his previous experience has him well-prepared well for this go-around.

“I won’t be as nervous wrestling on those big mats in front of all of those people,” Machart said. “I’m a lot more confident going into this one. Finishing fourth last year really boosted my confidence. It helped me realize I could compete with the best wrestlers in the state.”

Falcons coach Scott Scalici believes that Machart, whose older brother Tevin earned All-State honors three times from 2012 to 2014, will have a strong showing at the state finals. Scalici called Machart extremely coachable and said the junior is always looking for ways to improve.

“When he came in as a freshman, he was already pretty solid and knew techniques better than I did,” Scalici said. “He’s been in the limelight before. He knows what to expect. Nerves won’t be a part of the equation at all for Terrin.”

Machart said he won’t be working on anything new in preparation for the state finals. Instead, he’ll focus on cardio and techniques he’s already acquired.

“Having time off between regionals and the state finals your cardio goes downhill really fast,” Machart said. “In a two-minute period, it’s one of the most tiring things you’ll ever do, and even more when you think about going three periods and overtime possibly. You have to be in great cardiovascular conditioning to be a good wrestler.”

Scalici said Machart always keeps a cool head and that his emotions will stay in check at the state finals. Mental toughness is key at this point of the season, Scalici said.

“When you get to this level, so many of the kids are comparable to one another in terms of talent and skill,” Scalici said. “Being able to deal with those high-pressure situations is a game changer. That’s the difference between the kids who come home with nothing and the kids who come home with medals.”

Machart knows he made a big jump last season with his fourth-place finish. He said he’s looking to make another leap this time around. What must happen in order for that to materialize isn’t complicated, he said.

“I just have to wrestle tougher,” Machart said.