Set up for success

By: Mike Moore | Southfield Sun | Published January 10, 2017

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SOUTHFIELD — This will be the best year the Southfield A&T wrestling program has ever known when all is said and done.

Technically, because this is the first year the program has ever known, that aforementioned fact may carry a little less weight.

Still, as the Warriors continue through the winter campaign, they’re certainly doing everything in their power to make this year, if nothing else, a standard setter to be proud of.

“We’ve set ourselves up real nicely,” coach Eric Moon said. “As a team, we’ve only lost one dual. We’ve had some individual guys really step up.”

Max Doggett has led the charge in the individual regard.

The senior is currently the eighth-ranked wrestler in the 171-pound weight class, according to michigangrappler.com, has posted a 10-1 record so far this year, and recently took second overall in the Oakland County championships.

“He wanted that title,” Moon said with a laugh. “I think if Max and the guy that beat him wrestle 10 times, they each win five. But taking second is something to be proud of. He was second in the entire county, beat someone who eliminated him last year, and had a great weekend.”

After nearly 40 wins as a junior, Doggett’s success this season hasn’t come as a huge surprise.

“He wants to build on what he did at the county event. His goal is to win a state title,” Moon said. “He does all the things you need to do to be successful. He works at getting better. He’s practicing on Sunday nights, just everything it takes.”

The rest of the team has followed suit.

The Warriors were 6-1 at press time in dual meets, and they have put together a solid year so far while incorporating a relatively new lineup.

“We have real good numbers, with about 40 kids on the team,” Moon said. “We had some kids from Lathrup who decided to come out for the first time, which is great. It’s been a smooth transition.”

And it’s one he hopes to roll with all the way to the state finals.

“This really could be a special year,” Moon said. “We have some guys who are focused on reaching states. And as a team, we’re 6-1 and have a chance to go to the league tournament (Oakland Activities Association White Division) with a chance to win it all.”

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