In addition to two state champions, Novi Detroit Catholic Central boasted four other state placers during Saturday’s MHSAA Individual Division 1 state finals held at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Shamrocks were led by third-place finishers Tyler Morland (171) and Nick Giese (189), both whom bounced back from tough one-point semifinal losses on Friday.
Giese (48-6) duplicated his third-place finish of a year ago after falling to Alex Sovel of Walled Lake Central, 3-2.
The senior pinned Andrew Bovay of White Lake Lakeland in 1:39 and won by technical fall in 6:00 over Nick Mulcahy of Grand Haven to reach the final four. In the back draw, Giese scored decisions over Prince Onwenu of Walled Lake Central, 5-2, and Zane Gorby of Caledonia, 2-1.
“Nick is a fighter, so it’s no surprise he found a way back to third,” CC coach Mitch Hancock said. “It’s been an honor to work with him and be a part of his daily life these past four years. We are super proud of him and how he handles adversity.”
Morland (27-2), a sophomore, fell to Nicholas Brish of Brighton, 4-3, in the semifinal after pinning Ross Morisette of Anchor Bay in 1:50 and by technical fall in 4:00 over George Noutai of Walled Lake Central.
He rebounded in the back draw with a 12-2 major decision over Monroe’s Tyler Hammack followed by a 4-2 overtime win over Lapeer’s Devon Pringel.
“Wow, what a match that was,” Hancock said of Morland’s consolation final. “Tyler has an incredible future ahead of him and is an awfully talented wrestler. People forget that he tore his ACL in September and worked very hard to get to this point. We were questioning whether we would get him back period. CC is in good hands with Ty being one of our leaders.”
The Shamrocks’ heavyweight Nick Jenkins, a sophomore, went 3-3 overall to place sixth to wind up 41-17 on the year.
Jenkins captured his first-round match by injury default in 3:19 over Brian Darios (East Lansing), but fell in the second round to Dan Perry (Lapeer), 7-1.
In the back draw, Jenkins edged Jordan Hottum (Lincoln Park), 3-2; decisioned Jacob Van Ittersum (Warren DeLaSalle), 3-2, and lost 5-2 to Chase VanHoef (Grand Haven) and 3-2 to Tim Stevens (Temperance Bedford).
“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.”
Meanwhile, CC’s Tommy Herrmann (125) wound up seventh to finish 36-16 on the season.
The 10th-grader fell by major decision to Vince Marceau (Utica Eisenhower) in his opener, 8-0, before rebounding in the back draw with pins against Hayden White (Grand Blanc) in 2:39 and Dougals Ferrier (Port Huron) in 1:28.
On Saturday, Herrmann (36-16) lost by major decison to Alex Hrisopoulos (Oxford), 14-1, before pinning Andrew Castenada (Grand Ledge) in 3:33.
“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 Shamrocks’ other state qualifier, Aaron Rehfeldt (112), bowed out with a 32-20 record after losing to Kaleb Marion (Walled Lake Central), 4-1, and Sergio Borg (Oxford), 10-3.
“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.”
Northville’s lone state qualifier, senior Chris Koumariotis (145), ended his season at 30-23 overall after losing by pin to Ryan Salmon (Brighton) in 3:08 and to Alex Kapitula (Rochester Adams) on a 8-5 decision.