North Farmington's Miller Wins First Round of State Wrestling Tourney
Miller tops Salem's Jacob McCabe to earn spot in quarterfinals Friday afternoon. Harrison's Andrew Fialka loses, and will be in consolation round.
North Farmington's Kevin Miller started off the state wrestling tournament with a win in a 7-4 decision Thursday over Salem's Jacob McCabe in the 189 weight class.
Miller executed his game plan to perfection in the first round at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
"I did what I expected to do," Miller said. "I wanted to get as many leg shots as I could and avoid the throw."
The North Farmington wrestler scored three takedowns, all going after McCabe's leg. And McCabe wasn't able to get a single takedown in the match.
Miller will wrestle Dakota Smith from Grand Haven Friday in the quarterfinals. Smith beat David Skochelak from Utica Ford on a 7-4 decision.
Farmington Hills Harrison wrestler Andrew Fialka fell on a 9-6 decision to Battle Creek Lakeview's Jesse Sum.
Fialka had a takedown with 40 seconds left to make it 7-5. He escaped to standing to make it 7-6, but Sum came back with a takedown in the finals seconds to secure the win.
North Farmington's Majd Mokbel fell in the 285 class to L'anse Creuse's Jeff Tautoio. Mokbell was injured in the bout; it was unclear Thursday evening what those injuries were.
Wrestling State Finals Coverage
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- Brother Rice Wrestlers Perfect on First Day
- Clawson Wrestlers Struggle in First Round
- Chevez Farris Wins Easily in 1st Round
- West Bloomfield Wrestlers Fall in First Round
- Andover Wrestler Loses First Round Bout
- Grosse Pointe North's Salazar Advances
- Rochester Schools Impressive on Day One
- Dearborn Wrestler Drops in First Round
- Canton Goes 3-0 on First Day; Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Salem Have Mixed Results
- Rochester Schools Impressive on Day One of State Finals