OXFORD — Oxford’s wrestling team has won its share of league titles, but as far as the Wildcats are concerned, you can never have enough.
The Wildcats did it again in the comfy confines of their home gym, snaring another OAA Red championship Saturday with another convincing performance.
Oxford scored 212 points to finish ahead of runnerup Clarkston (178) and third-place Rochester (133). Rochester Adams (109), Stoney Creek (108.5) and Farmington (88.5) followed as the Wildcats put another piece of hardward in the trophy case.
That’s eight straight titles for the Wildcats, who won four straight in the Flint Metro League before moving their dominance to the OAA four seasons ago.
“I think the first year we came into the OAA we were state champs,” Oxford coach Paul McDevitt said of the Wildcats’ continued success. “But now, this was a battle with Clarkston. It was really close going into that final round. It was good competition.”
Indeed, Clarkston had its share of finalists as the Wolves hounded the Wildcats to the end.
“I’m proud of our kids,” Clarkston coach Derek Moscovic said. “I think we had six guys in the finals. It’s a big accomplishment. They wrestled for each other.”
Oxford finished with a 7-0 league record and was 25-4 overall. The Wildcats had key victories at 171 when Wes Maskill rallied from a 5-3 deficit to win in overtime over Rochester’s Shane Shadaia, and at heavyweight, when Zach Wood forged a 7-4 victory over Rochester’s Cameron Daniels.
Shadaia, leading 5-3, was called for stalling and fleeing the mat in the last seconds of regulation, raising the ire of Rochester coach Frank Lafferty, who protested the call.
“I knew I had to get that last takedown for the win,” said Maskill, who drew on his earlier experience against Shadaia in a close match which ended in his favor. “I really wanted to get that league championship.”
Wood and Daniels were in a seesaw battle until Wood held on for a 7-4 decision. “It was challenging,” Wood said. “I got injured about two weeks ago (and) I had to push through saying I can beat this kid. He’s (Daniels) a great competitor.”
Oxford’s 215-pounder Ben Line outdueled Clarkston’s Nate Troutvine 4-2 in a titanic struggle that left both wrestlers exhausted.
Alex Hrisopoulos, who nipped Farmington’s Harrison’s Mike Volyanyuk 5-4 in the 112-pound class, and 103-pounder Jacob Call also won titles for the Wildcats.
Edwin Schlickenmeyer, who topped Clarkston's Jake Dionne at 135, also was in the winner's circle for Oxford.
Clarkston’s Bret Foltz, a 4-3 winner over Farmington’s Jesse Jones at 130, and Kyle Masters (140), also won titles for the Wolves.
Stoney Creek’s tandem of Kyle Noonan (125) and Andrew Price (160) also won titles, as did Jack Addy of Rochester Adams, a 6-2 winner over Oxford’s Noah Kinne.
Rochester’s Shwan Shadaia pinned Oxford’s Grant Krause in the 189-pound finals, teammate Ryan Morgan beat Clarkston's Tyler Slating at 145, and Lake Orion’s David Moore (119) also won a league title.
OAA RED Results
TEAMS — 1. Oxford 212; 2. Clarkston 178; 3. Rochester 133; 4. Rochester Adams 109; 5. Stoney Creek 108.5; 6. Farmington 88.5; 7. Farmington Harrison 56; 8. Lake Orion 50.5.
103 — 1. Jacob Call (Oxford) dec. Chase Walkowiak (Farmington) 10-7, 3. Andrew Sare (Rochester) pinned Nate Hampton (Stoney Creek) 4:58.
112 — 1. Alex Hrisopoulos (Oxford) dec. Michael Volyanyuk (Farmington Harrison) 5-4, 3. Greg Miller (Clarkston) pinned Dylan Howcroft (Rochester Adams) :35.
119 — 1. David Moore (Lake Orion) maj. dec. Connor Ryan (Clarkston) 16-5, 3. Collin Campbell (Oxford) pinned Connor Gibbons (Rochester) 4:09.
125 — 1. Kyle Noonan (Stoney Creek) dec. Cameron Wilkie (Clarkston) 4-3, 3. Tyler Dukart (Rochester) dec. Jake Anderson (Rochester Adams) 10-6.
130 — 1. Bret Foltz (Clarkston) dec. Jesse Jones (Farmington) 4-3, 3. Aidan Pierobon (Stoney Creek) dec. Nick Maier (Rochester) 5-0.
135 — 1. Edwin Schlickenmeyer (Oxford) maj. dec. Jake Dionne (Clarkston) 14-3, 3. William Tang (Rochester Adams) dec. Gabe Colston (Farmington Harrison) 3-2.
140 — 1. Kyle Masters (Clarkston) maj. dec. Adam Beck (Rochester Adams) 11-2, 3. Kavinda Herath (Farmington) pinned Trevor Larson (Stoney Creek) 4:27.
145 — 1. Ryan Morgan (Rochester) dec. Tyler Slating (Clarkston) 8-1, 3. Peter Economou (Oxford) dec. Sam Addy (Rochester Adams) 5-2.
152 — 1. Jack Addy (Rochester Adams) dec. Noah Kinne (Oxford) 6-2, 3. Nolan Ericksen (Clarkston) dec. Dominic Shepherd (Farmington Harrison) 7-3.
160 — 1. Andrew Price (Stoney Creek) pinned Devon Fulcher (Lake Orion) 4:13, 3. Kas Waitkus (Clarkston) dec. Matt Justice (Farmington) 6-2.
171 — 1. Wesley Maskill (Oxford) dec. Shane Shadaia (Rochester) 7-5 OT, 3. Zach Davis (Stoney Creek) pinned Dale Main (Farmington Harrison) 3:47.
189 — 1. Shwan Shadaia (Rochester) pinned Grant Krause (Oxford) 3:07, 3. Will Degrendel (Stoney Creek)( dec. Adam Davenport (Rochester Adams) 10-6.
215 — 1. Ben Line (Oxford) dec. Nate Toutvine (Clarkston) 4-2, 3. Alex Holder (Rochester Adams) dec. Trent Bekker (Farmington) 8-6 OT.
285 — 1. Zach Wood (Oxford) dec. Cameron Daniels (Rochester) 7-4, 3. Manuel Sanchez (Farmington) pinned Logan Shadaia (Lake Orion) 4:19.