Lowell Wrestlers Josh Colegrove, Lucas Hall and Zeth Dean Named Co-High School Athletes of the Week
Lowell High School wrestlers Josh Colegrove, Zeth Dean and Lucas Hall, who led the Red Arrows to their second consecutive MHSAA Division 2 state title in addition to capturing individual state titles, are co-winners of the Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week honor.
Colegrove, a senior, won his second consecutive 215-pound state title on Saturday, finishing with a 35-0 record by pinning Eaton Rapids' Clayton Higelmire in one minute, 34 seconds in the MHSAA Division 2 wrestling individual state championships at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills.
Hall, a junior, also won his second consecutive state title Saturday. He defeated Bay City Western's Noah Schoenherr by a 14-0 major decision at 119 pounds to finish 37-1. He had won at 112 pounds in 2014.
Dean, a junior, won his first state title at 130 pounds, defeating Parma's Luke Raczkowski by an 8-3 decision in the championship. That netted him company with a couple of state champion cousins from Lowell, Max Dean and Gabe Dean.
At the individual state championships, seven of Lowell's 10 state qualifiers placed. That wasn't all the surprising when considering that the weekend before the Red Arrows had won their second consecutive Division 2 team title, defeating Eaton Rapids 40-16 in the championship match at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.
State championship expectations are part of the fiber for Lowell High School wrestling, Coach R.J. Boudro said.
"The kids have been going at it since they're very young," said Boudro, who is in his first year as head coach, having replaced veteran Lowell Coach Dave Dean. "We have 130 kids in our youth program. They know they're going to have to work at it."
Boudro points out one wrestler this season at 103 pounds went 22-2 and didn't get to wrestle in the postseason.
"It's tough as a coach," said Boudro, who had eight seniors on this year's team -- with four as starters.
What makes it easier, though, is the expectations build standards which Lowell wrestlers push to consistently. Colegrove, Hall and Dean are indicative of that.
Colegrove, who finished his high school career 117-3 -- having missed his sophomore year to injuries, is "just a beast," Boudro said. "He's only lost to two kids the whole time he's been in high school."
Hall, who has a 117-6 career mark, "is probably the most exciting wrestler I have," Boudro said. "Most of his matches don't last higher than a minute. ... One tournament (at Davison), he wrestled two defending state champions and beat them both."
Dean, who has a 122-16 career mark, "is smooth. He's very strong and he likes to work from the top (during matches). ... He's very hard to beat."
In addition, Colegrove is a three-year starter for Lowell's football team; Dean is a starting cornerback for the football team; and Hall is active with Lowell's Rotary Club-affiliated Interact community service program.
All are also solid in their academics at Lowell High, with Dean among the top students in Lowell's Class of 2016 with a 4.3 grade-point average.