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Rogers City (MI) superstar heavyweight Devin Pommerenke?s impressive high school wrestling career has come to a sudden and unfortunate end.

Devin Pommerenke (No. 2 @ HWT) ruptured a tendon in his right knee during a match at the Northern Michigan Championships in Gaylord on Jan. 29, prematurely ending his season.

During a bout with Kingsley?s Tyler Croton, Pommerenke twisted the wrong way and felt a pop.* Though he went down to his knees in some pain, he was able to finish the match, pinning Croton in 2:51, but was slow to get up afterward and had to be helped off the mat.

?I was thinking, ?Ouch, this kinda hurts. I might as well pin him as quick as I can,? Pommerenke said.

Pommerenke figured it was just a sprain and that he?d be back on the mat the next week, but the pain he felt turned out to be something a lot more serious.

The injury was diagnosed as a torn popliteus tendon, torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and a stretched fibular collateral ligament (LCL). It meant his high school wrestling career was over, ending his chances at winning a third straight state title.

Up until the injury, Pommerenke hadn?t lost a match since his freshman year, posting back-to-back 59-0 seasons as a sophomore and junior and winning two state championships.* He was 39-0 this season.

The nationally ranked heavyweight will continue his wrestling career next year at Central Michigan University, though he will get a medical redshirt after talking with Chippewas? coach Tom Borrelli. If all goes well he?ll be ready to wrestle again by next January or February.

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