City's wrestlers among the best in OAA competition

City's wrestlers among the best in OAA competition


City's wrestlers among the best in OAA competition


Farmington Public Schools produced five OAA wrestling champions in three division tournaments Friday.

In the Blue Division meet, North Farmington sophomore Warren Stanfield and junior Chris Nader earned titles in the 119-pound and heavyweight brackets, respectively.

Stanfield won a 12-5 decision over Avondale’s Ryan Rocca in the final, and Nader edged Berkley’s Ian King by an 8-7 score.

Nader, who was seeded fourth, upset No. 1 Kobe Falls of Ferndale in a semifinal bout with a pin at the four-minute mark, and he avenged an earlier loss to King in the final.

“He wrestled really, really well for us, and it was a nice tournament for him,” North coach Greg Castle said. “I would say it’s the best single day he’s had so far.

“Warren did a nice job, too. He was seeded No. 1, so it worked out pretty well. Hopefully, it’s a confidence booster more than anything else for both of them. From that standpoint, it was a nice tournament for them.”

Stanfield, who won a 10-5 decision over Royal Oak’s Lee Hewson in his semifinal bout, improved his record to 34-3; Nader is now 23-10.

The third-place Raiders also had three finalists in Tariq Knox (103), Nate Penny (189) and Dilan Yaldo (215).

Penny’s record was 33-7 going into a district team tournament Wednesday. Yaldo stood at 27-8 and Knox 24-16.

North’s Kyle Hammond won the consolation title at 140 and finished third with a 7-3 decision over Ferndale’s Shamar Borden. Andy Bergman (112), Doug Williams (125) and Chase Goodman (130) finished fourth.

Avondale won the tournament with 143 points. Ferndale had 139, North 122, Bloomfield Hills 118, Troy Athens 94, Berkley 85, Royal Oak 78 and Birmingham Groves 36.

With only one senior on their roster, the Raiders are a young team with mostly sophomores and freshmen.

“It was a nice team effort to get that high in the rankings where we finished third overall,” Castle said. “The kids are starting to hang tough together.

“We have a group of six or seven juniors the young kids look up to. They have a road map for where they want to be and what they want to achieve. It’s a nice group; they’re a great group of young men.”

Hawks, Falcons soar

Harrison seniors Mike Volyanyuk and Dan Allor won the 119- and 135-pound championships in the White Division tournament at Troy.

Both defeated Pontiac wrestlers in the finals. Allor won a major decision over Malik Parker, 11-3, and Volyanyuk scored a technical fall over Clarence Farmer, 19-4. Rapana Filemu was fourth at 171.

Farmington junior Dan Manier upheld his No. 1 seeding and captured the 103-pound title in the Red Division meet at Rochester Adams.

Manier (37-2) pinned Rochester’s Lu Vergava at 3:21 of a semifinal bout and scored an 8-6 decision over Oxford’s Ryan Miller in the final.

“It was expected that he would win it,” Farmington coach Al Beyar said. “It’s always nice to be a league champion in that division, being that it’s a little tougher than the one we used to be in.

“That’s not to say the teams in the other division are not good teams. Overall, the competition is a little tougher. It’s a nice way to go into the (postseason) tournaments.”

Senior Jesse Jones and sophomore Luke Higley were runners-up at 130 and 125, respectively. Senior Chase Walkowiak (112) and freshman Jake Justice (119) finished in third place; Gage Brent was fourth.

Jones has a record of 37-5; Walkowiak is 24-10, Justice 23-10, Higley 15-13 and Brent 18-16.

Oxford scored 241 points and ran away with the team title. Adams had 158, Clarkston 144, Rochester Stoney Creek 120, Farmington 89 and Rochester 62.

“For what we took, I thought we did well,” Beyar said, adding the Falcons had to void a number of weight classes.

Southfield is the White Division champ, edging West Bloomfield for the title, 155-149. Seaholm had 132 points, Lake Orion 104, Hazel Park 73.5, Troy 73, Pontiac 70 and Harrison 59.

C’ville’s top two

Clarenceville had one champion and one runner-up Saturday in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference wrestling tournament at Belleville High School.

Dyland Brigham won the 112-pound championship, and teammate Cameron Fyffe finished second at 189 pounds.

Fyffe also received a place on the all-conference first team as an at-large selection by a vote of the coaches. Brigham made the first team by winning his weight class.

Zack Richards took fifth place in the tournament at 145; Joseph Sanchez and Dante Marzolo placed sixth.

Clarenceville finished ninth as a team with only six wrestlers. The rest of the team took part in the JV conference tournament to help them get better before the district tournament, according to coach Nick Elam.

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