Published March 12, 2014
Ike sophomore takes sixth at states
By Thomas Franz firstname.lastname@example.org
AUBURN HILLS — After a third place in his district tournament, most wouldn’t have expected Eisenhower sophomore Carlo Marceau to be a contender for the podium at the state finals.
After again placing third at regionals, Marceau earned a spot in the final 16 to go to states, where he won his opening round match 3-0 against Brad Stewart, of Temperance Bedford, to put himself in a great position to medal.
Marceau would lose an 11-7 decision in the quarterfinals to Brandon Conrad, of Waterford Kettering, but he rallied in the blood round to defeat Austin Koehler, of Bellville, to ensure a top-eight finish.
Marceau went 1-2 in his last three matches of the tournament to earn sixth place in the 125-pound bracket and close his season with a record of 42-12.
“We definitely thought it was possible that he could get out of districts and regionals and get to states — then it’s just having a great weekend. You can’t have an off match at this thing, so we thought it was possible. Looking at the district and the regional, we knew it was going to be tough, but placing sixth is phenomenal,” Eisenhower wrestling coach Dave Drath said. “I don’t think we really thought past the part of getting here.”
Marceau reached the semifinals of the consolation bracket by defeating Connor Boike, of Flushing, in the quarterfinals to give himself a chance at a third-place finish in the bracket. Marceau ran into experienced competition in the semifinal as he fell to senior Kevin Huynh, of Westland John Glenn, who was 50-5 coming into the tournament. Marceau lost to another 50-win wrestler in the fifth place bout against Sage Castillo, of Hartland.
“It was a tough ending to a great season and a great weekend. We had the takedown, and he just scrambled a little bit better and came out. That’s the difference in the match right there; instead of being up 2-0, you’re down 2-0 and you’re on bottom,” Drath said of Marceau’s match against Castillo.
Marceau’s 3-3 performance at the state tournament capped off a strong sophomore season, but Drath said there is still room for him to get better.
“He’s improved so much this year — that’s what surprised me. He became more of a physical wrestler, somebody who can dominate kids a little bit more, but we need to get in the weight room. Our whole team does,” Drath said. “Marceau is going to be a catalyst for a lot of our sophomores who are in that range for being able to succeed with us.”
- 7 DAYS
- 30 DAYS
- Times may be a-changing for Oakland University golf program - Metro Detroit
- OAA boys basketball names honor teams - Oakland County
- Utica Ford boys golf tops at 2015 Evans-Gill tournament - Ray Township
- Troy and Athens softball set to face off for first — and only — meeting - Troy
- Mercy softball stays perfect on the season, wins by mercy twice in doubleheader sweep of Ladywood - Farmington Hills
- New Tower baseball coach sees potential in young team - Warren
- Eisenhower lacrosse has sights set on another MAC Red title - Shelby Township
- Catholic League honors boys, girls hoops teams - Metro Detroit
- Macomb Area Conference names season’s top hockey players - Macomb County
- Center Line baseball to lean on defense and pitching, manufacturing runs - Center Line
- Gasparotto challenging his Farmington soccer squad with hopes of playoff payoff - Farmington
- Roseville High softball coach teaching positivity, joy of the game - Roseville
- Lake Shore softball hopes to build on last season’s run to regionals - St. Clair Shores
- Royal Oak coach rewarded for greatness - Royal Oak
- Roseville High softball coach teaching positivity, joy of the game
- East Detroit baseball out to surprise teams in 2015
- Royal Oak coach rewarded for greatness
- Lakeview baseball expecting good things in 2015
- East Detroit softball looking to stay on the upswing
- Former North soccer standout, Stander, returns to patrol the sidelines
- Royal Oak High soccer back with experience and high goals