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Horwath, Rojas Win Super 32 Titles

By MI Grappler, 10/26/20, 11:30AM EDT


Photos: SEWrestle

Michigan crowned two champions at the 21st annual Super 32 Challenge, held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Davison sophomore Caden Horwath took home the title at 113 pounds while Detroit Catholic Central junior Manny Rojas won the belt at 170 pounds.  It marks only the second time ever that two Michiganders have won the tournament in the same year, and the first since 2011 when Ben Whitford and Taylor Massa accomplished that feat.

Horwath started his tournament with four straight bonus point victories, including two falls, a tech, and a major.  In the semis, he took out Alabama's Cory Land, 4-3, who was ranked #1 in the country coming into the tournament.  He followed that up by taking out New York's PJ Duke in the finals by the same 4-3 score, firmly cementing himself as one of the nation's elite lightweights.  Horwath is the third Davison wrestler to win the tournament, following Alex Facundo and Jon Reader. 

At 170, Rojas also had a dominant start to his title run, picking up two falls and a tech in the first three rounds.  He survived a scare in the Round of 16, winning in SV over Darion Johnson of Washington to close out day one.  On day two, he finished out the tournament with three straight decisions, including two over ranked opponents - 7-5 over #7 Carson Manville (PA) and 3-2 over #14 James Rowley (OR).  Rojas also became the first DCC wrestler to win the Super 32 title.

Dundee had two placers in the tournament in Braeden Davis, who was runner-up at 106, and Casey Swiderski, who finished 4th at 132.  

Davis picked up three bonus wins to open his tournament and then won 7-3 in the quarters.  In the semis, he won a 13-8 decision over #15 Beric Jordan (OH), in a match that was far more one-sided than even the score indicates.  He was upended in the finals by Vinny Kilkeary of PA, 5-2, who will likely regain his #1 ranking after the weekend.

Swiderski notched the most matches of any Michigan wrestler on the weekend, going 7-2 during his run.  He advanced to the quarters with four straight wins before dropping a 5-4 match to #5 Vince Cornella of Colorado.  He rebounded with three more wins, including a decision over #13 Tom Crook (FL), 8-3, and fell again to Cornella in the 3rd-place match, 2-1.

Other notable performances included Dakota's Brendan Ferretti, who was 6-2 at 120 pounds and Anthony Walker of DCC at 113 pounds, who was 4-2.  Both Ferretti and Walker came up one match shy of making the podium.  Marcello Milani of OLSM and Aiden Davis of Dundee each went 4-2, while Clayton Jones of DCC and Nathan Jerore of Woodhaven both posted 3-2 records.

On the girls side, Michigan's sole participant, Cecilia Williams put together a super impressive tournament, taking 2nd at 108 pounds.  Just an 8th-grader, Williams knocked off 3rd-ranked Faith Cole of Missouri, 4-2, in the quarters, and followed that up with a 9-6 decision over #11 Julianne Moccia of Maryland.  In the finals, she fell to #4 Olivia Shore of Ohio, 2-0.

The middle school division netted two placers for Michigan as both Wyatt Lees (80) and Jackson Blum (95) placed 7th in their respective divisions.