Wrestling

Published January 16, 2018

FRASER — Fraser High wrestling coach Rick Julien described his team — if healthy — as one that is very scary

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Published January 4, 2018

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The 58th annual Oakland County Wrestling Tournament was held Dec. 15-16, with Oxford High taking the prestigious title for a second straight year.

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Published January 4, 2018

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Prep wrestlers from 35 Macomb County and nearby programs converged on Clinton Township Chippewa Valley Dec. 22-23 for the 44th annual Macomb County Invitational, with medals and bragging rights on the line.

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Published December 13, 2017

ng a recent intrasquad competition, Madison Heights Bishop Foley junior Jakob Hoffman had the opportunity to wrestle against his coach, 64-year-old Berney Gonzales.

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Published December 12, 2017

For Grosse Pointe South wrestling coach Patrick Salazar, there’s more to the season than wins and losses.

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Published November 20, 2017

One of the most decorated wrestlers in Macomb Dakota history made his decision where to continue his career.

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Published March 6, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Just getting to the state wrestling finals is quite the accomplishment.

It’s even more of a testament of a grappler’s skill and mettle when they earn All-State honors.

A total of 34 grapplers from the C & G Sports coverage area took home the distinction. 

In total, nearly 900 wrestlers competed at the final, which took place March 2-4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The top eight finishers in each class earned the All-State distinction.

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Published March 4, 2017

AUBURN HILLS —Orchard Lake St. Mary’s freshman Joshua Edmond knows there's still another goal to be had.

This season, he finished runner-up at the Division 2 individual wrestling finals March 4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Lowell High's Austin Boone won the match 6-3 in the 135-pound class.

Despite finishing his freshman campaign with a record of 53-1, Edmond referred to his season as incomplete.

“I fought hard, he just came out on top,” Edmond said. “There’s nothing I can do about it.”

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Published March 4, 2017

AUBURN HILLS — From a first timer, to someone looking to overcome some past frustration to one of the best ever simply doing what he does.

In a variety of ways, it was a brilliant evening for the Walled Lake Central wrestling team Saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills, as Ben Freeman, Nick Freeman and TJ Daughtery each took home individual state championships.

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Published March 4, 2017

AUBURN HILLS — Fraser High senior Danny Pfeffer (145 pounds) capped off his high school career with a runner-up finish at the individual wrestling finals March 4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Novi Detroit Catholic Central’s Cameron Amine, who won a title last season in the 125-pound weight class, came away as the state champion.

Pfeffer finished 57-1 on the season.

It was Pfeffer’s first All-State finish, which is earned by wrestlers who place in the top eight.

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Published March 4, 2017

AUBURN HILLS — Warren Lincoln wrestling coach Ken Kaercher says wrestling is a very small part of what makes 189-pound grappler Jelani Embree.

Embree is very good at that small part, and it showed at the 2017 state finals, as he downed Dexter High senior Will Feldkamp 7-2 to claim his second straight Division 2 state championship. Embree ends the season at 39-0. He hasn’t lost a match in two years.

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Published March 2, 2017

ROSEVILLE — Two Roseville High wrestlers have battled their way to berths at the Division 1 individual state finals, and they both have quite the story.

Junior 215-pounder Marcus Fresch and senior 171-pounder Josh Butler will make their first appearances at the state finals, set for March 2-4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Fresch has wrestled since he was 6 years old. Now 17, it almost looked like the 215-pounder wouldn’t make it to the big stage.

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Published March 2, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — It’s been a pretty good year for Utica Ford II junior 119-pound wrestler Terrin Machart.

Machart said he’s faced and beaten some good competition this season. He’s performed so well, he’s making his third straight trip to the Division 1 individual state finals March 2-4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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Published February 28, 2017

TROY — Only seven victories short of 100 career wins, Troy Athens junior Andrew Yan has already accomplished a very successful wrestling career with the Red Hawks. 

One of Yan’s biggest goals will be checked off as he heads to The Palace of Auburn Hills for the individual wrestling state finals March 2-4, competing in the 189-pound weight class in Division 1.

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Published February 28, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — For the first time in a dozen years, Rochester Adams will send a heavyweight to the individual state championships.

Senior Ben Petersmark will have the honor, representing the Highlanders at The Palace of Auburn Hills March 2-4 in the 285-pound class for the first time since Steve Thatcher did in 2005.

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Published February 28, 2017

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.

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Published February 27, 2017

FRASER — Fraser High wrestler Danny Pfeffer stayed perfect on the season, winning a Division 1 individual regional championship in the 145-pound class Feb. 18 at Hartland High.

The victory also gave the senior a spot at the individual finals March 2-4 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

“It’s my first one (regional championship). It felt really good to win the title,” Pfeffer said.

Pfeffer’s accomplishments now include a 54-0 record for the season, a Macomb County championship and 198 career wins.

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Published February 27, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When asked about Danny Smyk, Utica Eisenhower wrestling coach David Drath chuckles, calling him one of the best leaders he’s ever had on a team, but also one of the quietest.

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Published February 25, 2017

MOUNT PLEASANT — Warren Woods Tower came close to earning the school's first team championship in any sport as the wrestling squad fell 32-21 to Lowell High in the Division 2 state title match on Feb. 25 at Central Michigan University.

The defeat marked the first and only blemish on the season, as the Titans finish 28-1 overall.

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Published February 25, 2017

MOUNT PLEASANT — In its first-ever appearance in the Division 1 wrestling state semifinals, Macomb Dakota fell to Davison High 37-21 Feb. 25 on the campus of Central Michigan University.

"They have nothing to be ashamed of, they went out there and wrestled extremely well," said Dakota coach Ed Skowneski of his team. "Davison is a very tough team. They don't have any holes in their lineup, but we hung in there with them."

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