Lakeview wrestling coach discusses run to regionals

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published February 17, 2017

 Lakeview wrestling coach Steve Nicholl, right, talks with 125-pound grappler Seth Stein during a match earlier this season. The Huskies have won back-to-back district titles after not winning a postseason tournament since 2005.

Lakeview wrestling coach Steve Nicholl, right, talks with 125-pound grappler Seth Stein during a match earlier this season. The Huskies have won back-to-back district titles after not winning a postseason tournament since 2005.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lakeview wrestling coach Steve Nicholl called his team’s season, which saw the squad win a second straight Division 1 district championship, a success “by far.”

“We had, I guess, a tumultuous season with injuries, illnesses, kids who weren’t committed who we parted ways with,” Nicholl said. “I’m excited that we were able to win our district and get (to regionals).”

Lakeview downed St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 42-27 Feb. 9 to win the title. The Huskies beat Grosse Pointe South 42-36 to get to the district final. 

Before the current run of district title wins, Lakeview hadn’t won a postseason tournament since 2005.

The season ended in a 66-16 loss to Anchor Bay High in a regional semifinal Feb. 15 at Fraser High. Anchor Bay fell 31-23 to Macomb Dakota in the final.

Nicholl called Anchor Bay a strong program. The Lakeview coach said his wrestlers in the regional showed pride and heart.

“That’s kind of our mantra at (Lakeview) — ‘pride, heart and intensity,’” Nicholl said. “I’m pretty impressed and proud, especially facing the adversity of the season and coming back. They came together. They worked hard. They’re the ones who pushed themselves, and they achieved a team district (win).”

Huskies seniors Austin Bauslaugh and Jacob Burley, and sophomore Andrew Valente picked up wins in the regional semifinal.

Valente is part of a large group of sophomores who now have two district championships under their belts. Nicholl said the group is getting used to the postseason success.

“They kind of say, ‘Coach, we (want to) win four of those,’” Nicholl said. “It’s a good thing. I’m excited and proud. … All in all, it was a great season.”

Sports Writer Mark Vest contributed to this report.

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