Grapplers battle at Macomb County Invitational

By: Mike Moore | C&G Newspapers | Published January 4, 2018

 Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 103-pound wrestler Cole Dunn gets his hand raised after a match at the 2017 Macomb County Invitational Dec. 22-23. Dunn finished fourth in his weight class, while the Lancers finished sixth out of 35 teams.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 103-pound wrestler Cole Dunn gets his hand raised after a match at the 2017 Macomb County Invitational Dec. 22-23. Dunn finished fourth in his weight class, while the Lancers finished sixth out of 35 teams.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Prep wrestlers from 35 Macomb County and nearby programs converged on Clinton Township Chippewa Valley Dec. 22-23 for the 44th annual Macomb County Invitational, with medals and bragging rights on the line.

Wrestlers in 14 weight classes hit the mats to determine who will reign supreme this winter in Macomb County. Macomb Dakota took the team title for the second straight year, tallying 324.5 points. Warren Woods Tower scored 247.5 points to finish second for the second straight year.

Utica Ford II (169.5 points), Chippewa Valley (148) and Warren De La Salle (137) rounded out the top five.

Dakota, which battled all the way to the D-1 state semifinals last winter, got the victory on the strength of five first-place finishes. Brock Prater (103 pounds), Nick Alayan (112), Dustin Solomon (160), Layne Malczewski (171) and Rahmi Khalil (285) all won their respective weight classes. Four other Cougars grapplers finished second in their weight classes at the county meet. The top eight wrestlers in each weight class earned medals.

Malczewski captured his third county championship. He called it an amazing feeling.

“It’s a very good tournament to start off with at the beginning of the year because it’s some really good competition and it gets you ready for the (state tournament),” Malczewski said.

“Our coaches and the team chemistry is what really pushes us to be the best we can. (Dakota coaches) push us every day at practice and make sure we are always ready to wrestle the toughest competition. … Everyone on the team is really close, and we all want to put forth the best effort to help out the team.”

Ford’s Terrin Machart won at 119 pounds. His coach, Scott Scalici, is proud of how the entire team has performed thus far.

“I was real proud of the way we wrestled, with eight kids earning medals and a third-place finish overall,” Scalici said. “We’ve been wrestling very well this year, but we have a lot of room for improvement. I always tell the team that it is really exciting to have a team that is doing so well, yet still has a lot of room to grow. I can’t wait to see their level at the end of the season.”

Tower, which advanced to the Division 2 state title match last season, picked up wins from Chaise Mayer (125 pounds), Keff O’Connell (145) and Joel Radvansky (215).

Madison Heights Lamphere’s Matt Tomsett battled his way to the top of the 130-pound bracket.

“When I got my hand raised, I was thinking about all that I’d done to get (to that point) and what I need to learn from this to keep improving,” Tomsett said. “It’s pretty cool taking first, but it also puts a target on your back, and it’s motivating knowing everyone is coming to beat me.”

Algonac High’s Mark Langewicz took first at 135 pounds. Warren Michigan Collegiate’s Tracy Hubbard won at 140 pounds. Marysville High’s Doug Ferrier finished first at 152 pounds. Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s Daniel Lenox won at 189 pounds.

 


Top of the heap
Following is a listing of all the first-place finishers at the 2017 Macomb County Wrestling Invitational.

• 103 pounds — Brock Prater, Macomb Dakota
• 112 — Nick Alayan, Dakota
• 119 — Terrin Machart, Utica Ford II
• 125 — Chaise Mayer, Warren Woods Tower
• 130 — Matt Tomsett, Madison Heights Lamphere
• 135 — Mark Langewicz, Algonac High
• 140 — Tracy Hubbard, Warren Michigan Collegiate
• 145 — Keff O’ Connell, Tower
• 152 — Doug Ferrier, Marysville High
• 160 — Dustin Solomon, Dakota
• 171 — Layne Malczewski, Dakota
• 189 — Daniel Lenox, Madison Heights Bishop Foley
• 215 — Joel Radvansky, Tower
• 285 — Rahmi Khalil, Dakota