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January 7, 2014

Dakota wins 40th Macomb County Wrestling Invitational title

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Macomb Dakota’s Nick Papas, top, finished fourth in the 140-pound weight class at the Macomb County Wrestling Invitational. The Cougars’ team won the county title after finishing second last year.

MACOMB COUNTY — Year after finishing in second place, the Macomb Dakota wrestling team came out on top at the 2013 Macomb County Wrestling Invitational.

The finals took place Dec. 21 at Roseville High.

The Cougars, who are coming off a season that saw the program win its first Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 district and regional titles, tallied 270.5 points in winning the county title. Three Dakota wrestlers won individual titles at the invite: Alex Bozinovski defeated Anchor Bay’s Tyler Grimsley 11-8 to win the 152-pound title; Jake Johnson won by injury default over Utica Ford II’s Aaron Wells in the 160-pound final; and Antonio Balabani bested Warren De La Salle’s Eric Rogers 15-6 to win the title at 215 pounds.

The win by Dakota, which had an 8-0 record at press time, ends a two-year run for Richmond High. Richmond finished 24th at this year’s event, notching 41 points.

Anchor Bay finished second with 191 points, followed by Warren Lincoln (169), Marysville (143.5) and Romeo (141). Thirty-six teams wrestled in the tournament, including Oakland County teams from Madison Heights Lamphere and Clawson, and Grosse Pointe North represented Wayne County. Those three teams are all members of the Macomb Area Conference.

Team results
1. Dakota, 270.5 points
2. Anchor Bay, 191
3. Warren Lincoln, 169
4. Marysville, 143.5
5. Romeo, 141

The rest of the field finished as follows: 6. Warren Woods Tower, 126; 7. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley, 122.5; 8. Utica Ford II, 121; 9. Utica Eisenhower, 116; 10. Warren De La Salle and Roseville High, 109; 12. Madison Heights Lamphere, 107.5; 13. Fraser High and Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse, 100.5; 15. Sterling Heights Stevenson, 100; 16. Algonac, 81; 17. St. Clair High, 65.5; 18. Utica High, 64; 19. Warren Mott, 63; 20. Clawson, 62; 21. Armada, 58.5; 22. Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, 46; 23. Warren Fitzgerald, 44.5; 24. Richmond, 41; 25. Center Line and Grosse Pointe North, 39; 27. Warren Cousino 36; 28. Harper Woods High, Macomb Lutheran North and Port Huron High, 31; 31. St. Clair Shores Lake Shore, 29; 32. St. Clair Shores Lakeview, 22; 33. New Haven, 20; 34. Sterling Heights High 17.5; 35. Port Huron Northern, 8; 36. East Detroit, 5.

Individual champions
103 pounds
Anchor Bay’s Jack Medley defeated Dakota’s Sal Caruso 5-1

112 pounds
Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse’s Brendan Hazelton defeated Marysville’s Brett Bastianelli 4-3

119 pounds
Madison Heights Lamphere’s Trevor Gorman defeated Sterling Heights Stevenson’s Eddie Dickow 13-5

125 pounds
Marysville’s Nick Dunlap defeated Warren Lincoln’s Garret Kaercher 3-2

130 pounds
Marysville’s Austin Thompson defeated Warren Woods Tower’s Nick Pipes 10-6

135 pounds
Algonac’s Santos Alvarez defeated Lincoln’s Robert Pope 12-3

140 pounds
Utica Ford II’s Tevin Machart defeated Stevenson’s Tabu Gantt 15-0

145 pounds
Utica Eisenhower’s Connor McDill defeated Stevenson’s Ty Weichman 20-7

152 pounds
Dakota’s Alex Bozinovski defeated Anchor Bay’s Tyler Grimsley 11-8

160 pounds
Dakota’s Jake Johnson defeated Ford II’s Aaron Wells by injury default

171 pounds
L’Anse Creuse’s Devan Richter defeated Dakota’s Josh Burnham 9-2

189 pounds
Roseville High’s Tyler Tetrone defeated Dakota’s Greg Brohl 4-2

215 pounds
Dakota’s Antonio Balabani defeated Warren De La Salle’s Eric Rogers 15-6

289 pounds
St. Clair High’s Colton Pfaendtner defeated Lincoln’s Michael Abouya 5-1

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.