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Dundee wins ninth state title, 40-16, over Chippewa Hills

Wrestling   | Dan Stickradt

Dundee wins ninth state title, 40-16, over Chippewa Hills

Mount Pleasant - Tim Roberts has now passed up his mentor.

The Dundee wrestling coach served for years under legendary Jim Wittibslager, who won four team state titles for the Vikings. Roberts won his fifth in his 17th season at Dundee.

Dundee captured its ninth title over a 22-year span on Saturday, taking down first-time finalist Remus Chippewa Hills, 40-16, in the Division 3 final before over 5,000 fans at Central Michigan’s McGuirk Arena.

“I never thought that I would be standing here passing up my mentor,” smiled Roberts. “I learned a lot from him. What a great coach. But I passed him up. I am in the lead now.”

Top-seeded Dundee wrapped up a rare 21-0 perfect dual meet season and did so by overwhelming fellow state power Chippewa Hills, which has reached the quarterfinals and semifinals multiple times but competed in the finals match for the first time.

The Warriors finished 39-2. They reached the semifinals last season before losing to eventual state champion Richmond. 

“We had a great run and we had hoped to win it,” said Nate Ethridge. “But we lost to a great team. Dundee is always tough.”

Dundee opened with a 20-3 lead after six weight classes and never looked back. Tylor Orrison (135, decision), Zachary Blevins (140, major decision), Kyle Reinhart (152, pin), Sean Sterling (160, pin) and Kyle Motylinski (171, decision) gave the Vikings the comfortable advantage. 

Dundee won nine matches and was never seriously threatened. 

Brandon Whitman (215, pin), Jonathon White (103, decision), Daniel Jaworski (112, decision) and Zachary Bellaire (125, pin) also recorded victories for Dundee, which is 9-6 all-time in state title matches dating back to the start of the team state tournament in 1988