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Wolves capture crown

Nick Vandermeer fights off Waterford Kettering during the MHSAA Team District semi-finals. He won with a pin 17.4 second left in the first period. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
February 16, 2011 - Grapplers sent Waterford Kettering and Waterford Mott teams to their locker room without a district title last Thursday.

The Wolves beat both teams for the crown and move on to MHSAA Regionals this week.

"We wrestled really well," said Boys Varsity Wrestling Coach Andy Auten adding the boys only lost seven matches between both duals.

They went against host Kettering first, winning 44-21 before moving on to Mott for the 57-18 win.

The boys go against West Bloomfield on Wednesday in the first match at Hartland High School for the opportunity to appear at the state finals in Battle Creek.

"This upcoming week has been the concentration of the team all year," said Auten. "We have a good shot at beating West Bloomfield in the first round.

The winner moves on to battle Hartland or Rochester Adams for the Regional title.

"We will need everything to go just right for us to win the final," Auten added.

Seven wrestlers finished their Individual Wrestling District meet in the top four to move on to this week's Individual Regional at L'Anse Creus.

Jeff Sloney (130), Mike Henige (160), Matt Vandermeer (171) and Scott Devos (285) took first place in their weight classes.

Vandermeer defeated Lake Orion foe Adam Gros, 3-0, to win his first district title after taking second place last year.

Sloney scored seven points on Anthony Thompson from West Bloomfield, while Thompson was unable to score during the final match. Devos won a close match against Nick Denney from Walled Lake Central, 2-1.

Henige won by major decision putting Hartland's Chad Hunt at second place, 10-1.

Nick Vandermeer (135) and Ethan Frick (215) took third place.

"I thought Ethan could have won it," said Auten. "He lost in the semi-finals in double overtime. I think he would have beat Courtney Drew (second place finisher from Farmington Hills)."

Nick beat Walled Lake Western's Gabe Constanzo, 6-0, in his final round.

Auten thought Nick also could have beaten Kevin Jock and Andrew Sabuda from Rochester Adams. Jock finished in first after pinning his teammate.

"He has lost to Jock three time this year but he will beat him one of these times," said Auten.

Mitch Manns took fourth after losing to teammate Frick for the final plac, 2-1.

"Mitch also wrestled very well," Auten added.

He defeated opponents from Waterford Kettering, Waterford Mott and Walled Lake Western.

The top four placers in each weight class from the Individual Regionals qualify for the state finals, March 3-5 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

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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