Jones praises his Groves wrestling team after loss in district final

By: Mike Moore | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published February 13, 2017


Short-handed and young, the Birmingham Groves wrestling team went match for match with Southfield A&T in a Division 1 district final.

In the end — and in overtime — it was the Warriors who eventually moved on at the Feb. 8 final.

Still, as Groves coach Joseph Jones reflected back on the postseason, and the team season for that matter, he had nothing but praise for his grapplers.

“This was a good final for us,” he said of the 42-36 loss. “I thought we matched up well with them. They are a tough team. … We were missing some of our starters due to health, and we just about pulled it off.”

The district final came down to the final match, and Southfield A&T escaped with an overtime victory.

“We had a guy who hadn’t wrestled in a few weeks, and he gave it his all,” Jones said. “He’d been injured, but he gave it everything he had.”

Groves, which defeated Birmingham Brother Rice 63-6 in the opener, ended its team season with a 23-9 overall record.

“This was a really good year for us,” Jones boasted. “It was a building year, for sure.”

The Falcons are set to graduate just two seniors, and they have a group of underclassmen — including eight freshmen — who could all return next winter.

“We’re going to be much better,” Jones said. “The kids are focused. Were going to work at it the entire offseason. I’m looking forward to what we could do next year. The main thing is to maintain the shape we’re in and build on that. This could be a very good team next year.”

In other district action

Also at the Southfield A&T district, Birmingham Seaholm fell to the Warriors 39-32 in the opening round.

In a D-1 Walled Lake Central district Feb. 9, Bloomfield Hills High fell to the host team 66-9 in a final. The Black Hawks defeated North Farmington 48-28 in the opening round.

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