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Catholic Central captures D1 team state wrestling crown WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • The Shamrocks of Novi Detroit Catholic Central were the state champions after beating Davison in the D1 team state wrestling finals. (MIPrepZone photo by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • A lively group of cheering students were with the Shamrocks all the way. (MIPrepZone photo by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Catholic Central's Derek Gilcher (left) gave a lift to Davison's Jaron Wilson in their 119-pound match, won by Gilcher. (MIPrepZone photo by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • Davison wrestling coach Roy Hall had some enthusiasm for the Cardinals. (MIPrepZone photo by MARVIN GOODWIN).
  • The Shamrocks' Derek Gilcher (left) gives Davison's Jaron Wilson a lift in their 119-pound match. Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Kevon Davenport (right) of Detroit Catholic Central competes against Marc Shaeffer of Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Kevon Davenport (right) of Detroit Catholic Central has the advantage over Marc Shaeffer of Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Jackson Ross (right) of Detroit Catholic Central positions Colton Cunningham of Davison for the pin at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Nick Jenkins of Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison's Aaron Gilmore at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Jackson Ross of Detroit Catholic Central was too strong against Colton Cunningham of Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Jackson Ross of Detroit Catholic Central give a high-five to coach Mitch Hancock after pinning Davison's Colton Cunningham in a match against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).
  • Detroit Catholic Central competes against Davison at McGuirk Arena in Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (PHOTOS BY KEN KADWELL -- FOR MIPREPZONE.COM).

Shamrocks finish state tourney run with victory over Davison

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Wrestling - 2/25/2017 

Novi Detroit Catholic Central 35
Davison 22

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MOUNT PLEASANT >> While Novi Detroit Catholic Central couldn’t punish Davison as it did past opponents, it mattered little to the Shamrocks.

The end result was all that mattered as Catholic Central captured the Division 1 team state wrestling championship Saturday with a 35-22 victory over Davison at Central Michigan University.

The margin of victory was the closest all season to the state’s most dominating wrestling team, who had rung up 50 or more points on nearly two dozen occasions.

Returning state champion Tyler Morland, Catholic Central’s 171-pounder, punctuated the victory by pinning Davison’s Trevor McGowan in the final match to set off a celebration from the Shamrocks, who won their fourth state title in the last six years.

The No. 1-ranked Shamrocks. who finished at 31-1, beat every team on its schedule, including the seven other Division 1 quarterfinalists, and D2 finalists Lowell, D3 state finalist Dundee and D4 state champion Hudson, among other state tournament representatives in other divisions. The Shamrocks’ only loss was 36-30 to St. Edward of Ohio.

Catholic Central coach Mitch Hancock wasn’t ready to compare this year’s squad to past teams, but this one has solid merits. “We were very confident knowing the schedule that we wrestled,” said Hancock, whose opponents included a number of top-10-ranked teams. “Our seniors came out and pushed the pace. Our boys showed up. To go undefeated in the state of Michigan ... that’s a fantastic group.”

Every wrestler on the Shamrocks’ 28-man state tournament roster had a winning record.

Here’s how Catholic Central did in it’s previous five matches:

Catholic Central 83, Walled Lake Western 0

Catholic Central 60, Salem 0

Catholic Central 73, Dearborn Fordson 0

Catholic Central 55, Brighton 3

Catholic Central 54, Hartland 10

Hartland and Brighton won the last two D1 team state championships, and Davison, the No. 2-seed team with a rich state tournament tradition, gave the Shamrocks a push. But the Cards ran out of steam.

“Of course I’m very proud of our guys,” Davison coach Roy Hall said. “Our kids wrestled wonderful to put us in this situation. Our kids fought hard, it’s all you ask for. They’re a well-coached, good program.”

Catholic Central was behind 5-0 after the first match until Jackson Ross answered by pinning Colton Cunningham in their 215-pound match to give the Shamrocks a lead they’d never relinquish. Two matches later, it was 9-9.

But the Shamrocks never let them get the lead again, although the Cardinals kept nipping at their heels. Halfway through the match, Catholic Central held on to a 15-12 lead, and it was 21-16 in Catholic Central’s favor with five matches remaining,

The Shamrocks, though, unlike many of their past victories by big margins, methodically grinded out this one.

Cameron Amine, one of five returning state champions in the lineup, rolled up nine points in the first period of his match against Greyson Robart in the 140-pound class en route to a 20-3 technical fall which gave the Shamrocks a 26-16 lead.

Kevon Davenport, Catholic Central’s 130-pounder and another returning state champion, had previously pumped up the Shamrocks by pinning Marc Shaeffer in the second period of their 130-pound match.

Returning state champ Ben Kamali of Catholic Central displayed his prowess as a takedown machine against Steven Garty of Davison, another highly-ranked wrestler, in forging a 13-7 victory.

Catholic Central’s Derek Gilcher, who had trailed 4-2 in his 119-pound match against Davison’s Jaron Wilson, muscled a 9-8 decision over his counterpart in a key swing match. Another key match was heavyweight Nick Jenkins, who needed a takedown in the final period to secure a 3-1 victory over Davison’s Aaron Gilmore.

“I knew I beat him earlier in the year and sooner or later, I was going to get that takedown,” said Jenkins, grateful for the experience. “It’s a great feeling. We came up short the last two years ... (but) it feels great to share it with the whole community.”

Catholic Central won eight matches to Davison’s six, tallied three of those victories by fall, and yielded no victories by fall the entire state tournament. Catholic Central has now won 12 state wrestling championships in its history with five coming in the last eight years.

CATHOLIC CENTRAL 35, DAVISON 22

189 - Brenden McRill (D) tech. fall Conner Curnutte 28-13; 215 - Jackson Ross (CC) pinned Colton Cunningham 1:43; 285 - Nick Jenkins (CC) def. Aaron Gilmore 3-1; 103 - Andrew Chambal (D) maj. dec. Devon Johnsen 9-1; 112 - Ben Kamali (CC) dec. Steven Garty 13-7; 119 - Derek Gilcher (CC) dec. Jaron Wilson 9-8; 125 - AJ Facundo (D) dec. Stone Moscovic 7-3; 130 - Kevon Davenport (CC) pinned Marc Shaeffer 3:00; 135 - Jay Nivison (D) maj. dec. Joe Urso 13-5; 140 - Cameron Amine (CC) tech. fall Greyson Robart 20-3; 145 - Aidan Wagh (CC) dec. Ryan Schlak 7-3; 152 - Brian Case ()D) dec. Brendin Yatooma 3-1; 160 - Cal Stefanko (D) dec. Rory Cox 7-4; 171 - Tyler Morland (CC) pinned Trevor McGowan :30.

RECORDS - Catholic Central 31-1. Davison 26-4.

Last Updated: 2/25/2017 7:44:29 PM EST


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