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4-3-2-1: Fremont’s Tee Ward completes wrestling state finals countdown of sorts with title

After placing fourth, third, and second in previous three years, Packers senior climbs to top of the podium.

Photos by Evelyn Darke for CatchMark

DETROIT — Each year, Fremont’s Tee Ward has continued to climb one more step of the medal podium at the MHSAA individual wrestling state finals.

As a freshman, he placed fourth. As a sophomore, Ward bumped up to third. As a junior, he moved up to second.

In what his father, Tim Ward, calls an “incredible journey,” Tee Ward reached the top Saturday at Ford Field. The senior’s 3-1 decision over St. Joseph’s Landon Thomas in the 138-pound bout of the MHSAA Division 2 finals put him atop the podium after the very last match of his storied Packers career.

In a countdown of sorts, Ward went 4-3-2-1 in his four appearances at the state finals. He’s the third Fremont wrestler to capture a state championship, joining Calib Rought (2009) and John Stariha (1971).

Ward, who has signed to wrestle at Division I Northern Illinois University, closes his Packers wrestling career with a glittering 192-12 overall record. He’s the only four-time state finals placer, or all-stater, to capture a championship.

Fremont senior Tee Ward stands atop the podium after winning the 138-pound title of the MHSAA Division 2 state finals Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Ford Field in Detroit. (Courtesy of Lori Ward)

Ward was 53-1 this season, 57-3 as a junior, 49-3 as a sophomore, and 33-5 as a freshman.

See the photos of Ward’s momentous day Saturday at the top of this story and check out the videos as well.

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