AUBURN HILLS — After a third place in his district tournament, most wouldn’t have expected Eisenhower sophomore Carlo Marceau to be a contender for the podium at the state finals.
After again placing third at regionals, Marceau earned a spot in the final 16 to go to states, where he won his opening round match 3-0 against Brad Stewart, of Temperance Bedford, to put himself in a great position to medal.
Marceau would lose an 11-7 decision in the quarterfinals to Brandon Conrad, of Waterford Kettering, but he rallied in the blood round to defeat Austin Koehler, of Bellville, to ensure a top-eight finish.
Marceau went 1-2 in his last three matches of the tournament to earn sixth place in the 125-pound bracket and close his season with a record of 42-12.
“We definitely thought it was possible that he could get out of districts and regionals and get to states — then it’s just having a great weekend. You can’t have an off match at this thing, so we thought it was possible. Looking at the district and the regional, we knew it was going to be tough, but placing sixth is phenomenal,” Eisenhower wrestling coach Dave Drath said. “I don’t think we really thought past the part of getting here.”
Marceau reached the semifinals of the consolation bracket by defeating Connor Boike, of Flushing, in the quarterfinals to give himself a chance at a third-place finish in the bracket. Marceau ran into experienced competition in the semifinal as he fell to senior Kevin Huynh, of Westland John Glenn, who was 50-5 coming into the tournament. Marceau lost to another 50-win wrestler in the fifth place bout against Sage Castillo, of Hartland.
“It was a tough ending to a great season and a great weekend. We had the takedown, and he just scrambled a little bit better and came out. That’s the difference in the match right there; instead of being up 2-0, you’re down 2-0 and you’re on bottom,” Drath said of Marceau’s match against Castillo.
Marceau’s 3-3 performance at the state tournament capped off a strong sophomore season, but Drath said there is still room for him to get better.
“He’s improved so much this year — that’s what surprised me. He became more of a physical wrestler, somebody who can dominate kids a little bit more, but we need to get in the weight room. Our whole team does,” Drath said. “Marceau is going to be a catalyst for a lot of our sophomores who are in that range for being able to succeed with us.”