Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 135-pound wrestler Kyle Turner locks in a hold in a match at the 2017 Macomb County Invitational. A veteran Lancers team could make some noise in the postseason, according to coach David Prince.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 135-pound wrestler Kyle Turner locks in a hold in a match at the 2017 Macomb County Invitational. A veteran Lancers team could make some noise in the postseason, according to coach David Prince.

Photo by Deb Jacques


L’Anse Creuse wrestling coach discusses team’s strong season

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published January 18, 2018

 Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 135-pounder  Alex Baker grounds an opponent in a match at the 2017 Macomb County Invitational. The Lancers’ next match is against Warren Woods Tower at  5 p.m. Jan. 25 at home.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 135-pounder Alex Baker grounds an opponent in a match at the 2017 Macomb County Invitational. The Lancers’ next match is against Warren Woods Tower at 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at home.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Division 1 state wrestling postseason begins Feb. 7 for Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse, and coach David Prince believes the team has the makings of one that can make a run.

At press time, the Lancers were 4-2 overall and 0-2 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

The coach noted that the team has performed well in several meets this season against competition from all over. The team took second at a multi-team tournament Dec. 9 at Lansing Eastern and had a number of individual championships. At the Macomb County Invitational in December, L’Anse Creuse placed sixth out of 35 teams; the Lancers took second out of 13 teams at a Jan. 6 tournament hosted by Rochester Adams; and the team won a tournament Jan. 13 hosted by Walled Lake Northern.

“This year the team has made huge strides in rebuilding the program,” Prince said. “We need to remain consistent and not be content in what we’ve done during the season, but to make our mark in the postseason.”

L’Anse Creuse competes in a D-1 district Feb. 7 hosted by Macomb L’Anse Creuse North. The field comprises New Baltimore Anchor Bay and L’Anse Creuse North. The Lancers downed LCN Dec. 7 and met Anchor Bay Jan. 18, after press time. The winner of the district moves on to a regional set for Feb. 14.

Prince, who is in his seventh year guiding the program, believes veteran depth is what could carry the team on a deep postseason run. Of the 14 wrestlers in the team’s lineup, 10 — all either juniors or seniors — have been varsity starters since joining the program as freshmen. 

“We have a very talented group of underclassmen out, as well,” Prince said, “and they’ll fill in when the time comes. We’re very balanced, with talent throughout the lineup.”

Leading the way is a quartet of captains: juniors Michael Hazelton (125 pounds) and Sam Shaw (145), and seniors Nick Wallanse (171) and Justin Barone (152). Several other grapplers have stood out this season, including Cole Dunn (112), Jacob Lagocki (119), Michael Rademaker (135), Dominic Scott (215) and Thomas Munzenhofer (285).

As the postseason draws near, Prince hopes his team can keep up its intensity for the full duration of the playoffs. The team state finals are set for Feb. 23-24 in Kalamazoo. The individual finals are set for March 2-3 at Ford Field in Detroit.

“We’ll look to amp up the practices to get the boys to peak and make a run at district and regional team titles,” Prince said, “and to push them for runs at the individual state championships. 

“If we keep wrestling as tough as we have throughout the season, we will end on a very positive note.”

L’Anse Creuse next takes the mat for a match against Warren Woods Tower at 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at home.

 

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