Senior heavyweight Dorian Haney was Novi’s top individual on the day as the Wildcats finished fourth in Saturday’s eight-team South Lyon Tournament.
In the team dual format, Southgate Anderson captured title followed by Chelsea, Grand Blanc and the Wildcats, who finished
2-3 on the day.
Novi, now 7-7 overall, defeated Lake Fenton (40-36) and Birmingham Brother Rice (72-10), while falling to Southgate (49-18), Chelsea (41-32) and Grand Blanc (49-24).
Haney scored pins over opponents from Lake Fenton, Southgate Anderson, Chelsea and Grand Blanc. He also earned a void against Birmingham Brother Rice.
Freshman Zach Roach (103 pounds) also stood out by going 4-1 highlighted by decisions over Southgate (3-2) and Lake Fenton (10-0) coupled with a pair of voids. His only loss came via pin against Chelsea.
Junior Willie Jackson (125) finished 3-2 win victories over Grand Blanc (pin) and Chelsea (15-0), along with a void against Rice. His losses came against Lake Fenton (12-4) and Southgate (9-3).
On Wednesday, the host Wildcats lost two close matches in a double-dual against KLAA foes Waterford Kettering, 37-37 (based on a tiebreaker criteria) and Walled Lake Northern, 34-33.
Novi individual winners in the victory over Kettering included Roach (103), Travis Davis (112), Evan Davis (135), Kyle Benkarski (152), Griffin Sparling (171) and Haney (285).
In the second dual against Northern, Novi winners included Travis Davis, Jackson and Evan Davis – all by void – along with Benkarski (by pin) and Sparling. Cooper Smith’s pin at 215 pushed the Novi lead to 33-27, but Northern rallied in the final two matches to pull out the victory and drop the Wildcats to 2-2 overall.
Mustangs go 3-4
After defeating both Walled Lake Western (66-12) and Waterford Mott (42-25) in pair of KLAA dual matches on Jan. 7 at home, Northville placed eighth in Saturday’s Livonia Stevenson Invitational team tourney losing four of five matches.
Northville’s top individual performer at Stevenson tourney was senior captain Shunhe Wang (125), who went 5-0 on the day. Freshman Omar Labhiki also had a breakout finishing going 4-1.