It was a dominating wrestling season in more ways than one for Novi Detroit Catholic Central’s Myles Amine.
The senior earned his second straight MHSAA Division 1 state title, this time at 160 pounds, where he finished 47-0 overall capped by a 7-6 overtime decision in the finals over Milik Dawkins of Flint Carman-Ainsworth last month at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
And with the match there was a bit of irony because the University of Michigan-bound Amine had won his previous 46 matches on bonus points by either major decision, technical fall or pin.
Tt was that dominance that earned the CC standout All-Area Player of the Year honors.
Amine’s career record during the past four seasons with the Shamrocks was 160-25, including 101 pins. He was a state qualifier as a freshman, third-place finisher as a sophomore and captured the 145-pound Division 1 crown as a junior.
Amine also captured the NHSCA Senior Nationals on March 30 in Virginia Beach, Va., at 152 and added a seventh at 2014 Junior Nationals in freestyle at 152.
“His ability to focus, prepare and develop his love for the sport are what set him apart,” CC coach Mitch Hancock said. “He has a laser focus on accomplishing his goals and he doesn’t allow himself to become distracted. He prepares for competition the right way and on a level that most high school athletes can’t comprehend. He loves the sport and the competition that comes along with it. Myles is a great ambassador for wrestling, Catholic Central and what it means to be a Shamrock.”
Amine also excels in the classroom, where he owns a 4.2 grade-point average to go along with an ACT score of 28.
“In my coaching tenure at Catholic Central, I have seen very few athletes who are as well-rounded as Myles is,” Hancock said. “He’s an active member in our student government and a kind individual who’s well-liked by his peers and well-respected by his teachers and coaches. He is fantastic young man who impacts those around him in a positive way, which is a sign of great leadership.”
After winning the 119-pound Division 1 title as a junior, the University of Michigan recruit repeated as a senior, going 46-5 en route to the 130-pound crown.
He finished his career with a 142-20 record, including 90 pins. He was third-place finisher at the state tourney both as a sophomore and freshman.
“Trevor is a special young man who had desire to be great since he walked in here as a freshman,” Hancock said. “Trevor is as technically sound as you’ll find in a high school wrestler. He was a great teammate, enjoyable to be around and a motivator for his teammates. He was willing to go up or down in the lineup, depending on where the coaches needed him. Trevor’s smile is molded into the minds of many people here at Catholic Central, as he has impacted so many of us in a positive way.”
The senior earned a third-place finish at 189 for the second straight year while posting a 46-5 record and winning titles at Oakland County, district and regional.
“It’s been an honor to work with him and be a part of his daily life these past four years,” Hancock said. “We are super proud of him and how he handles adversity.”
The sophomore bounced back from off season knee surgery to place third at 171 while posting a 27-2 overall record and winning district and regional crowns.
“People forget that he tore his ACL in September and worked very hard to get to this point,” Hancock said. “We were questioning whether we would get him back, period. CC is in good hands with Ty being one of our leaders.”
The senior placed seventh at the Division 1 finals at 125 and posted a 36-16 overall record while adding second at the district and regional. He was also third at Oakland County.
“We’re so proud of Tommy and all he has accomplished,” Hancock said. “Tom has come a long ways since his freshman year, when he entered our room as a round-faced, raw, hungry young man.”
The sophomore placed sixth at 285 at the state finals after taking third at the regional and runner-up at the district.
“What a year this young man has had,” Hancock said. “To find 36 wins as a sophomore at this weight is exceptional. We are in good hands with him up top for the next two years.”
South Lyon East
He had a very unusual finish to his season by placing eighth at 112 pounds in Division 2 despite being disqualified for his final two matches. Hoorn won in the blood round, but missed the time to weigh in for the following day and was forced to forfeit. The senior finished 43-13 at three different weight classes. He was 15-2 at 125, 19-7 at 119 and 9-4 at 112.
“Aaron is a four-year starter and senior captain with more than 100 career wins,” coach Fred Vera said. “Aaron finishes his high school career as an all-county wrestler, placing sixth at the Oakland County tournament, third in the district tournament, a regional champion and now an all-state wrestler.”
The junior finished 32-18 overall while earning a state qualifying berth at 112 after placing fourth at the regional and runner-up at the district. He was also Oakland County champ.
“Aaron is a workhorse and will be back next year with some grit in his teeth,” Hancock said. “There is no doubt in my mind he will have a great spring and summer that will be extremely productive.”
The senior, who posted a 30-21 record, was a state qualifier at 145 after finishing third at the regional and sixth at the district. He also placed sixth at the KLAA and was eighth at 152 at Oakland County.
“Chris started the season at 160 and 10 of his losses came at that weight class,” coach Brian Bagian said. “He really came on at the end of the season.”
The senior finished his career with a trip to states at 189 pounds and a 36-11 record. Donahue was fourth at Oakland County and fifth at the KLAA tournament.
“Jameson had a terrific year. He was really focused on getting to states and he accomplished that goal,” coach Brian Wilson said. “He has a tremendous work ethic and the edgy attitude to go with it. He is the kind of wrestler who wants to go out and wrestle the best kids around his weight class to see how he does. That was a huge thing for our team to see as it helped inspire the rest of the team.”
The senior was a steady force throughout the season with a 44-8 record. He capped his career with a trip to states, where he won his first match but wound up losing 5-4 in the blood round to finish one match shy of reaching all-state. Jacobs was runner-up at both the KLAA tournament and the regional.
The senior finished his career with by qualifying for states at 189 pounds. He recorded a win in his opening match before falling in the next two, missing all-state by one match. He finished the season 40-8. He was runner-up at the regional and fourth at the KLAA tourney.
To say he had a tough draw at states would be an understatement. He won his first match before falling to the eventual runner-up and third-place finisher at 140 pounds. The senior finished with a 35-15 record.
The junior heavyweight had a monster year with a 37-7 record and a trip to states. He lost his opening match won the next two to reach the blood round, where he finished one match shy of reaching all-state. Krol earned a KLAA title and pinned his way to an Oakland County title.
The junior was a district champion at 152 and a third-place finisher at 171 at the Oakland County tourney while posting a 26-15 record.
The 152-pound senior posted a 30-9 record while taking fifth at Oakland County and eighth in the KLAA Association tourney before being hampered in the district with an ankle injury.
The 125-pound senior posted a 39-12 record, taking seventh in the KLAA Association tourney and sixth at Oakland County. He finished with 97 career wins.
The senior finished 33-11 overall with a third place finish at the Division 1 district.
The sophomore had a huge year, but came up one match shy of qualifying for states, losing in the blood round at the regional. Klapec (40-5) won an Oakland County title and finished third in the KLAA at 103 pounds.
The senior heavyweight caught a tough bracket at the regional and came up one match shy of qualifying for states. Dixon (39-10) won a district title and placed sixth at Oakland County.
The senior went 38-12 at 135 pounds and finished with a trip to the regional. He also placed seventh at Oakland County.
Player of the Year
Myles Amine, Catholic Central
Trevor Zdebski, Catholic Central
Nick Giese, Catholic Central
Tyler Morland, Catholic Central
Tommy Herrmann, Catholic Central
Nick Jenkins, Catholic Central
Aaron Hoorn, South Lyon East
Aaron Rehfeldt, Catholic Central
Chris Koumariotis, Northville
Jameson Donahue, South Lyon
William Jacobs, Lakeland
Andrew Bovay, Lakeland
David Joyner, Milford
Brandon Krol, Milford
Conor Cox, Catholic Central
Kyle Benkarski, Novi
Shunhe Wang, Northville
Evan Davis, Novi
Catholic Central – Nick Joseph (jr.), Joe Lyon (soph.), Aidan Wagh (fr.), Stone Moscovic (fr.)
Northville – Jim Behe (sr.)
Novi – Jared Engebretson (sr.), Dorian Haney (sr.) Cooper Smith (jr.)
Milford – Tim Nelson (sr.), Blake Peterson (jr.)