Wrestling

Published January 11, 2016

FERNDALE — Ferndale High junior Kobie Davis remembers just two short years ago when a night like this, Jan. 6 at Birmingham Groves, wouldn’t have been possible.

The varsity wrestling team handled North Farmington 45-24 and then beat the host team 53-18 to move to 3-0 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

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Published January 6, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Ferndale High wrestling took hold of the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division after winning both of their divisional matches Jan. 6 at Birmingham Groves to move to 3-0. Last season, Ferndale finished second in the Blue.

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Published January 4, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — It should come as no surprise that Carlo and Vince Marceau gave identical answers when asked what their goals are for their final season as wrestlers for Utica Eisenhower.

After already having much success in their high school careers, the twin brothers are eyeing the same thing: a state championship.

They each qualified for the MHSAA individual state tournament a year ago, but fell in the second round of the consolation bracket, a round short of earning a medal. One year before, Carlo earned a sixth-place finish at states.

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Published December 21, 2015

It was the 56th annual Oakland County Wrestling Tournament, and just like the prior six gatherings, Novi Catholic Central once again was crowned king Dec. 18-19.

The Shamrocks finished with 330 points, earning their seventh straight title. In all, Catholic Central earned four individual titles in the 14 weight classes at Lake Orion HIgh.

Clarkston High took second with 264.5 points; Oxford High was third with 255; Walled Lake Central came in fourth with 190; and Rochester Adams rounded out the top five with 175.5.

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Published December 21, 2015

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WARREN — Both teams had wrestlers who won individual titles in their respective weight classes, but Anchor Bay outscored Utica Eisenhower by three points, 228.5-225.5, to clinch its second straight Macomb County Wrestling Invitational title. The 2015 county invite finals took place Dec. 18 at Warren Fitzgerald.

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Published December 14, 2015

The Michigan High School Athletic Association and a Royal Oak High senior wrestler have come to an agreement on the proper use of a sign-language interpreter.

Ellis Kempf is legally deaf, and under the previous MHSAA rule he could have his sign-language interpreter stay in the coach’s box at the corner of the mat, but he/she could not leave the designated area to give direction during the match.

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Published December 10, 2015

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The Macomb County Wrestling Tournament typically recognizes one champion per weight class.

This year, the tournament plans to recognize more than 100 champions.

Keith Weiand, secretary of the Macomb County Wrestling Coaches Association and co-planner of the Macomb County Wrestling Tournament, said the tournament intends to recognize each winning weight class champion since its inaugural year in 1973.

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Published December 4, 2015

A Royal Oak High wrestler brought a lawsuit against the Michigan High School Athletic Association Dec. 3 alleging violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Senior wrestler Ellis Kempf is deaf and under MHSAA rules can have his sign-language interpreter stay in the coach’s box at the corner of the mat, but he can not leave the designated area to give direction during the match.

According to the complaint, “This conduct puts Plaintiff at significant risk of injury, as well as a competitive disadvantage.”

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Published November 30, 2015

FRASER — The season is approaching for the defending Macomb Area Conference Blue Division champion Fraser High wrestling team.

Prior to winning a MAC Blue championship last season, Fraser, which has approximately 40 wrestlers on its squad, also won a MAC Gold title the year before.

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Published November 20, 2015

TROY — It’s the second day of practice, still nearly a month away from the first wrestling meet, and still, Troy High coach Jon Thomas admits it can be a little taxing.

     “The first couple of weeks are always stressful, because you don’t have anything firm yet. It’s kind of a guessing game on everyone’s weight, where they’re going to wrestle,” Thomas said Nov. 17. “Two weeks of practice, for some guys that have sat on the couch all summer, they’ll drop 15 pounds.”

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Published April 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — MHSAA wrestling teams, coaches and fans who are used to traveling to Battle Creek for the team wrestling finals will have to get used to taking a new route, as the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association voted March 27 to move the finals from Battle Creek to Mount Pleasant, according to an mhsaa.com release.

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Published March 16, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley senior Tristen Szajna ended his high school career as an All-State wrestler, placing sixth at the MHSAA individual wrestling state finals, which took place March 5-7 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.


Wrestlers who placed in the top eight earned All-State accolades.


Szajna, who wrestled at 152 pounds and finished with a 45-8 record, acknowledged that placing at states was a goal.

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Published March 16, 2015

ROSEVILLE — On March 7, Roseville High sophomore 103-pound wrestler Elijuh Weaver became the 17th wrestler in the history of the storied program to wrestle for a state championship. He advanced to a Division 1 state-title match in his first appearance at the state finals, held at The Palace of Auburn Hills.


Weaver fell just short of becoming the program’s latest champion, falling 8-4 to Westland John Glenn freshman Mike Mars.

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Published March 16, 2015

WALLED LAKE — The Walled Lake Central wrestling squad, which was ranked in the top 10 in the state all year long and just a win away from making the team state finals, also made its mark at the individual level.


The Vikings sent eight grapplers to the Division 1 state final March 5-7 at The Palace of Auburn Hills and walked away with five All-State wrestlers, two state champions and a runner-up.


“We’re so lucky. … You work, you work and you work, and it just fell together with this team,” coach Al Freeman said.

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Published March 13, 2015

AUBURN HILLS — Another strong season for the Warren Lincoln wrestling team culminated with five wrestlers earning All-State honors at the state finals, which took place March 7 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Abes, who wrestle in Division 2, had their most state placers since 2001. As a team, Lincoln advanced to the state finals for the third straight year.

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Published March 12, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe North senior Michael Bowden capped off his high school wrestling career by placing fifth at the MHSAA individual state finals, which took place March 5-7 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.


Bowden earned first place at a regional to qualify for the state finals.


“I was real happy,” he said of qualifying for the state finals. “I was real excited. Went out and celebrated with my family afterwards.”


Bowden also reacted after placing at the state finals.

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Published March 11, 2015

By C & G Sports Staff

AUBURN HILLS — The best wrestlers in the state took to the floor of The Palace of Auburn Hills March 5-7.


In all, 77 local grapplers qualified for the event and 30 of them earned All-State honors, which took a top-eight finish in each weight class.


In Division 1, Macomb Dakota 119-pound freshman Tyler Sanders finished sixth and summed up the feeling of many of the grapplers.


“To get here was already amazing. To make All-State makes it awesome,” Sanders said.

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Published March 10, 2015

AUBURN HILLS — Macomb Dakota senior 215-pound grappler Antonio Balabani said he’s proud of how he performed at the 2015 state wrestling finals, which took place March 5-7 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Balabani finished second in his weight class and in the process became the first Dakota wrestler to compete in a championship match. He lost 3-0 to Brighton High junior Lucas Ready.

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Published March 7, 2015

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AUBURN HILLS — Rochester Hills Stoney Creek senior Andrew Price finished runner-up in the Division 1 wrestling state final March 7 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Price fell to Nicholas Brish of Brighton High in a 5-2 decision at 171 pounds.

Brish caught Price seven seconds into the match for a takedown and led 4-1 after the first period.

“I got down too early, and that was the difference,” Price said. “It’s been a fun journey, and I can’t say I regret anything about it. It’s just tough the way it ended.”

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Published March 7, 2015

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AUBURN HILLS — Walled Lake Central wrestling claimed two individual state championships and a runner-up March 7 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Sophomore Ben Freeman won the title at 125 pounds; senior Alex Sovel was champ at 189; and senior Daniel Shear finished second at 135.

Freeman beat Kalamazoo Central’s Romeo Riley in a 10-7 decision. It’s his second straight title after winning at 103 last season.

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