Oakland CountyJanuary 14, 2013
Oakland County hosts storied wrestling tournament
By Christian Davis
C & G Staff Writer
Oakland County wrestling crowned its champions in its 53rd annual tournament Dec. 21-22 at Lake Orion High.
Novi Detroit Catholic Central proved to be the top squad with 347 points and tallying four individual champions out of the 14 weight classes.
Oxford High was second, with 278, and Rochester High placed third, with 264.5.
Clarkston High (239.5), Lake Orion High (207.5), Holly High (187.5), Ortonville Brandon (176), Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (152), Waterford Kettering (146), Rochester Adams (135.5), Farmington Hills Harrison (133.5), Walled Lake Central (124), Birmingham Brother Rice (122.5), Farmington High (115), Birmingham Seaholm (106), Walled Lake Northern (97.5), Pontiac High (89.5), Milford High (89), West Bloomfield High (85), Auburn Hills Avondale (83), Southfield High (72), Troy Athens (71), White Lake Lakeland (65), Novi High (59), Berkley High (58), Birmingham Groves (57), Troy High (56), Livonia Clarenceville (54.5), Waterford Mott (53), Royal Oak High (52), Hazel Park High (51.5), South Lyon High (31), Walled Lake Western (47.5), Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (47), Bloomfield Hills Andover (37), Ferndale High (35), North Farmington (33), South Lyon East (32) and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (6) rounded out the teams registering points.
Individually, local wrestlers had a strong showing, placing in each weight division.
At 103 pounds, Harrison’s Mike Volyanyuk placed third; Central’s Kaleb Marion was fifth; Troy’s Kevin Thomas was sixth; and Northern’s Justin Miller took eighth.
At 112, Stoney Creek’s Kyle Noonan dominated his way to a championship. Central’s Daniel Shear finished third in the weight class, followed by Adams’ Justin Shofield (fifth), Lake Orion’s David Moore (sixth), and Royal Oak’s Lee Hewson (eighth).
Rochester’s Justin Kim was the top local placer at 119, coming in second place. Berkley’s Aaron Par-Besemer finished fourth, and Southfield’s Keith Lee was sixth.
At 125, West Bloomfield’s Ross Bahro was second; Lake Orion’s Anton Letica finished fifth; Hazel Park’s Joe Saferian took sixth; and Rochester’s Tyler Dukart was seventh.
Farmington’s Immanuel Govantes was the top of the class at 130. Troy Athens’ Thomas Keyes was fourth, and Walled Lake Western’s Austin Murray took sixth.
Local wrestlers dominated at 135 pounds, with Lake Orion’s Charlie Highlen taking second, followed by Northern’s Christian Lauderback (third), Harrison’s Andrew Fialka (fourth), Rice’s John Schuele (fifth), and West Bloomfield’s Matt Giglio (eighth).
Adams’ Chris Mikhjian placed fifth, at 140 pounds, to lead the way for local grapplers. Seaholm’s Tim List came in sixth, followed by Athens’ Jazz Hubbard and Harrison’s Bobby Mathieson in seventh and eighth, respectively.
Rice’s Andrew Napieraj won the title at 145, beating Rochester’s Kaelan Richards in the final. Harrison’s Larone Mack was fourth, and Stoney Creek’s Jake Hazelton was sixth.
Stoney Creek’s Andrew Price was the champion at 152, while Adams’ Jack Addy placed fourth and Walled Lake Northern’s Patrick Kern was sixth.
At 160, Rice’s Shon Powell repeated as champion. Central’s Mitch Craig was third; Rochester’s Aaron Morgan came in fourth; Farmington’s Wesley Kuutila wrapped up sixth place; Seaholm’s Sam Gomez came away with seventh place; and Adams’ Andrew Subuda was next, in eighth.
At 171, Rochester’s Dean Vettese was second, followed by Lake Orion’s Ethan Gros (fourth), Stoney Creek’s Jake Pankey (fifth), Farmington’s Ryan Southerland (sixth), and Athens’ Steve Toporowski (seventh).
Rice’s Josiah Thomas was the top local placer at 189, coming in third. Rochester’s Shane Shadaia was fourth, followed by Lake Orion’s Durham Basso and Liam Logan, who finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Central’s Alex Sovel finished in seventh, and Stoney Creek’s Austin Denha took eighth.
Rochester’s Schwan Shadaia proved to be best at 215, and Central’s Prince Onwenu placed fifth.
At 285, Lake Orion’s Paul Scott finished third, while St. Mary’s Josh Dabney was fifth, and Rochester’s Cameron Daniels took eighth.