Clinton TownshipFebruary 13, 2013
Chippewa Valley wrestling comes from behind to win district title
By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer
Chippewa Valley wrestling captured a Division 1 district championship, thanks to a 36-35 tie-breaker victory against Sterling Heights on the Stallions’ home floor Feb. 6.
After having to void a few matches early on, Chippewa trailed in points to Sterling Heights with three matches remaining. In order for the Big Reds to come away with a district championship, they would have to win each of them, and that is exactly what they did.
Tristen Szajna, Tony Amado and Evan Lockemy each won their matches down the stretch to help give Chippewa its first district title since 2009.
Gary Brundirks, Chippewa’s coach of more than 30 years, was happy to see his team mount a comeback.
“It was real exciting because we were down,” he said. “We had to win the last three matches to even tie it. The last three kids did a great job. Everybody was standing up (and) cheering. Crowd was going wild.”
Brundirks also cited the second match of the contest as a key to Chippewa’s victory. Freshman Jalen Goudelock was trailing his match 7-3 before pinning his opponent, helping to give his team a 12-0 lead going into the third match.
And though Sterling Heights came back to take the lead, Brundirks credits his team for not giving up.
“(A) lot of the kids just kept on wrestling strong and aggressively,” he said. “Everybody had a job to do, and they were doing their job. Fortunately, we came out on top.”
Prior to facing Sterling Heights, Chippewa defeated Utica Ford 40-24 in its district semifinal match.
With its victory, Chippewa advanced to face Warren De La Salle in a regional semifinal match Feb. 13 at Anchor Bay, after press time. Log on to www.candgnews.com and click on the Sports link for the results of the match
In other local action:
Roseville defeated Fraser 42-24 in a district semifinal match Feb. 6.
Macomb Dakota won its district, beating Anchor Bay 30-25 in semifinal action and topping L’Anse Creuse 55-12 in the final. The Lancers beat L’Anse Creuse North 54-17 in their semifinal. The Cougars move on to the Anchor Bay regional to face Grosse Pointe North Feb. 13.
Lutheran North lost to Algonac in its district opener 51-22.
- Last 24 Hours
- Last 7 Days
- Last 30 Days
- Stoney Creek outlast Sterling-Mott Unified in boys lacrosse playoff opener - Rochester Hills
- LACROSSE: Local teams see varying results as state tournament begins - Warren
- South Lake boys golf team shooting for first league title since 2009 - St. Clair Shores
- Friendly confines of Comerica Park serve as celebration headquarters for Rice - Birmingham
- Dakota girls basketball’s entire graduating class receives college scholarship - Macomb Township
- NDP relishes opportunity to play at Comerica Park - Pontiac
- Young team full of potential has Clark excited about Lakers future - West Bloomfield
- Brother Rice rolls past Catholic Central to claim league title - Birmingham
- Bishop Foley defends Catholic League title with win over NDP - Madison Heights
- Lake Orion High boys golf proves to be best in county - Lake Orion
- Utica girls track captures dual-meet championship - Utica
- Sterling Heights native, Albion College pitcher, earns MVP honors - Sterling Heights
- Ferndale High golf off to strong start - Ferndale
- With Zemmer in the circle, Athens softball team will have a fighting chance - Troy
- Local gymnast qualifies for Junior Olympics - Harrison Township
- Club rugby programs become more visible in area - Metro Detroit
- Stoney Creek graduate taken No. 1 in NFL draft - Rochester
- North Farmington baseball team improves to 14-3 with 5-2 victory against Pioneer - Farmington Hills
- De La Salle lacrosse team navigating its way through tough slate - Warren
- Walled Lake Northern lacrosse wins city championship - Walled Lake
- Adams softball team picking up where it left off in 2012 - Rochester Hills
- Local gymnast qualifies for Junior Olympics
- Walled Lake Northern lacrosse wins city championship
- Club rugby programs become more visible in area
- Roseville High girls soccer looks to improve under second-year coach
- De La Salle lacrosse team navigating its way through tough slate
- NDP soccer continues strong season with victory against Bishop Foley
- Ferndale High golf off to strong start