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Christian Davis

C&G Staff Reporter – C & G Sports


Sports Editor Christian Davis has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2005 and attended Michigan State University before graduating from Oakland University.

Published March 1, 2016

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For the first time in two decades, the Hazel Park High boys basketball program has laid claim to a league championship.

The Vikings beat Birmingham Groves 64-60 March 1 at home to clinch the Oakland Activities Association Gold Division. The Falcons entered the contest one game behind Hazel Park and looking for a share of the title.

“We set out to make history,” Hazel Park sophomore Carl Bow Jr. said.

The guard scored 19 points, including eight in the final quarter.

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Published February 24, 2016

WARREN — Farmington High wrestling fell in a Division 2 team regional semifinal Feb. 17 at Warren Woods Tower.

The Falcons lost to Melvindale High 63-16.

“We did better than we thought we would at the beginning of the season, but it’s a little disappointing to finish with a match like this,” Farmington coach Courtland Barlett said.

Things looked good early for the Falcons. Farmington opened the match with a first-round pin from Jake Justice at 130 pounds for the 6-0 lead.

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Published February 23, 2016

Following the loss in a Division 1 regional semifinal, Rochester Adams wrestling coach Mike Holtz had nothing but positive things to say about his squad.

The Highlanders fell to Utica Eisenhower 49-16 Feb. 17 at Rochester High.

“At the end of the day, we believe in ourselves. The boys believe in themselves, they believe in who they are and what they’re about, and we just got beat by a better team, and there’s nothing wrong with that,” Holtz said. “Eisenhower is just a better team than we are, and that’s OK.”

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Published February 23, 2016

WARREN — The journey came to an end for the Madison Heights Lamphere wrestling squad after falling to host Warren Woods Tower 60-8 Feb. 17 in a Division 2 regional semifinal.

“We knew Warren Woods Tower was tough, and coming into their house, they wrestled the way I expected them to,” Lamphere coach Russ McKenzie said.

Two grapplers recorded victories for Lamphere, with Alex Peace earning an 8-4 decision at 152 pounds and Matt Tomsett winning via a major decision 10-0 in the final bout of the match.

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Published February 22, 2016

Following district and regional tournaments across the state, the best grapplers in their respective weight classes converge on the Palace of Auburn Hills for the individual state finals.

The final tournament runs March 3-5.

The festivities begin with the Grand March at 1:45 p.m. March 3, followed by the first round bouts.

On March 4, action starts at 8:30 a.m. and culminates with the semifinals starting at 7 p.m.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — With 17 seconds left in the final match of the night, the applause started on the Warren Woods Tower wrestling team’s sideline.

When the clock expired and the wrestling team recorded another regional championship, the Tower gym erupted.

The Titans (22-6) claimed a Division 2 regional title with a 54-21 victory against Melvindale High Feb. 17. It was the program’s second championship in three years, but first in its own gym.

Tower started the final with three straight pins and never looked back.

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Published February 17, 2016

WARREN — With 17 seconds left in the final match of the night, the applause started on the Warren Woods Tower wrestling team’s sideline.

When the clock hit zero and the wrestling team recorded another win in the Division 2 regional championship, the entire Tower gym erupted.

The Titans claimed the regional title with a 54-21 victory against Melvindale High Feb. 17. It’s the program’s second championship in three years, but first in its own gym.

Tower started the final with three straight pins and never looked back.

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Published February 17, 2016

FARMINGTON — Farmington High wrestling is heading to the team regional round.

The Falcons earned the spot after winning a Division 2 district championship Feb. 10 at home.

After drawing a bye in the first round, Farmington dispatched Redford Union 42-36 for the title. 

In the semifinal, Farmington Hills Harrison fell to Union 42-30.

Up next for the Falcons is a regional semifinal against Melvindale High Feb. 17 at Warren Woods Tower. 

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Published February 17, 2016

The team portion of the wrestling season came to a close for Troy High and Troy Athens, as both squads fell in the Division 1 district semifinals Feb. 11 at Utica High.

Troy lost to the host 59-23.

Coach Jon Thomas said he was missing more than one-third of his starting lineup due to injuries and illnesses.

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Published February 17, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Ferndale High boys wrestling coach John Bassier was proud of his squad’s effort.

The Eagles had just gone toe-to-toe with Madison Heights Lamphere in a Division 2 team district final Feb. 10.

“We wrestled real well. Unfortunately, we had two voids, which made it harder,” Bassier said following the 41-28 loss.

Of the 14 matches, each squad came out the victor seven times, but Lamphere made its mark with four pins compared to Ferndale’s zero.

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Published February 16, 2016

Missing two starters heading into a Division 1 team wrestling district, Rochester Adams coach Mike Holtz knew it would be a battle.

“The odds were stacked against us. I told the guys that we can do one of two things: ‘We can take it on and take it over, or take it on and let it take us over,’” Holtz remembered.

The Highlanders took on the challenge and beat Lake Orion High 36-27 Feb. 11 in the final for the program’s first back-to-back district championships since 1998-99.

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Published February 15, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Birmingham Seaholm wrestling coach Neil Tuomi called it a “head and arm” throw, and in the Division 1 team district final Feb. 11 against Bloomfield Hills High, the Maples weren’t shy about using it.

Of the six pins by Seaholm, five came from the move.

“It’s been the go-to for us this season,” Tuomi said, smiling.

The Maples beat the Black Hawks 42-35 for the district title, the fifth straight district championship for the Maples.

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Published February 12, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Lamphere wrestling coach Russ McKenzie called it one of his team’s best nights in a month.

The Rams won their fifth straight Division 2 district championship Feb. 10 at home, beating Ferndale High 41-28 in the final.

The match was even, with both teams winning a total of seven bouts, but it was the Rams with four pins and the advantage in bonus points. Ferndale didn’t record a fall.

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Published February 11, 2016

Birmingham Seaholm wrestling pinned its way to a fifth straight district championship.

The Maples beat host Bloomfield Hills High 42-35 Feb. 11 for the Division 1 title.

“It means a lot for these kids,” Seaholm coach Neil Tuomi said. “Everyone came together. We wrestled really well today, and the kids that lost, they gave it their all.”

In the final, both squads won seven matches, but Seaholm earned bonus points in each victory, with six pins and one by void.

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Published February 10, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Lamphere wrestling coach Russ McKenzie called it one of his team’s best nights in a month.

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