Southfield A&T claims first wrestling league championship

By: Mike Moore | Southfield Sun | Published February 7, 2018

 Southfield A&T’s Landon Clark takes on a Birmingham Seaholm wrestler in a match earlier this season. The Warriors recently earned their first division title, winning the OAA White with a 6-1 record.

Southfield A&T’s Landon Clark takes on a Birmingham Seaholm wrestler in a match earlier this season. The Warriors recently earned their first division title, winning the OAA White with a 6-1 record.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

SOUTHFIELD — He’s witnessed the small steps from one year to the next.

But Eric Moon knew the winter of 2018 could be the one when his Southfield A&T wrestling squad stepped out from the shadows and into the Oakland Activities Association spotlight.

Mission accomplished. 

“This was pretty cool,” Moon said of his grapplers and their OAA White Division title. “This is something we’ve been working for a few years now, and it really shows we can compete with these other teams.”

The division title is the first in Southfield A&T’s brief history.

“We have a lot of depth, and that’s what really carried us,” Moon said. “All year we had guys miss time with an injury or illness or whatever it was, but other guys stepped up.”

The Warriors ended the dual-meet portion of the schedule with a 6-1 record. The only setback came to Troy High.

“Every time we stepped on the mat, guys were ready,” Moon said. “That’s the key. They were ready to go every practice and every match.”

Depth was a strength, but Southfield A&T has some standouts at the top of the lineup as well.

Isiah Berry was 36-0 at press time on the season in the 135-pound weight class. Cheikh Sene was 23-10 at 152, while Dejon James was 27-14 at 140.

In total, Moon said he has seven guys with more than 20 wins on the year.

Now the goal is shifting success from the regular season to the postseason.

Team districts were held at Southfield A&T after press time, and the individual round is set for Feb. 10 at Birmingham Groves. 

“We’re going to keep working at it,” Moon said. “We want to see how far some of these guys can go.”