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Nick Vandermeer takes on Oxford during the MHSAA Wrestling Individual Finals. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
September 21, 2011 - Nick Vandermeer took his wrestling skills on the road during the summer.

The Clarkston High School junior joined Team Michigan as they battle in the Junior Olympics in New Orleans.

The team finished in seventh place overall during the four day event. Vandermeer finished with a 8-5 record in the 145-pound weight class.

Vandermeer battled for three matches against Lucas Stater from Ohio Blue to claim the win. Both scored a point against each other in the first match for a tie, 1-1. Vandermeer claimed the win by winning the next two matches with a three point lead, 5-3 and 3-0.

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He beat Guillermo Sqares from Lousiana White with a fall, earning five points for Team Michigan.

He also beat Danny Pushpak from Breckersville with a fall 1:55 into the match. He also beat South Dakota's Dylan Cotton in two rounds, 5-0 and 7-0.

He claimed a win against Team Texas when the opposing team forfeited.

Vandermeer had a loss and a win against Minnesota's Cody Skug. He lost to Skug with a fall in the first match. During the second match Nick won with a score 1-0 and 2-0.

He lost to Zach Ross from Phoenix, Robert Stack from Ohio Scarlet, Patrick Fennell from MAWA Red, and Jonathan Wideman from Delaware Blue.

Vandermeer finished as All-State in his sophomore year in the 135-pound weight class with a 41-21 overall record.

He begins his junior wrestling season on December 7. The varsity team heads to Goodrich in the season opener.

The team, along with the Clarkston High School Wrestling program is hosting their golf outing on Oct. 9 at The Fountains Golf Course, 6060 Maybee Road.

For more information, call Coach Derek Moscovic, 248-866-3706.

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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