Bragging rights: Grapplers meet in for Oakland County Tournament

By: Christian Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published January 7, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — In an event that many wrestling coaches use to gauge their strengths and weaknesses, Detroit Novi Catholic Central once again proved its mettle, winning its fifth straight Oakland County championship Dec. 21 at Oxford Middle School with 307 points.

Oxford High came in second after totalling 247 points; Clarkston High (177.5) was third, Rochester High (172.5) fourth and Ortonville Brandon (170) fifth.

Making up the rest of the field were Walled Lake Central (166), Walled Lake Northern (143), West Bloomfield High (138.5), Holly High (138), Waterford Kettering (133), Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (126), South Lyon High (123.5), Rochester Adams (112.5), Lakeland High (110.5), Southfield High (110), Troy High (105), Lake Orion High (95.5), Hazel Park High (80.5), Birmingham Seaholm (79), Pontiac High (77), Farmington Hills Harrison (74.5), Walled Lake Western (73.5), Novi High (71), Auburn Hills Avondale (69), Waterford Mott (65), Farmington High (63), Birmingham Groves (62), Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (60) and Ferndale High (58.5).

Rochester coach Frank Lafferty said his team was a pleasant surprise in the tournament, as the Falcons came in without grapplers in three of the weight classes and still finished fourth.

“We didn’t really have a good record going into the tournament because our schedule was so tough. We were beat up, so the guys came around,” he said. “With all of our injuries, we didn’t have a chance to see how good we were yet, but we really wrestled well in this tournament.”

Individually, Catholic Central’s Myles Amine took the 140-pound title, with Holly’s Sam Johnson second and Walled Lake Western’s Anthony Chudler third.

At 145 pounds, Catholic Central’s Malik Amine was tops, with Walled Lake Northern’s Christian Lauderback second and Pontiac’s Davion Logan in third.

Catholic Central’s Nick Bennett won at 152. Holly’s Kyle Pepper was second, and Rochester Adams’ Jack Addy was third.

At 160, Stoney Creek’s Andrew Price was the champion. Oxford’s Wes Maskill was second, and P.J. Kern, of Walled Lake Northern, was third.

Catholic Central’s Drew Garcia was tops at 171. Rochester’s Shane Shadaia was second, and Lakeland’s Andy Bovay took third.

At 189, Rochester’s Shwan Shadaia won the class, ahead of Walled Lake Central’s Alex Sovel in second and Kettering’s Dalton Bedgood in third.

Kettering’s Matt Okaiye took the title at 215, with Catholic Central’s Jimmy Russell in second and Oxford’s Ben Line in third.

At 285, Oxford’s Zach Wood was tops. Rochester’s Cameron Daniels finished second, and West Bloomfield’s Justin Hollins was third.

Walled Lake Central’s Ben Freeman won the 103-pound class. Lakeland’s Nolan Klapec was second, and Brandon’s Brendan Ladd was third.

Oxford’s Alex Hrisopoulos was the champ at 112. Branond’s Bryan LaVearn was second, and Berkley’s Aaron Parr-Besemer was third.

At 119, Walled Lake Central’s Daniel Shear took the crown. Lake Orion’s David Moore was second, and Hazel Park’s Hunter Truba was third.

Stoney Creek’s Kyle Noonan won the 125-pound class. Rochester’s Tyler Dukart, and Clarkston’s Cameron Wilkie rounded out the top three.

West Bloomfield’s Ross Bahro is the 130-pound champ. Catholic Central’s Evan Toth was second, and Kettering’s Brandon Conrad was third.

Athens’ Thomas Keyes took the title at 135, with Oxford’s Edwin Schlickenmeyer second and West Bloomfield’s Matt Gudeneau third.