Clinton Township Chippewa Valley’s Carson Boni looks for a pin in a recent match against St. Clair Shores Lakeview. Coach Andy Denryter is in his first year leading the Big Reds.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley’s Carson Boni looks for a pin in a recent match against St. Clair Shores Lakeview. Coach Andy Denryter is in his first year leading the Big Reds.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Chippewa graduate now leading the school’s wrestling program

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published December 17, 2018

 Anthony Lambert has his hand raised after a recent victory. The Big Reds have 42 grapplers on the team.

Anthony Lambert has his hand raised after a recent victory. The Big Reds have 42 grapplers on the team.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Andy Denryter knows something about what wrestling can be at Clinton Township Chippewa Valley.

Denryter wrestled for Chippewa from 2000 to 2003.

“We went from a two-win program when I was a freshman wrestler to ranked No. 2 in the state by the time I was a senior,” he said.

Denryter is in his first season leading the program, and he would like for Chippewa’s current wrestlers to experience the same kind of success he did.

In order to achieve that, the Big Reds are going to need some numbers, and they’re off to a pretty good start.

“We’ve got 42 kids out for wrestling,” Denryter said. “That’s a nice increase over what we’ve had other years. … We should have six or seven guys that are challenging to qualify for regionals and states. So, so far, so good.”

A few of Denryter’s goals for the program are to build up the roster, “infuse it with young talent,” and get into position to compete for a Macomb Area Conference Red Division championship.

And his aspirations for Chippewa wrestling don’t stop there.

“Short term, our goal is to win a district championship,” Denryter said. “Long term, the wrestling in this area really goes through (Macomb) Dakota. So, we have to get to (a) point where we can compete with them with a full lineup on an every-year basis. That’s No. 1. And then, if we do things the right way, we have that kind (of) lineup and that sort of talent and grit, then we’ll have a chance where we can compete for a MAC Red title.”

Some of the wrestlers who could help Chippewa accomplish big things are Ryan Lee (125-pound weight class), who is a returning state qualifier from last season, Carson Boni (135), Kenny Snyder (145), Vaughn Petty (160), Latrell Kindle (171) and Ricky Odum (215).

But for as much success as those wrestlers have a chance to achieve on the mat, they are part of a sport that can yield its greatest benefits away from the wrestling circle.

“I think wrestling was probably the most formidable program I had in my life as an athlete,” Denryter said. “Something special about the sport of wrestling. The bond with the team is a little bit different than a lot of other sports. And the amount of work you put into it, you really see it pay off when you leave wrestling and you go into the professional world.  … If you can put up with wrestling, you can put up with just about anything.”

Although the program isn’t where he wants it to be yet, from Denryter’s perspective, it is on the right track.

“I’m very excited for our potential,” he said. “It’s there, and I really believe that the staff we brought in can harness that potential. I think the kids are fully committed. When you have good leadership and you got kids that are committed, coaches that are committed, it gives you a chance to reach that potential.”