Source: Sherman Publications

Athletes of the Week
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.