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Prep Wrestling Division 1 and 4 Team Finals: Detroit C.C. and Hudson win titles

By: Dan Stickradt, February 25, 2017, 7:53 pm

(PHOTO COURTESY: Michigan HS Sports Scene)

Mount Pleasant — Detroit Catholic Central ends the season where it began, at the top. 

Top-ranked Catholic Central rolled over No. 2 Davison, 35-22, on Saturday to win the school’s 12th title, and fifth in the last eight years, at Central Michigan University’s McGuirk Arena.

The title leapfrogs Catholic Central past Temperance Bedford for most Class A/Division 1 state titles. 

“Right after we lame lost to Davison (in the semifinals) last season the guys went right after it. They were motivated,” said Catholic Central coach Mitch Hancock, whose team’s only loss this season came against Cleveland St. Edwards. “Last year we were given the No. 3 seed even though we had defeated the top seed Hartland and we got to the semifinals and lost. We didn’t wrestle very well at all and got beat. This year we came back ready to compete for a title and the guys did it. We did not lose to a team from Michigan this season.”

Davison now has eight titles and five runners-up finishes. The Cardinals lost to Hartland in last season’s finals (36-23) and to C.C. this season.

“It’s all right. We needed to get a couple upsets to beat a team like Catholic Central. They are very good,” Davison coach Roy Hall said. “We picked up a couple of bonus points but we couldn’t get that one big upset that could have made a difference. C.C. is too strong. But we’ll be back. We return most of our team — started just two seniors today (in the finals).”

In a tight 15-12 match through six weight classes, Catholic Central picked up a pin from Kevon Davenport at 130 to help the Shamrocks pull away.

Catholic Central won eight of the 14 bouts, three by pin, four by decision and one by technical fall.

Division 4

Hudson is back on top. 

The top-ranked Tigers pinned down three-time defending champion New Lothrop, 51-13, in the Division 4 finals at McGuirk Arena.

Hudson made its ninth straight finals appearance, winning five straight (2008-13) to go with this year’s dominating run. New Lothrop defeated Hudson each of the last three seasons in the finals match.

The Tigers (19-9) gained their measure of revenge.

“It’s not really about winning or losing or how many titles that you have over the other team,” said Hudson coach Scott Marry, who now owns 752 career wins. “It’s about the rivalry and that you know whenever you wrestle New Lothrop you know they are going to bring it. It is a classy rivalry and one out of mutual respect. This time we happened to come out on top.”

With a young team, New Lothrop entered the quarterfinals as the No. 6 seed before making a run to the finals. The Hornets (16-9) ran into a buzz saw in the finals. 

Hudson won eight of the first nine weight classes in building a commanding 34-4 lead and never looked back.