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NOVI - Easton Turner and Dane Flynn were in their wrestling singlets but it was almost like practice. The two 189-pounders from Novi Detroit Catholic Central had to wrestle each other Saturday at the Catholic Central Invitational and Turner squeaked out a 6-4 victory in overtime to advance during the early rounds.

“We practice every day and we both know what’s coming from each other,” said Turner. “I got to my offense at the end,” which netted the victory.

Flynn couldn’t be glad or mad. “It’s kinda hard, he knows all my moves (and) it’s always tough going against your teammate,” he said.

It was tough going against everyone at perhaps the state’s toughest tournament. A who’s who of state powers from all divisions were present and accounted for, including the host school, Catholic Central, along with Macomb Dakota, Davison, Anchor Bay, St. Johns, Oxford, Clarkston, Hudson, Grandville, Warren Woods-Tower and Bay City Western. Most have either won state titles or have had deep runs in the state tournament.

As it turned out, Catholic Central was easily the top team, finishing with 241.5 points while Davison (163), Warren Woods-Tower (146.5) and Macomb Dakota (133.5) followed. Oxford was ninth (90) and Clarkston finished 13th (76), a point behind Anchor Bay (77).

Even the referees wore special shirts with the words “Toughest Tournament in Michigan” printed on the back.

“I’m excited to compete in a tournament like this, it’s a lot of fun,” said Catholic Central’s Ty Morland, a defending state champion whose only loss last season came at the tournament.

Morland beat Marysville’s Nino Bastianelli in a 12-2 major decision to remain unbeaten in 13 matches. He was one of four tournament champions for the Shamrocks, who also added Kevon Davenport, Nick Jenkins and Cameron Amine to the title group. Jenkins beat Allegan’s Chase Beard 3-2 in an ultimate tiebreaker in the heavyweight class, Amine won a 7-1 decision over John Siemasz of Westland John Glenn at 145, and Davenport won a 12-2 decision over Westland John Glenn’s Anthony Gibson to remain unbeaten in 23 matches. Catholic Central’s Rhett Newton (112) placed second and Ben Kamali (119) was third among other Shamrock scorers.

The intensity of the wrestling couldn’t be denied. “C’mon, you have to have a better move than that,” yelled Anchor Bay coach Jim Morisette to one of his wrestlers, 171-pounder Patrick Duffy, who eventually battled in the seventh place match.

Clarkston’s Cole Wiegers pinned Catholic Central’s Brent Butwill in a 112-pound match, and Oxford’s 145-pounder Caleb Tabert earned a 3-1 decision over Hudson’s Gavin Wagner among early-round matches.

Clarkston’s Conor Donahue placed second at 130, Oxford’s Garrett Tyrrell finished fourth, also at 130. Devin Trevino (160) and Trent Myre (152) also finished fourth for Oxford.

Last Updated: 1/7/2017 10:04:53 PM EST

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