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Wrestlers give up county crown

December 30, 2009

By Mike Musary

Special to The Review

Grapplers finished in fifth out of 46 teams in the Oakland County Championships (OCC).

"Our boys fought hard all weekend. The county meet is grueling, not only because of the level of competition, but because of the length. It takes a toll on you mentally and physically," said Head Coach Cory Kuzinski, noting that this was the first county tournament for nine of 12 wrestlers.

"I continue to be proud of how they handle themselves on and off the mat," Kuzinski said.

Dragons were the two-time defending champions of the event, but expectations were not as high this year because the team was voiding in the 103 and 119 weight classes. However, the 12 Lake Orion wrestlers in the lineup showed that the Dragons are still one of the top wrestling programs around.

Detroit Catholic Central, Clarkston, Oxford, and Holly finished in first through fourth, respectively.

Seven Lake Orion wrestlers finished on the medal stand. Senior A.J. Fligger captured first place in the 135 division by going 5-0. Fligger defeated Joe Johnson of South Lyon 10-8 in the championship match.

Seniors Curtis DeGeorge (152), Willie Stewart (215) and Matt Musary (125) all had five victories in the tournament. DeGeorge took home second place after falling to Mac Fisher of Rochester Adams in the championship match.

Stewart, seeing his first OCC action, went 5-2 and brought home a fourth place medal. Musary may have been in the toughest weight class, but went 5-2 for a fifth place finish. Musary's only losses were to an undefeated one-time state champion from DCC and a two-time state champion from Avondale.

Junior Joey Kohler went 3-2 and picked up a sixth place medal in the 285 division. Senior Josh Hofmann went 4-2 for a seventh place finish. Both of Hofmann's losses were by one point. Freshman Ethan Gros went 3-3 and placed eighth in the 140 division.

Dom Arnold (145) had a good tournament going 3-2. Arnold had to face one of the three returning state champions in the tournament. Deven Ellis (130) and Devon Meadows (160) both went 2-2 in the tournament and scored valuable points for the team. Freshman Anthony Gerard (112) picked up his first OCC win and went 1-2. Adam Letica (171) saw his first varsity action of the year and picked up valuable experience.

The top five finish allows the Dragons to compete in the Oakland/Macomb Challenge Jan. 27, where top teams from Oakland County will wrestle the top five teams from Macomb County.