Clinton Township,Macomb TownshipFebruary 12, 2014
Dakota wrestling team, various individuals get past district round
By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Staff Writer
The Macomb Dakota wrestling team won its second straight district title Feb. 5. Pictured is Cougars 160-pound grappler Jake Johnson, left, during a 2014 MHSAA D-1 individual district match against L’Anse Creuse North’s Tyler Valentine Feb. 8.
MACOMB TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Macomb Dakota wrestling team won a second straight Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 district title with a 31-22 win over Anchor Bay Feb. 5 at Anchor Bay.
The Cougars battled Warren De La Salle in a 2014 D-1 regional semifinal after press time. The other half of the regional bracket featured Fraser High and Grosse Pointe South. Dakota was looking to capture a second straight regional title after capturing the program’s first regional title last winter.
Macomb L’Anse Creuse North saw its season end in a 65-9 loss to Anchor Bay in a D-1 district semifinal.
Macomb Lutheran North fell 72-12 to Richmond in a D-3 district final Feb. 5 at Richmond.
Wrestlers qualify for individual districts
The 2014 MHSAA wrestling individual postseason began with districts Feb. 8.
The individual finals are set for Feb. 27-March 1 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Here is a list of individual wrestlers in the Clinton-Macomb Chronicle coverage area who battled their way through districts. Wrestlers need a top-four finish to advance to regionals.
The D-1 regional featuring wrestlers from Dakota, LCN and Clinton Township Chippewa Valley is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 15 at Walled Lake Northern.
The D-3 regional featuring wrestlers from Lutheran North takes place at 9 a.m. Feb. 15 at Richmond High.
DIVISION 1 — REGIONAL QUALIFIERS
Sal Caruso - 103 pounds
Zack Prater - 119
Andrew Burnham - 125
Kyle Cendrowski - 135
Nick Papas - 140
Alex Bozinovski - 152
Jake Johnson - 160
Joshua Burnham - 171
Greg Brohl - 189
Antonio Balabani - 215
John Price - 130
Evan Lockemy - 140
Jacob Browning - 140
Tristen Szajna - 152
Tristan Oliver - 160
Oscar Flores - 215
Mike Srbinovich - 130
DIVISION 3 — REGIONAL QUALIFERS
Jack Pyle - 130
Kyle Schwark - 160
Ian Vert - 171
For more information on the team and individual wrestling postseason, visit www.mhsaa.com.