Record number of Clawson High wrestlers headed to individual state finals

By: Mike Moore | Royal Oak Review | Published February 28, 2017

 Clawson High’s Katlyn Pizzo, right, and Allan Davis, are pictured during a practice earlier this season. The two are part of a contingent of four Clawson wrestlers headed to the state finals.

Clawson High’s Katlyn Pizzo, right, and Allan Davis, are pictured during a practice earlier this season. The two are part of a contingent of four Clawson wrestlers headed to the state finals.

File photo by Deb Jacques

CLAWSON — Three was the magic number, or record number, if you will.

That was the record in the 1970s when Clawson High sent three wrestlers to the individual state finals.

And since that time, the Trojans squad has never been as well-represented on the season’s biggest stage.

Until now, that is.

“It’s cool; it’s pretty special,” coach Terry Downs said of the fact that four from the Clawson team will head to The Palace of Auburn Hills for the Division 3 finals beginning March 2, setting a new program record. “At the same time, these kids have all worked so hard to get to where they are. They weren’t handed anything.”

Katlyn Pizzo is the lone senior and the lone state-final veteran of the group.

She’ll be competing in the 103-pound class.

Freshmen Alex Shrum and Allan Davis will each battle at 112, while junior Max Sandzik is in the 152 class.

“Katlyn has been here before (2016), so she kind of knows what to expect,” Downs said. “As for all of them, though, what I tell them is to go walk, go get star struck real quick, and take it all in. Heck, for a coach, it’s still a pretty awesome experience.”

Asked what he’s hoping for during the weekend, Downs didn’t hold back.

“I’d love for all four of them to earn All-State,” he said. “Right now, they are in the top 16 kids in their weight class in Division 3. It won’t be easy, but they all have a chance to get in the top eight. But truthfully, the goal is to go there and enjoy the whole experience. It’s something pretty special.”

And record-setting.