Wrestling

Published February 15, 2011

 

Hazel Park High wrestling fell to Dearborn Crestwood in a Division 2 regional final Feb. 16 at home.

 

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Published February 15, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lake Shore wrestling ended its 2010-11 season in the MAC Blue the same way it ended the 2009-10 season in the MAC Gold — as a champion.

The Shorians, which placed second in league dual meets with a 6-1 record, won the MAC Blue Tournament title totaling 195.5 points, 23 ahead of dual-meet champion Marysville High, Feb. 5 at Warren Lincoln.

“We won our last three tournaments,” Lake Shore coach Dominic Zombo said. “It was a good year moving up in the Blue.

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Published February 14, 2011

Eleven wrestling squads from C & G Newspapers’ coverage area made their way to the regional round of the team state tournament Feb. 9-10.

The Division 2 and 4 meets kicked off the postseason Feb. 9 and saw Warren Woods Tower, Farmington Hills Harrison and Hazel Park High advance.

Tower and Harrison will take part in the D-2 regional meet Feb. 16 at Madison Heights Lamphere, where the Titans face Holly High in one semifinal and Harrison takes on Marysville High in the other.

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Published February 11, 2011

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse wrestling team flexed its muscle, experience and focus on the way to a 2010-11 Division 1 team district title Feb. 10 at Macomb Dakota.

The Lancers topped Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 54-30 in their district semifinal and then beat Dakota 40-22 to win the title.

“We definitely wrestled with great intensity,” L’Anse Creuse coach Keith Weiand said. “We’ve been planning tonight for months. We had a plan coming in, we stuck with it and it worked out.”

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Published February 10, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It could be hard for the Marysville High wrestling team to get a table at a restaurant in St. Clair Shores after the Division 2 team district Feb. 9 at St. Clair Shores Lakeview.

After beating St. Clair Shores Lake Shore in a district semifinal, the Vikings dispatched Lakeview 51-18 in the district final to move on to a regional semifinal Feb. 16 at Madison Heights Lamphere against Farmington Hills Harrison.

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Published February 9, 2011

After his first regular season as head coach with the Grosse Pointe South wrestling team, Greg Snider feels good about his squad.

With a young roster that features several freshmen and first-year wrestlers, the Blue Devils placed seventh at the 2010-11 Macomb Area Conference Gold Division meet Feb. 5 at Warren Lincoln, but it’s how the team got there that Snider is most proud of.

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Published February 9, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — As Madison Heights Bishop Foley wrestling coach Berney Gonzales put it, this is the time of the year when things get a bit more serious.

“This is when we turn it up,” he said Jan. 31 during practice. “Because if you don’t bring it, it’s over; see you next year. So we’re hoping our horses get through, and we know our younger wrestlers are going to fight.”

Gonzales’ “horses” are seniors Alex Binno and Colton Gillies, and juniors Brenton Pippin and Bryan Durbrow.

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Published February 9, 2011

The road to The Palace of Auburn Hills and the wrestling individual state finals begins Feb. 12 with district tournaments.

The Big Reds are part of the district meet at Rochester High that features Anchor Bay, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse, Macomb Dakota, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, Port Huron High, Port Huron Northern, Rochester, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, Romeo High, Utica High, Utica Eisenhower, Utica Ford II, Utica Stevenson, Troy High and Troy Athens.

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Published February 9, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — There are times during a match when Birmingham Seaholm coach Neil Tuomi looks over and expects to see his friend, Mike Hessling, sitting next to him.

Tuomi was an assistant coach under Hessling, who he affectionately called “Hess,” since they both came to Seaholm 1990.

That changed this summer when Hessling passed away July 15 at the age of 54.

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Published February 3, 2011

WARREN — Three years removed from a one-win season, the Warren Lincoln wrestling program is adding to its storied history.

The Abes took home a share of the 2010-11 Macomb Area Conference Gold Division title at 7-1, and with the start of the individual state tourney around the corner, so is the time of year when Lincoln wrestlers prove themselves.

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Published February 2, 2011

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WARREN — When the Warren Woods Tower and the Roseville High wrestling teams met for the first time as Macomb Area Conference Red Division rivals Jan. 26, it was just like old times.

While it marked such firsts as the Titans taking home a win against Roseville under coach Greg Mayer, the dual also gave a couple of old friends a chance to get reacquainted.

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Published January 27, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield High junior Darius Durrett admits he feels the nerves and even a bit of fear before heading into a match.

The heavyweight admits they are still there when he warms up and even when he enters the circle, face to face with his opponent.

But then, it clicks, and the self-doubt and worries fade.

“The nerves go away when I put my hands around a kid,” Durrett said. “It’s like a shark that smells blood.”

And Durrett has certainly thrashed the competition this season.

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Published January 26, 2011

FRASER — At 284 pounds, the only thing that isn’t big on Fraser High senior heavyweight Jim Froehlich is his ego.

Despite making his way to the 2009-10 Division 1 individual state finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Froehlich returned to the mat as a senior knowing that he was going to have to work for everything that came his way.

“Some kids get to the finals and come back, and they haven’t prepared as hard as they did before, but Jimmy has worked very hard this year,” Fraser High coach Rick Julien said.

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Published January 25, 2011

FRASER — Eastpointe East Detroit wrestling coach Phil Jackson loves teaching his grapplers new moves and techniques, so his 2010-11 squad fits him to a T.

“It’s been refreshing,” Jackson said. “We have a young squad with a bunch of ninth- and 10th- graders, but they’re holding their own.”

With a young, yet committed, lineup, Jackson has been able to impart his wisdom to his grapplers, and he’s impressed with the way they keep coming back for more.

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Published January 18, 2011

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — When high school wrestling coaches have to make midseason adjustments to their lineup, it’s usually not a good sign. But for Macomb Dakota, it could be the best news the program has ever had.

After starting the year with a surprising runner-up finish at the Macomb County Championships without his top lineup, coach Bill Witgen is feeling confident about his team’s future.

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Published January 19, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — The North Farmington High wrestling team jogged in place, and when commanded, dropped to the floor and scrambled back up again as quickly as they could.

The conditioning drill lasted until every grappler made 100 drops and then was topped off with each wrestler having to score two takedowns on a teammate.

It’s their way of finishing practice.

Senior John Davis, who captains the team along with Courtney Drew, James Huang and Jordan Russell, said the drill is plenty worth it.

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Published January 19, 2011

CENTER LINE — Most schools have a relationship built between their wrestling and football programs, but few have one quite like St. Clair Shores Lakeview’s.

Pat Threet, who just so happened to be the prep wrestling coach for Lakeview’s wrestling coach, Ken Lowry, while they were at Warren Woods Tower, coaches the Huskies’ gridiron squad.

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Published January 12, 2011

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Nick Braet believes in starting things off on the right foot.

That’s why it was important for him to start his senior season with the Clinton Township Chippewa Valley wrestling team by taking home the 2010 Macomb County title at 103 pounds.

“It’s a great experience, and it’s something you always work for,” Braet said of a county title. “County’s is the first big step you take forward and getting that under your belt is huge.”

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Published January 12, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — For the first time in over 30 years, there’s a county wrestling champion walking the halls of Farmington Hills Harrison.

Senior James Roberts won the title Dec. 18 at The Silverdome in Pontiac.

“It was just a great feeling, and I was shocked that it happened, especially with a pin,” Roberts said.

The 140-pounder beat Riley Hanson of Novi Catholic Central by fall in the second period.

In fact, Roberts won all five of his matches in the tournament by pin, using the cradle.

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Published January 18, 2011

In his second season leading the Utica Ford II wrestling team, coach Scott Scalici is seeing his plan pay dividends.

After the Falcons finished 0-7 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division in 2009-10, Scalici knew if his grapplers stuck to his message of perseverance and hard work, there was nowhere to go but up.

But he was surprised by how far and how fast the Falcons got there.

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