Warren Woods Tower wrestling takes D-2 district title

Titans score 7 pins in district final

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published February 10, 2016

 The Warren Woods Tower and St. Clair Shores Lake Shore wrestling teams battled for a Division 2 district title Feb. 10. Pictured is Lake Shore's Trevor Tobias looking to take down Tower's Tyler Groves during the 119-pound match in the district final.

The Warren Woods Tower and St. Clair Shores Lake Shore wrestling teams battled for a Division 2 district title Feb. 10. Pictured is Lake Shore's Trevor Tobias looking to take down Tower's Tyler Groves during the 119-pound match in the district final.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

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WARREN — The Warren Woods Tower wrestling team won its first district title since 2014 with a 68-9 win over St. Clair Shores Lake Shore in a Division 1 tournament Feb. 10 at Warren Lincoln.

The Titans advance to take on the winner of a Madison Heights Lamphere regional at 5 p.m. Feb. 17 at Tower.

“Hopefully, the home crowd will help,” Tower coach Greg Mayer said. “It’s been a long time since we hosted a regional. We’re pretty excited about it. Hopefully the student body will come out to support us.

“We had a meet earlier this season against De La Salle where the entire student body came out and a lot of them didn’t really know a lot about wrestling, but they liked it. We want that to carry over to the regional.”

Tower scored seven pins in the district final. Lake Shore heavyweight Tanner Koval recorded his team’s lone pin. Shorians 125-pounder Trevor Tobias put his team up 3-0 after the opening match with a 7-2 decision over Tower’s Tyler Groves.

One of the Tower pins came from 135-pounder Joey Schindler. The decision gave Schindler the 100th win of his career.

“It took a lot of hard work to get to that point,” Schindler said. “Hopefully there’s more to come this year for me and my team.”

Lake Shore coach Sam Leto said he’s proud of how his team fought.

“We have a young team. We just wanted to come in here and put up a fight and see what happens,” Leto said. “Hats off to Tower. They’re a tough team. I thought we hung in there pretty well against them.”

To get to the district final, Tower beat Warren Lincoln 55-21. Lincoln downed Tower in a district final last year. Lake Shore bested Center Line High 60-12 to get to the district final.

“They did what they needed to do tonight,” Mayer said. “We got a lot out of some guys who don’t really get a chance to be in the lineup all the time. Its things like that, as a coach, you’re proud about.

“Our goals haven’t been met yet. I think they understand that.”

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