Shamrocks Crown 3 Champions and 8 All Staters
Catholic Central finished the 2010-2011 campaign at the Palace of Auburn Hills this weekend were the MHSAA Individual Championships were held. 8 wrestlers earned All-State honors, and 3 walked away as state champions.
A school record 6 wrestlers earned births to the finals. Ken Bade, Logan Marcicki, Alec Mooradian, Drew Garcia, Kevin Beazley and Miles Trealout all earned births to the finals. The previous record was 4, which was accomplished twice, both in 2004 and 2010.
Junior Alec Mooradian has joined former shamrock great Trevor Stewart as the only 3x state champion in CC history. Mooradian who is 159-1 in 3 years, won by injury default in the finals as Jacob Weissend of Flint Carmen Ainsworth was unable to wrestle in the finals. Mooradian finishes his junior season with a 55-0 record.
Never Say Die
Ken Bade perhaps in the finals match of the night, had an electric come from behind win over Alex Calandrino of Howell. Bade down 7-4 with 40 seconds remaining was able to reverse Calandrino and score 2 nearfall to pull out an 8-7 victory. Bade finishes his sophomore campaign on top with 51-4 record.
Senior captains Miles Trealout and Andy Erickson ended their exceptional careers' at the Palace this past wekend. Trealout advanced through the bracket in dominating fashion by pinning Jarrad Labelle the quarterfinals and Joey McClure in the semi-finals. Trealout gave a vailiant effort in the finals but fell short to common foe, Anthony Abro of Canton 3-1. Trealout finishes his senior campaign with an impressive 49-5 record.
Andy Erickson who has been a key figure in the resurgance of Catholic Central getting back to the top of the wrestling world, fell short of accomplishing his goals this past weekend. Erickson, a senior captain, lost in the blood round to Cody Devoe of Rochester. Erickson finished his senior season with a 37-17 record.
Freshman Logan Marcicki and Drew Garcia had incredible tournaments as both advanced to the finals at 130lbs and 152lbs respectivley. Marcicki became the 3rd freshman state champion in school history by defeating Jeff Sloney of Clarkston in the finals 5-0. Marcicki finished his freshman season with a 41-7 record.
Drew Garcia advanced to the finals with an exciting come from behind semi-final vicotry over Niko Parks of East Kentwood in the semis. Garcia scored the winning takedown with 13 seconds remaining to earn a birth to the finals. In the finals Garcia lost 2-1 in double OT to Rockford Junior Austin Scogg. Garcia finishes his freshman journey with a 49-8 record.
Freshman Malik Amine placed 5th in perhaps the toughest weight class in the state. Amine defeated Austin Eicher in a battle of two highly tauted freshman in the quarterfinals before falling to Justin Oliver in the semis. Amine went on to defeat Doug Zundel of Roseville in the 5th place match. Amine finished the 2011 season with an incredible 42-13 record and a title at the Oakland County Tournament and Observerland Tournament.
Beazley the Beast
Junior Kevin Beazley had one heck of a state tournament as he pinned Kameron Jones of Westland John Glenn in the opening round. He defeated Charlie Meyers of Utica Eisenhower 7-3 in the quarters and Tomas Gomez of Southgate 5-4 in the semis. Beazley fell just short of winning a state title as he lost to Clarkston's Matt Vandermeer1-0 in the finals. Beazley wraps up an impressive junior campaign with a 43-7 record.
Mason finishes 5th
Junior Nick Mason finished 5th at a deep 145lb weight class. Mason lost a close battle to finalist Jared Zimmerman of Hudsonville in the quarterfinals. Mason finishes his junior campaign with a 40-9 record.
Junior TJ Fagan, sophomores Riley Hanson and Mike Babicz and Freshman Evan Toth competed hard but fell short of placing at the palace. All 4 wrestlers will return for the Shamrocks and will use the valuable experience as motivation to win titles next year. Fagan finishes with a 34-12 record, Hanson and Babicz finish with 38-11 and 38-15 records respectively and Toth finished with a 36-14 record.
Unofficial Team Scores
Temperance Bedford 69.5
Grand Ledge 58.5
Southgate Anderson 57.5
Shamrocks are Prepared for the Palace
13 Shamrocks will take the mats this Thursday through Saturday, at the Palace of Auburn Hills, with one goal in mind, winning state titles. "Our guys are ready to redeem themselves. They didn't accomplish their goals as a team, and are on a mission to achieve excellence this weekend. There's no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have a chance to end our season on a positive note and add to the history of individual excellence at Catholic Central."
CC has produced an individual state champion each year, for the past 10 years, including Doug Eldridge pictuerd left who won the title at 135lbs last year.
One of those champions, Alec Moordian, will be looking to capture his third title joining former Shamrock great Trevor Stewart as the only Shamrock to do so. Follow this weekend's action on twitter or via updates at mhsaa.com, or Michigangrappler.com.
Shamrocks Fall Short in State Finals
The Catholic Central Shamrocks dropped a tough 26-25 match to Oxford in the Division 1 finals this past Saturday. The nail bitter came down the last match of the evening and provided plenty of excitement for all in attendance. Picking up wins for the Shamrocks in the finals were: Ken Bade, Logan Marcicki, Riley Hanson, Alec Moordian, Andrew Garcia and Miles Trealout.
Coach Hancock had this to say about the tough loss: "This isn't going to determine who we are, or our character," Hancock said. "This group of young men are phenomenal. They work their butts off, they are good kids in the classroom, they're honor roll students, they're of the community and they are men of Christ and Catholic Central. That's who they are".
The Catholic Central Shamrocks enter this weekend's MHSAA state tournament with one goal in mind, repeat. The Shamrocks last repeated as State Champions in 1970 and a year later went on to be the first D1 school to 3 Peat. The 2011 squad enters Battle Creek as the #1 seed.
The Shamrocks, led by 2x State Champ Alec Moordian, will open up in the quarterfinals vs. Roseville at 3:15pm on Friday afternoon. The winner of that match will advance to wrestle the winnenr of the Brighton/ Hudsonville match in the semi's on Saturday at 9:30am. You can follow the matches live by visiting Mhsaa.tv, a link is below.
On the other bracket, the Oxford Wildcats enter as the 2 seed the Hartland Eagles as the 3 seed. Oxford will square off with Southgate Anderson as Hartland will scrap with Romeo in the opening round.
Coach Hancock had this to say about this weekends State Finals,
" Our guys are ready. We have trained extremely hard and are ready to suit up. Our guys like to battle, they like to compete, and will scrap for 8 hard minutes. We have to take this journey one step at a time and focus on wrestling a Shamrock Style and not worry about what everyone else is doing. We understand we have a challenge ahead of us and we're excited to represent Catholic Central High School".
13 Shamrocks Qualify for State Finals
On Saturday, February 19, all 13 Shamrock wrestlers who competed at the Individual Regionals qualified for the Individual State Finals. Ken Bade, Logan Marcicki, Alec Mooradian, Mike Babicz, Nick Mason, Andrew Garcia, and Kevin Beazley all won regional championships. Evan Toth, T.J. Fagan, Andrew Erickson, and Miles Trealout all finished 2nd in their respective weight classes. Malik Amine and Riley Hanson both finished in 3rd place to qualify for the state finals. Each of these wrestlers has moved one step closer to their goal of winning a state championship.
The Individual State Finals will be held on March 3-5 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Selection Sunday Practice & Unity
On Sunday the CC Shamrocks will practice in preparation for the Team State Finals. Practice will take place at 4:00pm with a unity dinner to follow at 5:30pm. Following the dinner we will air the MHSAA State Finals pairings. Parents are welcomed to join for the Show at 6:00pm. Also, Dave Butwill will be in attendance to sell your Shamrock spirit wear. This will be your last chance to pick up gear before Battle Creek.
13 Shamrocks Battle to Keep Goals Alive
On Saturday, the 13 Shamrocks who qualified for Individual Regionals will compete and try to punch their tickets to the Palace of Aurburn Hills and the Individual State Wrestling Finals. Individual Regionals will be held at Plymouth High School. Action is slated to get underway at 9:30am.
Shamrocks move on to Battle Creek
Catholic Central moves on to Battle Creek after winning the Regional by defeating Dearborn Fordson 63-12 and Canton 63-13. The Shamrocks got off to a quick start vs. Canton by pinning in the first six matches to take a 36-0 lead. CC awaits their draw as MHSAA will release the final seeds on Sunday at 6:00pm. Catholic Central will compete in the state quarterfinals at 3:15 on Friday, February 25th.
Team Regionals on Wednesday
Catholic Central will compete in the MHSAA Team Regionals this Wednesday at Plymouth Canton High School. The Shamrocks will face Dearborn Fordson in first round action starting at 5:00pm. In the other semi-final Canton will wrestle KLAA foe Livonia Franklin. The winner will advance to the State quarterfinal action on Friday Feb. 25th in Battle Creek.
Coach Hancock had this to say about this Wednesday's match: "We are taking this journey one small step at a time. We need to stay focused on who's lined up across from us and not worry so much about the what everyone else is doing. We control our own destiny".
Shamrocks Advance 13
Catholic Central High School will advance 13 wrestlers to next Saturday's regional tournament at Plymouth High School. The Shamrocks claimed 5 titles this weekend at the Individual District tournament held at Garden City High School. Winning titles for the Rocks inlcude Ken Bade, Alec Mooradian, Nick Mason, Drew Garcia, and Kevin Beazley (Picutred Left). Finish as Runner ups were Evan Toth, Logan Marcicki, Riley Hanson, Andy Erickson and Miles Trealout. TJ Fagan finished third and Malik Amine finished 4th at the 112lb weight class.
CC Wins District Title
The Catholic Central Shamrocks defeated Novi and Northville last night to move onto the Team Regionals next Wednesday at Canton HS. CC defeated Novi 78-6 and Northville 70-9.
CC will wrestle Dearborn Fordson in first round regional action as Canton and Franklin will square off in the other semi-final. The winners will advance to the finals were they will compete for a birth to Battle Creek for the Team Finals.
Shamrocks Gear Up for Districts
The Catholic Central Shamrocks will take the first step towards their goal of repeating as state champions this Thursday as CC travels down the road to Northville for the District Championship. CC will wrestle Novi in the first round with action getting underway at 5:00pm. The winner will advance to wrestle Northville in the finals at approximately 6:30pm. Come on out and support your #1 Ranked Shamrocks as they compete for a District Title.
This Saturday the "Rocks" will travel to Garden City for the Individual District Tournament. Action is scheduled to start at 9:30am.
Teams competiting in the indiviudal district are:
Livonia-Adlai E Stevenson
Novi-Detroit Catholic Central
CC Wins CHSL Tournament
The Catholic Central Shamrocks won the 2011 Catholic League Tournament with 282.5 points. Divine Child finished second with 144.5. 12 of 14 Shamrocks reached the finals with 7 wrestlers walking away with gold medals. Winning CHSL titles for CC were: TJ Fagan, Casey Hagan, Tim Naubert, Alex Goings, Andy Erickson, Kevin Beazley and Rob Coe.
The win of the night came from senior Tim Naubert (Pictured above)who defeated Division 2's sixth ranked Eric Stock of Orchard Lake St. Mary's 7-3 in the finals. Rob Coe picked up his first tournament championship as a Shamrock by pinning Divine Child's Zach Case in the first period. “We call this title time,” said Catholic Central assistant coach Kevin Griffin, who said the team is hoping the Catholic League crown sets the Shamrocks’ tone for the state competitions later in February. “This past week we began to prepare for the ultimate title, and this is the first step.”
Photos courtsey of The Michigan Catholic
B Team Defeats Riverview and Milan
The B team closed their regular season dual meet schedule out last night by defeating Riverview 59-10 and Milan 39-29. Coach Griffin's squad finishes the season with a 26-6 dual meet record. Leading the way for the Shamrocks and earning two wins on the night were: Andrew Thompson, Alex Goings, Rob Coe, David Lilley and Eli Joseph.
The Shamrocks return to action Saturday as they compete in the CHSL Finals at U of D.
A Wins Observerland; B Takes 3rd at Allen Park
The Catholic Central Wrestling Program had a busy weekend as 3 teams were in action. The A team traveled to Livonia Churchill to compete in the annual Observerland Tournament, the B Team traveled to Allen Park to compete in a dual tournament and the JV Team traveled to Warren Fitzgerald to compete in an invitational.
The A Team dominated the Observerland Tournament scoring Tournament record 336.5 points. The Shamrocks placed all 14 wrestlers and put 11 wrestlers in the finals. The Rocks had 9 individual champions: Evan Toth, Malik Amine, Ken Bade, Logan Marcicki, Alec Mooradian (winning his third pictured above), Drew Garcia, Andy Erickson, Kevin Beazley and Miles Trealout (pictured right). Earning runner-up finishes were Zack Colone and Riley Hanson. Rob Coe finished 3rd at Hwt, and Jay Peterson finished 5th at 215lbs.
The B Team went 4-1 at the Allen Park Duals defeating Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central 63-15, Dexter 48-22, Northville 58-12, and Flint Carmen Ainsworth 42-39. The B Teams only loss came to Allen Park in the Pool finals 34-30. Joe Silvestri led the team with 4 pins and a tech.
NEW! Freshman & JV Wrestlers Finish Season Strong
The JV Wresling Team competed at Warren Fitzgerald on Saturday and finished their season with a very strong showing. Five wrestlers entered the finals, and four wrestlers finished in 1st Place. David Lilley, Ryan O'Connor, Fernando Zrinyi, and Anthony Jabbour went undefeated, and Beau Bloomfield finished in 2nd Place. Joe Vollmer, Riley Fosmoen, and Adam McGrath finished in 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively. Congratulations to the JV Wrestling Team on a great end to the season!
All Freshman and JV wrestlers will have a mandatory half-hour meeting after school on Tuesday, February 1st. All singlets and borrowed equipment must be returned. We will discuss the end of the season and expectations for the off season.
B Team Wins CHSL Regular Season Title
Coach Kevin Griffin and the Catholic Central B team captured the CHSL Regular Season title last night by defeating Gabriel Richard and Divine Child. Leading the way for the Shamrocks were Mike Babicz (Pictured Left), Zack Colone, Joe Slivestri, Alex Goings, and Chas Schneider.
The B Teams record now improves to 20-5 on the year and 8-0 in Catholic League duals. The B team next returns to action on Saturday as they head to the Allen Park Touranment.
Shamrocks Split in Cincinnati
The Catholic Central Shamrocks made the trip down to Cincinnati this past weekend to dual Ohio's #4 ranked Cincinnati Moeller. The B Team defeated Moeller 28-26 as the A Team lost 30-28.
Picking up wins for the B Team were: Dave Lilley, Zack Colone, Mike Babicz, Alex Kas-Marogi, Jay Peterson, Andrew Thompson, and Tim Naubert.
The A Team split 7 matches with Moeller however the difference ended up being bonus points as the Shamrocks picked up 2 falls in comparsion with Moeller's 3. Winning for the A team were: Evan Toth, Malik Amine,Logan Marcicki (Pictured Right), Riley Hanson, Alec Mooradian, Kevin Beazley and Miles Trealout
B Team Handles DeLasalle and U of D
The Catholic Central B team travled to Warren DeLasalle last night and defeated the Pilots 48-18, before routing U of D 77-3. Leading the way for the Shamrocks and earning two wins on the night were Zack Colone (Pictured Right), Robert Coe, JT Ayotte, Kevin Beazley, Mike Babicz, Tim Naubert, Chris Naubert and Casey Hagan. The performance of the night goes to Kevin Beazley who was up big when he pinned 6th ranked Brendan Kelly of DeLasalle.
The B Team improves their conference record to 7-0 and will look to capture the conference title next week as they wrestle Divine Child and Gabriel Richard.
Varsity Teams Gear Up for Cincinnati Moeller
Michigan's #1 Ranked Shamrocks will travel down to Cincinnati Moeller this weekend to dual Ohio powerhouse Cincinnati Moeller. The Crusaders finished 6th at Ohio's state tournament last year and return a slew of talent. The B Team is scheduled to compete at 1pm as the A Team will battle at 3pm.
Moeller is recently coming off an impressive performance at the Ohio All-Catholic Tournament Championship as they placed 12 individuals and scored a tournament high 256 points. Moeller had five finalists with their 2 champions winning it at 119lbs and 125lbs. In December the Crusaders traveled to the Cheesehead tournament in Wisconsin and placed 8th in the 25 team field. Moeller finished ahead of nationally ranked Montini, Illinois (#26 AWN) and placed 4 wrestlers in the top 8: Chalmer Frueauf (4th at 215); Brian MacVeigh (5th at 119); Joey Ward (5th at 125) and Dakota Sizemore (7th at 145).
All Wrestlers are Responsible For Own Weigh-In Food
CC Finishes weekend 5-1;
Lose Tough One to #12 St. Johns
Catholic Central's gymnasium was filled with wrestling talent this past weekend as 3 of the state's defending team state champions were in attendance, not to perenial powers mention Dundee, Bedford and Clarkston.
The Shamrocks finished the war with a 3-1 record, falling to the #12 team in the country St. Johns 29-25. The Rocks competed hard and split 7 matches with the redwings however bonus points made the difference. Sophomore heavyweight Rob Coe was one of the 7 victors. (pictured left) He finished the day with a 2-2 record.
Catholic Central defeated rivals Bedford 49-21, Richmond 39-15, Dundee 42-27 and Chippewa Hills on Sunday 45-18.
Nadhir and Northwestern on BigTen Network
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Coming off a hard-fought victory over a ranked opponent, No. 18 Northwestern aims to make it two in a row when it hosts 14th-ranked Illinois at 8 p.m. Friday in a showdown that will be aired live by the Big Ten Network.
Northwestern and Illinois boast a combined six ranked wrestlers on their rosters. One key matchup figures to be at 149 pounds where the Wildcats' 13th-ranked Andrew Nadhir and Illinois' Eric Terrazas, currently No. 12, will butt heads for the second time in two weeks. Nadhir holds a 2-1 edge in the all-time series, winning in duals the last two years before Terrazas eked out a win in tiebreakers in the third-place match of the 2010 Midlands Championships on Dec. 30. (From www.nusports.com)
CC Super Duals Set for Saturday at 10:00am
On Saturday morning three of last years state championship teams will come together to do battle at Catholic Central High School. CC, St. Johns and Richmond return loaded line-ups and will look to knock each other off. Also joining the field is Division 3's #1 ranked Dundee, Division 1's #5 ranked Temperence Bedford and perrenial powers Clarkston.
St. Johns enters the tournament ranked 13th in the Country. Catholic Central follows St. Johns at #32. Also keep an eye on round #1 as Richmond will wrestle Dundee and CC will wrestle Bedford. These two duals will have major seeding implications come state tournament time in Battle Creek.
Schedule of Events
Round 1: CC vs. Bedford
St. Johns vs. Clarkston
Richmond vs. Dundee
Round 2: CC vs. Richmond
St. Johns vs. Dundee
Bedford vs. Clarkston
Round 3: CC vs. St. Johns
Bedford vs. Richmond
Dundee vs. Clarkston
Round 4: CC vs. Dundee
St. Johns vs. Bedford
Richmond vs. Clarkston
Round 5: CC vs. Clarkston
Dundee vs. Bedford
St. Johns vs. Richmond
CC Defeats #2 Oxford 36-17
The Catholic Central Shamrocks defeated Division 1's #2 ranked Oxford 36-17 on Wednesday night. Leading the way for the Shamrocks and earning falls were Logan Marcicki ,Alec Mooradian, and senior captain Miles Trealout.
Perhaps the win of the night goes to senior Andy Erickson who scored four- 3rd period takedowns to defeat Logan Liam 14-12. Also collecting wins for the Shamrocks were Evan Toth, T.J. Fagan, Ken Bade and Andrew Garcia.
#1 vs. #2 Under the Lights
Tonight at 5:30pm the #1 Catholic Central Shamrocks will battle the #2 ranked Oxford WIldcats under the spotlights at CC. Catholic Central defeated Oxford in the semi-finals of last years state tournament in route to their first team title since 88. Tonight's battle could have some major state seeding implications as the #1 seed could be on the line.
CC has outscored Oxford in both the Oakland County Tournament and the CC Invitational which was held last weekend. However, team state titles are not won using the individual format. Put on your boots, hats, gloves or mittens and get over to CC for Dual Meet of the Week!
Shamrocks Repeat as CC Invite Champs
24 of the past 36 teams to win the CC Invitational have gone on to win a Team State Title. That's a good sign for the Shamrocks who won the 2011 CC Invitational with 227 team points, 61 points ahead of third ranked Davison. The 2nd ranked Oxford Wildcats put four guys in the finals and finished with 164.5 points. Division 2's second ranked Tecumseh finished fourth with 147.5 points.
This year's CC Invite was named a Flo National Major, meaning all champions were awarded a "Golden Ticket" which gives them a seed at the Flo Nationals held at Walsh Jesuit in April. The Shamrocks claimed three "Golden Tickets" as Alec Mooradian (135), Drew Garcia, pictured left,(152) and Miles Trealout (189) all won titles. Falling short and earning runner-up finishes for the "Rocks" were Malick Amine and TJ Fagan who gave excellent efforts in the finals.
The Shamrocks once again showed their depth as they had 10 of 13 entries place in the top 4. Coach Hancock had this to say about the Rocks Championship team performance.
"Our staff is extremely proud of the way our men battled today. This team is very talented and they work very hard at what they do. They wrestle with confidence and they get that because they prepare with such diligence and focus during the work week."
Shamrocks win Two in Toledo
On Thursday Catholic Central defeated Findlay 68-12 and Toledo CC 47-19 in a hostile "hoosiers" environment. The meet took place in Toledo CC's old gymnasium which made the meet that much more exciting. Leading the way for the Shamrocks was Alex Goings who earned a pin and tech fall in both of his bouts. Malike Amine, Alec Mooradian, Joe Silvestri and captain Miles Trealout all earned falls for the "rocks" in both duals.
Jordan Oliver "Doing The Right Things"