County grapplers getting set for 40th Macomb County Invitational

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published December 13, 2013

Wrestlers from every high school in Macomb County will test their mettle Dec. 20 in what can be deemed the first major tournament of the 2013-14 season.

The 2013 Macomb County Invitational begins with preliminary matches set for 4 p.m., with matches taking place at Roseville High and Warren Woods Tower. The finals take place starting at 9 a.m. Dec. 21 at Roseville High.

Cost to attend the event is $5 for either day.

“Coaches and wrestlers use this tournament as a measuring stick,” Sterling Heights High coach Shawn Murray said.

“This is one of those events that’s on everybody’s calendar each season and, for the wrestlers, it’s a chance for them to match up with some of the best wrestlers in the state. Macomb County always has great wrestling, and this tournament will be no different.”

Individual titles will be awarded in 14 weight classes at the 2013 invite, which will also include wrestlers from Madison Heights Madison and Madison Heights Lamphere, Oakland County schools that participate in the Macomb Area Conference.

Richmond High has won the last two county invite team titles. Last season’s invite saw Macomb Dakota finish second with 204, while Anchor Bay (189), Warren Lincoln (133) and Romeo High (122) round out the top five.

Only two wrestlers have won individual titles in each of their four years as competitors: Roseville High’s Doug Zundel (2008-12) and Algonac High’s Al Biland (1983-86).

“Oakland and Macomb county have both been putting their tournaments on for a long time,” Murray said. “We’ve got a lot of talented teams here. Richmond is really good, and we have up-and-coming programs at Anchor Bay, Macomb Dakota and Sterling Heights Stevenson. Utica Ford II is strong, and so is Madison Heights Lamphere and Warren Lincoln.

“There’s going to be a lot of talent on display.”

For more information, call the host sites — Tower (586) 439-4566, Roseville (586) 445-5577.