Grosse Pointe North and South wrestling teams ousted at districts

By: Mark Vest | Grosse Pointe Times | Published February 17, 2016


GROSSE POINTES — The wrestling teams from Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South had their respective seasons come to a close at a Division 1 district tournament Feb. 11 at South.

After defeating Eastpointe East Detroit 63-9 in the semifinal round, the Norsemen lost a district final contest to St. Clair Shores Lakeview 42-33.

At one point in the match, North had a 24-3 advantage before the Huskies rallied back to claim their first district championship since 2007, according to head coach Steve Nicholl.

In its final match, North got pins from Wilson Moin, Charlie Weiss, Reed Boeckler, Joseph Lawnicki and Chase Moreri.

North head coach Eric Julien understood the challenge his team was up against.

“Was about the way I expected it to be,” he said. “With the injuries that we had and the team we put out on the mat, they wrestled really well.”

Prior to facing North, Lakeview beat South 45-35 in the other semifinal match.

Things didn’t go according to expectation for South co-head coach Patrick Salazar.

“We had it all planned out really well,” Salazar said. “But just didn’t fall the way we thought it would. We believed the whole way.”

Salazar likes what South wrestling could look like next season.

“Next season will be great,” he said. “I’m sad to lose our seniors, but we have the rest of the team. We got a bunch of freshmen this year, which is great — more than most years. So, looks great.”

As for North, Julien said that his team has nine freshmen and sophomores in the starting lineup, with only two starters graduating.

North and South also competed at an individual district tournament Feb. 13 at New Baltimore Anchor Bay.

South wrestler Jon Gough placed first in his weight class, with his teammate Tyler Thompson placing second. By placing in the top four, both have qualified to take part in an individual regional tournament Feb. 20 at Hartland High.