Wrestling

Published December 22, 2016

C&G Newspapers

LAKE ORION — The 57th annual Oakland County Wrestling Tournament took place Dec. 16-17, with Oxford High besting 37 other teams to take home the prestigious championship.

The Wildcats totaled 176 points, capturing three individual titles in the 14 weight classes at the event that saw action at Southfield A&T and Lake Orion High on Friday afternoon and the finale at the latter site on Saturday.

Joe Wood has served as the tournament director for 10 years, pulling double duty this season after taking over the helm of the Troy High program this fall.

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Published December 12, 2016

FRASER — After winning three consecutive Macomb Area Conference division titles and two district championships over the past three seasons, Fraser High wrestling coach Rick Julien is not ambiguous about his goals — he wants more of the same.

The Ramblers have won a MAC Blue title each of the last two seasons, which was preceded by a MAC Gold championship in their 2012-13 campaign.

The championship streak started after going 14-15 overall and 3-4 in the MAC Blue in the 2011-12 season. 

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Published November 29, 2016

Ferndale High’s wrestling program recently began preparing for a new season.

Some of the Eagles’ accomplishments last year included winning the Toys for Tots Wrestling Tournament for the second year in a row, going 13-5 in dual meets and qualifying at least one individual for the state finals for the 18th consecutive year.

Ferndale also finished second in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division for the second straight season.

Coach John Bassier described last season as a good one, but is hoping to make this one even better.

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Published March 14, 2016

WALLED LAKE — Walled Lake Central wrestler Ben Freeman is one step closer to his quest for four state championships.

The junior won his third straight Division 1 title March 5 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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Published March 14, 2016

AUBURN HILLS — Utica High senior Nick Mason was feeling overjoyed shortly after a victory in a blood-round bout at the MHSAA individual state wrestling tournament March 4.

He had just beaten a familiar opponent in Kyran Daniels of Warren Mott by an 11-6 decision, and in doing so became the first Utica wrestler to earn a medal at the state finals in 10 years under coach Clint Davis.

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Published March 8, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Most wrestlers who advance to the state finals express excitement at the feat.

Roseville High senior 152-pounder Kyle Minor said he had different feelings upon getting to the state finals.

“I was relieved,” said Minor.

“I just thought, ‘Finally.’ After all that hard work, I made it. It all finally paid off.”

Minor and teammate Rion May, who wrestles at 145 pounds, battled their way to the Division 1 state finals, which took place March 3-5, after press time, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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Published March 7, 2016

FRASER — By placing in the top eight at the individual state wrestling finals, two Fraser High wrestlers came away from the season with All-State honors.

Nathan Hollifield placed third in the 103-pound weight class, with teammate Jared Roberts placing seventh at 160.

It was the first All-State accolades for both Hollifield and Roberts, who wrestled at the Division 1 level.

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Published March 7, 2016

C&G Newspapers

AUBURN HILLS — The best of the best wrestlers in the state took to The Palace of Auburn Hills floor March 3-5 for the individual state tournament.

Sixteen grapplers in each division competed, with the top eight earning All-State status.

The tournament was the culmination of months, and in some cases years, of sacrifice in the practice room.

For North Farmington junior Warren Stanfield, who placed fourth at 130 pounds in Division 1, it was also a chance to represent his school on the biggest stage.

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Published March 5, 2016

AUBURN HILLS — Walled Lake Central’s Ben Freeman put an exclamation mark on a perfect season.

The junior won the Division 1 135-pound state championship, pinning Westland John Glenn’s John Siemasz in the first period March 5 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

“He went out there and took care of business,” Central coach Al Freeman said. “Whether it was going to go the whole match or not, he was going out there to set the pace. … If he goes out there like a horse out of the gate, good things usually happen.”

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Published March 5, 2016

AUBURN HILLS — Warren Woods Tower junior 112-pound wrestler Elijuh Weaver set a clear goal after losing in a state title match in 2015 — get back to that point and win.

Weaver did just that, outlasting Gibraltar Carlson sophomore Branson Proudlock 5-4 in a Division 2 state title match March 5 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

“This feels good. It just shows that if you work hard at something that you can go out and get it done, and that’s what I did,” said Weaver, who ends the season with a 61-1 record.

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Published March 5, 2016

AUBURN HILLS — Warren Lincoln wrestling coach Will Rewitzer won a Division 2 state title in 2006 at 171 pounds.

Rewitzer had been the Abes last state champion until March 5 — when two Lincoln wrestlers won state titles about 10 minutes a part.

Senior 160-pounder Deirrien Perkins (44-1) outlasted Trenton High junior Connor Charping 2-1 to claim a D-2 state championship. Shortly thereafter, Abes 171-pound senior Jelani Embree capped an undefeated, 50-0 season with a 4-1 win over Lakeland High senior Danny Kruse.

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Published March 4, 2016

There were 72 grapplers from the C&G Newspapers coverage area that qualified for the individual state final.

Tonight at 7 p.m., 15 of them will wrestle in the semifinal round, just one win way from the championships, which begin at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Here’s a list of the grapplers that still have title hopes alive after winning their first two matches of the tournament.

Division 1
Bloomfield Hills High
Kajuan Caldwell, 145 pounds

Fraser High
Nathan Hollifield, 103

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Published March 3, 2016

AUBURN HILLS — The Grand March has been completed, meaning the 2016 state wrestling finals are underway.

Wrestlers will battle it out for All-State honors and state championships through March 5 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. A total of 56 state champions will be crowned across four divisions and 14 weight classes.

The top eight finishers in each weight class earn All-State honors.

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Published March 3, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Two Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse wrestlers culminated strong seasons by battling their way to the 2016 Division 1 state finals.

Sophomore 119-pounder Alex Backers and senior 140-pounder Jacob Girard had strong performances at a Feb. 20 Division 1 regional, which allowed them to advance to the state finals. Backers and Girard continued a streak that has seen L’Anse Creuse send at least one wrestler to the state finals for nearly 20 years in a row.

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Published March 2, 2016

Although as teams, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley and Fraser High didn’t qualify for the state wrestling finals, both programs had wrestlers who placed in the top four at a regional at Hartland High Feb. 20, which qualified them for the individual state finals.

The wrestlers representing Chippewa are Jalen Goudelock (215 pounds) and Vinny Dolland (160). Goudelock was a regional champion.

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Published March 1, 2016

The Macomb Dakota wrestling team had its season come to an end in a 36-16 loss to Novi Detroit Catholic Central in a Division 1 state quarterfinal Feb. 26 at Central Michigan University.

The Cougars ended the season at 27-12.

Catholic Central led the match 24-0 before Dakota mounted a comeback that fell just short.

Catholic Central then lost to Davidson High 29-25 in a semifinal Feb. 27 at CMU. Hartland High downed Davidson 36-23 Feb. 27 to claim its first state title. Hartland had advanced to five state title matches prior to the win.

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Published February 26, 2016

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Gaylord High and Warren Woods Tower wrestling teams put on a back-and-forth battle at the Division 2 state semifinals Feb. 26 at Central Michigan University that saw Gaylord eek out a 31-26 win over Tower.

Holding a slim 28-26 lead heading into the final match, Gaylord 140-pounder Brady Schulz got an 8-4 decision on Tower’s Nico Martini to seal the win.

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Published February 26, 2016

C&G Newspapers

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Novi Detroit Catholic Central wrestling team kept its drive for a 12th state title alive with a 36-16 win over Macomb Dakota in a Division 1 state quarterfinal Feb. 26 at Central Michigan University.

The Shamrocks (16-5) advance to take on Davidson High (23-4) in a semifinal at 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at CMU. The winner of that match takes on either Oxford High (24-8) or Hartland High (32-1) in a state title match at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at CMU.

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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 24, 2016

FRASER — For the third consecutive season, Macomb Dakota’s wrestling team knocked Fraser High out of the postseason, with the Cougars’ latest triumph coming via a 34-28 win at a Division 1 regional final Feb. 17 at Fraser.

In the last bout of the match, with the score tied at 28, Dakota got a pin from 125-pounder Nick Barrett to secure the program’s third regional title in the last four years.

Last season, Dakota came away with a 37-33 victory against the Ramblers in a district final matchup.

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