Novi Detroit Catholic Central validated its team state title from last weekend by winning four Division 1 individual state championships Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
At 135 pounds, the Shamrocks’ Ken Bade won his third consecutive state title with a 4-3 decision in overtime against Davison’s Matt Miller. Bade was leading 3-2 when the referee tagged him with a one-point stalling call with just 1 second remaining, causing a huge ruckus from the crowd.
“It was a funky match,” Bade said after winning when Miller had a penalty in OT. “All you can do is turn and smile, keep your composure.”
Bade said his first state championship as a sophomore might have been the best, “but being a senior, going out on top in an overtime match; it doesn’t get much better than that.”
Senior heavyweight Bob Coe and junior Malik Amine (140) also won for the Shamrocks, plus junior Drew Garcia (52-0) is now a two-time 171 champion.
In two particular matches Saturday, the opponents knew each other’s wrestling moves as well as any challenger could.
At 119 pounds, defending champ Mitch Rogaliner of Temperance Bedford faced Holt’s Shayne Wireman, who earned state champ status by beating Rogaliner in 2011 at 103. Rogaliner also faced Wireman in last year’s 112 semis to reach the top.
The 2013 matchup resulted in Wireman adding a second state title on a 6-3 decision.
“We faced each other many times, so it’s a fun match to go against him,” Wireman said. “We’ve dominated this weight class.”
Wireman (49-0) was working with borrowed equipment but didn’t let it throw him off.
“My head gear broke in the first 5 seconds I was out here, so I borrowed a teammate’s,” he said of the gear that was thrown from the stands. “I don’t really like (that style) head gear, but I sure liked that one.”
Then there were Hartland teammates sophomore Jacob Gorial and junior Austin Eicher going head-to-head at 130 pounds. It was the first time the duo met in an official match since late elementary school, when Eicher won in overtime.
Fast-forward to 2013: Eicher wins again, 5-0.
“He’s one of my best friends, and we’ve both been working real hard this whole year,” Eicher (52-1) said. “It was both our goals to be state champion, so I took something away from him, but I didn’t want him to take it away from me. Once we’re out there, we’re just wrestlers.”
Twin brothers from Rochester did not have to face off, but today one is a state champ and the other earned all-state. Junior Shwan Shadaia won the 189-pound title with a 4-3 decision over Clarkston’s Chris Calvano, while brother Shane Shadaia finished seventh at 171.
“The whole team was watching, expecting a lot from me,” Shwan said of being the only one of four Rochester wrestlers to win during the semifinals. “The seniors were all saying ‘Go win it for us, you’ve got this,’ so I felt I had to do it.”
Clarkston’s Nick Vandermeer won at 152 to join his brother, Matt, a 2010 champ, in the state history books. Vandermeer pinned previously undefeated Jordan Atienza of Livonia Franklin at 4:17.
“My brother has always told me about the going into state meet undefeated curse,” Nick said. “He’s watched so many kids like that mess up. He’s always said it was a curse.
“I was very surprised I got the pin, it didn’t feel like it at all. It was just a re-roll. Coach told me not to throw with him. I went to my back first but got the re-roll. It was unexpected.”
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