FARMINGTON HILLS Seven or eight years ago, Farmington Harrison barely had a wrestling squad. Hawks coach Jim Stuef recalls those barren days of low numbers and competing in the shadows of the vaunted state-caliber football program at Harrison.
Now, the Hawks have strong numbers, a commitment to wrestling, with the blessings of football coach John Herrington, who watched the improving Hawks compete in an OAA Red double dual Wednesday at Harrison.
Im watching some of my football players, smiled Herrington. And although the Hawks took it on the chin twice, losing a 50-19 decision to state-ranked Clarkston and a 36-30 verdict to Rochester Adams, the Hawks wont be taken lightly this season.
Its a big step to move up in this division, said Stuef, noting that every team in the OAA Red has won a wrestling state championship with the exception of Harrison and Rochester, a current top-10 state-ranked team. I thought we had a chance against Adams. It came down to one match.
Were proud of our kids, but we still have a lot of ground to cover.
Clarkston earned a 44-15 decision over Lake Orion and Adams also notched a pair of wins, edging the Dragons 36-24 to go with its victory over the Hawks.
Against Harrison, Clarkston trailed 16-10 after Paskual Pjetrushi topped Kas Waitkus, 14-9, in the 152-pound class. Andrew Fialka (135), Bobby Mathieson (140) and LaroNe Mack (145) had won consecutive matches to put the Hakws in front.
But Clarkston, another top-10 ranked team in the state, applied its force with five straight victories four coming by fall and one by void.
Nick Vandermeer (160), Josh Cohoon (171), Chris Calvano (189) and Luis Reyes (285) put the match out of reach.
Today they started gelling as a team and cheering each other on, said Clarkston coach Derek Moscovic, noting the Hawks tenacity. Its a great squad, theyre not intimidated by anybody. They forced our guys to wrestle.
Clarkston got off to a quick start against Lake Orion with Brett Foltz (119), Cameron Wilkie (125), Mike Cardinale (130) and Jake Dionne (135) winning the first four matches as the Wolves never looked back.
The Dragons Charlie Highlen posted his 100th career victory by beating Will Tang of Rochester Adams in their 135-pound match. But Lake Orion, who had tied the score 27-27 with two matches remaining, couldnt keep up with the Highlanders, whose Justin Schofield (112) and Jake Anderson (119) closed the show with victories. Stephen Biebelhausen (125), Chris Mikhjian (140), Dillon Anderson (145), Jack Addy (152) and Andrew Sabuda were among other Highlanders who posted victories against Lake Orion.
Their 10th place in the (Oakland) county meet doesnt show how tough they are, Lake Orion coach Cory Kuzinski said. We knew it was going to be tight.
CLARKSTON 44, LAKE ORION 15
119 Brett Foltz (C) p. Kaelan Harbin; 125 Cameron Wilkie (C) d. Anton Letica 145-3; 130 Mike Cardinale (C) d. Juan Leon 12-3; 135 Jake Dionne (C) d. Charlie Highlen 3-1; 140 Andrew Garretson (LO) d. Kyle Masters 15-2; 145 Nolan Ericksen (C) p. Nolan Blomberg 1:20; 152 Devon Fulcher (LO) d. Kas Waitkus 7-2; 160 Nick Vandermeer (C) p. Dan Sheridan ; 171 Ethan Gros (LO) p. Josh Cohoon 5:56; 189 Chris Calvano (C) p. John Yeglinski :50; 215 Adam Myers (C) d. Durham Basso 3-1; 285 Luis Reyes (C) d. Paul Scott 3-1; 103 Mitchell Nelson (C) p. Dominic Fosmoen 1:04; 112 Nate Vandermeer (C) d. David Moore.
RECORDS Clarkston 13-3, 2-0 OAA Red. Lake Orion 13-3, 0-2.
ROCHESTER ADAMS 36,
FARMINGTON HARRISON 30
119 Jake Anderson (RA) d. Daniel Allor 4-2; 125 Stephen Biebelhausen (RA) by void; 130 Alex Potoniec (RA) d. Gabe Colston 11-0; 135 Andrew Fialka (FH) d. Will Tang 9-1; 140 Bobby Mathieson (FH) d. Chris Mikhjian 13-9; 145 Larone Mack (FH) d. Jack Addy 4-3; 152 Dylan Anderson (RA) d. Dominic Shepherd 11-0; 160 Andrew Sabuda (RA) d. Paskual Pjetrushi; 171 Steven Lot (RA) d. Nathan Shepherd 7-0; 189 Michael Robinson (FH) d. Alex Parkin 10-4; 215 Alex Holder (RA) d. Markeith Hunt 6-1; 285 John Rexroth (FH) by void; 103 Michael Volyanyuk (FH) d. Dillon Howcrofts 19-3; 112 Justin Schofield (RA) d. Tyler Mack 13-5.
ROCHESTER ADAMS 36, LAKE ORION 24
125 Stephen Biebelhausen (RA) d. Anton Letica 4-3; 130 Alex Potoniec (RA) p. Juan Leon 1:55; 135 Charlie Highlen (LO) d. Will Tang 10-4; 140 Chris Mikhjian (RA) d. Andrew Garretson 5-2; 145 Dylan Anderson (RA) p. Nolan BLmberg 2:45; 152 Jack Addy (RA) d. Devon Fulcher 9-4; 160 Andrw Sabuda (RA) d. Dan Sheridan 16-7; 171 Steven Lot (RA) d. Ethan Gros 8-6 OT; 189 Durham Basso (LO) p. Alex Parkyn 1:35; 215 John Yeglinski (LO) d. Alex Holder 11-3; 285 Paul Scott (LO) by void; 103 Dominic Fosmoen (LO) d. Dylan Howcroft 14-6; 112 Justin Schofield (RA) d. David Moore 14-9; 119 Jake Anderson (RAO p. Kaelan Harbin 2:19.
CLARKSTON 50, FARMINGTON HARRISON 19
125 Cameron Wilkie (C) by void; 130 Mike Caridnale (C) d. Gabe Colston 11-2; 135 Andrew Fialka (FH) d. Jake Dionne 7-3; 140 Bobby Mathieson (FH) p. Kyle Masters :32; 145 Larone Mack (FH) d. Nolan Eriksen 12-3; 152 Paskual Pjetrushi (FH) d. Kas Waitkus 14-9; 160 Nick Vandermeer (C) p. Qinton Jackson 1:43; 171 Josh Cohoon (C) p. Nathan Shepherd 5:31; 189 Chris Calvano (C) p. Mike Robinson :39; 215 Adam Myers (C) by void; 285 Luis Reyes (C) p. John Rexroth 1:27; 103 Mike Volyanyuk (FH) d. Mitchell Nelson 8-2; 112 Nate Vandermeer (C) d. Tyler Mack 13-2; 119 Brett Foltz (C) p. Dan Allor 1:21.