Catholic Central outlasts Walled Lake Central for sixth straight Oakland County title
LAKE ORION — With a somewhat inexperienced team, Mitch Hancock wasn’t sure if his state-ranked Novi Detroit Catholic Central squad had enough to win the two-day Oakland County Wrestling Tournament marathon.
The eighth-year head coach found out that his young squad will again be a force to be reckoned with in 2014-15.
The defending state champion Shamrocks captured their sixth straight Oakland County title with 293.5 points, outlasting fellow state ranked teams Walled Lake Central (280) and Oxford (200) in a talented field of over 40 schools Friday-Saturday at Lake Orion High School.
Ortonville Brandon (193.5), White Lake Lakeland (166.5), Rochester Adams (157); Waterford Kettering (135), West Bloomfield (128.5), Birmingham Seaholm (122) and Lake Orion (121) rounded out the top 10.
“I have always said that Oakland County, from top to bottom, is the deepest county for wrestling talent in the entire state,” noted Hancock. “So winning this is important for us. It’s a great confidence builder for this team. We are somewhat inexperienced (in terms of starters) and I thought Walled Lake Central was the favorite going in. But we had some guys really step up. I think, by the end of the season, we are going to be a really difficult team to beat.”
Catholic Central had nine placers in the 14 weight classes en route to its team title, its record-tying sixth straight. Clarkston and Hazel Park have also won six in a row in the 55th annual event, with Clarkston last doing so from 2001-2006.
It was the highest finish for Walled Lake Central in nearly two decades, as the Vikings had 12 placers overall this season. Walled Lake Central won the tournament 18 years ago in 1996 and has only resurfaced as one of the county’s top 10 teams.
“I am happy with (placing high) at a tournament like this, but not satisfied,” offered Walled Lake Central coach Al Freeman, who has guided his team from being outside of the top 10 three years ago to a runner up finish this season. “We came in her thinning we can win it all. Finishing second is still a great accomplishment. Catholic Central was just a little better than us this time. They have a great program.”
Malik Amine (160), Nick Giese (189), Aaron Rehfeldt (112), and Trevor Zdebski (135) all won four titles for the champion Shamrocks.
“Our senior class does not like to lose,” end of the season,” said Zdebski, who won his third Oakland County title in four years. “We have never lost this tournament as a team since we have been here and we have some talented young guys that had something to prove. We came together (at the right time).”
Rochester Stoney Creek’s Andrew Price captured the title at 171, moving to 14-0 on the season.
“This is a great start, but It’s always about peaking at the end of the season,” said Price. "A lot of guys come here and win and then go on and win a state championship. Other guys do well here and then not place at the state meet. You have to keep it going.”
Oxford’s Wyatt Hardin (215) was a state qualifier last season, but often times in dual meets was a reserve. Now as a full-time starter at 171, the junior has something to prove. Teammate Alex Hrisopoulous (130) also captured a title for Oxford.
“Last year I didn’t wrestle here at the county. I did qualify as an individual for state meet and now I have my chance this year as a regular (starter),” said Hardin. “I want to get back to the state finals this year and win it all. This is the first step. Winning a tournament this big will give me some confidence going into the rest of the season.”
Other winners on the day included Lakeland’s Nolan Klapek (103), Farmington Harrison’s Michael Volyanyuk (119), Walled Lake Central’s Brett Freeman (125), West Bloomfield’s Matt Gudenau (140), Waterford Kettering’s Timmy Hagelin (145), Milford’s Brandon Krol (285) and Clarkston’s Nick Vandermeer (152).
For Vandemeer, the fourth brother to wrestle for Clarkston over the past two decades, he became the second sibling to win a title for the Wolves.
“All of my brothers have placed here several times,,” said the youngest Vandmeer. “It feels great to win here. My ultimate goal is to win a state championship. I have worked very hard since last year to get to where I am right now. I have a long ways to go, but hope this will give me some confidence later in the season that I can compete with the best in the state.”
55TH ANNUAL OAKLAND COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
(Dec. 19-20 at Lake Orion H.S.)
TEAM SCORES — 1. Novi Detroit Catholic Central, 293.5; 2. Walled Lake Central, 280; 3. Oxford, 200; 4. Ortonville Brandon, 193.5; 5. White Lake Lakeland,166.5; 6. Rochester Adams, 157.0; 7. Waterford Kettering, 135; 8. West Bloomfield, 128.5; 9. Birmingham Seaholm, 122; 10. Lake Orion, 121; 11. Novi, 111; 12. Clarkston, 110.5; 13. Milford, 109.5; 14. South Lyon, 107.5; 15. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 100; 16. Troy, 99; 17. Rochester Stoney Creek, 91; 18. Troy Athens, 88; 19. Farmington, 81.5; 20. Farmington Harrison, 80; 21. Pontiac, 78.5; 22. Holly, 74.5; 23. Walled Lake Northern, 74; 24. Ferndale, 70.5; 25. Berkley, 70; 26. (tie) North Farmington, 26; Southfield, 66; 28. Auburn Hills Avondale, 65; Bloomfield Hills, 57; 30. South Lyon East, 56; 31. Waterford Mott, 55; 32. Hazel Park, 49; 33. Rochester, 46; 34. Birmingham Brother Rice, 35; : Walled Lake Western, 34; 36. Royal Oak, 28; 37. Birmingham Groves, 16; 38. Pontic Notre Dame Prep, 10; 39. Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest, 9; 40. (tie) Clawson, 0; Southfield Lathrup, 0; Oak Park, 0; Madison Heights Lamphere, 0; Madison Heights Madison, 0; Madison Heights Bishop Foley, 0; Pontiac Academy For Excellence, 0; Lake Orion Baptist, 0; Troy Bethany Christian, 0.
160 POUNDS — 1. Malik Amine (Novi Detroit Catholic Central) p. Thor Wardell (Ortonville Brandon) 5:40; 3. William Jacobs (White Lake Lakeland) d. Deshawn Cole (West Bloomfield) 5-3; 5. Steve Addy (Rochester Adams) p. Corbin Moorer (Waterford Mott) 1:51; 7. Chris Saaditjoo (Birmingham Seaholm) maj. dec. Kyle Masters (Clarkston) 11-1.
171 — 1. Andrew Price (Rochester Stoney Creek) p. Adam Davenport (Rochester Adams) 5:51; 3. Conor Cox (Novi Detroit Catholic Central) p. Devon Bazile (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s) 3:20; 5. George Noutai (Walled Lake Central) d. Bryant Thickstun (White Lake Lakeland) 7-2; 7. Michael Saaditjoo (Birmingham Seaholm) d. Kenny Brown (Ortonville Brandon) 5-2.
189 — 1. Nick Giese (Novi Detroit Catholic Central) maj. dec. Alex Sovel (Walled Lake Central) 12-4; 3. Andrew Bovay (White Lake Lakeland) d. maj. dec. Jameson Donahue (South Lyon) 9-5;5. Josh Cohoon (Clarkston) d. Nick Reid (Pontiac) 7-3; 7. Jimmy Gray (Holly) maj. dec. Kobie Davis (Ferndale) 18-4.
215 — 1. Wyatt Hardin (Oxford) d. Logan Shadaia (Lake Orion) 5-3; 3. Dakota Tuomi (Birmingham Seaholm) p. Caleb Alexander (Waterford Kettering) 3:49; 5. Blake Bueter (Novi Detroit Catholic Central) d. Tim Texlinski (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s) 4-2; 7. Cooper Smith (Novi) d. Stephan Jackson (Auburn Hills Avondale) injury default.
285 — 1. Brandon Krol (Milford) p. Jamie Demers (Walled Lake Northern) 0:50; 3. Justin Hollins (West Bloomfield) p. Joshua Dabney (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s) 1:37; 5. Jacob Sokoll (White Lake Lakeland) p. John Dixon (South Lyon) 0:55; 7. David Murray (Troy) p. Makene Culpepper (Southfield) 4:55.
103 — 1. Nolan Klapek (White Lake Lakeland) d. Daniel Manier (Farmington) 10-4; 3. Nick Freeman (Walled Lake Central) p. Ryan Miller (Oxford) 0:59; 5. Stone Moskovic (Novi Detroit Catholic Central) p. Varun Mangrel (Rochester Adams) 2:02; 7. Daltan Myers (Lake Orion) p. Ja’Kobe Jones (Pontiac) 2:05.
112 — 1. Aaron Rehfeldt (Novi Detroit Catholic Central) p. Sergio Borg (Oxford) 5:51; 3. Bernie Barden (Walled Lake Central) d. Kevin Thomas (Troy) 6-3; 5. Nate Hampton (Rochester Stoney Creek) d. KeMonte Simons (Hazel Park) 7-5; 7. Carsen Cuthbert (Holly) d. Travis Davis (Novi) 8-1.
119 — 1. Michael Volyanyuk (Farmington Harrison) d. Kaleb Marion (Walled Lake Central) 4-3; 3. Warren Standield (North Farmington) d. Corey Conrad (Waterford Kettering) 10-8; 5. Lee Hewson (Royal Oak) d. Aaron Hoorn (South Lyon) 9-2; 7. Dylan Howcroft (Rochester Adams) d. Dom Fosmoen (Lake Orion) 7-2.
125 — 1. Ben Freeman (Walled Lake Central) maj. dec. Bryan LaVearn (Ortonville Brandon) 13-4; 3. Tommy Hermann (Novi Detroit Catholic Central)) d. Hunter Truba (Hazel Park) inj. default; 5. Will Jackson (Novi) maj. dec. Kyle Gray (Auburn Hills Avondale) 9-1; 7. Tyler Mack (Berkley) maj. dec. Garret Tyrell (Oxford) 17-5.
130 — 1. Alex Hrisopoulous (Oxford) d. Daniel Shear (Walled Lake Central) 8-4; 3. Brandon Ladd (Ortonville Brandon) p. Trevor Hatfield (Holly) 2:34; 5. Jake Anderson (Rochester Adams) p. Bennie Buckner (Ferndale) 3:59; 7. Aidan Wagh (Novi Detroit Catholic Central) d. Anthony Gonzales (Waterford Kettering) 11-10.
135 — 1. Trevor Zdebski (Novi Detroit Catholic Central) p. Kajuan Caldwell (Bloomfield Hills) 3:30; 3. Ethan Douglas (Ortonville Brandon) d. Daniel Allor (Farmington Harrison) 7-5; 5. Jesse Jones (Farmington)) d. Dominic Paterra (Walled Lake Central) 8-2; Malik Parker (Pontiac) d. Colton Cleaver (Holly) injury default.
140 — 1. Matt Gudenau (West Bloomfield) d. Collin Campbell (Oxford) 5-0; 3. Nick Costanzo (Walled Lake Central) d. Robby Keyes (Troy Athens) 8-4; 5. Michael Jacobs (White Lake Lakeland) d. Trevor Bageris (Milford) inj. default; 7. Cody Sickels (South Lyon) d. Amarae Kittles (Ortonville Brandon) 11-5.
145 — 1. Timmy Hagelin (Waterford Kettering) d. Nick Joseph (Novi Detroit Catholic Central) 1-0; 3. Andrew Ellicott (Troy) d. Brown Gary (Berkley) 5-3; 5. David Joyner (Milford) d. Haydin Kinjorski (Walled Lake Central) 5-3; 7. Joshua Tesarz (Birmingham Brother Rice) d. Alex Kapitula (Rochester Adams) 17-13.
152 — 1. Nick Vandmeer (Clarkston d. Jacob Stitely (Walled Lake Central) 5-4; 3. John Staron (Troy Athens) p. Danny Collins (Ferndale) 4:04; 5. Kyle Benkarski (Novi) d. Cody Blackburn (White Lake Lakeland) 5-2; 7. Patrick Liess (Walled Lake Northern) p. Tony Tuppins (Rochester Adams) 3:00.