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  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)
  • Oxford won its fourth straight Division 1 regional wrestling title on Wednesday, beating Rochester Adams in the final. (MIPrepZone photo by Drew Ellis)

ROCHESTER – The postseason isn’t a good time to be bitten by the injury bug, but the Oxford wrestling team wasn’t about to let that keep it from winning another regional title.

Hampered by injuries and illnesses, the Wildcats got past one of their biggest rivals in Clarkston, 34-18, in the regional semifinal before topping host Rochester Adams 54-12 to claim a fourth consecutive Division 1 regional championship.

“Ever since last weekend, each day in practice I have been getting bad news that another guy is hurt or sick and is out. We kept losing starters and it was making me nervous about our chances against Clarkston, because Clarkston is a good team,” Oxford coach Paul McDevitt said. “We told our backups that they needed to step up and the whole lineup knew they had to step up. I think this is the best we have wrestled all season. Our kids battled in every weight class. Everyone did their job.”

The match with Clarkston was a grind, but the Wildcats won nine of the 14 bouts, eight of which were won by decision.

Following the win over the Wolves, Oxford jumped out to a 41-0 lead on Adams, never giving the Highlanders a chance to get into the match.

“After an emotional win against Clarkston, we didn’t want to have a letdown against Adams,” McDevitt said. “We got the kids together before the match and reminded them that Adams is a good team that was going to be hungry and we had to be at our best to win. Our guys stayed focused and took care of business.”

Sergio Borg opened things up with a pinfall win at 2:28 in the 135-pound match. Ryan Miller followed that up with a 3-0 decision over Adams’ Brendan Gibbons at 140 pounds.

Caleb Tabert recorded a pin late in the first round of the 145-pound match for Oxford while Trent Myrie had a pinfall win at 152 pounds, 4:50 into his bout.

Austin Schicht won by void at 160 pounds and Devin Trevino scored a 10-2 decision over Jonny Buchanan at 171 pounds. Dallas Winkleman earned a 9-1 win over Reed Vogt at 189 pounds for the Wildcats while Byron Schlickenmeyer earned a win by void at 215 pounds to make it 41-0.

Rochester Adams got its first points with a void at heavyweight for Ben Petermark. That was followed by a 6-1 decision win for Brady Vibert of Adams over Jake Stonier of Oxford. Adams also got a win at 119 pound when Anug Mangal defeated Nathan Call, 9-6 in overtime.

Oxford’s last three wins saw Liam Hillary pick up a 4-0 decision over Varun Mangal at 112 pounds, while Joe Good defeated Joe Eble 13-2 at 125 pounds and Garrett Tyrrell scored a pinfall in 1:02 at 130 pounds.

Despite the loss in the final, Adams picked up a 51-15 win over Utican Eisenhower in the regional semifinal.

“We just told the guys to run toward the fight and leave it out on the floor and we definitely did that against Eisenhower,” Adams coach Mike Holtz said. “Oxford is Oxford. They are just hard-nosed kids that work hard. Congratulations to them. I am very proud of how our guys worked hard and competed and we have a lot to be proud of here at Adams.”

Adams closes its season with a third consecutive district title, which is something that hasn’t been done at the school in nearly 20 years.

“We were excited to be here. Three district championships in a row. We are really proud of that and our senior class is really proud of that,” Holtz said. “That hasn’t been done since 1997, 98 and 99 so it’s nice for them to go out with that.”

Oxford now advances to the team state finals next weekend from McGuirk Arena on the campus of Central Michigan University. The Wildcats will compete in the quarterfinals on Friday, Feb. 24. They will find out their opponent on Sunday when seeds for the final eight teams are determined.

“Hopefully we get some of our guys back that we didn’t have (Wednesday),” McDevitt said of next week’s finals. “We don’t know where we will be seeded yet, but it’s a place and environment we are familiar with and our guys know we have to keep working. (Wednesday) was a great day for our team and hopefully that is something we can build on and bring some momentum to the quarterfinals.”

Last Updated: 2/15/2017 11:05:04 PM EST


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