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Cameron Wilkie heads into his first match at the finals. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
March 07, 2012 - Grapplers brought home three All-State finishers after their run at the MHSAA Individual Wrestling State Finals last week.

Senior Scott DeVos (289) and junior Chris Calvano (171) finished the highest for the Wolves with a spot at third place. Junior Nick Vandermeer (152) finished in seventh place.

DeVos went 5-1 for the three day meet, beating Fraser's Mike Fruelhich, Livonia Churchill's Manny Haddad, Detroit Catholic Central's Bob Coe, Holland West Ottawa's Miguel Correa and Harrison Township L'anse Creuse's Jeff Tautolo.

His only loss was to Cory Arnouts from Grand Ledge after a 6-5 decision, putting his record at 34-4 for his last season.

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Calvano finished 35-11 for the season after going 5-1 at the state finals. He opened his first two matches with wins over Oxford's Liam Logan and Westland-John Glenn's Danny Croft.

He lost in overtime to Charlie Myers from Utica Eisenhower, 3-1. He faced another overtime period in his next match. But this time he took the upper hand and beat Hartland's Justin Charneski, 3-1. Calvano beat Connor Moynihan from Grand Ledger, 5-3, to take third place.

Vandermeer went 3-2 for the final, opening with a Alec Mooradian from Detroit Catholic Central. He went on to beat New Baltimore Anchor Bay's John Yank, 5-1, and Brownstown Woodhaven's Derek Hillman, 5-0.

He lost to Westland-John Glenn's Travis Mann, 7-2, but beat Mann's teammate to take seventh place, 9-2. He finished the season with a 40-12 record.

Senior Ethan Frick ended his trip to place in the top eight spots after a close loss to Rochester's Schwan Shadai, 5-4, in the 189-pound weight class. He opened the meet with a loss to Kevin Beazley from Detroit Catholic Central, who went on to become state champion.

Frick followed the loss with a win against Romeo's Larry Rekar after pinning him 3:09 into the match. He finished his final year with a 40-12 record.

Sophomore Cameron Wilkie (119) lost his first two matches during his first visit to the state finals. He lost to Livonia Franklin's Gabe Martinez, 12-0, and Sterling Heights Stevenson's Dominic Patrus, 7-6. He finished the season with a 36-16 record.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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