West BloomfieldFebruary 26, 2014
West Bloomfield wrestlers head to individual state final
By Christian Davis
C & G Staff Writer
Walled Lake Western’s Austin Murray tries to pin his opponent in a Division 1 individual regional. Murray won the match and qualified for the state final Feb. 27 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The West Bloomfield area is well-represented heading into the wrestling individual state finals Feb. 27 through March 1.
There are 11 local grapplers heading to the tournament, and all will compete in Division 1.
West Bloomfield High has four wrestlers in with Ross Bahro wrestling at 130 pounds: Matt Gudenau (135), Mario Giglio (145) and Justin Hollins (285).
Bahro is looking to improve on his fourth-place finish last season. The senior is perfect thus far at 48-0 overall, including an Oakland County championship on his résumé.
Bahro opens the tournament with Rochester Hills Stoney Creek sophomore Aidan Pierobon (34-12).
Gudenau, a junior, opens the tournament with Belleville High senior Jamonthy Houze. Gudenau stands at 43-5, while Houze is 27-5.
Giglio comes in at 37-8. The senior meets Davison High senior Dominic Russ (33-8) in the first round.
Hollins takes on a familiar opponent in his opening round, meeting Bloomfield High’s Jayvon Stringer. Both seniors compete in the Oakland Activities Association. Hollins stands at 43-5 and boasts a third-place finish in the county tournament, while Stringer is 35-12 and placed eighth in the county earlier this season. The two did not meet in that tournament.
Walled Lake Central also has four qualifiers.
Ben Freeman and Kaleb Marion each earned a spot at 103, while Daniel Shear is in at 119, and Alex Sovel qualified at 189.
Freeman is a freshman and is 39-1, including a championship at the county meet. He takes on Battle Creek Lakeview sophomore Brendan Stevens (36-9).
Marion also takes on an opponent from Lakeview. Marion puts his 36-8 record up against senior Hayden Larochelle and his 48-5 mark.
Freeman and Marion are on opposite sides of the bracket, but could meet in the state final or any of the place-matches if either were to lose along the way.
Shear is another county champion looking to become tops in the state. The junior is 40-2 and meets Livonia Churchill senior Josh Perez (35-9) in the first round.
Sovel heads to the tournament at 31-6. The junior has a second-place finish in the county to his credit. He takes on Canton-Salem junior Mitchell Gross (38-5).
Walled Lake Western qualified two grapplers with Austin Murray competing at 135 and Anthony Chudler at 140.
Murray, a senior, is 37-7 and takes on Wyandotte Roosevelt junior Collin Vargo. He’s 41-10.
Chudler, also a senior and 43-6, meets Grand Rapids Forest Hills’s John Leark in the first round. Leark is 29-5.
Walled Lake Northern’s Christian Lauderback is his program’s only representative.
The senior is 40-5 overall and takes on Clarkston senior Tyler Slating, who is 29-12.