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WMC wrestling: Big weekend at Ford Field results in 3 state champs, 12 all-staters

Whitehall’s Ira Jenkins, Montague’s Emma Pendell, Mason County Central’s Andrew Quinn win big prize.

Montague sophomore Emma Pendell wins the Wildcats’ first state wrestling title since 1989 with her 2-1, tie-breaking victory over East Jackson senior Isabel Worthing in the 140-pound championship match Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

DETROIT — Twenty-eight wrestlers represented West Michigan Conference schools in the Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state finals Friday and Saturday (March 4-5, 2022) at Ford Field.

Three of them came home state champions, one was runner-up and eight others finished in the top eight to earn the right to be called all-state.

Whitehall’s Ira Jenkins, Montague’s Emma Pendell and Mason County Central’s Andrew Quinn all captured state championships.

For Jenkins, it was his second straight unbeaten season.

Meanwhile, Pendell is the first girls wrestler for Montague to capture a state title and she’s also the first Wildcat to win a wrestling state championship since 1989.

For Quinn, it was his first state championship. He’s the fifth in Mason County Central wrestling history to accomplish the feat.

Here is a roundup for each conference school with at least one all-stater over the weekend:

WHITEHALL

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Ira Jenkins, senior, 285 pounds: State champion in Division 2

Max Brown, senior, 145 pounds: Third place in Division 2

Shane Cook, junior, 215 pounds: Third place in Division 2

MONTAGUE

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Emma Pendell, sophomore, 140 pounds: State champion in girls division

Cale Coppess, senior, 135 pounds: Fourth place in Division 3

Tristan Winkleblack, junior, 140 pounds: Fifth place in Division 3

Savannah Winkleblack, sophomore, 110 pounds: Sixth place in girls division

MASON COUNTY CENTRAL

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Andrew Quinn, senior, 285 pounds: State champion in Division 4

Hunter Sanford, freshman, 112 pounds: Sixth place in Division 4

HART

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Mason Cantu, senior, 145 pounds: Runner-up in Division 3

Leo Guadarrama, senior, 215 pounds: Fourth place in Division 3

RAVENNA

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Zeke Thompson, senior, 160 pounds: Eighth place in Division 4

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