St. Clair Shores Lakeview wrestlers and coaches pose with their Division 1 district title trophy after a 45-27 Feb. 7 win over Grosse Pointe South. The Huskies have won four straight district titles.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview wrestlers and coaches pose with their Division 1 district title trophy after a 45-27 Feb. 7 win over Grosse Pointe South. The Huskies have won four straight district titles.

Photo by Jason Carmel Davis


Lakeview wrestling tops Grosse Pointe South for fourth straight district title

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published February 7, 2019

GROSSE POINTE — St. Clair Shores Lakeview 152-pound wrestler Pierce Ratliff started with a pin in his team's Feb. 7 Division 1 district final against Grosse Pointe South.

It gave the Huskies the lead and that was his goal going in.

"My coaches just told me to go out there and get the guys fired up," Ratliff said. "That's what I did. I did what I could do to help my team win."

Ratliff's early work helped Lakeview to a 45-27 win over South and a fourth straight district championship. The Huskies (18-4 overall) advance to face Warren Mott in a D-1 regional semifinal at a time, date and site to be determined. The Marauders beat Warren De La Salle 36-34 for their fourth consecutive district title.

The Huskies led the district final from start to finish. Lakeview 160-pounder Jacob Wyatt followed Ratliff's pin with one of his own to give the Huskies a 12-0 lead. 

Lakeview led 15-0 before the Blue Devils (8-6) got on the board. South 189-pounder Nolan Ulp and 215-pounder Miles Dearing each scored pins to cut the Huskies lead to 15-12.

Lakeview's Brian Hannah scored a pin in the heavyweight match to put his team up 21-12. The Huskies won the next match, at 103 pounds, by void to go up 27-12. 

Blue Devils 112-pounder Morgan Richards battled his way to three points, which cut the Lakeview lead to 27-15, then the Huskies went up 33-15 at 119 after another void.

South's Alex Roth recorded a pin in the 125-pound match to pull his team closer at 33-21.

Lakeview 135-pounder Lewis Hoenicke bested South's Walker Finazzo 14-11 in their bout to put the Huskies up 39-21 with two matches left, sealing the win.

"We just had some things go our way as far as matchups," Lakeview coach Steve Nicholl said. "I thought once we got the pin in the heavyweight match we were in good shape. I was confident after that. Our guys wrestled well tonight. They fought hard."

South coach David Salazar said his team came out on top in the bouts he expected it to, but some big scores from Lakeview put the Blue Devils in a hole.

"We fought. This is the furthest we've advanced in a couple of years," Salazar said. "I'm proud of our guys."

Nicholl said that his team went into regionals in past runs just happy to be there. That won't be the case this year.

"We're going in there to win," he said.