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Champions of the mat

March 16, 2011 - Five grapplers stepped onto the podium under the bright lights of the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 5.

Each accepted a medal for their All-State finish in the MHSAA Wrestling Individual Finals.

Leading the pack was senior Matt Vandermeer, finishing his last year as state champion in the 171-pound weight class after going 4-0 for the tournament. He finished 53-4 for the season.

Senior Jeff Sloney ended his third consecutive visit at the finals in second place with a 3-1 record for the day, 46-8 for the season in the 130-pound weight class.

Senior Mike Henige ended his visit to the finals in fifth place for 160 pounds after going 3-2 for the three days, ending with a 48-12 record.

Junior Scott Devos took fourth place in his first visit to the Palace after winning four matches and losing two. He ended the season in his 285-pound weight class with a 44-15 record for the season.

Sophomore Nick Vandermeer stook on the last step of the podium for his eighth place finish, the youngest in the 135-pound weight class. He ended the season 41-21.

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