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Kaelan Richards of Rochester felt the pain from Brant Schafer of St. Johns in the 135-pound finals at the Tournament of Champions. (The Oakland Press/MARVIN GOODWIN).


WRESTLING: Catholic Central places fifth at Tournament of Champions WITH VIDEO

Hanson wins 145-pound title; Rochester sixth in one of state's toughest competitions;

Ethan Frick of Clarkston is in control of Shawn Shadaia of Rochester in their 189-pound match for fifth place. (The Oakland Press/MARVIN GOODWIN).

Josh Wood (left) of Rochester heads toward the mat in a bad way against Jacob Schmitt of St. Johns in the 125-pound finals.

Catholic Central's Mike Babicz (left) anguishes as he tries to get his face off the mat in a 160-pound match against Cody Beam of Springport. (The Oakland Press/MARVIN GOODWIN).

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GOODRICH — Medals were hard to come by at the annual Goodrich Tournament of Champions wrestling tournament late Friday at Goodrich High School, and with good reason.

The field of teams from all four divisions comprised a loaded collection of high caliber wrestlers from around the state.

State powers Dundee and Hesperia, both in Division 4, Greenville (Division 2) and St. Johns (Division 2), were among the teams which also included Oakland County representatives Rochester, Clarkston and Novi Detroit Catholic Central, last year’s Division 1 state runnerup.

“Clarkston’s been coming here a long time and this is one of the strongest years,” Clarkston coach Derek Moscovic said of the teams. “You’ve got some of the best teams in the state and the best in the nation.”

Indeed, St. Johns, ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 3 in the nation, was far and away the best squad as the Redwings scored 279 1/2 points to take the tournament title. The Redwings bettered their winning point total from last year by more than 50 points. Dundee was second with 158 1/2, Greenville followed with 124, Hesperia had 111 and Catholic Central, with its second-tier “White” checked in with 99 1/2 points. Rochester (97) was sixth and Clarkston placed 13th (68).

Catholic Central’s Riley Hanson was the area’s lone champ as he nipped Cam Chamberlain of Springport 5-4 to take the 140-pound title.

“It’s real exciting, it’s been a while since I’ve won a tournament ... getting to the finals,” said Hanson, whose third-period takedown secured the victory.

Much of the Shamrocks’ firepower, its “Blue” squad, was in Ohio Wednesday and Thursday, competing at the Medina (Ohio) tournament. Catholic Central had four champs to take the tournament title.

But the White squad had its share of success at Goodrich. Besides Hanson, Zack Colone was fourth at 112, Casey Hagrn was fifth at 125, Andrew Thompson placed third at 135 and Michael Babicz was fifth at 160.

“Just an overall good effort,” said Shamrocks assistant Kevin Griffin. “We wanted to come here and put together a good showing. These kids can perform at a high level.”

Rochester’s Josh Wood (125) and Kaelan Richards (135) each reached the finals before hitting a brick wall in the form of highly-regarded St. Johns wrestlers, Jacob Schmitt and Brant Schafer, respectively.

“My other matches I wrestled pretty solidly,” Wood said. “My semifinal was pretty close, I got a takedown at the end and actually pinned him (New Boston Huron’s Joe Ferguson in 5:24).”

But Schmitt was on another level as he scored a technical fall over Wood, a two-time state finalist. “He was quite a bit stronger,” Wood said.

Richards, who won three straight matches before meeting Schafer, knew the feeling. He also lost on a technical fall. “I have to work harder in practice, work on my shots,” he said as he looks toward the rest of the season.

Clarkston’s Chris Calvano salvaged a third place finish in the 171-pound class, avenging an early exit at the Oakland County meet two weeks ago.

“I think I did a lot better than I had been lately,” said Calvano, who is 13-3 on the season. “I was going hard even though you want to fall over. That was the difference between this week and two weeks ago.”

“He (Calvano) wasn’t seeded and he came back to wrestle for third (place),” Moscovic said. “I’m proud of all the guys. They did a nice job.”

Clarkston’s Nick Vandermeer (152) beat Rochester’s Aaron Morgan 6-4 to secure fifth place and teammate Ethan Frick beat Rochester’s Shawn Sandaia 5-0 to finish fifth at 189.

Goodrich Tournament of Champions

(Friday at Goodrich High)

TEAMS — 1. St. Johns 279 1/2; 2. Dundee 158 1/2; 3. Greenville 124; 4. Hesperia 111; 5. Novi Detroit Catholic Central 99 1/2; 6. Rochester 97; 7. New Boston Huron 93 1/2; 8. Southgate Anderson 85 1/2; 9. Lapeer West 85; 10. (tie) Birch Run and Springport 76; 12. Addison 69 1/2; 13. Clarkston 68; 14. Fowlerville 66; 15. Grand Ledge 52; 16. Napoleon 41; 17. Onstead 34 1/2; 18. Roseville 27; 19. Lapeer East 25 1/2; 20. Bronson 23.


285 — 1. Brett Martin (Hesperia) d. John Marogen (Dundee) 15-7, 3. Corey Arnouts (Grand Ledge) d. Luke Laidlaw (Greenville) 2-1, 5. David Velez (Southgate Anderson) inj. default Scott Devos (Clarkston).

103 — 1. Jerry Fenner (Birch Run) d. Brandon Brooks (New Boston Huron) 16-2, 3. Corey Agens (Hesperia) p. Mike Schmidt (Grand Ledge) 3:35, 5. Jacob Voss (Addison) d. Dalton Roberts (Fowlerville).

112 — 1. Dean Somers (Lapeer West) d. Chase Siersema (Hesperia) 3-0, 3. Jason Richardson (Addison) d. Zack Colone (Catholic Central) 5-1, 5. J.J. Brickley (Grand Ledge) inj. def. Jack Waters (Goodrich).

119 — 1. Zac Hall (St. Johns) d. Hunter Machus (Bronson) 22-9, 3. Dakota Carie (Lapeer West) d. Doug Zundel (Roseville) 6-4, 5. Zack Yates (Hesperia) d. Logan Parks (Southgate Anderson) 11-1.

125 — 1. Jacob Schmitt (St. Johns) tech. fall Josh Wood (Rochester) 26-8, 3. Joe Ferguson (New Boston Huron) d. Alec Ward (Greenville) 9-5, 5. Casey Hagrn (Catholic Central) d. Ty Defay (Addison) 9-1.

130 — 1. Logan Massa (St. Johns) d. Doug Rojem (Dundee) 4-2, 3. Lake Bennett (Birch Run) inj. def. Adam Nichols (Lapeer West), 5. Alex Molloy (Southgate Anderson) d. Travis Smith (Hesperia) 13-5.

135 — 1. Brant Schafer (St. Johns) tech. fall Kaelan Richards (Rochester) 22-5, 3. Andrew Thompson (Catholic Central) d. Coty Kimble (Addison), 5. Damian Johnson (Birch Run) inj. def. Brandon Atchley (Dundee).

140 — 1. Riley Hanson (Catholic Central) d. Cam Chamberlain (Springport) 5-4, 3. Brody Whitman (Dundee) d. Kirk Wawrzynak (Roseville) 3-2, 5. Rory Bender (St. Johns) d. Jesse Adrian (Onsted) 9-6.

145 — 1. Josh Pennell (St. Johns) d. Logan Ritchie (New Boston Huron) 8-1, 3. Liam Gantharn (Dundee) d. Curtis Brownell 9-4, 5. Dalton Moulton (Napoleon) d. Dean Vettese (Rochester) 13-1.

152 — 1. Travis Curley (St. Johns) d. Shawn Brewer (New Boston Huron) 3-1, 3. Zach Newhouse (Dundee) d. Austin Cottergim (Fowlerville) 13-7, 5. Nick Vandermeer (Clarkston) d. Aaron Morgan (Rochester) 6-4.

160 — 1. Jordan Wohlfert (St. Johns) d. Lelund Weatherspoon (Napoleon) 5-4, 3. Luke Gilmore (Greenville) d. Todd Olson (Dundee) 10-4, 5. Michael Babicz (Catholic Central) d. Cody Beam (Springport)10-7.

171 — 1. Taylor Massa (St. Johns) p. C.J. Melton (Lapeer West) :59, 3. Chris Calvano (Clarkston) inj. def. Cody DeVoe (Rochester), 5. Kaleb Bell (Greenville) inj. def. Teddy Warren (Dundee).

189 — 1. Jordan Thomas (Greenville) d. Payne Hayden (St. Johnson) 10-2, 3. Devon Bronson (Southgate Anderson) d. Brand Viers (Dundee) 6-4, 5. Ethan Frick (Clarkston) d. Shawn Shadaia (Rochester) 5-0.

215 — 1. Brian Moran (Fowlerville) d. Joe Ericson (Springport) 6-5, 3. Ben Dominques (Southgate Anderson) 6-4, 5. Carter Magirl (Greenville) inj. def. C.J. Dominguez (Southgate Anderson).

Last Updated: 12/31/2011 5:32:32 PM EST

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