Clarkston Wrestling

Wrestling champs place at finals


March 12, 2008 - When Adam Lauzun was in fourth grade, his mom, Terri, signed him up for wrestling.

His dad, Dave, wrestled in high school. Wrestling seemed like a sport father and son could enjoy together.

His mom said Adam fought it, but she told him to try it and if he didn't like it, he didn't have to do it.

Ten years later, Adam made it to the individual state finals in the 171 pound weight class.

Last year, he took fifth place in the same weight class.

He won three matches leading him into the championship round with Ben Bennett from Rockford, ranked number one in the state.

In the third period of the match, Bennett pinned Adam, placing Adam in second place.

"I feel very good about taking second place," said Adam. "It is still something to be proud of. Bennett is a phenomenal wrestler. I gave him all I could and he was good. I knew how good of a wrestler he was. I went in there to win."

"He proved he was second best," said Coach Joe DeGain.

"I thought he did very well considering the odds were against him," said Terri. "We're very proud of him."

Adam ended his senior year with a 53-2 record.

A total of six wrestlers from Clarkston made it to finals.

"It's an accomplishment to make it to state finals," said DeGain. "To have six guys make it is successful. I am proud of all of them for making it there. It was a fun season for those guys, especially an honor of making it there."

Bryant Craft (189) won one match at finals and lost two matches, ending his senior year, 49-6.

Matt Deitz (125), Alex Popp (130), Evan King (145) and Sloan Hadsall (215) each lost two matches, ending their seasons.

Overall records for the season were Deitz, 47-8; Popp, 38-5; King, 32-27; and Hadsall, 35-24.


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Team falls, but 6 go on to state


February 27, 2008 - Seniors Bryant Craft and Adam Lauzun fought hard, but their scores came too late to help the team beat Hartland last Wednesday.

In the first round at the regional match, Clarkston lost to ranked fifth Hartland, 33-24.

"We didn't do well and we lost," said coach Joe DeGain.

"I think that they can all go out there to wrestle to win. Some chose to wrestle not to lose. They didn't wrestle to win that's what it comes down to."

Hartland started a streak in their first four matches scoring against Clarkston.

Matt Dietz (125) was tied with Doug Baughman, putting them in overtime. Dietz scored two points in the overtime, putting the Wolves on the board, 17-3.

Next to the mat was Alex Popp (130). He defeated Derek Sawyer in scoring the most points.

Chris Burkhart (140), Bryant Craft (171), Sloan Hadsall (189) and Adam Lauzun (215) defeated their Hartland opponents to bring the score up to 33-24.

Novi Catholic Central beat Holly 51-15.

Hartland continued on the rest of the meet and beat Novi Catholic Central, 39-33.

"I think if we wrestle to win and wrestle like it isn't our last one, our guys will be just fine," said DeGain before going into the individual match on Saturday.

"If we wrestle like it is our last match, I think it will continue to haunt us like it did tonight."

Eight wrestlers went to the regional individual meet on Saturday.

Matt Vandermeer (152) lost in his first match, ending his season with a record of 27-14.

Mike Richmond also lost in his first match, ending the season, 24-12.

The other six qualified for the state finals starting next month.

Lauzun (171) was champion after defeating Matt Skrzpczak from Bay City Central, 9-4, bringing his record.

Placing in second place was Deitz, Popp, and Craft.

Evan King (145) and Hadsall (215) took fourth.

The qualifiers will begin the first round of Individual State Finals on Thursday, March 6 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.


District champs head for regionals

February 20, 2008 - Grapplers are getting ready for regional competitions this week after successful districts.

The Wolves took their place as district champions for Division 1 after pinning Waterford Mott and Kettering this past Wednesday. The wins brought their overall record up to 16-4.

"I think the guys are excited in the post season," said Coach Joe DeGain.

In the semifinals, Clarkston defeated Mott, 69-7.

Leading the way with pins were Jeff Sloney (103), Ty Foltz (112), Matt Deitz (125), Alex Popp (140), Erik Butterfield (160), Bryant Craft (171), and Adam Lauzun (189).

Ryan Brown (130) and Mike Richmond (285) defeated their competition by securing the most points.

Derek Booker (135), Evan King (145), Matt Vandermeer (152), and Sloan Hadsall (215) won by void.

The team went on to finals against Waterford Kettering and won, 46-18.

Popp, Butterfield, Lauzun, and Hadsall took down their opposition.

Deitz, King, and Richmond added points for the team by defeating their opponents.

On Saturday, they wrestled individually to qualify for regionals.

Deitz, Popp, King, Vandermeer, Lauzun, Craft, Hadsall, and Richmond will compete in the MHSAA Individual Regional meet this Saturday at Hartland High School.

On Wednesday, will compete in team regionals against Holly, Hartland, and Detroit Catholic Central. They meet starts at 6 p.m. at Holly High School, 6161 East Holly Road.

The Saturday meet will start at 9 a.m. at Hartland High School, 10635 Dunham Road.


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Showdown on the mat

February 06, 2008 - It was the battle of the titans, this past Sarurday as the five top squads from both Oakland and Macomb Counties met on the mat.

Clarkston hosted the county dual meet between Clarkston, Lake Orion, Oxford, Novi Detroit Catholic Central, Holly, Romeo, Richmond, Chippewa Valley, Anchor Bay, and Utica Henry Ford.

Each Oakland school had 5-0 victories, except Holly, they had three victories and two losses.

"The guys wrestled well," said Clarkston coach Joe DeGain. "There was a lot of team support and a lot of leadership from our seniors."

Seniors Adam Lauzun (171) and Bryant Craft (215) were unbeaten for all of their duals. Jeff Sloney (103), Ty Foltz (112) and Matt Deitz (125) followed suit by also winning all of their duals.

The Wolves competed against Anchor Bay from New Baltimore to win, 50-22.

The dual with Anchor Bay brought Oakland County champ, Lauzun, face-to-face with Macomb County champ, Nick Licari.

Lauzun won with a fall 3:42 into the match.

"He did excellent," said DeGain. "It was great. It was a good match for him."

Foltz and Craft also had a pin against Anchor Bay.

Chris Burkhart (140), Evan King (145), Matt Vandermeer (150), Sloney and Deitz won their matches with major decisions by earning the most points.

Sloan Hadsall (215) and Mike Richmond (275) won by having no one to compete against them.

Clarkston won against Richmond High School, 50-20.

Leading to the win were Deitz, Lauzun and Craft pinning their opposition.

Sloney won by major decision.

Spencer Karrick (152), Foltz, Burkhart, Hadsall and Richmond won by void.

The team continued on with a win against Chippewa Valley, 45-16.

Wrestlers with a win by pin were Sloney, Lauzun and Hadsall.

Foltz, Deitz, Burkhart, King, Vandermeer and Richmond won points for the team by major decision from the referee.

In the 37-22 win over Romeo, five wrestlers made pins, Sloney, Deitz, Booker, Lauzun and Craft.

Foltz, Burkhart, King and Vandermeer won by earning the most points during their match.

The team's final win was over Henry Ford II, 66-6.

Two wrestlers went up one weight class for this dual. Sloney went up to 112 pounds and Foltz went up to 119 pounds.

The change didn't matter, Foltz won his match with a pin 17 seconds into the first period and Sloney won scoring 2-1.

Ryan Brown (130), Deitz, King, Lauzun, Craft and Richmond won with a pin.

Vandermeer won with a score 12-6.

Mike Williams (103) and Karrick won by void.

The Wolves got ready for the day of duals with a double dual on Thursday.

They wrestled teams from West Bloomfield and Rochester Adams.

They won against West Bloomfield, 59-9, and lost to Adams 28-27.

Contributing to the win against the Lakers were Sloney, Deitz, Brown and Hadsall by pinning their competition.

Booker, Burkhart, King, Vandermeer, Lauzun, and Richmond won their matches by earning the most points during the three periods.

Foltz won by void.

Next for the team is a league meet at Lake Orion High School on Saturday.

"The guys got to wrestle well," said DeGain.

"We need some of our younger wrestlers to step up and fill the older wrestlers' shoes."

The league meet begins at 10 a.m.


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Rust on, rust off


 

January 16, 2008 - Last Wednesday, Grapplers came back from their break ready for action and proved it by winning their meets against Rochester and Troy.

"We definitely looked like we haven't wrestled in about two weeks, but we wrestled hard," said Coach Joe DeGain.

"We got to take a little bit of the rust off from the past two weeks."

The Wolves first competed against Rochester to win 38-27.

Wrestlers to win by default by scoring the most in points were Jeff Sloney (103), Ty Foltz (112), Matt Dietz (125), Chris Burkhart (135), Adam Lauzun (160), and Sloan Hadsall (185).

Bryant Craft (171) pinned his competition 40 seconds into the first period. Mike Richmond (215) added points for the team with a pin as well.

The Wolves continued the dual meet against Troy and won 49-20.

The Wolves held control of the meet by earning their points from pins.

Sloney (103) pinned his competition with 45 seconds left in the first period. Another wrestler pinning their competition in the first period was Craft (171) with 41 seconds left in the period.

By the end of his second period, Foltz (112) made his pin with 18 seconds left.

More wrestlers to make pins were Matt Dietz (125), Zack Burrow (130), and Lauzun (160).

Richmond (215) won by earning the most points.

"Mentally it should have been a little bit of a wake up for them so they are more prepared," said DeGain.

"It will be a tough tournament for them on Saturday and its one of the toughest in the state. They needed a dual meet like this to get ready for it."

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Grapplers took sixth place in the Bay City Western Invitational on Saturday.

They beat Linden and Dundee, who is ranked second in division three.

Evan King helped with the win against Dundee. He won the match that helped the team secure a victory over Dundee.

They lost to Montrose.

They continued onward in crossover competitions by beating Allegan, ranked fifth in division two and losing to Hesperia, ranked first in division four.

Each Clarkston grappler worked towards the team's success with each match they wrestled their opponents.

Adam Lauzun was 5-0, beating Chris Eggert from Dundee, who is ranked #1 in the state.

After a loss last year to Malcolm Martin of Hesperia, Alex Popp came back with a fight and won all five of his matches.

Bryant Craft was 4-1. His only loss came when he was bumped up to wrestle ranked #3 from Dundee who was 40 pounds heavier than him.

Matt Deitz and Erik Butterfield also were 4-1 for the day.

Sloan Hadsall, Jeff Sloney and King were 3-2. Anthony Herron helped the team with two wins and only one loss..

The grapplers will to travel to Mount Orab, Ohio on Saturday to compete in the Hammer & Anvil Tournament.

"They are good enough to be ready for it," said DeGain.

"I think it will be fine, as long as we are not taking another two and half weeks off like we did for the holiday break. These guys know how to wrestle and they got the rust off. So they will be ready to wrestle."

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Grapplers grab lead, but let it slip away


December 26, 2007 - Clarkston grappler Erik Butterfield (160) started a trend when he outscored Davison's Reyes Saldana 6-3, putting the Wolves ahead, 8-3.

In the next two matches, Adam Lauzun (171) and Bryant Craft (189) both earned points for Clarkston at the Davison-hosted meet, Dec. 18. After Craft won by major decision, he brought Clarkston ahead, 10-8.

But then, Davison's Richard Kirksey (215) pinned Sloan Hadsall, shifting Davison into the lead, 14-10.

Jared Cowan (275) brought Davison further into the lead by pinning Mike Richmond. Both pins against Clarkston occurred in the second period.

With the score 20-10, Clarkston needed something to bring them up to Davison's lead. Jeff Sloney (103) answered the call and pinned Dakota Thronson in 3:01 into the overtime period.December 26, 2007 - Clarkston grappler Erik Butterfield (160) started a trend when he outscored Davison's Reyes Saldana 6-3, putting the Wolves ahead, 8-3.

In the next two matches, Adam Lauzun (171) and Bryant Craft (189) both earned points for Clarkston at the Davison-hosted meet, Dec. 18. After Craft won by major decision, he brought Clarkston ahead, 10-8.

But then, Davison's Richard Kirksey (215) pinned Sloan Hadsall, shifting Davison into the lead, 14-10.

Jared Cowan (275) brought Davison further into the lead by pinning Mike Richmond. Both pins against Clarkston occurred in the second period.

With the score 20-10, Clarkston needed something to bring them up to Davison's lead. Jeff Sloney (103) answered the call and pinned Dakota Thronson in 3:01 into the overtime period.

But in the next four matches, Davison led, winning their points by major decisions, bringing the team to 35-16.

Alex Popp (135) won his match by major decision, earning three points to Zach LaBelle's one point.

In the final match of the night, Chris Burkhart (140) won one more match for Clarkston. His was also by major decision, as he took on Talon Hodgeson and won 3-2.

But it wasn't enough, and Clarkston fell to Davison, 35-22.

Clarkston is currently ranked number six in Division 1 and Davison holds onto second place in Division 3.



But in the next four matches, Davison led, winning their points by major decisions, bringing the team to 35-16.

Alex Popp (135) won his match by major decision, earning three points to Zach LaBelle's one point.

In the final match of the night, Chris Burkhart (140) won one more match for Clarkston. His was also by major decision, as he took on Talon Hodgeson and won 3-2.

But it wasn't enough, and Clarkston fell to Davison, 35-22.

Clarkston is currently ranked number six in Division 1 and Davison holds onto second place in Division 3.


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Seventh year sting


January 02, 2008 - After six straight seasons of holding onto the Oakland County trophy, Clarkston grapplers came in third place, losing it to Lake Orion.

Going into the second day of the tournament, Dec. 22, Lake Orion had two advantages going for them. The second part of the tournament was held at their high school for a home advantage against the other 49 teams. Also, they were already in first place after scoring 137.5 points the previous night.

Clarkston followed closely with a 1.5 point difference going into the second day.

By the end of the day long tournament, Lake Orion scored 295.5 to put themselves in first place. Novi's Detroit Catholic Central followed in second place with 288.5 points. Clarkston was next with 255 points earned by the team.

"We did well - we had a shot," said Coach Joe DeGain about their placement.

"We did well getting third place out of 50 teams that participated in the tournament. We were not quite strong enough to walk away with championship."

Taking first place titles for Clarkston were Matt Dietz (125), Alex Popp (135), and Adam Lauzun (171). This was Lauzun's second year winning a first place title.

Other wrestlers that placed for Clarkston were Bryant Craft (189) in third place, Erik Butterfield (160) in fifth place, and Sloan Hadsall (215) in seventh place.

Clarkston needed more wrestlers to place to balance out the points, said DeGain.

The tournament marked the beginning of a midseason break for the team.

During the break, the Wolves will be able to work on getting ready for the second half of the season with less pressures.

"I think it will be good to have this break," said DeGain. "With the down time, they can grow a little bit."

Also, they will be ready to put on their game faces.

Clarkston grapplers first competition of 2008 will be Wednesday, Jan. 9.

They will travel to Troy High School, 4775 Northfield Parkway, to compete in a double dual against Rochester and Troy. The dual will begin at 5:30 p.m.



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 Weekend wrestling brings dual win, loss


 

December 19, 2007 - Varsity Grapplers had a busy week with winning a dual meet last Wednesday and a losing a close match against Detroit Catholic Central, 35-32, two days later.

In their dual meet, the grapplers took on Avondale and beat them 58-10. They followed it up by beating Waterford - Kettering 48-17.

Clarkston took on Avondale first where most of their points came from pins.

Bryant Craft (189) and Jeff Sloney (103) made their pins within 30 seconds of beginning of their competition. Alex Popp (135) and Evan King (145) made pins for their team into the first period.

"I was happy with them," said Coach Joe DeGain.

"They're making improvements and I thought they wrestled well tonight. I was happy with them."

With the team working hard during dual meets, it can sometimes work to the team's advantage.

"If they make a mistake, if they need to make an adjustment they can fix it and redo it twenty minutes later. Sometimes its not for whatever reason."

The team followed the dual meet with a competition again Detroit Catholic Central on Friday.

"I expect it to be a good dual meet," said DeGain going into last Friday's match with Detroit Catholic Central

"They always bring a tough squad."

The score was close as the two teams went into the last match. Detroit Catholic Central was leading 32-30.

Erik Butterfield (160) was the last to compete. After a tough three periods with Stefan Gatt, Clarkston lost 11-4.

During the competition, Matt Dietz (125), Alex Popp (135) and Adam Lauzen (171) made pins for Clarkston.

Next for the team is a meet on Wednesday at Davison High School at 1250 N. Oak. The meet starts at 6 p.m.

On Friday, they will begin the Oakland County Tournament, one of the biggest tournaments in the nation.

They will start at 3:30 p.m. at Milford High School, 2380 South Milford Road in Highland.

"It's important for these guys to get the toughest competition they can ," said DeGain about going to the tournament on Friday.


Wolves Runners-Up at Howell Invite 


December 12, 2007 - At the Herman Wilkinson Classic on Saturday, Clarkston took second place with a score of 196. Eaton Rapids won the competition with 211 points.

"The guys have been doing great," said Coach Joe DeGain.

"We won matches we were suppose to and we won matches we were the underdogs in."

Eleven wrestlers placed in the their weight class.

Alex Popp (135) and Adam Lauzen (171) took first place in the competition.

In second place were Zak Roberson (112), Erik Butterfield (160), and Bryant Craft (189).

Jeff Sloney (103), Matt Deitz (125) and Sloan Hadsall (215) placed in third place.

Matt Vandermeer (152) placed in fourth, Evan King (145) placed in fifth, and Chris Burkhart (140) placed in seventh.

Fifteen schools competed in the Herman Wilkinson Classic in Howell.

On Wednesday, the Wolves will host a Double Dual. They will compete against Avondale and Waterford-Kettering. The competition begins 5:30 p.m.

On Friday, they will compete against Detroit Central Catholic High School at home. The competition begins at 5:30 p.m.


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Pinning the competition


December 12, 2007 - Grapplers celebrated victory after two meets this week.

Grapplers won over Troy-Athens 56-12 and Lake Orion 34-26 in their Double Dual at Avondale on Wednesday.

Alex Popp set the tone for the meet. Popp was the first to compete with Troy Athens and pinned his opponent two minutes into the first period for the 135 weight class.

Jeff Sloney (103), Zak Roberson (112), Ty Foltz (119) , and Matt Deitz (125) continued the trend pinning their Troy-Athens opponents in their first period.


Clarkston continued to rule over Troy-Athens, scoring points and pinning their competitors.

"We definitely wrestled better. It's always nice to win. But we have to get our mind set the right way, we should be fine," said Coach Joe DeGain.

"This is a great group of kids. This is a great group of wrestlers, very talented wrestlers. We need to really wrestle and their nose into things and bang things out. Once our guys decide to do that, they're going to be okay. It comes in spurts, right now. We need to make sure it's there for all six minutes of the match."

In their match against Lake Orion, the Dragons were a fierce competition.

"Matt Dietz came through against Lake Orion with a pin that won the match," said DeGain.





 Wolves win with shut-out
Wrestlers, 6-1, pin on first place honors at Rocket Invitational


December 05, 2007 - Varsity Wrestlers took first place Saturday at the Rocket Invitational at John Glenn High School.

The team won all of their dual meets, beating Brighton 47-12, Dearborn 61-14, Livonia-Franklin 46-17, Belleville 45-23 and John Glenn 41-31.

Six wrestlers won all five of their matches, Matt Deitz (125), Alex Popp (135), Erik Butterfield (!52), Adam Lauzun (171), Bryant Craft (189) and Sloan Hadsall (215).

Jeff Sloney (103), Zak Roberson (112), Ty Foltz (119) and Evan King (145) won four of their five matches.

"It went okay," said Coach Joe DeGain. "They wrestled well. We need to fix a few things technique wise, but they are coming along."

The team has two meets coming up this week.

They will face rival Lake Orion in a Double Dual at Avondale High School on Wednesday.

"It will be fun and interesting," said DeGain. "If we can wrestle like we can, we will be just fine."

The Varsity team will face Lake Orion and Troy Athens at Avondale located at 2800 Waukegan Street in Auburn Hills. The meet will begin at 5:00 pm.

On Saturday, they will go to Howell to compete in the Herman Wilkinson Classic. Howell High School is located at 1200 West Grand River and the competition begins at 9 am.


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Varsity wrestlers split Goodrich Quad

December 05, 2007 - The Varsity Wrestling team started their season Thursday with a win over Grand Blanc and a loss to Goodrich.

In their first appearance in the Goodrich Quad, they lost to Goodrich 23-33, and beat Grand Blanc, 56-10.

"They (Goodrich) are a fantastic team," said Coach Joe DeGain. They got a good group of guys. They wrestle year round and our guys wrestle year round, too. That's what I think added excitement to the dual meet. They out wrestled us tonight, they deserve that win more than we did."

Jeff Sloney (103), Zak Roberson (112), Evan King (145), Anthony Herron (160), Sloan Hadsall (215), and Tim Turnball (275) made pins in the match against Grand Blanc.

"It was a normal first meet," said DeGain. "We saw some good things, we saw some bad things. Most importantly, the guys wrestled with some heart and showed their will to win."

Going into the Rocket Invitational on Saturday, DeGain and the team were ready.

"It will go fine. We're gonna see some tough schools and some tough kids. Our guys will be ready for it. I think they are excited to go down there. John Glenn always hosts a great tournament. It should be fun."


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Grapplers Ready to Hit the Mat


December 05, 2007 - Clarkston High School Varsity Wrestling Team, top from left, Giovann McDougal, Spencer Karrick, Jeff Dean, Erik Butterfield, Tim Turnbull, Layne Upcott, Bryant Craft, Evan King, Sloan Hadsall, Adam Lauzun, and Mike Richmond; second row from left, Coach Joe DeGain, Billy Williams, Ryan Brown, Andrew Fairse, Chris Burkhart, Naron McDougal, Anthony Herron, Mitchell Manns, Matt Vandermeer, and Mike Glowacki; third row from left, Manager Cody Passmore, Ty Foltz, Matt Deitz, Adam Holbin, Derek Booker, Mike Henige, Tom Clark, Justin Wisser, Zak Budrow, and Manager Erica DeGain front row from left, Raymond Wilkie, Jeff Sloney, Zak Roberson, Alex Popp, Kyle Broughton, Mike Williams, Blaine Bowman, and Kyle Kenyon. Photo provided by Visual Sports Network.