These are special times for the St. Johns High School wrestling team. Last season, the team won the school’s first state championship in any sport since the 1920′s, taking the Division 2 title.
“I knew we could be a good team, but I never thought we could be this good … you know, nationally ranked,” said Massa, 46-0 at 160 pounds this season and 173-0 for his career. “We’re better than I thought we’d be, but that’s because all the kids started to work with Dad, devoting themselves to become the best wrestlers they can be.” “Dad” is Rodger Massa who established Massa’a Maniacs, a highly successful program which has served as a feeder system for St. Johns and its head coach Zane Ballard.
“My Dad’s been my coach since I was little and I started in the sport at age 4,” said Taylor. “He built a pole barn behind his office and we wrestle year-round, calling our team Massa’s Maniacs. The best kids from all over the state come over and train.”
St. Johns’ Defending Individual State Champs
Where Taylor Massa stands in State History
1. Justin Zeerip, Hesperia (260, 2003-07)
2. Brent Metcalf, Davison (228, 2002-05)
3. Roger Kish, Lapeer West (223, 2000-03)
4. Andy Simmons, Williamston (219, 1999-02)
5. Nick Simmons, Williamston (211, 1998-01)
6. Ryen Nieman, Midland Bullock Creek (177, 2007-2010)