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February 13, 2013

Clawson High wrestling wins district; Royal Oak High falls in opener

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Clawson High’s Mitch Herndon, right, begins his match against Warren Cousino earlier this season. The Trojans beat Livonia Clarenceville Feb. 6 at home for their third straight Division 3 district championship.

Though Clawson High wrestling trailed by as many as 16 points to Livonia Clarenceville Feb. 6 in a Division 3 district final, coach Keil Jorgensen never worried.

“We just kind of strung out a couple victories. (Clarenceville) is a good team, and we battled back a little bit and picked up some big wins. The guys came through,” Jorgensen said. “I’ve been around wrestling a long time, so you kind of have a feeling and prepare for every scenario. I wasn’t nervous because I trust my guys at every spot.”

The Trojans came back, winning 43-32 and capturing their third straight team district championship.

“It was a good match. I think the kids showed a lot of heart. They wanted it really bad. They were really excited about it and focused for it,” the coach added. “On the flip side, sometimes it can hurt when you’re trying too hard instead of what’s in front of you, period by period.”

The Trojans received victories from Anthony Pizzo (103 pounds) and Dylan Heater (112) by void; Brendan Downs (119) by pin; Wyatt Remillard (125) by tech fall; Rob MacCallum (130) by decision; Joe Pizzo (171) by major decision; Herald Gibbs (189) by pin; and Nick Thousand (285) by pin.

Clawson next faces Crosswell-Lexington Feb. 13 at Richmond High. The time was still to be determined at press time.

“I know they’re a tough team out of the Blue Water Area Conference and have solid wrestlers,” Jorgensen said. “At this point, everyone is tough. We know what we’re getting ourselves into and have to prepare for it.”

The other side of the bracket features Richmond High and Algonac High. Richmond has won the last three state championships.

“It’s just the way they’re built, and the program, they do everything right” Jorgensen said.

Even heading into the regional as underdogs, the Trojans are embracing the challenge.

“We’re wrestling well, peaking at the right time. If you’re not excited, something is not right,” he said. “At this point of the season, it’s hard for me to build on technique. Right now, it’s boosting the mental side of the sport. They know what they have to do.”

Ravens bow out

Royal Oak High lost in its D-1 opening round district.

The Ravens fell to Warren Mott 56-15 Feb. 6 at Troy High. The host team won the district, beating Mott 39-37 in the final.

Royal Oak coach Scott Welborn said he was missing a handful of wrestlers in the lineup.

“It was a little tough. We knew it would be difficult to win overall with the other guys missing,” he said.

Welborn called the victories from Max Bailiff (140) and Lee Hewson (112) two bright spots on the day.

“Good things happen when we wrestle smart,” he said.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Christian Davis at cdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1062. Twitter Follow Christian on Twitter.