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2011 Shamrock Open Soars at Northville Hills
The fifth Annual Shamrock Open found a new home this year as the event was moved to Northville Hills Golf Course. With the weather looking shaky in the morning hours,over 135 Golfers hit the Arnold Palmer designed course on Sunday. "The Good Lord blessed us. I thought it was going to be a long play date with the rain." Said the head of the program, Coach Hancock. At about 11am the skies cleared up and it stayed dry throughout the event which finished up with a banquet at 6:00pm. "The amount of support we get from our parents, fans and alumni absolutely amazes me. Dave Butwill, our parents and our staff did one heck of job in putting this outing together." It was a great day to wear the blue and white.
A few notables in attendance were:
Catholic Centrals 1st and 2nd coaches, Lou Yeager and Coach Rodriguez
Former CC President: Father Elmer
Former State Champions: Nemir Nadhir, Matt Raedle, Joe Urso, Matt Steintrager
Recent Michigan Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee Ruel McPherson
NCAA Runner-up and Multiple time All American Ryan Churella
Winning Team: Ed Babicz, Mark Cifaldi and Brian Dawson (16 Under) (Pictured Right)
Men's Longest Drive: Pat Doyle
Men's Closest To: Robert Pamzoff
Women Longes Drive: Patty Mooradian
Womens Closest To: Patty Mooradian
A True Example of Student Athlete
Where: Northville HIlls
When: Registration 10:45-11:45pm
* 2 Foursomes Remaining!
1st Annual CC Team Community Service Project
A Huge Success
The Catholic Central Varsity Wrestling Team took some time away from the mats this past weekend to give back to the community. The Shamrocks teamed up with the "Miralce League of Michigan" on Sunday for a day of fun. Shamrock wrestlers were assigned a Player/Buddy to spend the day with and play ball. Coach Hancock had this to say about the event: "This is a fantastic way for our young men to give back to the community. I am blown away by the enthusiasim and compassion that our young men showed today. This is what Catholic Central Wrestling is all about, developing the full person."
Prior to the game, CC wrestlers filled over 3 bins of food, snacks, and toiletries for "Brendan Cox's US Marine Company stationed in Afghanistan. Cox was a former CC Wrestler who graduated in '09. The goods will be shipped this week for Cox's Company. "Brendan Cox worked extremely hard for CC Wrestling and this is the least we can do for him. He along with all of our other servicemen will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers." said Cox's former coach Hancock.
The Detroit Catholic Central Wrestling Team is proud to announce its first annual Team Community Service Event. On Sunday, August 7, your Shamrockwrestlers will travel to Southfield to participate in The Miracle Baseball League of Michigan. Shamrock wrestlers will be assigned as Player "Buddies"to children with mental and/or physical challenges, providing these children with the opportunity to participate on a team in an organizedbaseball league. Shamrock wrestlers will meet at CC at 11:00 A.M. to carpool and will return to school at 3:00 P.M. Please feel free to visit the MiracleLeague's website at www.michiganmiracle.org.
The Detroit Catholic Central Wrestling Team will also collect care packages for our brother, Pfc. Brendan A. Cox '09, and his Marine Company, who arecurrently serving our country in Afghanistan. Wrestlers are encouraged tobring in any items listed below; wrestlers will also be asked to writeletters of appreciation to Pfc. Cox and his fellow Marines. These items andletters will be collected at CC on Sunday, August 7. The Wrestling Teamasks that we all continue to especially pray for Brendan and other Shamrockservice members as they give of themselves to ensure our freedom. For a list of items to bring in click Here!
Shamrocks Cap Off A Monumental Weekend
It was a monumental weekend for the CC Wrestling Program which had 7 wrestlers in action this weekend at the Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo, ND. It marks the first time in program history that multiple shamrocks competed in this prestigious event. "It's unheard of to have 7 individuals from the same program competing in Fargo" says Coach Hancock. "I couldn't be more proud of our young men, not only for putting it on the line versus the best wrestlers in the country, but for the preparation. The countless hours of blood, sweat and hard work that it took to get ready." These guys worked their tails off all spring and summer to get ready for this event."
Marcicki and Garcia Double Up
Logan Marcicki and Drew Garcia did something no Shamrock has done before, earn double All American honors at the Cadet Nationals. Multiple Shamrocks have placed in one style however Marcicki and Garcia become the first to place in both styles. Marcicki earned runner-up honors in Greco and defaulted to 8th place in Freestyle after suffering a tournament ending injury. Garcia placed 3rd in Greco and finished 5th in Freestyle at a loaded 152lb bracket. "These guys love to compete. When many wrestlers chose to focus on one style, I give credit to Logan and Drew for having the courage to wrestle both and be successufl at both. People don't realize the wear and tear it puts on your body, and for those guys to place in both styles says something about their mental and physcial toughness."
Beazley Solidifes himself as one of Nations Best
Senior Captain Kevin Beazley perhaps put himself on the radar for many major D1 Colleges in the country, as he won a total of 13 matches this weekend compard to just 3 loses. Beazley went 8-1 in Greco to finish second at a stacked 171lb weight class, losing to Illinois phenom Juwan Akui in the finals 0-1, 0-1.
In Freestyle Beazley finished 5-2 tieing for 4th in his pool with Kris Klapprodt from ND. Beazley defeated Klapprodt earlier in the tournament but failed to advance due to Klapprodt scoring more chart points. Beazley lost to Kyle Crutchmer and Jake Dechow both of whom will be wrestling for medals. "Kevin had a phenominal tournament. I think he showed without a doubt at this tournament that he's one of the best wrestlers in the country. This kid loves the sport and it shows when he prepares and competes. Watch for him to compete for Double Titles next year." On a sidenote: Kevin Finished tied for the greatest amount of Falls in the Greco Tournament at 5.
4 Shamrocks made their first apperance at the Nationals. In the Cadet division Evan Toth, Riley Hanson, Mike Babicz all competed in both styles and represented CC proudly. Hanson made a run Greco finishing tied for 4th in his pool but lost on criteria in total chart points. Hancock had this to say about Hanson and his performance, " That's incredible for that young man to make his first trip out there and almost place in Greco. That performance tells you, he's on the verge of being great." " All of these guys made huge strides forward in their careers. Its not easy to go out to Fargo for the first time, and I commend them for doing so. These guys are young and don't have a lot of Greco and Freestyle experience. I know they'll have goals of earning AA honors there next year".
Ken Bade also made his first appearnce at the nationals, wrestling at 125lbs in the Junior division. Bade finished the tournament with a 3-2 record, with one of his loses coming to Earl Hall of Flordia who represented Team USA on the Dream Team at the Dapper Dan Classic. " Ken is going to be a great freestyler. I'm excited about him deciding to commit himself to freestyle. He has a great future ahead of him and I expect him to compete for a National Title Next Year."
Beaz finishes as National Runner-Up
Senior Captain Kevin Beazley battled through his pool defeating several All Americans in route to reaching the finals at 171lbs. Beaz defeated Matt Reed of Kansas, who had previously beaten him twice, to reach the finals. In the finals the shamrock wrestled Jahwon Akui who is ranked third in the nation at 171lbs by Intermat. Beazley competed well with Akui, eventually losing a closely contested 1-0, 1-0 match. Beazley finished the tournament with 5 of his 8 wins coming by fall with a culmative time of 2:58.
With the five falls, Beaz helped Team Michigan post 34 team points to finish in fifth place as a team. Among the states finishing behind Michigan were Iowa, California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. What made Michigan’s fifth place finish even more impressive was that Michigan was represented by only 15 wrestlers, while every other team in the top ten had at least 20 competitors. Among the top performers for Michigan were Ben Whitford and Adam Coon who both posted undefeated records en route to Junior Greco Roman national championships.
Marcicki and Garcia Earn All American Honors
Fargo Update: Shamrock state champ Logan Marcicki and state runner-up Drew Garcia made great runs at Cadet Greco National Titles. Marcicki's run fell short in the finals as he lost to Peter Nagy of Iowa in the finals at 140lbs 0-1, 0-2. Marcicki finished the tournament with a 7-1 record and earns All American honors for the first time in Fargo.
Drew Garcia had an awesome tournament as well as he finished 3rd at 152lbs. Garcia's only loss in the tournament came to Pennsylvania standout Chance Marstellar. Garcia also finished with a 7-1 record and defeated Ty Law of PA 1-0,2-0 in the bronze medal match.
Riley Hanson made a great run at All American honors but fell 1 match short of accomplishing that goal. Hanson who also competed at 140lbs went 4-2 in the tournament and also fell to eventual champion Peter Nagy 0-1, 0-2.
For Complete Brackets Visit www.trackwrestling.com
Shamrocks Fight For All American Honors in Fargo
The largest and toughest amateur tournament in the country is taking place this weekend and next week in Fargo, ND. This competition produces great stories of champions, many who go on to glory in college wrestling, and ultimately at the World and Olympic levels in Freestyle and Greco. This marks the 41st anniversary of the Junior Nationals event, which was first held in 1971 in Iowa City, Iowa.
Heading north for the Shamrocks and competiting at the Cadet level will be MHSAA State Champion Logan Marcicki who will compete at 140lbs. Also competing at 140 will be junior to be Riley Hanson. Drew Garcia enters the tournamnet at 152lbs and has a very good opportunity to do some major damage. Mike Babicz along with Evan Toth will be making their first trip to the Nationals and will be competing at 145 and 112lbs.
Senior captain Kevin Beazley will enter action at Juniors wrestling 171lbs. He will begin action on Monday as he looks to earn All American honors at a loaded weight class. State Champion and attack minded Ken Bade will make the trip north to wrestle freestyle only. He will be competing at 130lbs.
CC has had success at this major tounramnet in the past as Coach Hancock, Coach Steintrager and 3x State Champ Trevor Stewart all managed to bring home All American honors on several of occasions. Hancock and Steintrager both reached the Junior National finals in their senior years.
Coach Krause Update
Team Shamrock and NXT LVL Head Coach Mike Krause has been a busy man this summer as he has hit over 10 states in his 2011 National Camp Tour. Coach Krause recently had the opportunity to work with NCAA Legend and current Iowa assistant Terry Brands in New York. Krause has hit over 10 states this summer and has had the opportunity to work with over 1,000 athletes across the country. Krause will be returning to CC on July 30th to run his NXT LVL Youth Hammer Camp. For more information visit his website at http://www.nxtlvlwrestling.blogspot.com/
Train with Borrelli and the Chippewas
Don't miss the opportunity to train with one of the best coaches in the country, Tom Borrelli, and his Chippewas. The CMU Team Competition Camp will take place July 13-16th on the campus of CMU in Mt. Pleasant. Each wrestler will be involved in technique sessions and should compete in 10 plus matches. A car pool will be departing CC on Wednesday at 3:00pm. Registration will be held at the Indoor Athletic Center from 5pm-5:30pm. Drivers are needed. Cost is $350 and all checks should be made out to Central Michigan University. Please click below and fill out a registration form and return it to Coach Hancock at Tuesday's open room at 5pm or bring it Wednesday to the car pool. Also, please email Coach Hancock @ Mhancock@catholiccentral.net and make sure you are on the team roster.
MHSAA Dead Period Closes All CC Workouts
Catholic Central Workouts will be closed July 2nd- July 10th.
Wokouts will resume on Tuesday July 12th at 5:00pm
Shamrocks' Help Team Michigan Earn
All American Honors
The Catholic Central Wrestling program jumped a level this summer by placing 8 wrestlers on the Michigan USA Junior Duals teams. These wrestlers represented Michigan at the toughest dual tournament in the country. Throughout the week these young men competed in Greco and Freestyle with some of the best talent in the nation. Wrestling on the Michigan Thunder Team were TJ Fagan, Mike Babicz and Robert Coe. Representing CC on the Michigan Lightening which earned double All American honors placing 8th in Greco and 4th in Freestyle were Evan Toth, Ken Bade, Alec Mooradian, Logan Marcicki and Kevin Beazley. The Freestyle team had a remarkable run at the national finals fall short in the semi's as they lost to Oklahoma 31-31 on critera.
Junior Duals 4th Place Finish in Freestyle
Shamrocks Have Successful Week in Ann Arbor
Nine members of the Catholic Central Wrestling team made a commitment to the University of Michigan Team Competition Camp this past week. (Pictured Left to Right) Christian Miner, Nick Trojniak, Joe Vollmer, Alex Goings,(Miles Trealout), Ryan O'Connor, Beau Bloomfield, Alex Morton, Andrew Thompson and Andrew Edillo all attended the 5 day camp. Each wrestler competed in at least 8 duals with an individual tournament taking place on Thursday. O' Connor placed 2nd, Bloomfield 6th, Trojniak 4th, Goings 5th, Thompson 3rd and Morton 5th.
Coach Hancock had this to say about the groups commitment towards getting better, " I commend these guys for taking the time out of their summer and applying it towards getting better. It's amazing how dedicated our young men are towards our program. I don't think anyone was happy with how last season finished and I think it shows by the work our young men have done this spring and summer."
Juniors Head To Oklahoma City for Duals
7 Team Shamrock members will be making the trip to Oklahoma City for the prestigious Junior Duals. Evan Toth, TJ Fagan, Ken Bade, Mike Babicz, Logan Marcicki, Alec Mooradian and Rob Coe will be battleing it out with the best wrestlers in the country. Greco action is slated to get underway on Friday with Freestyle starting on Sunday. Live video feeds will be provided on the www.themat.com
Michigan Camp Info
CC's entry into the Michigan Wrestling Camp is in jeapordy due to lack of interest. As of now we have 3 guys signed up for the camp. If you are interested in attending please email Coach Griffin at Kgriffin@catholiccentral.net. The Camp starts Sunday and runs through Wednesday. Cost is $430 for resident campers. We are looking for 10 guys to enter the competition camp and must have all info and money turned in by Thursday June 23rd. During the course of the week wrestlers will participate in a team dual meet tournament, along with an individual double elimination tournament on Thursday. Prior to each dual meet, daily technique sessions will be an integral part of the team camp experience.
Note: Weights for 2011 team camp -- 107, 115, 123, 130, 135, 140, 145, 154, 165, 180, 200, 275.
7 Shamrocks Train at Jeff Jordan's
Beau Bloomfield, Rob Coe, Jay Peterson, Tim McCotter, Ryan O'Connor, Greg Johnson and Trevor Zdebski made the trip down to Graham Ohio to train with Jeff Jordan. Jeff Jordan is a 2 x NCAA All-American who has led St. Paris Graham to multiple team National Championships. The Jordan Camp's are famous for thieir systematic drilling approach. These 7 young men were down in Ohio for 5 days training and competiting with other wrestlers from across the country.
Michigan's Cadets Place 3rd and 4th
The Michigan Cadet Freestyle and Greco Teams found sun and success down in Daytona as the Greco team placed 3rd in Greco defeating New Jersey in the Consi Finals 41-24. The Greco team went 5-0 to win their pool before suffering their only loss of the tournament to eventual champ Illinois in the championship bracket. Anthony Gonzales (125) of Holly and our own Drew Garcia (152) of went undefeated to make the All-Tournament team.
The Freestyle team placed 4th overall falling to Oklahoma in the consi finals 37-31. All 8 (pictured above) Shamrocks were very competitive and wrestled in many battles with nationally ranked wrestlers. This is the first time in CC history that this many athletes wrestled together on a national team and represented Michigan.
Shamrocks Travel to Daytona for Cadet Duals
A slew of Shamrocks have earned the opportunity to represent Michigan at the Cadet Duals in Daytona Beach, Florida. Logan Marcicki, Drew Garcia, Riley Hanson, Mike Babicz, Malik Amine, Myles Amine, Jimmy Russell and Evan Toth will compete in both freestyle and Greco throughout the week. The boys could get anywhere from 5 to 15 matches. Greco competion starts today at 6:15pm and action can be followed by clicking on www.trackwrestling.com.
Trealout Wins Mike Rodriguez Award
2011 Senior Captain and state finalist Miles Trealout, pictured left with girlfriend, was named recipient of the CHSL's Mike Rodriguez Award. The award is handed out annualy to the wrestler in the Catholic League who upholds the standards of high academics and excellence on the mat. Trealout is the second Shamrock to win the award in as many years. Matt Thompson brought home the award to Donoher Drive last year. Miles will be taking his skills to Ann Arbor next year to wrestle for Joe McFarland and the Michigan Wolverines.
Jordan Camp Forms Due by Friday 6/3/11
The Jeff Jordan State Champ Camp has helped produce hundreds of state champions and all staters. Jeff Jordan a 2x NCAA All American from University of Wisconsin runs one of the best systematic drilling camps in the country. His system has helped him win 2 Team National Championships at Graham. If you are looking to get better and willing to work, this is the camp for you. Former Shamrocks: Alec Mooradian, Ken Bade, Riley Hanson, Nick Trojniak, Alex Goings, Zack Colone and many others have attended this camp.
" I would reccommend this camp for all of our wrestlers, freshman to state champs. Jeff and his staff do an amazing job of teaching wrestling in a systematic way that makes it easier for the wrestler to understand. When you leave this camp, there is no doubt, you will be a better wrestler and harder worker"- Coach Hancock
When: June 12-16
Where: St. Paris Graham, Oh
Make all Checks Payable to CC Wrestling Boosters
Coach Hancock will send a check for the full amount of all athletes as aksed by Jeff Jordan.
All Forms are Due by Friday, June 3rd!
Shamrocks Impressive in Indiana
Eight members of Team Shamrock traveled south to compete at the USA Central Regional's this past weekend. Entering at the Cadet age level, as pictured above, Malike Amine, Mike Babicz, Drew Garcia, Logan Marcicki, Evan Toth and Eli Jospeh (not pictured). Competing at the Junior age level were Ken Bade and Kevin Beazley, pictured below.
Drew Garcia led the way for the Shamrocks as he captured both Freestyle and Greco titles at 160lbs. Kevin Beazley was awfully impressive as he finished 2nd in Freestyle, falling to Jordan Thomas of Greenville in the finals at 171lbs. In the Greco finals on Sunday, Beaz picked up a 9 second fall to take home the championship. Ken Bade finished second in freestyle at 125 lbs, defeating Alex Calendrino, a returning Fargo AA, by fall in the pool finals. Logan Marcicki finished 3rd in Freestyle and 2nd in Greco at 145lbs. Mike Babicz continued his impressive spring by finishing 3rd in FS and 2nd in Greco at 152lbs.
Malik Amine continues to show improvement on the Greco scene as he finished second at 135lbs. Evan Toth and Eli Joseph both finished 3rd in Greco at 119lbs and 125lbs respectively.
By placing in the top three at their weight class, each Team Shamrock member qualified for the Cadet and Junior Nationals. The Cadet and Junior Nationals "Fargo", is the largest and toughest amateur tournament in the country.
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Shamrock Grapplers Find Success at USA State Meet
Freshman Logan Marcicki, pictured left, triple crowned this years state championships by winning the USA Freestyle and Greco State Championships this past weekend. Marcicki dominated his way throught the tournament teching and pinning all of his opponents.
Drew Garcia, pictured below, also clinched 2 state titles this weekend as he won the 152lb Greco and Freestyle titles defeating fellow Team Shamrock teammate Mike Babicz in both finals. Babicz had a fantastic weekend and will represent Michigan on a National level this summer.
Riley Hanson, pictured right, captured a Greco State title and finished runner-up in Freestyle at 140lbs. A slew of other Shamrocks placed at both events: Malik Amine finished 2nd in FS and 3rd in Greco. Evan Toth finished 3rd in FS along with Eli Joseph and Greg Johnson. Eli Joseph took 3rd in Greco and Greg Johnson finished 4th in Greco. Myles Amine finished 4th in Freestyle. Andrew Thompson, Nick Trojniak, Palmer Palusiak and Ryan O'Connor also wrestled hard this past weekend but fell a bit short of placing.
Competiting at the Schoolboy division and winning both Greco and Freestyle titles was 152lber Logan Vish. Vish defeated fellow Shamrock teammate Wyatt Harden in the finals in both styles. Timmy Doyle also competed hard finishing 2nd in FS and 3rd in Greco. Grant Morrison finished 4th in FS.
Representing the Shamrock nation in the Novice division and winning double titles was youth standout Zach Zoll who won double titles at 80lbs. Joseph Lyon finished 2nd in FS.
Shamrocks Gear Up for USA State Meet
Multiple Team Shamrock members will competing in the USA Greco and Freestyle State Meet this weekend at Howell High School. Leading the way will be 2011 State Champion Logan Marcicki and Runner-ups Kevin Beazley and Drew Garcia. All Staters: Malik Amine, Nick Mason and Ken Bade are expected to compete. State qualifiers Mike Babicz, Evan Toth and Riley Hanson along with Andrew Thompson, Palmer Palusiak, Jay Peterson, Nick Trojniak will look to make some noise as the summer circuit gets underway. Action is slated to get underway on Saturday afternoon and run through Sunday. Greco will take place on Saturday as Freestyle will take place on Sunday.
Greco: Saturday at Approximately 1pm
Freestyle: Sunday at Approximately 8:30am.
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