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Prepping for College



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Nick Vandermeer works on a win during the state finals. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
July 24, 2013 - Nick Vandermeer is using his summer preparing for college by taking on more competition.

The 2013 Clarkston High School graduate recently competed in the America's Cup in Los Angeles, California with the Michigan Dream team. He also wrestled with Team USA against the California Dream team. He finished with a record 5-3, with two of his losses from the same opponent from the California Dream team.

"It was a very showing for Michigan and Nick," said his dad, Pete.

"It was fun," Nick added. "It was a big team tournament. I did pretty well. California wrestlers are usually good."

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Nick also competed in the AAU Scholastic Duals at the Disney World/ESPN Sportscenter in Florida. He went 8-5 in the tournament wrestling with Team MYWAY Blue in the 157-pound weight class, in which he lost 12 pounds to wrestle in the weight class.

Michigan had five teams in the All-Star Division and MYWAY Blue wrestled 13 duals in four days, losing only once to the eventual champion from Johnston, Penn. .

"It was really fun," Nick said. "I went against a lot of nationally ranked kids. We did pretty good - our team took third out of 51 teams."

Nick recently finished the Grand River Rumble competing against opponents from Michigan teams and a few out of state teams.

heads to the Nuway East Coast Nationals in New Jersey, Aug. 2-4 with Team Michigan.

"I just need to wrestle smart and win," he said preparing for the tournament.

He heads to Lake Erie College where he will join his brother, Matt, on their wrestling team.

"The summer tournaments have helped to give me more mat time and experience," he said.

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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