NEW! Herrmann Wins Gold at Davison Freestyle Tourney
Tommy Herrmann won the Cadet 110-111 lb chart at Davison High School this past weekend. Herrmann won 4 matches, 2 by fall and 2 by tech fall. Check Trackwrestling.com for results
NEW! 6th Annual CC Wrestling Poker Tourney a Huge Success!
Special Thanks to:
Champion: Marty Lavin
All Oakland County Team
While hundreds of wrestlers around the state sought the elusive individual state championship, there was only room for one at the top of the heap in each weight class.
Withstanding strong opposition from all points, six wrestlers from Oakland County made it to the mountaintop to secure the ultimate prize as they led the All-Oakland County wrestling team in another season of high-caliber performances.
The Catholic Central Shamrocks pulled out incredible come from behind win over the Davison Cardinals to capture Back to Back titles and thier third in 4 years. With the Shamrocks down 18-3 after the 160lb weight class their chances of repeating looked slim to none. However, the blue and white showed their strength up top winning 4 straight matches. Drew Garcia and Nick Giese majored at 171 and 189, Jay Peterson won a huge match at 215 and captain Bob Coe put the Shamrocks up 20-18 with his pin at heavyweight. Davison would win at 103lbs and 119lbs and Parker O'Brien won for CC at 112lbs.
With the team score 26-23 Davison going into the last match, with CC needing bonus points due to criteria, Evan Toth stepped on the mat. The same young man who wrestled last in the heartbreaking 2011 loss to Oxford. However, this time Evan prevailed locking up a headlock and pinning Jacob Madrigal of Davison in the third after trailing 9-2. The fall sent the Shamrock Nation into a mad celebration as Toth's headlock gave the Shamrocks a 29-26 win over Davison and crowning them as Back to Back division 1 state champions.
"Evan never quit, he new he needed bonus points and wrestled the whole match looking for the big one and he found it. He wore that 2011 loss for a long time and for him to come through for our team and school in that siutation was incredible. I'm happy for him and his parents" said Shamrock Coach Mitch Hancock.
2013 Team Wrestling Quarterfinals Friday, Feb. 22
Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek
Division 1 - 3:15 pm Mat 1- #1 Detroit Catholic Central (22-3) vs. #8 Grandville (22-7)
Mat 2- #4 Temperance Bedford (26-2) vs. #5 Rochester (23-11)
Mat 3- #3 Hartland (32-1) vs. #6 Macomb Dakota (37-4)
Mat 4- #2 Davison (12-4) vs. #7 Holt (15-10)
CC Sends 12 to the Palace of Auburn Hills
Catholic Central advanced 12 wrestlers to the Palace of Auburn Hills for the MHSAA Individual Championships in two weeks. 12 wrestlers is the third most in CC wrestling history (14 in 2010, 13 in 2011, 10 in 2012). Five of those wrestlers will enter as a #1 seed as Ken Bade, Malik Amine, Logan Marcicki, Drew Garcia and Bob Coe (Pictured Right) all won regional titles. Placing second were Myles Amine, Mike Babicz, Nick Giese, and Trevor Zdebski. Evan Toth placed third while Parker O'Brien and Jimmy Russell stamped their first ticket to the palace by placing fourth.
Thirteen Shamrocks advanced one step closer to becoming Individual State Champs this past weekend at the District Tournament at Southgate Anderson. Seven of those 13 won tournament titles, four finished as runner-ups and three finished in 3rd. "These guys are healthy and confident," said Coach Hancock. "We have a few small things to fix here and there but overall I liked the way our guys competed." Click Here for Brackets
Shamrocks Ready for Southgate
The Shamrocks will continue their run for the 2013 Team Title on Wednesday as they'll compete in the Team Regionals hosted at Garden City HS. CC will wrestle Southgate in the first round at 5:30pm. "That team is better than people think," said Coach Hancock. "They're scrappy and will wrestle hard no matter who steps on the mat. We have to make sure we're ready to wrestle on the whistle and that we match and exceed their intensity level." The other semi final will consist of Dearborn Fordson wrestling Livonia Franklin. To see all regional match ups click here.
Post Season is Here!
The Shamrock Wrestling Program will begin its quest to win the 2013 Team State title on Wednesday as they travel to Novi High School to compete in the MHSAA Team Districts.
No. 125-1 Novi Livonia Stevenson vs Novi - 5:30
Northville vs Detroit Catholic Central - 5:30
The winner will advance to the Team Regionals which will be held at Garden City HS on 1/13/13.
On Saturday, 14 Shamrocks will continue their race to become Individual State Champions. The Individual Districts will be held at Southgate Anderson High School. Action is slated to get underway at 9:00am. The top 4 will move on to the Individual Regionals.
No. 7-1 Southgate Anderson
David Pinkowski, Athletic Director
Detroit-U Of D Jesuit
Novi-Detroit Catholic Central
Shamrocks Win CHSL Tournament
with Record 13 Finalists
Catholic Central once again displayed impressive depth as the Blue and White put 13 guys in the finals of this weekends CHSL Tournament. The Shamrocks won the Team title scoring 297 points, finishing in second was DeLaSalle who scored 192.5pts. Winning CHSL titles for the Shamrocks were Tommy Herrmann, Parker O'Brien, Cole Moscovic, Greg Johnson, Tim McCotter and Jimmy Russell. Herrmann, O'Brien and Johnson pinned in the finals while Jimmy Russell defeated Josiah Thomas who majored him earlier this year. David Lilley, Dom Devine, Ryan O'Connor, Jake Filban, Joe Jabbour, JT Ayotte and Christian Miner finished in second while Mike Mott finished 3rd.
" These guys are shredders. I'm proud of the fact that we broke a CHSL record and put 13 guys in the finals. Majority of the guys that wrestled today were seniors and they did a phenominal job of repersenting the Basilians." Said Coach Griff.
Shamrocks Close Season with Convincing
Win over Wildcats
The Catholic Central Shamrocks closed out their regular season on Wednesday with a convincing win over the Oxofrd Wildcats. CC and Oxford have combined to win the last 3 D1 titles. On senior night, were the Blue and White honored considerbly one of its greatest wrestling classes ever, defeated Oxford 46-21. On top of honoring the seniors, CC hosted the Miracle League of Southfield. "We love working with the Miracle League. We love to support them and it looked like they had fun tonight." said Coach Hancock.
The Shamrocks were propelled by Ken Bade, Malik Amine, Drew Garcia, Trevor Zdebski and Evan Toth who all earned pins for CC. Nick Giese, Jay Peterson, Robert Coe and Myles Amine also contributed to wins for the Shamrocks. Myles Amine won the match of the night by reversing Eddie Schlickenmeyer with 7 seconds left and scoring 2 near fall to take the lead.
The Varisty Team Returns to Action on Wednesday for Team Districts
Shamrocks Control Crusaders and Tie Series
The #15th ranked Shamrocks traveled south to continue a rivalry thats been in tact for the past four years. The Shamrocks managed to tie the series at two by defeating the #20th ranked Crusaders 37-21, making it two wins in a row over Moeller. CC won 9 of 14 matches and were led by Myles Amine, Logan Marcicki and Jay Peterson who all earned pins. "Thats the best I think our guys have wrestled all year. They wrestled extremely smart, hard and very aggressively." said Coach Hancock. Moeller will be competing in Ohio's first Team Dual State Championships on Feb. 9th as they entered as one of four #1 seeds. The Shamrocks return to action as they host Oxford on Wednesday at 6:30pm in a spotlight dual. During Wednesday's dual Catholic Central will honor it's seniors.
The "White" Team traveled to the Observerland Tournament at Livonia Churchill were they placed 5th out of 16 of the Area's best teams. The Observerland Tournament hosts those teams in the Observer Newspaper Area. Leading the way was Eli Joseph and Greg Johnson who both placed 3rd. The Shamrocks placed 8 wrestlers and scored 120 team points. Westland John Glenn won the tournament and Livonia Frankling, who CC beat on Wednesday, took 2nd. A complete list of placers is below:
103 Collin Cartwright 6th
112 Chyle Johnson 4th
119 Cole Moscovic 5th
125 Greg Johnson 3rd
130 Eli Joseph 3rd
135 Ryan O'Connor 5th
140 Tim McCotter 5th
145 Jake Filban 5th
The White Team Returns to Action on Thursday at CC
White Team Defeats Franklin and Woodhaven;
Preps for Observerland
Catholic Central once again showed its depth on Wednesday as Coach Griff's White Team travled to Wayne Memorial and defeated Livonia Franklin 36-25 and Woodhaven 47-21. Livonia Franklin won the Wayne County Championship this year and is considered on of the stronger teams in the KLAA. Leading the way for the Shamrocks were Chris Naubert, Tim McCotter, Cole Moscovic, Eli Joseph, and Ryan O'Connor. Naubert and O'Connor (pictured right) each nabbed two pins. "These guys know how to battle and get after it. It's nice to have seniors like Naubert and McCotter lead the way." said Coach Griffin. The White Team returns to action on Saturday as they compete in the Observerland Tournament on Saturday at Livonia Churchill. Action is slated to start at 10am. Bring it! Stay tuned to MichiganGrappler.com for a preview on Friday.
Ken Bade Commits to Penn
Senior Ken Bade committed to wrestle for Rob Eiter and the Quakers of Pennsylvania University on Saturday afternoon. Bade a senior 2x State Champion, going for 3, will compete for Penn at 125/133lbs. Penn is a member of the Ivy League and has an enrollment of just over 24,000 students and is located in West Philadelphia. The Quakers Wrestling Program competes in the EIWA which will allow Bade to rejoin former Shamrock Alec Mooradian in competing for conference titles. "Ken has an opporutnity to attend one of the greatest academic institutions in the world and wrestle, I couldn't be more happy for him and his family. He is a symbol for all future shamrock wrestlers in what can want can be accomplished as a student-athlete here at CC." Coach Hancock
www.Intermat.com: Jan. 20, 2013: Ken Bade (Detroit Catholic Central, Mich.), ranked No. 98 in the Class of 2013, and No. 13 in the 126 pound weight class, committed to Penn yesterday. The two-time state champion has also won the Medina Invitational each of the last two years. He also placed fifth and seventh at the FloNationals in April after each of the last two seasons. Bade joins No. 37 Frank Mattiace (Blair Academy, N.J.) as a top 100 commitment to the Quakers, and is a projected 125 in college.
Shamrocks Split Duals on Weekend;
White Takes 5th @ Hudson
The Shamrocks continued their rugged schedule as they took to the mats on Friday night in Ann Arbor vs. #7th ranked St. Johns in the undercard for the Michigan vs. Iowa dual. The Shamrocks fell short to the Redwings 31-22 winning 6 of 14 matches. Coach Hancock had this to say about the dual "Our guys wrestled hard and showed a lot of class and character tonight, to me that is more important than wins and losses." Winning for the Shamrocks were Zack Prater, Trevor Zdebski, Myles Amine, Drew Garcia, Jay Peterson and Bob Coe.
On Sunday the Shamrocks traveled to MSU to battle the Red Arrows of Lowell. The match took take place at Jenison Field House which hosts the only elevated mat on the NCAA level . The Blue and White wrestled well as they defeated Lowell 42-18. The Shamrocks won 9 of 14 matches earning pins were Ken Bade, Logan Marcicki, Nick Giese and Bob Coe. "I thought our guys rebounded well and wrestled very agressively. We controlled the mat and did the small things well and thats what we need to from here on out." - Coach Hancock
White Team Places 5th at Hudson Super 16
On Saturday Coach Griffin travled south to Hudson with the White Squad. Placing for the Shamrocks were Eli Joseph 2nd, Parker O'Brien 4th, JT Ayotte 4th, Jimmy Russell 5th, Joe Jabbour 6th, Greg Johnson 6th and Cole Moscovic 6th. Placing ahead of the Shamrocks was Dundee and Hudson who are both ranked first in their divisions. "I'm proud these guys. We have a ton of depth and a group of guys who love to compete and get after it and that shows at events like the Hudson Super 16. It's fun to work and travel with these guys." Coach Griff
Shamrocks Roll Rice and OLSM in CHSL Tri
The Catholic Central White Wrestling Team defeated school rival Brother Rice 52-22 last night and Orchard Lake St. Marys 70-6. Leading the White Team with two pins each were Greg Johnson and JT. Ayotte. Ayotte put on an impressive performance as he tallied 8 takedowns while earning two falls. The White Team returns to action on Saturday as they travel to wrestle in the Hudson Super 16 Tournament.
Shamrocks Go 3-2 at Super Duals; Ed's finishes 4-0
The Super Duals lived up to its name this past weekend as the nations best took to the mats in the Shamrock's gymnasium. Action was impressive from the get go as the Shamrocks knocked off the #4 team in D1 Temperence Bedford 39-21. Also winning big that round was St. Johns as they defeated Montini 32-24 in a thriller. The Shamrocks dropped a dual to Montini in round 2 36-21 and picked up a win over Hudson in round 3 40-24. The Blue and White squared off against St. Eds in round 4 dropping that dual 35-17. The Shamrocks were gracious hosts as they agreed to wrestle a 5th round vs. Dundee. The home team defeated the D3 Powers 41-24 in a slugfest. " I thought our guys got off to a slow start today. I don't think we competed well versus Montini which was a bit disappointing, however I thought our guys did a nice job in picking up the intensity level during the final 3 rounds. Our guys showed some character and guts during round 5 in wrestling Dundee. Thats a darn good team and our guys had to battle with them after 4 rounds of tough competition. Thats a lot to ask of these guys and I'm proud of the way the responded."- Coach Hancock
The Catholic Central Invitational lived up to its hype this weekend as some spectacular wrestling took place in the Shamrock gym. CC ran away with the team race scoring 241 team points behind 4 tournament champions and 9 other placewinners. Toledo Central Catholic finished 2nd with 127 points. Winning titles for the Shamrocks was Logan Marcicki, Drew Garcia, Nick Giese and lower weight MVP Ken Bade. Also making the finals but falling short were Myles Amine and Bob Coe. "I think our young men competed hard and wrestled well. We have a lot of depth on this team and I think we showed that this weekend. We take pride in winning our own tournament and our guys like competing at home." -Coach Hancock
1. Team defeats Oxford 47-9 to reclaim D1 Title. 9th Overall Title for Catholic Central
May the Lord Bless your 2013!
Zdebski, Bade and Garcia Lead Shamrocks in Medina
The Shamrocks tried to do something no out of state team has done at the Medina Invitational, win back to back titles. The boys in Blue and White fell short placing 3rd behind nationally ranked St. Ed's and Massillon Perry. Ed's had 5 champs and finished with 286, Perry had 1 champ and finished with 237 team points while CC had 3 champs and finished with 225 team points. (For Team Scores Click Here)
Winning titles for the Shamrocks were Trevor Zdebski at 113lbs. Zdebski defeated Ryan Bennett from CVCA. Bennett placed 4th at the Ohio state meet last year and knocked Zdebski out of the MIT last year. Zdebski won the rematch in the finals 6-0. Bade repeated as champ winning this year at 126lbs. Bade defeated Cody Burcher of Claymont in the finals 13-5. Burcher finished 2nd at the state meet last year. Also repeating was Drew Garcia who defended his crown at 170lbs defeating Luke Cramer of Oak Harbor in the finals. Cramer placed 4th at Ohio's state tournament last year.
Also placing for the Shamrocks were Logan Marcicki who finished 2nd at 160lbs, Bob Coe who finished 4th at Hwt, Jay Peterson finished 8th at 220 and Nick Giese finished 6th at 182. Peterson won the award for most falls in the consolation bracket.
"I'm proud of the way our guys wrestled down here. They competed hard, wrestled with intensity and represented CC very well. We had several individuals find out a lot about themselves this weekend and I'm excited to see how they respond. We have a lot of depth in our program and I think guys like McCotter, Joseph, Naubert and Russell showed that this weekend. McCotter is 5 seconds from placing in one of the toughest tournaments on our schedule, Russell loses to Ohio's defending D1 champ 3-1 with 15 seconds left and Joseph beats a returning Ohio state qualiffier and is one takedwon from placing. Those guys did a heck of a job and will continue to get better as the year goes on. This team will be very hard to beat if we get better and improve on small things each day moving forward."-Coach Hancock
The Catholic Central White Team traveled to the Goodrich Tournament of Champions this past weekend and placed 6 wrestlers. The GTOC is known as one of the toughest tournaments in Michigan. Jake Filban placed 7th while JT Ayotte, Tom Hermann, Parker O'Brien, Dominic Devine and Ryan O'Connor placed 8th. "It's great to compete against some of the best teams in the state week in and week out. These guys enjoy to battle, leave it all on the mat and do it with class, thats we ask for." -Coach Griff
The White Team will return to Action this weekend at the CC Invite on Saturday at 9am.
Toth Leads Shamrocks to Fourth Straight
Oakland County Title
Junior Evan Toth led the Shamrocks to their 4th straight Oakland County Title this past weekend by winning his third title, this one at 125lbs. Toth defeated West Bloomfield's Ross Bahro in the finals 12-4. Joining Toth in winning championships were Trevor Zdebski, Drew Garcia and Bob Coe. Finishing as runner-ups were Myles and Malik Amine, Nick Giese and Parker O'Brien. The Shamrocks finished with 347 Team Points nearly 70 points ahead of second place Oxford. The Shamrocks placed 12 of 14 wrestlers. Eli Joseph made his debut on the Blue Squad and finished in 7th place. Seniors Mike Babicz and Chris Naubert both finished 5th while teammate Jay Peterson earned 4th place at 215lbs.
Senior Captain Mike Babicz led the Shamrocks to two big wins last night over Rockford and #5 Rochester. The Shamrocks defeated Rockford 66-10 and the Falcons from Rochester 62-9. Babicz pinnned his foe from Rockford and defeated #2 ranked Kaelan Richards of Rochester 8-7. Babicz is currently 7-0 on the year with 6 falls.
The Shamrocks return to action on Friday in the Annual Assembly match vs. #2 Davison. The match is scheduled to get underway at 1:45pm. All are welcomed.
Catholic Central will host 3 of D1's top teams in a quad that will take place at 5pm. Attending the quad will be #5 ranked Rochester, Rockford and Canton. All three teams are strong wrestling schools and have experienced much success over the past 4 years. Rochester enters the dual with 6 wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their respected weight classes. The Falcons are led by Justin Kim, Josh Wood and Kaelan Richards. Canton enters the night with three wrestlers ranked in the top 10. The Chiefs are led by #1 ranked Alec Pantaleo at 145lbs, Ben Griffin and Richard Demarois. Rockford enters the quad with no wrestlers currently ranked in the top 10. However, don't forget Rockford was in the state finals just 3 years ago.
Round 1: 5pm
CC vs. Rockford
Rochester vs. Canton
Round 2: Approximately 6:30pm
CC vs. Rochester
Rockford vs. Canton
Assembly Dual Rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 14th!
Catholic Central has rescheduled its annual assembly match versus Davison for Friday, December 14th. Catholic Central enters the match ranked #1 by Grappler and Davison enters as ranked #2. The Dual is scheduled to start at 1:45pm. The action is also open to the public.
"We are very grateful to Coach Hall and the Davison community for working with us to make this match happen. Both teams are off to strong starts and we expect this match to be a barn burner." -Coach Hancock
Shamrocks Find Success During Busy Opening Weekend
The Shamrock Wrestlers opened their season this past Saturday with teams competing in four different tournaments across the state.
The Varsity Blue Team dominated the competition and posted a perfect 5-0 record at the Rocket Duals hosted by Westland John Glenn. The Shamrocks lost only four matches on the day after recording three shutouts in pool play. The crossover duals against Clarkston and John Glenn proved to be more competitive. Nonetheless, the team took home 1st place honors. Some key victories of the day included Evan Toth over Cameron Wilkie of Clarkston, Logan Marcicki beating Nick Vandermeer of Clarkston, Nick Giese defeating 6th-ranked Larry Rekar of Romeo, and Myles Amine scoring a major decision over Jordan Markey of Ypsi Lincoln.
The Varsity White Team traveled to Grandville to begin their season. There the Shamrocks finished in 3rd place among such teams as Bronson, Thornapple Kellogg, Grandville and Battle Creek Lakeview. The team placed 8 wrestlers in the top 3, including Greg Johnson, John Stevelinck and Christian Miner all finishing in 2nd place.
The C Team traveled to Port Huron Northern to compete in the Husky Team Duals. Although they finished with a record of 1-4 on the day, many of the Shamrock's young wrestlers proved they have bright futures ahead of them.
Finally, many of the Shamrock novice wrestlers competed in the John Glenn JV Tournament. A handful of wrestlers earned medals in their first-ever competition. We look forward to seeing their progress as the season continues!
CC in Mourning; Postpones Assembly Match
The Catholic Central community lost a very special member of the student body on Monday as sophomore David Widzinski passed away in his sleep. David was the starting middle linebacker on the Shamrock football team who finished as state runner-ups this year. As a result CC will postpone it's annual assembly match which was scheduled for Wednesday at 1:45pm. "Our community is grieving the loss of a special young man and we are in no shape to host an assembly match on Wednesday. We must focus on supporting David's family and each other during this difficult time." Coach Hancock
Thursday, December 6th @ St. Kenneth's Catholic Church: 12pm-8pm (Rosary at 7pm)
Friday, December 7th @ Catholic Central High School. 10pm
CC Wrestling Will Return to Action on Saturday
Wrestle-Offs and Intrasquad Take Place on Saturday
Catholic Central will host it's 2012 wrestle offs and Intrasquad this Satruday. The Prelims will take place from 10-12:30pm with the finals, Blue vs. White Intrasquad, getting underway at 1pm. The prelims are closed while the Intrasquad is open to family, friends and Shamrock supporters.
"I think our guys are excited to acutally compete in a match setting. We have a state official coming in so our guys can get the feeling of being in a real match prior to Wednesday's Assembly Match vs. Davison. We want to create as close to a real setting as possible for our guys to get them ready."
Bob Coe Commits to Carl Adams at Boston U
CC Senior Captain and Heavyweight Bob Coe follwed up his impressive fall wrestling season with a commitment to the legendary Carl Adams at Boston University. Coe who finished 7th at the D1 State Tournament in his first trip to the Palace, finished 2nd at the Grappler Fall Classic and 3rd at the Super 32s. Coe is currently the #1 ranked HWT in Division 1.
"We're awfully proud of Bob and how far he has come as a wrestler. His future is bright and he has an amazing upside to him. His hardwork in the classroom has paid off and landed him with a phenominal oppotunity to represent Boston U."- Coach Hancock
The Catholic Central Wrestling Program is being recognized by multiple media outlets as one of the best wrestling teams in the country for the second straight year. www.Intermat.com has the Shamrocks starting the year at #15.
"It’s very exciting that our young men are being noticed for their hardwork and commitment to the sport." Our staff and kids have worked very hard and were appreciative of the recognition. However, it’s not about national rankings, it’s about taking care of business and controlling what we do on the mat. Right now our focus is on being the best team in the state, come late February."Coach Hancock
As usual the CC staff has put together a challenging schedule as the blue and white will face six nationally ranked teams this season. CC will face #3 St. Eds and #10 Montini at the CC Super Duals on 1/12. The squad will compete against #9 St. Johns a week later at U of M before the Iowa vs. Michigan match. A week later the Shamrocks will travel south to wrestle #26 Cincinnati Moeller. Not to mention, opening up with #46 Davsion at the Assembly match on December 5th at 2pm. BE THERE!
Senior Bob Coe led the way for the Shamrocks down at Super 32s by placing 3rd at Heavyweight. Coe, who placed 7th in the state last year, lost his first match of the tournament and then rallied to win 6 straight matches. Including defeating the guy who beat him first round. Fourteen Shamrocks made the trip to Super 32s and performed well as a group. "This tournament is arguably the toughest tournament in the country. Our guys trained hard in leading up to it, and gained invaluable experience in traveling to North Carolina. We have a long ways to go to be the team we want to be but we're coming together". Coach Biondo
Led by Logan Marcicki and Drew Garcia, Team Shamrock represented well at the GFC this past Saturday in Battle Creek. With over 20 Team Shamrock members competing in the Fall Classic it was Drew Garcia and Logan Marcicki that led the way in winning titles. Marcicki won his 2nd straight title by defeating Victor Vetteese in the finals while teammate Drew Garcia defeated Indiana state placer Robert Steveson in OT. Bob Coe suprised many by pushing EMU signee Gage Hutchinson to the brink falling 4-3. Ken Bade dropped a tight match in the finals as well falling to the #2 ranked wrestler at 120lbs and 2x State Champ Zach Hall of St. Johns 9-8. Senior Jay Peterson finished 4th at 215lbs while lightweight Trevor Zdebski finished 5th at a tough 119lb bracket.
"All in all I think we had a great day. Anytime you have 25 guys on the mats competing and getting better your moving in the right direction. I'm proud of our guys and the way theyprepared in leading up to this tournament and battled here tonight. We have a lot of work to do, however this is a great start". -Coach Hancock
The MHSAA recently released the district pairings for the 2012-2013 post season. The Shamrocks will travel to Novi for Team District 125-1 and will compete with Livonia Stevenson, Northville and Novi. The winner of that district will advance to the regionals and compete with the champions from the U of D, Dearborn and the Wyandotte Roosevelt districts to advance to Battle Creek.
Catholic Central will compete in District 7-1 which will be hosted at Southgate Anderson. The top 4 from that district will combine with the Saline District.
NEW! Team Shamrock's Easton Turner wins Wrestler of the Year
Team Shamrock's own Easton Turner was named Youth Wrestler of the Year by Michigan Grappler this week. He becomes the second Shamrock in three years to win the prestigious award (Caden Natale won it in 2010). Tuner who competes for Coach Mike Krause won the Grappler Fall Classic, Border Wars Nationals, Viper Pit, the Spartan Country Tournament and the Freestyle and Greco state championship. He also placed 3rd at the Tulsa Nationals which is known as the toughest youth tournament in the country! " Turner is Tougghhhh. He does things the right way on and off the mat and is one Team Shamrocks leaders. We are very proud of him and what he has accomplished".
North Carolina Assistant Cary Kolat on Mental Toughness
Wrestlers Prepare for Grappler Classic & Super 32s
Fourteen CC Wrestlers have signed up for the prestigious Super 32 wrestling tournament in Greensboro, NC. The tournament cuts off entries at 1500 Grapplers and is considered by most wrestling enthusiasists as the toughest pre-season wrestling tournament in the country. The tournament starts on October 19th and is completed on the 20th. A few brackets consist of over 125 wrestlers with majority of them fielding a slew of state champions and placers.
Majority of those guys plus a slew of others will also compete in the Michigan Grappler Classic the weekend before in Battle Creek. The Grappler Classic is loaded with state champs Michigan as well as from Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and even Oregon.
"I'm excited that our guys want to compete. Thats what it's all about, getting yourself physically and mentally ready to compete against the best wrestlers in the state and country. In order to do that you have to train and train hard for an extended period of time and thats whats makes it encouraging for me. Our guys are active in open room, the weight room and on the pavement. "
Fomer CC Wrestler and 2011 winner of the Altruistic Award, is making a name for himself at Albion on the Lacrosse Field and off. Majoring in biology and playing for the men’s lacrosse team at Albion College doesn’t leave much time during the academic year for Joe Silvestri to pursue opportunities offering an insider’s view of medical practice. That’s why the rising sophomore didn’t mind driving 40 minutes from his Novi residence to volunteer for the research division of a large hospital this summer.
Super 32 Optional Training Cycle Starts Tuesday Sept. 4th
Starting on Tuesday, September 4th a 7 week training cycle will start in preparation for the Grappler Classic and Super 32 Wrestling Tournaments.
All Workouts are Non-Mandatory and Completely Optional
Lifting: Tuesdays/Thursdays 3:15-4:30
Open Room: MWF: 3:15-4:45
All Are Welcomed!
Shamrock Open Kicks Off Season with A Fire
Blessed with a beautiful day, CC supporters from all over the state and country made the journey to Northville Hills to support the Shamrock Wrestling Program at the 6th Annual Shamrock Open Golf Outing. The outing filled with over 145 golfers attending and an additional 30 attending for the banquet ceremony. "Its amazing to see the outpour of support from our Shamrock Family. These people love this wrestling program and the values we teach in that room and its evident today. There's not a better support cast in the country, We're blessed!" stated Coach Hancock
Team Shamrock Coach Mike Krause's team won the Tournament with a 56. Denny Barnes' team finished second with a 57 and the Babicz crew finished 3rd with a 59.
The Catholic Central coaching staff would like to thank all those who attended the event and contributed towards making the outing a huge success.
Thank You to ALL of Our Sponsors and Prize Donors!
McHenry and Rogowski's 99 Baseball Team to Be Inducted
The Catholic Central Wrestling Community would like to congratulate two of our own Shamrocks for being inducted into the Catholic Central Athletic Hall of Fame. Avid wrestling fan Chuck McHenry will be inducted for his accomplishments while coaching the Blue and White football team on Saturday night at CC. Coach Chuck McHenry began coaching the football Reserves (JV) in 1952. In 1956, Coach McHenry joined the Varsity football staff when long-time friend, St. Brigid grade school classmate, and CC Hall of Fame coach Bill Foley was named as Varsity Head Coach. Coach McHenry coached Varsity football from 1956 – 1970.
2x Wrestling State Champion and former captain of Coach Rod’s squad will be inducted on Saturday night for the second time. Rogowski was inducted for his individual efforts in 2010 and was inducted again last night as part of the 1999 Baseball Team. Considered by many to be the greatest CC Baseball Team of all – time, the 1999 Baseball Team won the MHSAA Division 1 State Championship with a 6 – 5 victory over Troy High School. The team also won the Catholic High School League (CHSL) Championship and finished the year with a record of 38 – 1 and finished ranked #12 in the nation by USA Today. Coached by John Salter, the team was led by Captains Dave Lusky, Bobby Malek, Casey Rogowski and Anthony Tomey. Malek, Rogowski and Tomey earned both All-State and All-Catholic honors and Dan Duffey was also named All-Catholic.
Chas Schneider in Match of His Life
Chas Schneider a graduate from the Class of 2011 was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 malignant colon cancer. Schneider a member of the 2010 State Championship Team has relocated to Texas to receive the necessary treatment from his doctors at Baylor University. "Chas has incredible heart and determiniation. There is no doubt with the Help of Our Lord that he will fight and win this battle." Said Coach Hancock. To help offset the cost of treatment Dylan Kato has set up a website for donations. Please visit and contribute: http://www.giveforward.com/supportchasschneider
(Please be aware that giveforward.com charges a 7% fee for their services)
Beaz Earns Double All American Status in Fargo
Senior Kevin Beazley capped off his high school career in style by becoming the first Shamrock to earn All American status in both styles at the Juninor Nationals. Beazley finished with a 13-3 record in both styles with 6 pins and 4 tech falls. He finished runner-up in Greco for the second straight year and earned his first freestyle All American honor by finishing 5th at 182lbs.
Several other Shamrocks wrestled tough in Fargo. Ken Bade finished with a 3-2 record in freestyle while Malik Amine went 3-2 in Freestyle and 4-2 in Greco. Logan Marcicki went 4-2 in Greco and 3-2 in Freestyle.
Shamrocks to Compete on Big Stage in Fargo, ND
Seven Shamrocks will travel to Fargo, ND to compete in the countries toughest and largest amateur wrestling tournament. Leading the way for the Shamrocks will be returning Junior National Greco Finalist and Shamrock state champ Kevin Beazley. Beazley will compete at the 182lb weight class in both styles. Double Cadet All Americans Logan Marcicki and Drew Garcia will comepte at 152 and 170lbs respectively. Both wrestlers are coming off impressive performances at the Fila Cadet Nationals where Marcicki placed 6th and Garcia 3rd. Marcicki will compete in both styles while Garcia will comepte in just Freestyle due to him competing in the Pan Am Games in Venezuela during the greco competition.
Also competing for Team Michigan at the Junior level will be State Champion Ken Bade at 126lbs, and state finalist Malik Amine at 138lbs. Representing at the cadet level will be state placer Trevor Zdebski at 120lbs with fellow teammate and state qualifier Evan Toth also competing at 120lbs. Amine, Zdebski, and Toth will compete in both styles as Bade will only compete in the freestyle competition. Updates will also be made frequently on Twitter @ DCCWrestling
Catholic Central State Champion Drew Garcia won the Pan American Games at 167.5lbs for the USA. Garcia teched the Canadian in the semis and also teched the Venezuelan in the finals. Garcia surrendered one point the entire tournament.
All Shamrock Grapplers and parents are invited to join forces in an optional team unity event and compete in the Warrior Dash on July 28th. The Event is a 3.1 Mile obstacle course with 11 different challenges. The event will be timed and should provide for a humorous, enjoyable challenge for all wrestlers and parents who are interested. The event will be hosted in Mount Morris Michigan. Register by July 24th. Discounts for registering early. When given the option, select the Saturday, July 28th wave at 1:30pm. Contact Ryan O'Connor for details and questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
*Weight Room is open Monday-Friday at 12:00pm/See Coach for Lifting Log
Shamrocks Perform Well @ Junior Duals in OKC
Led by Coach Dave Beazley, making his last appearance as Head Coach of the Junior Duals Team, the squad represented well in Oklahoma City by placing 2nd in Greco and 3rd in Freestyle. The first time Michigan has reached the finals in either style since 2005. The USA Junior Duals host some of the greatest talent in the country as many Division 1 Coaches were on hand to evaluate talent. Colleges represented were: Air Force, CMU, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Hofstra, Penn, Iowa State, Old Dominion and many more.
Michigan traveled 2 teams, Michigan Blue and Michigan Red. The Blue team rostered 6 Shamrocks: Ken Bade, Malik Amine, Logan Marcicki, Drew Garcia, Alec Mooradian and Kevin Beazley and the Red Team 2 Shamrocks: Evan Toth and Jay Peterson.
Michigan downed Minnesota in the Consolation Finals of Freestyle and finished with their lone loss to eventual runners-up Iowa. Four Michigan wrestlers finished unbeaten on the Freestyle portion of the tournament, including Adam Coon (285) and Camden Bertucci (100) who were also undefeated in Greco-Roman action earlier in the week. Coon finished
with a 13-0 record and did not lose a period in any match of either style or have a point scored on him.
Jacob Schmitt (126) and Jordan Wohlfert (170) were the other two perfect records in freestyle. Schmitt went 5-0 bouncing back and forth from 126 to 132 with a couple of big wins including one over returning Junior All-American Brian Crutchmer of Oklahoma. Wohlfert, meanwhile, was spotless as he did not surrender a single period in freestyle action including a 3-0, 1-1 win over nationally ranked Zeb Wahle of Iowa.
Impressive 1-loss records were put in by Mitch Rogaliner (6-1 at 113), Alec Mooradian (5-1 at 145), and Kyle Hill (5-1 at 132). There were a ton of big individual wins on the week as the Junior Duals were as loaded as ever, below is a sampling of some of the big name wins turned in by Michigan wrestlers. (Information From Michigangrappler.com)
100lbs - Bertucci over Sean Nickell-CA (Cadet FS All-American)
113lbs - Rogaliner over Jan Rosenberg-NJ (Returning Junior Double All-American)
132lbs - Schmitt over Dakota Bauer-IA (2x State Champ)
132lbs - Schmitt over Brian Crutchmer-OK (Returning Junior FS All-American)
145lbs - Mooradian over Jonce Blaylock-OK (Cadet FS National Runner Up)
145lbs - Mooradian over Troy Heilman-NJ (FILA Cadet All-American)
152lbs - Marcicki over Jake Marlin-IA (Folkstyle Natl Champ, State Champ)
160lbs - Cooks over Kyle Ash-OK (Junior GR All-American)
170lbs - Wohlfert over Zeb Wahle-IA (State Champ, #17 in country by InterMat)
182lbs - Beazley over Kyle Crutchmer-OK (Junior Double All-American, #3 in country by InterMat)
(Information From Michigangrappler.com)
Tim McCotter and Christian Miner led a group of Shamrocks at the University of Michigan Team Competition Camp this past week. The group of 10, pictured above, with Team Leader Emmett Griffin trained with multiple NCAA Champions and current wolverines.
Coach Hancock had this to say about the group, "I'm very pleased that these young men continue to keep training towards accomplishing their goals. Mc Cotter, Miner, O'Brien, Foesman, O'Connor and Bilger are leaders and its great to see them lead some of the younger guys. It's nice to see some youth in: Varney, Hintz, Stevelink and McMichaels stepping up and showing that they want to be a peice of CC wrestling history."
CC Well Represented at Junior Duals
Many CC wrestlers have made the trip to Oklahoma City to compete for Team Michigan in the Junior National Duals. State Champs Alec Mooradian, Andrew Garcia, Kevin Beazley, Logan Marcicki and Ken Bade, along with Malik Amine, Jay Peterson and Evan Toth will be competing Tuesday through Saturday in Freestyle and Greco-Roman Tournaments. They will be led throughout the week by Coach Dave Beazley.
Freshman All Stater Trevor Zdebski made the trip to Daytona Beach, Florida to compete at the USA Cadet National Duals. Zdebski who placed 3rd this past season at 103lbs will compete at 120lbs for Team Michigan. Greco competition gets underway on Wednesday and wrestles through Thursday while Freestyle runs Friday and Saturday. Tune into www.Trackwrestling.com to follow Zdebski. Results will also be posted via twitter and facebook ocassionally.
Garcia and Marcicki are Awesome in Akron @ Filas
Drew Garcia and Logan Marcicki both added another All American credential to their resumes, as Garcia placed 3rd at 167.5lbs while Marcicki placed 6th at 152lbs at the Fila Cadets held on the University Akron. Garcia went 5-1 in freestyle with his only loss coming to Chance Marstellar of PA. Garcia bounced back to beat nationally ranked Jordan Rogers for third 1-1, ID. Garcia should have been given the opportunity to wrestle for true 2nd but the opportunity was turned down by Zach Beard of Oklahoma. Logan Marcicki went 5-3 on the weekend, in what many say may have been the deepest weight classes in the tourney. Marcicki defeated Natinoally Ranked and Kentucky state champ Kevin Cooper, who took 3rd on his chart at Flos. Marciki lost a competitive three period match to eventual champ Jack Bass of Texas 3-1, 0-4, 2-5.
"I'm proud of these guys. They continue to train hard and get better. They both continue to show why they're amongst the best in the country. They enjoy competing and doing it against the best in the USA. It's fun for them, they love it, the feed off the challenges." -Coach Hancock
All CC wrestlers, family members, supporters and fans are asked to join forces and run in the Cipriano Classic. The Classic was established to benefit the Cipriano Children's Fund. The event will be held on Friday, June 8th at the Farmington Family YMCA. Pre-Registration is not mandatory for the event. Registration on-site is available for $30. Please click on link below to register or for more information. Please wear your CC Wrestling Gear!
Camps are mandatory for National Team Members unless you have been previously excused by your respective coach or director. The camps are used to prepare and train for the Dual Tournaments and Fargo, to allow your coaches to get to know you and your style and to execute any wrestle-offs that are necessary. It is extremely important that you attend these camps. Camps are open to team members and are included in the cost of you package. Non-team members are welcome to come at an additional charge.
June 2nd, 2012-University of Michigan 10:00am-3:30pm (Schoolboy/Cadet/Junior)Necessary wrestle-offs will be conducted at the first camp on June 2nd at the University of Michigan. Please be in attendance so that you do not risk losing your opportunity to compete on the National Duals Team.
June 9th, 2012-Eastern Michigan University 10:00am-3:30pm (Cadet/Junior)
June 16th, 2012-Detroit Catholic Central 9:00am-1:00pm (Juniors Only)
* Bring your own lunch & drinks/$20.00 for Non-Team members
July 6th, 7th & 8th, 2012- Michigan State University 9:00am-3:00pm (Friday & Saturday) 9:00am-1:00pm (Sunday)
Marcicki, Garcia and Hanson Gear Up for Fila Cadet's
Double Cadet All Americans Logan Marcicki and Drew Garcia will join senior Riley Hanson in traveling to Akron, Ohio for the 2012 Fila Cadet National Championships. The Fila Cadets will host some of the best underclassmen in the country while running
simultaneously with the University Natinals which will host some of the best college wrestlers in the country.
Marcicki is slated to wrestle freestyle at 152lbs while Hanson and Garcia are wrestling at 167.5. Garcia will wrestle both styles while Hanson will be wrestling Greco onlyFollow results on www.trackwrestling.com
Memorial Weekend Mat Madness
Former St. Edwards High School phenom Jamie Clark will be running Freestyle and Greco workouts Friday through Sunday at CC. Clark a 3x Ohio State Champ and multiple time Fargo placewinner brings a vast amount of knowledge and skill to the room. The workouts will be high paced and intense. All workouts are free of cost and everyone is welcomed!
Schedule is as follows:
Clark Bio: HIGH SCHOOL: Was the No. 6 national recruit at 130 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 8 by Intermat ... Named an AWN fourth-team All-American in 2010 ... Won three Ohio State titles: 130 pounds in 2010, 119 in 2009 and 112 in 2008 ... Finished runner-up to current Illini teammate Sam White at 103 pounds in 2007 ... Named the Outstanding Wrestler at the Freestyle Cadet Nationals in 2007. Clark handed David Taylor one of his few career losses.
3x NCAA All American and Michigan graduate Tyrell Todd will be running Freestyle and Greco workouts this week at CC. Todd who now resides in Ann Arbor just recently competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials. Both workouts are Freestyle and Greco Only! Workouts will take place on Tuesday and Thursday 5:00pm-6:30pm. All are welcome and the Cost is FREE!
The sophomore tandem of Drew Garcia and Logan Marcicki rolled through the USA Central Regionals this past weekend. Garcia won double titles at 170lbs while Marcicki claimed double titles at 160lbs. Neither Garcia nor Marcicki lost a period all weekend. Shamrocks Greg Johnson and Myles Amine also placed in both styles as Johnson took 4th in both Greco and Freestyle at 126lbs while Amine placed 3rd in Greco and 4th in Freestyle at 132lbs.
Trevor Zdebski 3rd @ 120lbs
Greg Johnson 4th @ 126lbs
Myles Amine 3rd @ 132lbs
Greg Johnson 4th @ 126
Myles Amine 4th @ 132lbs
Logan Marcicki 1st @ 160lbs
Drew Garcia 1st @ 170lbs
Malik Amine 3rd @ 138lbs
Logan Marcicki 1st @ 160lbs
Drew Garcia 1st @ 170lbs
Team Shamrock Gears Up for Central Regionals
A slew of Team Shamrock Members will hit the mats this weekend at the USA Central Regionals to be hosted at the Devos Place (Pictured Right) in Downtown Grand Rapids. By placing in the top 3 at their respected weights, each member may earn a birth to the Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo, ND. Leading the way for the Shamrocks will be Cadet Double All Americans Drew Garcia and Logan Marcicki. State placers Malik Amine and Trevor Zdebski along with Evan Toth, Eli Joseph, Greg Johnson will also be representing the Blue and White. Freestyle will take place on Saturday, while Greco will be wrestled on Sunday. Stay tuned to www.trackwrestling.com for updates.
Malik Amine (Pictured below), Ken Bade (Pictured left), and Jimmy Russell all competed at the USA Freestyle and Greco State Championships and won titles this weekend. Amine won the Junior 138 Greco title by going 5-0 on the day and defeating a pair of Oxford wrestlers to win the title. Amine defeated both Kyle Hill and Eddie Schlickenmeyer en route to to the finals were he beat Dewitt's Nick Baker who placed 3rd in the MHSAA State meet last year. Bade and Russell both won Freestyle titles as Bade went 3-0 on the day defeating Hartland's Austin Eicher in the finals 6-0, 4-1. Russell won his Freestyle title at 195lbs defeating Tecumseh's Jordan Pelham in the finals 6-0, 2-1. He finished 4-0 on the day.
Also placing for Team Shamrock were:
Evan Toth 2nd
Tim McCotter 3rd
Myles Amine 4th
Evan Toth 2nd
Tim McCotter 2nd
Greg Johnson 3rd
Myles Amine 3rd
Zach Prater 4th
Shamrock Grapplers Ready for
Freestyle and Greco State Tournament
Several shamrock wrestlers will take to the mats this weekend at the USA Wrestling Freestyle and Greco State Championships. The tournament will take place on Friday through Sunday at Fowlerville High School. Results will be updated on Trackwrestling.com as well as updates via CC's twitter and Facebook accounts.
The Schedule is as follows:
Friday, May 11th. Bantam thru Cadet Greco - 7:30pm
Saturday, May 12th. Kids Freestyle - 9:30am
Saturday, May 12th. Cadet Freestyle & Junior Greco - Not before 1:00pm
Saturday, May 12th. Open & Masters Greco and Freestyle - Not before 2:00pm
All CC Varsity Wrestlers are expected to attend this Wednesday's CC Mothers Club Meeting to show our appreciation to the Mothers club for helping us acquire our new wrestling mats. You are asked to meet in the wrestling room at 6:45pm. Please wear khakis and polos. No Hats! This process should last till 7:15pm.
Team Shamrock Hosts Freestyle Greco Training Site
Over the past few years Catholic Central has had quite a bit of success on the Freestyle and Greco Circuit including two Finalist and 3 All Americans at last years National tournament in Fargo ND. Team Shamrock will host a regional training site for all those in training for Freestyle and Greco competitions. The workouts are free and led by Olympic Development and Michigan's Head Junior Coach, Dave Beazley. All wrestlers are welcomed!
M,W,F: Open Room Starts at 3:15-4:30pm
T,TH: Lifting From 3:00-4:30, Open Room 5:00-6:30pm
State Champion Kevin Beazley continues to impress as he travled to Wisconsin this weekend to compete at the 2012 Fila Junior Nationals. Beazley competed against many different college wrestlers and placed in both Greco and Freestyle earning double All American Honors. The Shamrock grappler went 5-2 placing 6th in Freestyle at 84KG. The runner-up Logan Storely was an NCAA All American this year at Minnesota. In Greco Beazley placed 3rd defeating the same wrestler, Lee Wildes of the US Olympic Training Center, in the consolation finals, that defeated him in the 2nd round.
Coach Hancock had this to say about Kevin, " Kevin's performance this weekend was awfully impressive. For him to go out and not only compete, but place, against some of the best college guy's in the country is impressive. That fact that he did it in both styles is a credit to his toughness and ability to push through soreness and fatigue."
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4 Shamrocks Earn All American Honors
On a weekend where over 10 shamrocks were in action across the country, 4 of those grapplers locked up All American honors.
Leading the way for the Shamrocks were co-captains Alec Mooradian and Kevin Beazley. Mooradian went 6-1 en route to placcing 3rd at the NHSCA Senior Nationals in Virginia Beach. Along the way Mooradian defeated numerous of other state champions and state placers. He fell to eventual champion Alex Richardson who won the New Jersey state championship this year 1-0. To view Bracket Click here
Kevin Beazley (Picutred Right with Ken Bade) led the way at the Flo Nationals at Drexel University by finishing as national runner-up. Beaz dominated his way to the finals recording two falls before falling to the #5 ranked wrestler in the country Niko Reyes of California. To View Brackets Click here
Ken Bade joined Beazley in earning All American honors by placing 5th at 120lbs. Bade lost a tight match to PA runner up Zeke Moisey who later went on to win the tournament. Ken finished with a 7-2 record. Logan Marcicki also had a fantastic tournament as he went 4-2, defeating a Texas state champ in the early rounds.
Jimmy Russell put his name on the national board by placing 4th at the USA Folkstyle Nationals in Iowa. Russell who competed at 195lbs went 4-2 on the day.
Shamrocks Gear Up for National Tournaments
No rest for the Shamrocks as they prepare to do battle all over the country. Over 10 Shamrocks will take to the mats this weekend to compete in the Senior Nationals, Flo Nationals, and Cadet and Junior Folkstyle Nationals. Alec Mooradian will take to the mats in Virginia Beach, Virginia at the Senior Nationals as he looks to become the first Shamrock to win a senior national title. Mooradian will compete at 145lbs. Follow the action onlline at http://www.nhsca.com/
Kevin Beazley, Ken Bade, Logan Marcicki and Jay Peterson will travel Drexel University to compete in the Flo Nationals. Beazley earned the 2 seed at 182lbs, Badethe 3 seed at 120lbs and Marcicki the 6th at 145lbs. Jay Peterson will compete at 220. Follow the action live at http://www.flowrestling.org/
Eli Joseph, Jimmy Russell and Greg Johnson will be traveling to Cedar Falls Iowa to compete in the USA Cadet Folkstyle Nationals. Follow the action at www.Trackwrestling.com
Geise Wins MYWAY Title; O'Brien Stays Active
Shamrock Freshman Nick Giese took to the mats this past weekend and dominated in route to a MYWAY State Championship at 174lbs. Giese who competed on the CC White Team all season with a few matches on the Blue squad, went 4-0 on the weekend with three of those wins coming by fall, including a fall in the finals over Wes Dehaven in 2:30. Coach Hancock had this to say about Nick, "Nick is a tremoundous competitor who we expect to do some great things during his career here at CC. I love the fact that he's so involved and gives back to the school. He's the epitome of a Shamrock Student Athlete." Giese was a star running back on the freshman football team, won over 30 matches on the white team, is involved in the Shamrock Award winnning band, and is currently running track for Mr. Magni, all the while mantaining a 3.8 GPA.
Geise's fellow white teammate Parker O'Brien continues to compete in the off season as he went 2-2 at 106lbs. " I'm excited to see Parker battling and competing. He's committed towards helping this team next year, and I love that about him. We are going to need him to step and fill a huge hole in lower weights."- Coach Hancock
The CC Shamrocks ended a phenomenal season on Saturday as the blue and white captured 3 MHSAA Individual Championships. Winning titles for the Shamrocks were at 189lbs, senior captain, Kevin Beazley. Beazley dec Brandon Sunday of Bedford in the finals 6-0. Beazley finishes his season with a 48-1 record and will look forward to taking his skills to Old Dominon next fall as he has signed to wrestle for Steve Martin and the Monarchs.
Earning his third all state honor and winning his second straight title was junior Ken Bade. Bade dominated his way to a title, as defeated Austin Gullick of Portage Central in the quarters 18-3, Dom Trevino of Holt in the Semis 20-5, and finally Mike Willits in the finals 6-1. Bade finishes his junior campaign with a 50-1 record.
Sophomore Drew Garcia eneded the night in style as he won the third title for the Shamrocks. Garcia who fell a bit short in last years final, was bound and determined not to let that happen again. Garcia defeated Cody Devoe of Rochester in the quarters 8-2, Cody Monlihan of Grand Haven 13-6 in the semis, to earn his second straight finals appearance. In the finals, Garcia defeated Charlie Meyers of Utica Eisenhower 5-2 in the finals at 171lbs. Garcia ends his sophomore campaign with a 46-3 record.
Alec Moordian became the first wrestler in CC Wrestling history to reach 4 MHSAA Finals this past weekend. Alec fell short in the finals losing 3-2 to Brighton's Aaron Calderon. "Alec Mooradian is an amazing young man and has had an incredible career here at CC. He will go down as one of the greatest competitors and wrestlers in the history of our school. His work ethic, determination and success has earned him a scholarship to Columbia where I believe he will use this weekend's experience to motivate him to accompish even greater things. I couldn't be more proud of him. His work ethic and commitment through the great sport of wrestling to has given him the opportunity to attend one of the greatest academic instituions in the world. It's been an honor to work with him and be a part of his success and life the past 5 years."
Sophomore Malik Amine wrestled a great state tournament as he made it to the finals before dropping an exciting match to Alec Pantaleo of Canton in the finals 9-6. Amine finishes his 2nd high school season with a 43-7 record. It was the third straight weekend Amine and Pantaleo would wrestle. "Malik is a an amazing competitor, he loves to wrestle and believes that when he steps on the mat, he deserves to win. I'm proud of him." Coach Hancock
Senior captain, TJ Fagan put an exclamation point on his high school career as he led 4 Shamrocks through the consolation bracket. Fagan who battled injuries all year, got healthy just in time for the team race and to make a run at an individual title. Fagan dropped a clase decision in the semi's to Mitch Hrynak of Forest Hills Central. He then bounced back to defeat Kyle Hill of Oxford 9-3 in the consi semis before defeating Manny Govantes of Farmington in the consi finals 6-4 in OT. Fagan finishes his career with 4 Team titles (2 in Cross Country and 2 in wrestling), and 2 individual all state honors.
Fantastic freshman Trevor Zdebski also battled back to take third after suffering defeat in the semis. Zdebski lost to Colin Bertucci of Grand Haven in the semis, but put on impressive performances in the consi semi's and finals. Zdebski knocked off Kyle Gilles of John Glenn 9-1 and then Benny Gomez of Holt 6-0 to take 3rd. Zdebski finished his freshman campaign with an impressive 38-6 record. "Trevor had a very impressive year and was a very big part of our success on all levels. His work ethic in the room is as impressive for a freshman as I have seen at this level," said Hancock.
Nick Mason showed character this weekend by working his way through the consolation bracket only to knock off the same guy who beat earlier in the tourney. Mason lost first round to John Bourcier of Anchor Bay 7-2 and then defeated him for fifth place at 160lbs 11-2. Mason earned his 3rd All State honor and finished his senior year with a 45-11 record. Mason will wrestle next year at Ashland University.
Perhaps the most improved wrestler on the Shamrock squad showed his toughness by placing 7th at Hwt this past weekend. Bob Coe who finished his junior season with a 40-9 record lost to the eventual champion Nick Gadjzkik 5-4 in the quarters. He battled back to beat a familiar foe in Jimmi Keller of Novi 5-2 to finish his with a win and all state honors. Coe and West Ottowa junior Miguel Correa were the only 2 underclassmen to place at Hwt.
Freshman Myles Amine finished his first season with a 34-14 record. Amine went 1-2 on the weekend falling to defending champ Shane Wireman and Hartland's Jacob Gorial. "Myles had an outstanding season and has learned a lot about overcoming adversity. There is no doubt in my mind that he will learn from his experiences and accomplish great things here at CC."
The Catholic Central Wrestling team entered Battle Creek with one thing in mind, taking back the D1 Crown to 27225 Donoher Drive, where it belongs. The Shamrocks did not only capture their 9th team title, but did it in dominating fashion as the blue and white defeated Oxford in the finals 47-9. CC won 11 of the 14 bouts earning pins from all three senior captains: TJ Fagan, Alec Mooradian, and Kevin Beazley. Also earning bonus points for CC were Trevor Zdebski and Ken Bade as Zdebski majored Dan Curtis a52-9 t 103 and Bade scored a tech fall over Kyle Hill at 125lbs. Also earning big wins were Malik Amine at 130lbs, Nick Mason at 160lbs and Jay Peterson at 215lbs.
The Shamrocks opened up the weekend with a 73-3 victory over Roseville in the quarters followed by a 52-9 win over Hartland. Hancock's squad outscored their opponents’ on the weekend 172-21. The boys of CC won 35 of 42 bouts and didn't surrender a single bonus point all tournament. Kevin Beazley the teams pin leader spent a total of 1:42 seconds on the mat, all weekend.
"Our guys deserve this trophy. They train extremely hard, they do the right things off the mat and they are committed to the Lord Jesus Christ."
In regards to the matchup versus Oxford, Hancock said, " Our guys trained 365 days for that moment. To get an opportunityt to wrestle Oxford in the finals made it even sweeter. Our team wanted that opportunity, and they went out and dominated a very well coached, tough, and experienced team. Our seniors did a phenominal job of leading this team and I couldn't be more proud of them. They represented CC, the Basilian fathers and our wrestling program with class."
Division 1 Final-Feb. 25
#1 Detroit Catholic Central (25-3) 47, #6 Oxford (20-6) 9
WT DCC O MATCH RESULT
130 3 0 Malik Amine (DCC) D Mike Willits (O), 3-0
135 6 0 Andrew Thompson (DCC) D Noah Cantara (O), 8-4
140 6 3 Rocco Borg (O) D Riley Hanson (DCC), 2-1
145 10 3 Logan Marcicki (DCC) MD Wesley Maskill (O), 9-0
152 16 3 Alec Mooradian (DCC) Fall Zeb Throne (O), 2:32
160 19 3 Nick Mason (DCC) D Jacob Peasley (O), 7-3
171 23 3 Drew Garcia (DCC) MD Marty Giannola (O), 16-6
189 29 3 Kevin Beazley (DCC) Fall Liam Logan (O), :39
215 32 3 Jay Peterson (DCC) D Grant Krause (O), 6-4
285 32 6 Prescott Line (O) D Bob Coe (DCC), 9-5
103 36 6 Trevor Zdebski (DCC) MD Daniel Curtis (O), 14-6
112 36 9 Edwin Schlickenmeyer (O) D Zack Colone (DCC), 7-1
119 42 9 TJ Fagan (DCC) Fall Anthony Moore (O), 2:45
125 47 9 Ken Bade (DCC) TF Kyle Hill (O), 18-2 6:00
Alec Mooradian, TJ Fagan, and Kevin Beazley will travel to Battle Creek this weekend with the plan of leading thier fellow seniors and teammates back to the state finals for the third consecutive year. Making the finals wont be enough for this group, as they look to bring back the coveted trophy back home to CC for the 9th time in program history. The Shamrocks will open up in the quarterfinals on Friday at 5:30pm vs. Roseville. The winner will advance to wrestle the winner of the Hartland/Bedford quarter on Saturday morning in the semifinals at 11:45 am. All matches will be streamed live on Mhsaa.tv or foxsportsdetroit.com
Coach Hancock had this to say: "Our guys are excited and ready to get after it. They have to stay focused and can't look ahead. Each match they must execute and wrestle with talent that our good Lord has given them."
Workout and Departure Times For Team States
Friday, February 24th
Workout at 9:00am
Depart at 10:30am
(Plan for Weather)
Individual States Seating Request
(Those Needing Tickets for The Individual State Meet are Asked to Request Section 118)
Team State Tournament Draws Released
Division 1 - Quarterfinals on Friday at 5:30 pm #1 Detroit Catholic Central (22-3) vs #8 Roseville (13-15)
#4 Temperance Bedford (20-3) vs #5 Hartland (29-3)
#3 Davison (19-4) vs #6 Oxford (18-5)
#2 Brighton (39-0) vs #7 Grand Haven (21-7)
Catholic Central advanced 10 guys to the Individual State Tournament at the Palace. 7 of those 10 advancing will be #1 seeds as they won the regional tournament. Leading the way for the Shamrocks and avenging his district loss was sophomore Malik Amine who defeated Catnon's Alec Pantaleo in the finals 8-6. Other shamrocks winning titles were: Trevor Zdebski 103,TJ Fagan 125, Ken Bade 130, Alec Mooradian 152, Drew Garica 171, and Kevin Beazley 189. Perhaps in the most exciting finals bout of the night Shamrock heavyweight Junior Bob Coe took Bedford's #1 ranked Logan Rimmer to 4 overtime periods before falling in the closely contested battle. Placing 3rd was senior Nick Mason at 160lb and placing 4th was freshman Myles Amine at 112lbs.
For the fourth straight year the CC Shamrock have advanced to Battle Creek to compete in the MHSAA Team State Finals. The Shamrocks have taken another step on their jounrey towards recapturing the D1 crown. The Blue and White defeated Livonia Franklin in the opening round 83-0 followed by a 70-9 win over Farmington in the regional finals. The Rocks will compete in the team quarterfinals next Friday at 5:30pm. The seeds will be released this Sunday on Mhsaa.tv.
Senior captain Alec Mooradian captured his 4th district title in fashion this weekend by collecting his 200th career victory. Mooradian improved his overall record to 201-3. The last Shamrock to win 200 matches was 3x State Champ Trevor Stewart.
13 Advance, 9 Win Titles at Districts
13 Shamrock wrestlers will advance to the Individual Regionals to be held next weekend at Saline High School. Of those 13 wrestlers, 9 will enter as 1 seeds, as they won district titles this past weekend at the Canton district. Trevor Zdebski, TJ Fagan, Ken Bade, Logan Marcicki, Alec Mooradian, Nick Mason, Drew Garcia, Kevin Beazley and Bob Coe (Pictured Right) all won their respected weight classes. Malik Amine finished 2nd, Riley Hanson finished 3rd and Myles Amine finished 4th. The Canton district will combine with the Bedford district.
Catholic Central advanced to the regionals next week by defeating Novi and Walled Lake Western last night in district action. The Shamrocks sent over 23 different wrestlers to the mat last night to compete. The blue and white will next wrestler Livonia Franklin next Wednesday at Garden City HS.
On Saturday, 14 CC wrestlers will continue on thier individual quest to win state titles. The action will take place at Canton HS and is expected to get underway at 9:30am.
Four years ago when senior captains Alec Mooradian, and TJ Fagan walked through the doors at CC, a plan was in action. The plan was to create a committed and dedicated class that would revive Catholic Central wrestling, and get the Shamrocks back to the top of Michigan wrestling mountain. Four years later, over 15 seniors have lasted a rugged, challenging, and roller coaster route. In 2009 the Shamrocks were defeated by Lake Orion in the quarterfinals. In 2010 CC defeated Rockford for their first title in 22 years. The following year the returning champs were upset in the finals by Oxford by 1 point.
The Shamrocks are now looking to make it to their 3rd straight team finals, and win their second title in three years. "This senior class is amazing. These guys have been through a lot. They have reached the ultimate high of winning a title and suffered the ultimate low of losing by 1 point in the finals. Our seniors continue to contribute every weekend, whether they're with the white or blue, and that says something about the level of commitment and dedication these guys have for CC. They're not done yet."
- Coach Hancock
The Shamrocks will start their journey on Thursday as they travel to Novi for the Team Districts. There they will wrestle Novi in the first round at 5:30pm. The winner will go on to face the winner of the Northville vs. Walled Lake Western match.
The CC Shamrocks travled to U of D on Saturday and catpured their 18th straight CHSL title by placing 11 in the finals and coming away with 6 champs. The Shamrocks racked up 279.5 points to win the title. Winning individual titles were seniors Zack Colone at 119 and Alex Goings at 140. Chris Naubert, JT Ayotte, Bob Coe and David Lilley also won titles. Finishing second was Mike Babicz, Casey Hagan, Nick Geise and Parker O'Brien. The Shamrocks return to action on Thursday as the Blue and White squads will join forces and travel to Novi for Team Districts. Action starts at 5:30pm.
White Gets Ready for CHSL Tournament
The Shamrock wrestling team will travel to U of D High School on Saturday with the plan of winning it's 18th straight Catholic League title. The last team to win the CHSL was Brother Rice in 1994. Action is slated to get underway at 9am on Saturday with the finals getting underway at approximately 3pm.
Pictured LtoR (Kevin Beazley, Nick Mason, Alec Mooradian)
Today 3 CC Shamrocks signed letter of intents to wrestle in college. Seniors Alec Mooradian, Nick Mason and Kevin Beazley all signed to wrestle at the next level. 3x state champion and senior captain Alec Mooraidan signed to wrestle for Coach Fronhoffer at Columbia University. Senior captain Kevin Beazley signed to wrestle for Steve Martin at Old Dominon University. Senior Nick Mason signed to wrestle for Tim Dernlan at Ashland University.
Blue Falls to Eds; White Places 3rd @ Observerland
The Shamrocks grueling January scheudle came to an end on Saturday as the Blue and White squads were both in action. The Blue squad traveled to Cleveland to wrestle the #2 team in the country, St. Ed's and neighbors St. Vincent St. Mary's. The Sharmrocks dropped the dual to Eds 41-12. Wrestling enthusiasts believe this may be one of St. Ed's best teams ever. Picking up wins for CC were Bob Coe, Nick Mason and Kevin Beazley. The boys battled back as they defeated a short handed St. Vincent St. Mary's in the second round 59-13.
"This was a great experience for our guys. Our schedule was grueling and it challenged our guys. Thats what we do at CC, put our guys in challenging situations, so that when it comes time for the state tournament, our guys are comfortable and have been through the fire. In regards to the loss to Eds, it's humbling yet rewarding, in knowing that we are now able to schedule one of the best teams in the country. Our guys without a doubt have wrestled the toughest schedule in the state, and I have confidence that it will pay off in late February." -Coach Hancock
The White team stayed close to home as Coach Griffin's squad traveled to Livonia Franklin for the annual Observerland tournament. The squad placed 12 individuals and finished 3rd in the team race. Leading the way for the squad was Casey Hagan and Mike Babicz who both finished second. Hagan defeated Gabe Martinez of Franklin in the semis to make it to the finals. Martinez is currently ranked 4th at 119. Zack Colone and Parker O'Brien finished 3rd while Eli Joseph, Chris Naubert and JT Ayotte finished 4th. Tim McCotter and Jimmy Russell finished 5th while Alex Goings, David Lilley and Crhistian Miner finished 6th.
Catholic Central travled to Hudson for a triangular with powerhouses Dundee and Hudson. The action was exciting from the get go as Hudson defeated Dundee 26-23 in the opening match, with the final match coming down to the ultimate tiebreaker at Hwt. The Shamrocks geared up and looked good in their first match defeating the Vikings 55-10. Click Here for Box Score
In the final match of the night the CC squad defeated a tough Hudson team 41-25. The Shamrocks won 9 of 14 matches, voiding one at 135. Coming up with big pins were Bade, Marcicki, Mooradian and Beazley. Also winning were Zdebski, Myles Amine, Malik Amine and Hanson. However, the biggest win perhaps came from sophomore Drew Garcia who defeated 3x state finalist and 2x champ Devon Marry 3-1. Click here for Box Score
The White team looked great as they wrapped up the CHSL Dual Meet Championship by defeating Bishop Foley and U of D last night. The Rocks defeated Bishop Foley 65-18 and U of D 54-14. Highlight of the night came from senior standout Beau Bloomfield who earned 2 pins in last nights victories.
CC Travels To Hudson for Tri
The Shamrocks have their work cut out for them tonight as they travel to Hudson High School, home of the 3x defending D4 Team Champs. CC is scheduled to wrestle Dundee who reached the semi finals in D3 last year at 6:30. The dual with Hudson will take place immediately following the match with the Dundee Vikings.
Blue Splits with #16 Moeller and #29 Lowell
The atmosphere at the CC gym resembled that of the state finals in February. With three nationally ranked teams in attendance and D3 champs Richmond, wrestling fans were treated to some intense match-ups. The Shamrock White team started off the day with a 34-21 win over Cincinnati Moeller's B Squad.
The Shamrocks Blue Team were narrowly defeated in round 1 by Lowell who 27-24 with each team splitting 7 matches, the difference coming down to bonus points. Senior catain Kevin Beazley won a great match defeating #2 ranked Gabe Dean 2-1 in an Ultimate Tiebreaker. Malike Amine and Zack Colone also picked up an impressive wins as Amine defeated Nate Limmex 12-6 and Colone came from behind to defeat Kalvin Meyer in OT. To See Box Score Click Here Moeller defeated Richmond 48-6 in the opening round.
Showing resolve, the Shamrocks battled back and defeated #16 ranked Cincinnati Moeller in round 2, 34-19. The Shamrocks won 9 of 14 matches earning bonus points from Logan Marcicki, Kevin Beazley, Myles Amine and Ken Bade. Alec Mooradian defeated Dakota Sizemore 1-0 and Drew Garcia avenged last years loss to Kevin Blum by defeating him
The Rocks return to action on Wednesday as the Blue team travels to hudson for duals with Dundee and Hudson while the White team travels to Bishop Foley to wrestle Foley and U of D.
CC To Host Pair of Nationally Ranked Teams
On Saturday, CC will continue its rugged January schedule as the Shamrocks are set to compete against two more nationally ranked teams on Senior day. Making the trip for the Saturday quad will be #16th ranked Cincinnati Moeller, #29 Lowell along with 3x D3 defending Champs Richmond. CC and Ricmond will not compete. Weigh-ins will be on site at 10am with action getting underway at 11am. See below for the schedule of events. Action will be broadcasted live on Moellers website. Click Here to View Live Webcast
Rooms must be booked by 1/30/12 after this date any rooms not booked will be released to the public.
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Room cost $105.00 per night
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Rooms must be booked by 1/30/12 after this date any rooms not booked will be released to the public.
CC Super Duals Lives Up to Hype
In front of a packed house, and wrestling names like Rodriguez, Churella, McFarland, Bormet, Chandler, Heaton, Urso, Nadhir, and Dilworth, #3 St. Johns and #15 CC battled in one of the most anticipated duals in recent times.
Without the use of hwt Bob Coe, the Shamrocks were forced to make a move early and it seemed to pay off early as the Shamrocks were up on St. Johns 18-7 heading into the gauntlet of the Red Wings line-up. Helping CC jump out to that early lead was Kevin Beazley who picked up a fall at 215, Jay Peterson with a decision at Hwt and Trevor Zdebski who won by decision at 103. DCC's state champ Ken Bade took to the mats at 125 in the most anticipated match of the dual. Bade proved to be too much for Schmitt as he scored a late takedown and rode Schmitt out to give him and the Shamrocks a win. "We expected Bade to win that match as we do every match, he trains extremly hard loves to compete against the best," said Hancock. St. Johns proved to have too much muscle as they rallied to win 6 of the final 7 matches to pick up a 31-21 victory. Senior Alec Mooradian picked up a win over Travis Curley at 152lbs. Click Here for Box Score
"I thought our guys battled hard out there and gave the fans their money's worth. There is a reason why those guys are ranked #3 in the country. I was proud of the way our guys competed and how smart they wrestled in certain situations. We had several guys do a nice job of limiting bonus points and thats what you need to win big duals and team state titles."
CC Continues win streak over Bedford
For the fifth straight year CC has defeated long time rival Temperance Bedford. CC beat up and coming Mules 52-17. The Shamrocks won 10 of 14 matches and Kevin Beazley pinned #2 ranked Brandon Sunday in just over 1 minute of action.
Not so Kind Hosts
CC defeated Ohio's Solon HS 52-13 in fourth round of Saturdays action. Solon featured 2 D1 state champs who both picked up wins vs. CC. Brandon Thompson defeated Zack Colone at 112 and Anthony Collica defeated Logan Marcicki in the battle of state champs.
Depth proves to be too much for Clarskton
CC defeated the Clarkston Wolves 48-12 with help from 8 unusual suspects in the line-up. Getting their first action of year on the Blue Squad was Tim McCotter and Christian Miner who both notched big wins in the dual. Parker O'Brien, Casey Hagan, Zack Colone, Andrew Thompson and Nick Geise also picked up wins.
Alumni Night at CC
Over 40 Alumni made the trip back to CC for Satruday's action. Coach Yeager and Coach Rodriguez were attendance with former state champs Dave Dilworth, Toby Heaton, Joe Urso, Jeff Alcala, and many other former greats who lived and died for CC High.
Ben Whitford dec Anthony Collica of Solon 8-3
Zack Hall dec. Mitch Roglainer 5-3
Brandon Thompson dec. Zack Hall at 112lbs
Kevin Beazley picked up 4, first period falls on the afternoon.
Temperence Bedford Defeated Richmond 31-25 with a fall in the last match at 103.
Richmond defeatd Dundee for potential seeding rights at the Team State Tournament
On Saturday, Catholic Central will host the 2012 Super Duals which will host 3 nationally ranked teams and a number of other state powerhouses. The Super Duals have gained the recognition of www.intermatwrestle.com which is wrestling's #1 natinally known webiste. Visit intermat to read Josh Lowe's preview.
St. Johns enters the Duals currently ranked #3 in the country by Intermat. The Shamrocks sit a #15 in the intermat rankings while Montini enters at #28. The field also includes 2x Defending D3 champs Richmond, and perennial powers Bedford, Dundee, Clarkston and Solon Ohio.
For the first time in over a decade Michigan has two teams ranked in the top 15 in the country. These two teams will meet in Round 2 of the Duals which should begin around 11:45-12:00pm. This year's dual will feature several stand out individual match-ups including a potential one between 3x state champ and Sharmock captain Alec Mooradian, pictured left, vs. Ben Whitford. For a complete breakdown on the dual and event visit Michigan Grappler's preview by clicking below. Action is set to get underway at 10am. The Super Duals will also be alumni night for CC Wreslting. All alumni are encouraged to attend and take part in the festivities. An alumni social will be held afterwards.
Unable to attend the Duals? CC will broadcast the CC vs. St. Johns match and CC vs. Montini match at approximately 11:45am and 1pm. Coach Nikeo Ianni, current assistant coach and former Shamrock Wrestling captain will be on the air with current CC student Bobby Dorigo Jones for all of you wrestling enthusiast.
The CC Invite has traditionally been known as arguably the toughest tournament in the state of Michigan. On Saturday, the Invite showed why, with multiple state champions and state placers taking to the mats with hopes of winnning a title. The Shamrocks looked solid as they won a team title scoring 234 team points behind 1st place finishes from Ken Bade, Logan Marcicki, Alec Mooradian, Drew Garcia and Kevin Beazley. Davison finished 2nd scoring 195.5 points and Hudson finished 3rd with 167 points.
Bade, Marcicki and Mooradian all defeated defending state champs in the finals, as Ken Bade def. Justin Oliver (Davison) who won last years D1 title at 112lbs. Mooradian defeated Joel Varney of Hudson 6-5, Varney captured the D4 title last year. Mooradian becomes just one of a few wrestlers ever to win 4 CC Invite crowns. In probably the highlight of the night, sophomore Logan Marcicki pinned returning D2 state champ Taylor Simaz of Allegan in the 2nd period. Marcicki and Bade both earned Most Valuable Wrestler awards for their performances throughout the day.
Trevor Zdebski and Bob Coe both finished as runner-ups at 103 and Hwt. Freshman Myles Amine finished 3rd at 112lbs and Nick Mason finished 3rd at 160lbs defeating freshman teammate Nick Geise for 3rd and 4th. Riley Hanson and Jay Peterson finished 4th, while Evan Toth finished 5th and Andrew Thompson 6th.
The White Squad finished 9th on the day placing ahead of Tecumseh who is currently ranked 3rd in D2. Leading the way for the white team was Nick Geise who finished 4th, Zack Colone 5th, Mike Babicz 5th and Casey Hagan who finished 6th.
Coach Hancock on Saturday's results: "Anytime you can win a tournament with the company we had today, you have to be a bit pleased. To have 3 matches in the finals consist of both wrestlers being defending state champs says something about the strength of this tournament. With that being said, we still have a lot of work to do. We had a few guys who received a wake up calls this afternoon and thats a good thing. We have to understand that this is all a stepping stone to the state finals in late February and March, and with the way we train, we'll be ready."
The Ultimate goal in wrestling is to pin your opponent. The Shamrocks racked up several pins on their way to a few big dual victories on both the Blue and White squads Wednesday. In a rematch of last year's state finals match, the Blue squad tallied 6 falls in route to a 49-13 victory over Oxford. Recording falls for the Shamrocks were Trevor Zdebski, Ken Bade, Logan Marcicki, Nick Mason, Kevin Beazley and Bob Coe (pictured left).
The White Squad opened up its CHSL Schedule with a pair of convincing wins over Lutheran North and Divine Child. Coach Griffin's squad tallied 7 falls in beating Lutheran North 76-3 and 8 falls in defeating Divine Child 62-9.
Both squads will return to action this weekend as the Shamrocks host their annual CC Invitational on Saturday. Action is slated to get underway at 9am.
Shamrocks Head to Oxford for Big Dual;
White opens up CHSL Schedule
On Wednesday Jan. 4th the CC Blue team will travle to Oxford for highlighted dual against the defending D1 Champs. It will be the first dual meeting between the two Oakland County powers since last years state final dual. The two teams clased at the Oakland County Tournament with CC coming out on top in the team race. Expect a few changes to be made in the Oxford line-up with the return of Jacob Peasley. Action is slated to get underway at 6pm at Oxford High School. The environment should be electric and the dual should feature some interesting matchups.
Coming off an impresive performance at the Goodrich Tournament of Champions the CC White team will open up its CHSL Dual season with a trip to Dearborn Divine Child to wrestle DC and Lutheran North. The White team will be lead into battle by seniors Andrew Thompson, Zack Colone, Casey Hagan, Alex Goings, Steve Schmitt, Josh Carolin, Joe Vollmer and Christian Miner. Action is slated to get underway at 5:30pm.
Hanson Wins GTOC; Shamrocks Place 5th
The Shamrock Wrestling program showed it's depth this week as the White Team lead by Riley Hanson's title at 140lbs placed 5th at the Goodrich Tournament of Champions. This was fresh off the Shamrocks Team Championship down in Medina. Hanson defeated Bender of St. Johns on the semis before defeating Chamberlain of Springport in the finals.
Led by seniors Andrew Thompson, Alex Goings and Zack Colone, eight other Shamrocks battled their way back in the consolation bracket. Thompson placed 3rd, Goings 8th, Colone 4th, Casey Hagan 5th, Mike Babicz 5th, Chris Naubert 7th, Parker O'Brien 8th and Josh Carolin 8th.
St. John's finished first, Dundee 2nd, Greenville 3rd, Hesperia 4th, CC 5th and Rochester 6th, New Boston Huron 7th and Southgate Anderson 8th.
Coach Griffin stated the following about the Shamrock's performance: "This was a total team effort. These guys trained extremely hard this week and believed that they had something to prove. Our guys have a lot of pride and I think we showed that today. They competed for the team and did a nice job in representing CC."
Shamrocks Win Medina with 4 Champs
Catholic Central remains the only out of state school to win the Medina Invitational as the Shamrocks won 4 individual titles en route to scoring 256.5 team points and placing first. The last time CC won the tournament was in 1988 when Rodriguez traveled the "Blue Streak" south. The Blue and white out-paced Masillon Perry for the team championship as the #2 ranked team in Ohio scored 202 points. Winning individual titles for the Shamrocks were Ken Bade, Alec Mooradian, Drew Garcia and Kevin Beazley. Malik Amine finished 2nd while his brother Myles finished 6th. Also placing for the Shamrocks were Bob Coe (5th), Evan Toth (4th), and Logan Marcicki who placed 6th. The match of the day perhaps, went to Alec Mooradian who defeated the 14th ranked guy in the country Jake Faust of Lexington in triple OT.
Coach Hancock had this to say about the Shamrocks winning the Medina Invitational: " Our guys should feel good about the way we competed. We circled this day on our calendar as a test, and we passed that test this weekend. Our guys have a lot of pride and they believe they're one of the best teams in the country. We have a tough January schedule so we have to put this behind us prepare diligently for what lies ahead."
For the first time in over two decades the Shamrock Wrestling team will return to Medina Invitational in Ohio. The Meidina Invitational Tournament (MIT) will host 38 teams from Ohio as well as Richmond and CC. The Medina tournament has a history of being one of Ohio's toughest tournaments. The Shamrocks and Richmond will battle with the field of Ohio teams which includes Massillon Perry who is currently ranked #27 in the country. Action gets underway on Wednesday morning at 10am and concludes on Thursday evening. Follow the CC Twitter Account by clicking on the link above!
Catholic Central ened its busy exam week by traveling west to Rockford to take on 2 of the states perennial powers. The Shamrocks defeated D4's #2 Ranked Hesperia 48-22 and D1's #10 ranked Rockford 53-4. Hesperia who's crowned 25 state championships since 1997 was anchored by Chase Siersema state returning finalist and #1 ranked 112lber in D4. The win of the dual went to Myles Amine who defeated Siersema 4-1 on a late takedown and penality point.
Rockford who won team titles in 07 and 09 before being defeated by the Shamrocks in the finals in 10 were lead by returning 152lb champ Austin Scogg. The Shamrocks sent out Alec Mooradian who won last year's title at 135lbs to battle Scogg at 152. The war of returning senior champs went to Mooradian who defeated Scogg 1-0. CC downed Rockford 53-4 in route to finishing a terrific week. The Rocks now improve to 10-0 on the year and are prepping for battle in Medina after Christmas.
Coach Hancock had this to say about the squad, "These guys battled tonight. I'm very proud of the way they handled the exam week with the rigors of making weight and getting ready to wrestle these two prideful squads. It's not easy, and these guys looked a bit drained tonight, but they still persevered and wrestled hard."
Shamrocks Win 3rd Straight Oakland County Tournament
In Record Breaking Fashion
8 Champions, 10 finalist, 375.5 Points, 124.5 point differential, explain the Oakland County Tournament the Shamrocks had. CC broke the individual finalist record by putting 10 wrestlers in the finals, with 8 of those 10 walking away champs. The previous record of Champions was 6, which was held by 3 different schools. The Shamrocks scored 375.5 points with Oxford placing second with 243 points. Both the final team score and point differential are tournament records.
Alec Mooradian became just the 3rd wrestler in county history to win 4 titles, joining Tyrone Logan and fellow Columbian Josh Houldsworth in that elite category. Recording his second county championships was Evan Toth(Pictured Right) who defeated Eddie Schlickenmeyer in finals 3-2. Schlickenmeyer tech falled Toth at last years state meet. Malik Amine also won his second county title in fashion by coming from behind to defeat Kalen Richards of Rochester in the final 20seconds of the match. Winning their first titles for the Shamrocks were Trevor Zdebski 103, Myles Amine 112, Ken Bade 130, Logan Marcicki 145, and Drew Garcia 171. Finishing as runner-ups were Riley Hanson at 140 and Kevin Beazley at 189lbs. Nick Mason rebounded in the Consi's to place third, TJ fagan injury defaulted to 5th and Bob Coe placed 7th at Hwt.
Coach Biondo had this to say about the Shamrocks performance at County Tournament, "To win 8 Championships at this tournament is impressive and unprecedented. However, our staff believes that we were capable of winning a few more weight classes. Overall, they wrestled extremely agressive and represented themselves and CC well. Our schedule is going to pick up here, so we have to get back in the room and fix some of the mistakes from this weekend. It's going to be an exciting road ahead."
The Shamrocks improved their overall record to 8-0 last night as they defeated Woodhaven 62-6 and #6 Southgate 55-15. Malik Amine and Kevin Beazley led the way for the Shamrocks as they both defeated solid opponents. Amine major decisioned returning 119lb state finalist Alex Malloy 12-4. Beazley defeated than #2 ranked Devon Bronson 21-8, recording 10 takedowns in the match and cutting Bronson 8 times. Recording a fall in each match for CC were Logan Marcicki, TJ Fagan, Nick Mason, and Ken Bade. Marciki's pin streak is now up to 8. The Shamrocks return to action on Friday and Saturday as they compete in the Oakland County Tournament. The Shamrocks look to capture their 3rd straight title. Friday's action will be at Southfield HS with action getting underway at 4pm. Saturday's action will be at Oxford MS with action getting underway at 10am.
Blue Sweeps Rocket Duals; White Places 5 @ Dorothy Mc
C Team Goes 2-3 at Port Huron Duals, Fr/JV Show Promise
The Catholic Central Blue team improved its record to 6-0 defeating opponents by a combined score of 348-24. The Shamrocks defeated Wyandotte Roosevelt 80-0 where Sophomore Evan Toth picked up a big pin over returning qualifer Cade Barwig at 119lbs. CC then defeated Livonia Franklin 59-12, Romeo 72-3, Walled Lake Central 78-3, and Westland John Glenn 59-6 in the finals. Freshman Trevor Zdebski picked up the biggest win of the day defeating returning 3rd place finisher and #1 ranked Kyle Gilles of Glen 4-0. The Blue Team next returns to action on Wednesday 12/14/11 when they host Woodhaven and #6 ranked Southgate Anderson. Action is slated to get underway at 5:30pm.
The White team traveled to Falcon country as East Kentwood hosted the first annual Dorothy Mac Classic. 5 Shamrocks placed in the tournament as Christian Miner placed 4th, Zack Colone 5th, Andrew Thompson 5th, Paker O'Brien 6th and David Lilley 6th. The team was shorthanded due to sickness and finished 11th out of 14 teams. Davison won the tournament over Brighton and Lowell. The White Team next returns to action on Saturday as they travel to the New Boston Huron Duals.
The Shamrocks 3rd String took a trip to the thumb to compete in the Port Huron Northern Husky Duals and finished with a record of 2-3. The team defeated Royal Oak 54-25 and Anchor Bay 56-21. While dropping matches to Cros-Lex, Port Huron Northern and St. Clair. The win of the tournament came from Greg Johnson as he defeated a state qualifer from Cros-Lex.
The Fr/JV team joined the blue team at the Rocket Duals and had several place winners including: Bobby Brewer, Dave Widzinski, Austin Varney, Nick Lavin and Joel Moriarty.
Successful Opening Day for Shamrock Squads
The CC Wrestling Team had a huge opening day as both the Blue Team and White Team captured decisive victories. The Blue team opened up with a 54-9 win over #2 Davison in front of 2,000 fans that included the entire Shamrock student body and the legendary Mike Rodriguez. Earning falls for the Shamrocks were Malik Amine, Logan Marcicki, Kevin Beazley, and Jay Peterson. The Blue Team returns to action this weekend as they head to Westland John Glenn for the Rocket Duals.
The White Team traveled to Avondale to wrestle Warren Woods Tower and Birmingham Seaholm. The Shamrocks defeated WWT 49-22 and Seaholm 61-6.Earning falls in both matches for the Shamrocks were Parker O'Brien, Andrew Thompson, Joey Vollmer, Jimmy Russell, and Christian Miner recorded a fall and received a void. The White team returns to action this weekend as they head to East Kentwood to compete in the Dorothy Mc Classic on Saturday.
#1 CC vs. #2 Davison in Assembly Match
On Wednesday, December 7th Roy Hall's #2 ranked Davison Cardinal squad will make the trip to Catholic Central to wrestle the Shamrocks in front of CC student body. Catholic Central will host the Cardinals at its annual assembly match at 1:45pm. The match is open to the public as it will have some phenominal match ups.
The Shamrocks enter the 2011-2012 season with a slew of talent returning and one mission in mind. The Shamrocks return 11 state qualifers, 8 of those being state placers, 5 of those being finalist, and three of those 5 being State Champs. Leading the way for the Shamrocks will be senior and 3x State Champ Alec Mooradian who is projected to wrestle at 145/152lbs this year.
The Cardinal's enter the year ranked #2 in the state and are backed by last years undefeated 112lb state champ Justin Oliver, who is projected to wrestle tomorrow at 125/130. In addition to Oliver, Jordan Cooks, who placed 3rd last year at 145lbs will most likely wrestle at 160/171. On top of Oliver and Cooks, Hall returns four other state qualifiers and two immediate impact freshman. Hall's squad looks to have a promising year and get back to the days where the Cardinals won 5 straight titles.
Coach Hancock had this to say about the interesting early matchup: "Our guys are excited to get on the mat and compete. They're hungry to wrestle and are looking forward to the challenge. We respect Coach Hall and his program and know that they have a very talented squad returning. In saying this, its not going to change the way we prepare or compete. We have to focus on getting better each day and wrestling to score points. It's going to be an exciting day."
This past Wednesday the legendary Coach Rodriguez and his Beat the Streets Wrestling program visited Catholic Central High School to take on Mike Krause's Team Shamrock School of Wrestling. Coach Rod made the trip via charter bus with 81 of his BTS grapplers and their parents. Each wrestler received a free T-Shirt compliments of the CC Wrestling Booster club. Overall over 125 wrestlers hit the mats for 2011 Big Scrimmage that takes place annually at CC.
Coach Rod started Beat the Streets with former University of Michigan great, Mark Churella. The Beat the Streets youth wrestling program has been dedicated to improving the lives of at risk children and has helped hundreds of youths over the past 5 years. This program gives troubled youths something meaningful and fun to do in a city where few after school opportunities exist. The program focuses on building character, discipline and self-esteem, with the success of its mentoring components.
Coach Hancock had this to say about the scrimmage, "Anytime you can give back to Coach Rodriguez and the city of Detroit, it's an awesome thing. Coach Rod has given his life to CC, our children and continues to do so today. I give credit to Coach Krause and Coach Rod for making this happen. It's a great, friendly, competitive environment for both squads."
Wrestle Offs and Intrasquad Slated for Saturday
The Catholic Central Wrestling team will be hosting their annual wrestle-offs, and Blue vs. White Intrasquad dual this Saturday. The CC wrestle off's will take place at 10am and run upto the finals at approximately noon. At 1pm the two finalists in the wrestle offs, will square off, and wrestle in the Blue vs. White Intrasquad dual to be held in the small gym. A state official will be in attendance to ref all finals matches and parents are welcomed to attend the finals at 1pm.
9:30am- Weigh-Ins (Be on Time)
10:00am- 12:00pm Championship and Consolation Rounds (Closed to Parents and Public)
1:00pm Blue vs. White Intrasquad (Parents and Fans are welcomed)
All weights will wrestle up to a true 2nd Position!
Hancock Adds Biondo and Eldridge to Coaching Staff
Anthony Biondo a 3 x NCAA Qualifier, academic all american, multiple time big ten place winner and a 100 career match winner at the University of Michigan will be joining the Catholic Central Wrestling coaching staff. Biondo who won 3 MHSAA titles at Chippewa Valley will bring a vast amount knowledge and excitement to the room. "Anthony loves the sport of wrestling and it shows through his day to day contact with our guys. We are very fortunate and excited to have him aboard." - Coach Hancock
Also joining the staff will be former CC great Doug Eldridge. Eldridge was captain of the 2010 team that won the D1 Team Championship and qualified all 14 wrestlers for the state tournament. He also capped his senior campaign off with an individual title at 145lbs defeating Gabe Morse of Lowell in the finals. Eldridge will be joining Coach Carrier and the JV and Freshman staff as an assistant. "We're very excited to have Doug back in our room. He is a pure example of hard work can accomplish. He's a fantastic young man who has a lot to offer our athletes." - Coach Hancock
Saturday: B/W 7am-9am, JV/FR OFF (Football State Finals)
Sunday: All Team Mass at 10am, Parent Meeting at 11am
B/W Practice 12-2pm.
Medina Charter Buss Option Available
The Catholic Central Wrestling family would like to invite all those who plan on traveling to Medina, to do so by charter bus. For the first time in over a decade CC will be returning to one of the toughest tournaments in the midwest, the Medina Tournament Invitational. The tournament will start on Wednesday, December 28th and run through till Thursday the 29th. The bus will depart from Michigan on the evening of Tuesday, December 27th. All families, friends, alumni and supporters are welcomed.
All those who may be interested are asked to contact one of the following. Please do so by December 5th.
Kim Marcicki at 810-441-2460
Mike Bade at 517-206-6577
Shamrocks Hit National Rankings
The Catholic Central Wrestling Program is being recognized by multiple media outlets as one of the best wrestling teams in the country. Amateur Wrestling News has ranked the Shamrocks #10 and WIN Magazine and Intermat have ranked the squad 11th. With 5 returning state finalists, plus 3 placers and 3 qualifiers the Rocks return a loaded line-up. Senior Alec Mooradian is ranked 16th at 145lbs and senior Kevin Beazley is ranked 15th at 182lbs.
"It’s very exciting to bring national attention to CC and its wrestling program. Our staff and kids have worked very hard and were appreciative of the recognition. However, it’s not about national rankings, it’s about taking care of business and controlling what we do on the mat. Right now our focus is on being the best team in the state, come late February".Coach Hancock
As usual the CC staff has put together a challenging schedule as the blue and white will face six nationally ranked teams this season not to mention Richmond, Oxford, Davison and Bedford. CC will face #1 St. Eds on 1/28 in Cleveland. At the CC Super Duals on 1/14 the squad will compete against #3 St. Johns and #30 Montini Catholic A week later #21 Cincinnati Moeller and #45 Lowell will visit the Shamrock campus to scrap.
“Our guys want to compete against the best teams and individuals in the country. We believe that if we put our kids in tough situations throughout the year, it will prepare them for both state tournaments. I think it’s imperative to have a great dual and tournament mix. I don't think it’s fair to our guys if we schedule 40 dual meets a year. Our guys have goals of winning individual titles, on top of being team champs. These guys have to experience being in big matches at individual tournaments. The more big matches they are in, the better they are able to control their nerves and focus, and the more success they'll have come late February and March".
Senior and 2x All Stater Nick Mason verbally committed to wrestle for coach Tim Dernlan and Ashland University. Mason is projected to wrestle 157/165 for the Eagles. Ashland is a Division 2 school which finished 20th at last years NCAA Championships. The Eagles are currently ranked #10 in the recent D2 rankings. Mason will join fellow Michigander Anthony Pavlich who won a state title for Westland John Glenn.
CC wrestlers will have the opportunity to be fitted for custom mouthguards on Wednesday, November 9th. New mouthguards cost $40 and renewals cost $25. Renewals will use the same mold as last years. If you have had any dental work done your advised to get a new one. If you have braces you will need top and bottom. Make checks payable to Catholic Central High School.
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Mooradian and Beaz Place at Super 32s
This past weekend 12 members of the Catholic Central wrestling team traveled to Greensboro, NC to compete at the toughest pre-season tournament in the country. This years tournament proved to be no different. For example the 126 pound weight class featured over ten
nationally ranked kids in the country. There were, count ‘em, 5 former Super32 finalists, ten former super 32 placers, six Fargo finalists and over 10 state champions at this weight.
Seniors Kevin Beazley and Alec Mooradian wrestled extremely tough and finished 7th and 8th at their respected weight classes. Beazley competed at 182 which hosted 8 nationally ranked wrestlers. Mooradian competed at 145lbs and lost twice to Pennsylvania stand out Josh Lydic.
Ken Bade who competed at the toughest weight in the tournament, 126, made it to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Anthony Ashanualt of New Jersey. Bade then lost the next match in consis and fell one win short of placing.
Senior Nick Mason had a heck of a tournament finishing with a 4-2 record and defeated 5th place finisher and Ohio standout Kyle Burns 5-4. Mason also fell a match short of placing at 152lbs.
Sophomore Malik Amine was impressive, finishing the tournament with a 3-2 record and defeated nationally ranked Bobby Mason of Padua 12-2.
Freshman Trevor Zdebski and Myles Amine also finished the tournament with 3-2 records. "I'm impressed with Trevor and Myles and how they approach each and every match. These two can wrestle. I think they'll make a huge impatct in our line-up come December 7th." Coach Hancock.
Coach Hancock also had this to say about having 12 guys competing,
" I couldn't ask for more of these guys. To have 12 athletes competing at the toughest tournament in the country is incredible. It will only make us stronger as a unit. This tournamnet is incredibly tough and in my mind is tougher than the Senior Natinoals, due to the fact that its open to all age levels. Our guys voluntarily trained extremely hard for 8 weeks leading up to this tournament, and to me thats what counts. These guys voluntarily commited themselves this fall and it will pay off come the end of February."
3x State Champ and Shamrock senior Alec Mooradian verbally committed to Coach Carl Fronhofer and Columbia University on Sunday. Mooradian who is ranked the 57th best recruit in the country becomes the second Shamrock this month to verbal to a D1 program. Columbia is a member of the Ivy League and one of the countries strongest wrestling conferences, the EIWA.
"I am very excited for Alec and his family. Alec has worked extremely hard to get to this point. He is a fantastic student,wrestler, and person. There is no doubt in my mind that he will go onto do great things at the next level for Columbia," said Coach Hancock.
Mooradian will join fellow Michiganders Brennan Brumely of Warren Woods Tower and Holly's Josh Houldsworth at Columbia.
Beazley and Marcicki win Titles; 8 Shamrocks Place @ GFC
State Champ Logan Marcicki and State Runner-up Kevin Beazley, pictured above, continued doing this past weekend what they do best, winning. This past weekend both Marcicki and Beazley captured titles at the Grappler Fall Classic held at Tecumseh HS. Beazley captured the title at 189lbs defeating St. John's Payne Haden while Marcicki defeated Traverse City's Issaiah Shuab to win the title at 140lbs.
Ken Bade and Drew Garcia both fell in the finals to a pair of Iowa City West teammates Jack Hathoway and Justin Koethe. Bade lost on a controversial call at the end where it looked like he picked up the winning takedown at the buzzer to upset the defending Iowa state champ. Garcia dropped a 4-1 to the senior Koethe.
Also placing in the tournament at 112lbs were Myles Amine who finished 4th and Trevor Zdebski who finished 5th. At 215lbs Jay Peterson finished 4th and teammate Jimmy Russell finished 5th. Next up: Super 32s in Greensboro North Carolina. Stay Tuned!
The CC Wrestling Team comes off one of the most successful summers in the history of the program. With a slew of wrestlers competing on the national team and 3 earning All American Honors at the Cadet and Junior Nationals, the shamrocks keep their foot on the gas pedal as over 25 shamrocks have registered to compete in this weekend's Michigan Grappler Fall Classic. Leading the pack this weekend will be captain Kevin Beazley who is the #1 seed at 189lbs, with the pre-seeds being released earlier this week. Defending state champ Logan Marcicki enters the tournament as the #1 seed at 140lbs. State champ Ken Bade and state finalist Drew Garcia enter the touranment as 2 and 3 seeds respectively behind a pair of Iowa standouts. Malik Amine is the only other Shamrock seeded as he enters the tournament as a 7 seed at 135lbs.
"I'm excited to watch these guys compete. To have 25 guys registered to wrestle is amazing to me. It shows the commitment our boys are making towards getting better. For some its been a while since they've competed, for others its preparation for the Super 32s. Either way, I want our guys to wrestle hard compete in every situation. We can use this tournament as a measuring tool to see where we need to make improvements, stated Coach Hancock".
The action is slated to get underway at 8:00am on Saturday morning at Tecumseh High School.
Michigan Grappler and the Michigan Wrestling Association released their pre-season rankings this week. The CC Shamrock sit at the top of Division 1 with 3 State Champs and 2 other finalist returning. Ranked #2 in D1 are the Cardinals from Davison who are loaded with young talent. The defending state champs Oxford wildcats sit at 3 spot, with 7 starters from last year's squad returning. The Shamrock sit at #2 overall with National Powers St. Johns leading the pack.
Coach Hancock had this to say about the pre-season rankings, "Wow, rankings already. I don't care what we're ranked in September or October. My goal is to get this team ready so that we're ranked #1 after it's all said and done. Rankings are nice for the fans but we dont' have time to worry about how good other people think we are. The bottom line is we have to improve on a daily basis".
CC Wrestling will be taking it's annual Promotional Poster Picture on Sunday, October 9th at 9:00am. The picture will be taken at CC. All returning varsity wrestlers, no freshman, are asked to attend and wear khakis, a white shirt, and blue tie.
The Team photo will take place prior to Catholic Central's father/son mass and picnic which will be hosted at CC, at 10am. All dads are invited to attend the photo with their son. CC Wrestling will provide coffee and bagels for our dedicated dads!
Beat the Streets Visit set for Tuesday October 4th!
Coach Hancock and the CC Wrestling Team will be giving back to Coach Rod, pictured right, and the community as they head to Detroit to visit the legend and his Beat the Streets Wrestling Program. The Beat the Streets youth wrestling program has been dedicated to improving the lives of at risk children and has helped hundreds of youths over the past 5 years. This program gives troubled youths something meaningful and fun to do in a city where few after school opportunities exist. The program focuses on building character, discipline and self-esteem, with the success of its mentoring components.
All interested CC Wrestlers are asked to meet at CC on Tuesday, October 4th at 3:00pm. We will depart immediately following the meeting and return around 6:30pm. This project will count towards community service hours.
Senior captain and returning state finalist Kevin Beazley has informed Coach Steve Martin and Old Dominon that he will be wrestling for the Monarchs next year. Beazley who is currently ranked #8 in the country had a penominal summer including a runner up finish at the junior nationals in Greco. Kevin is projected to wrestle 184 for the Coach Martin. Old Dominion is a member of the Colonial Athletic Conference and has developed 3 All Americans in the past 4 years.
Marcicki, Garcia and Amine Amongst State's Best Sophomores
Michigan Grappler released their top Sophomore Recruits list and seated at #2 and #3 are Logan Marcicki, picutred left, and Drew Garcia, pictured bottom left. Both wrestlers had phenominal freshman seasons, in which they both reached the finals with Marcicki capturing the 130lb title and Garcia losing by point at 152lbs, and finished second. Both Shamrocks had impressive summers as Marcicki and Garcia both earned Double All American Honors in Fargo.
Also on the list is Malik Amine, pictured right, at #11. Amine finished 5th in loaded 112lb weight class last year. Amine like the others, has been a busy man this summer. He competed on the Cadet Dual Team which finished in the top 4 in both styles.
Coach Dave Beazley, pictured left with son Kevin, is traveling with the USA World Team to Istanbul, Turkey for the 2011 Greco and Freestyle World Championships. Coach Beaz was selected by USA Wrestling as a Team Leader and honorable coach. You can follow him as he travels with the team, goes through daily training sessions, and experiences the greatest wrestling in the world. You can access his blog by clicking below.
Ken Bade, pictured right with teammate and fellow state champ Logan Marciciki, is currently ranked as Michigan Grappler's 6th best Junior. Bade sits at the 6th spot behind a slew of St. Johns boys including Double Fargo Champ Ben Whitford and Fowlerville World Champ Adam Coon. Coach Hancock had this to say about the ranking, " Personally to me, rankings are overrated. It's nice to get some recognition, however its all about progressing and accomplishing your goals at the end of the year." Bade and Marcicki are continuing to show that they love to compete as they both registered for the Grappler Classic. "This is a great way for them to prepare for the Super 32's in late October. We'll use this tournament to clean up some areas before the big one in North Carolina" said Hancock.
Mooradian, Beazley and Mason Listed as Top Senior Recruits
The college wrestling early recruiting season is already in full-swing as theThe college wrestling early recruiting season is already in full-swing as the major national summer tournaments are over and the nation's college coaches are in heavy recruiting mode for the big time recruits.
This is a particulary exciting year for the state of Michigan as we are looking at quite possibly the best senior class that this state has ever seen, led by the nation's current #1 pound-for-pound recruit, Taylor Massa.Along with Massa, Shamrock senior Alec Mooradian will be searching for his 4th D1 State Title. Mooradian and fello Shamrocks Kevin Beazley and Nick Mason find themselves ranked in Michigan Grapplers Top Senior Recruits.