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Wrestlers up for districts

by Wendi Reardon

February 05, 2014

Grapplers finished the regular season taking second place at the OAA Red Championship tournament at Oxford last Friday.

They scored 178 points while Oxford took first place with 212 points and Rochester rounded of the top three spot with 133 points.

"It was good," said Clarkston Varsity Wrestling Coach Derek Moscovic. "It was exciting to watch them wrestle. We had a lot of guys step up and made matches. A few guys lost and then came back to win in revenge matches to place. We wrestled well."

The Wolves had two finish as champions - Bret Foltz (130) and Kyle Masters (140).

Foltz went 3-0 for the day and defeated Oxford in the first round with a pin with 44 seconds left in the match. He went on to two close matches to beat Harrison, 3-2; and Farmington in the championship round, 4-3.

"He had a really good tournament," said Moscovic. "He had some close matches but found a way to win all of them. He wrestled really well."

Masters also went 3-0, beating Farmington, 5-2, and Stoney Creek, 5-3. He won the championship match against Rochester Adams with a major decision, 11-2.

"He did a great job," Moscovic added.

The Wolves had five wrestlers finish in second place: Connor Ryan (119), Cameron Wilkie (125), Jake Dionne (135), Tyler Slating (145) and Nathan Troutvine (215).

Greg Miller (112), Nolan Eriksen (152), and Kas Waitkus (160) finished in third place. Chris Trimmer (289) took fifth place while Stevan Franco (171) and Scott Shelton (189) finished in seventh place.

The Wolves last home meet of the regular season against Carman Ainsworth was cancelled due to weather. Moscovic added it did help out the guys since they only had to make weight once.

"It helped the kids relax a little bit and focus more on wrestling than making weight," he added.

The Wolves host the MHSAA Wrestling Team Districts on Wednesday with Bloomfield Hills and Waterford Mott., 6 p.m

"Both teams, since it is a district championship, will come in and wrestle well and wrestle their best," Moscovic said. "We will have to do the same. If everybody wrestles we will be fine and be able to get through it. We will have to all show up and wrestle as a team. I think our guys are ready to start their post-season."

He added it will help to have it at home in front of a home crowd. They will also be able to honor their seniors since they were unable to do it in the regular season.

"Anytime you can wrestle at home it's good," he said.

The district champion moves on to regionals next Wednesday at Rochester.

The boys will be at Rochester this Saturday for the MHSAA Individual Districts where they will face opponents from Bloomfield Hills, Lake Orion, Oxford, Rochester, Rochester Adams, Romeo, Stoney Creek, Troy, Troy Athens, Utica, Utica Eisenhower, Utica Ford II and Waterford Mott.