Rochester Adams downs Utica Eisenhower in wrestling district final

Highlanders win first district in four seasons

By: Thomas Franz | C&G Newspapers | Published February 12, 2015


Rochester Adams and Utica Eisenhower staged a pair of close dual matches earlier this season, but in a district final on Thursday night, Adams was able to take advantage of a weakened Eagles lineup to win 57-17.

The team district title is Adams' first in four seasons and second in eight years under head coach Mike Holtz.

"We're really proud of the boys. I think it was really a collective team effort," Holtz said. "We believe in ourselves, and I think that's important."

Adams leaned on its trio of seniors in the district final. Adam Beck (140 pounds) and Adam Davenport (171) each scored victories by pinfall in the first round of their matches. Nathan Brech won by a 7-1 decision.

"Their class had 12 kids when they started, and they're the three kids who are still standing, and I think that says something about them," Holtz said. "It's nice for them to leave a nice legacy, regardless of what goes on next week (at regionals), to have a district championship that they helped bring the program to."

Eisenhower was without four of its regular starters in the district tournament, but managed a 42-30 victory against Stoney Creek in a semifinal match.

"We knew that we had our backs against the wall," Eisenhower coach Dave Drath said. "I think the kids wrestled really tough today. I was proud of them."

For Adams, Nick Matthews (103), Dylan Howcroft (119), Jake Anderson (130), Alex Kapittula (145) and Ben Petersmark (215) each won by pinfall. Matt Vilotti (285) and Sam Addy (160) won by decisions, after both of their matches went into overtime.

For the Eagles, Andrew Jaracz (125) and Greg Bobchick (152) won by pinfall. Joe Mets (189) won by major decision.

Adams advances to a regional tournament that will be held at Rochester High School on Feb. 18. Adams will wrestle against Troy High in one semifinal, while Oxford will face Sterling Heights Stevenson.