If anything, Novi Detroit Catholic Central will certainly have its feet held to the fire over the course of the 2014-15 wrestling season.
The Shamrocks, the three-time defending MHSAA Division 1 champions, took on two nationally-ranked and two more state-ranked teams in its own CC Super Duals tournament on Saturday, while finishing with a 3-1 record.
The day was highlighted by a 37-31 win in the third round over Brecksville, ranked 38th nationally and third in Ohio (only behind Lakewood St. Edward’s and Massillon Perry).
Scoring big wins for the Shamrocks in the win over Brecksville included Aaron Rehfeldt, Trevor Zdesbki, Tommy Herrmann, Nick Joseph, Myles Amine, Nick Giese and Nick Jenkins.
“Overall I’m very pleased with the fight and grit our guys showed,” said CC coach Mitch Hancock, whose team is 8-2 overall. “These guys battled hard, were aggressive, and got after the pin. To come in here and go 3-1 on alumni day is awfully impressive, considering the competition.”
In tourney opener, CC edged Dundee, the No. 1-ranked team in Division 3 and No. 4 in the Power 15 by Michigan Grappler, 39-34, as Stone Moscovic, Aaron Rehfeldt, Nick Joseph and Nick Jenkins all scored pins in the win.
In their second match, CC ran into a buzzsaw against No. 22-ranked St. Edward’s, falling 54-10 as Amine and Giese were the lone victors for the Shamrocks, while Trevor Zdebski fell to L.J. Bentley in highly competitive match decided late by an officials’ call.
In their fourth dual of the day, the Shamrocks edged Hudson, ranked No. 2 in Division 4, 36-34, as Jenkins, the sophomore heavyweight, scored a pin in the final match to sew up the victory.
Also earning impressive victories were Moscovic, Rehfeldt, Zdebski, Herrmann, Amine, Conor Cox and Giese. Herrmann was able to avenge a semifinal loss the previous to week in the CC Invitational to Hudson’s Tyler Roberts, who finished fourth in last year’s Division 4 tournament.
CC’s schedule doesn’t get any easier as the No. 3 Shamrocks travel Wednesday to face No. 2 Davison in a battle of Division 1 teams.
“This team is going to be hard to beat come late February, and it’s fun to watch them progress with each competition,” Hancock said. “Iron sharpens iron, and these guys will have been battle tested and better for having endured such tough competition.”