Rochester Adams’ Maurice Swain sizes up his opponent in a Division 1 team district match hosted by the Highlanders. Adams knocked off Rochester High 30-24 in the opening round before going on to beat Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 71-12 in the championship match.

Rochester Adams’ Maurice Swain sizes up his opponent in a Division 1 team district match hosted by the Highlanders. Adams knocked off Rochester High 30-24 in the opening round before going on to beat Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 71-12 in the championship match.

Photo by Sarah Purlee


Adams wrestling wins D-1 district title

By: Jacob Herbert | Rochester Post | Published February 12, 2019

 Rochester Hills Stoney Creek’s Ian DeGrendel is pictured during a Division 1 team district match at Rochester Adams. The Cougars fell in the championship match to Adams following a 46-27 win over Utica Eisenhower in the opening round.

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek’s Ian DeGrendel is pictured during a Division 1 team district match at Rochester Adams. The Cougars fell in the championship match to Adams following a 46-27 win over Utica Eisenhower in the opening round.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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ROCHESTER HILLS — For the fourth time in the past five years, the Rochester Adams wrestling team bested its opponents to win a Division 1 team district final. 

The Highlanders hosted the tournament Feb. 7. Coach Mike Holtz said it was extra motivation for his seniors.

“My seniors, their class started with 10 or 12 guys, and we only have five or six left just ’cause of the general grind from freshman year to senior year,” Holtz said. “It’s nice for them to celebrate with their families and friends under our roof. For them to wrestle for the last time in our gym, it’s a nice way for them to finish their Adams career.” 

The Highlanders used 10 straight pins in the final to jump out to a 60-0 lead over Rochester Hills Stoney Creek. Chase Montour, at 160 pounds, pinned his opponent in 12 seconds to extend Adams’ lead to 48-0 at the time.

Other than two Stoney pins, every other round went to Adams by pin.

“I’m proud of my boys. They’re good kids,” Holtz said. “They represent the program on the mat well and off the mat well.”

As tough as the loss was for Stoney Creek, coach Jed Kramer noted how his team’s main focus coming in was to gain valuable experience.

“We were able to get a lot of guys experience tonight. We mixed our lineup up a little bit and had some different guys wrestle in the first dual than we had in the second dual,” the coach said. “It’s all about just trying to build our wrestlers into better wrestlers.”

When it comes to offseason plans, Kramer wants his wrestlers to do anything they can to gain mat experience, whether that’s from finding a club to join or getting into spring and summer freestyle tournaments.

Prior to the championship-clinching match, the Highlanders won a back-and-forth affair with Rochester High in the opening round, beating the Falcons by just six points. 

Back-to-back Adams decisions from Maurice Swain at 160 and Joe Dreon put Adams up 24-12 with four weight classes to go. The Falcons scored points in three of those four matches, but it wouldn’t be enough, as Adams held on to win 30-24.

“I thought we had two really good wrestling teams going at it,” Rochester coach Erik Vernon said. “We battled really hard, and it was a good first-round district match. … They did a really good job of wrestling tough, and we just came up a little bit short.”

In the other semifinal, Stoney Creek got out to a hot start and held on to beat Utica Eisenhower 46-27. The match was 34-0 in favor of the Cougars before the Eagles managed to gain points.

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