Conor Youtsey, a 2011 Mason graduate, reached the pinnacle of success for a high school competitor when he was named Michigan’s “Mr. Wrestler,” which recognizes the state’s top prep wrestler for all combined divisions.
Youtsey, who finished his high school wrestling career with a 203–2 record and three individual state championships and was a two-time All-American at the University of Michigan, will be inducted with the 2017 class into the Mason High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 22.
In 2007, Youtsey joined a talented wrestling program with several individual state champions already on the roster. But the coaches were aware from the start that they’d added a talent equally capable of state championship caliber.
“We knew that Conor was an outstanding wrestler and that he would have an immediate impact on our team, but it’s hard to gauge exactly how dominant a freshman might be,” said coach Brian Martel. “With Conor, there was almost no learning curve. He was physically and mentally ready to compete right when he began his freshman year.”
And compete he did in his freshman outing. Wrestling at 112 pounds, Youtsey helped Mason to a 34–3 overall record and both league and district championships.
Individually, it was the only year Youtsey did not win an individual state championship. In the state semifinals, he bowed out after an overtime loss to teammate Tony Burge—one of only two career losses at the high school level.
For the next three seasons, Youtsey served as a team captain and was an integral leader on teams that won two more district championships and a regional championship in his senior season.
As an individual during that same three-year stretch, Youtsey was nearly untouchable. As a…