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Wrestlers state-bound

February 23, 2011 - Six grapplers continue on to the state finals after finishing in the top four spots at MHSAA Individuals Regionals on Saturday.

Jeff Sloney (130) and Matt Vandermeer (171) are returning to the finals after becoming regional champs. Mike Henige (160) is also making an appearance after becoming champion.

Sloney beat West Bloomfield's Anthony Thompson in a major decision, 13-1 while Henige defeated Chad Hunt from Hartland, 10-6.

Vandermeer took on cross-town rival Adam Gros from Lake Orion to win 3-0.

He is joined by his brother Nick in the finals trip, who took second place after being pinned by Anchor Bay's Larry Rybarz in the 135-pound weight class.

"Nick wrestled great coming in second after finishing district in third," said Coach Andy Auten. "We did better at regionals than we did at districts."

Scott Devos (285) also took second place after a loss to Adam Bennett from Romeo.

Ethan Frick placed in fourth after a loss to Lakeland's Alex Sokoll in the 215-pound weight class after the overtime period end, 3-1.

The boys lost to Hartland in the MHSAA Team Regionals on Wednesday in the final round, 48-15. During the semifinal Clarkston beat West Bloomfield, 56-11. The two meets put the team's final record at 21-10.

"Things did not go as hoped," said Auten, explaining they moved wrestlers up.

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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