Clarkston grapplers pin down OAA Red title

Clarkston News Sports Writer
It came down to the last match for the OAA Red title between Oxford and the Wolves at Clarkston High School Performance Arts Center last Friday.
Brock Trevino led through the 215-pound weight class and finished with a 6-1 win, putting Clarkston Varsity Wrestling ahead of Oxford to win the league title, 38-33.
“Tonight was cool being able to do it in the performing arts center, having a big stage for everyone to wrestle on,” said Brian Gibbs, head coach.
The Wolves opened the night with a pin from freshman Camden Jamison in the 285-pound weight class over Kewone Burton within 1;38 into the match.

Gabe Gipe returns to the mat with a 9-3 win. Photo by Wendi Reardon Price

“Camden came out and got a pin against their kid who has been wrestling for a few years,” Gibbs said. “This is Camden’s first year wrestling so it was cool to see him get that win.”
The Wolves took the next two matches as Preston Lefevre (103) had a technical fall over Dominic Benjamin, 15-0, and Archer Anderson (112) had a fall over Jacob Turek, 4:34.
Oxford won the next two matches to put points on the board as Clarkston led, 17-10.
The Wolves won four more matches with pins from Auggie Anderson (130) over Lukas Smith and Cayden Strong (145) over Ryan Thompson. Gabe Gipe (152) won his match over Eli Tabert, 9-3; and Andrew Zarzycki (160) over Micah Roper, 8-4.
“Gabe coming back in his first match, wrestling a tough kid,” Gibbs said. “He has only been on the mat for four days this year so we didn’t know what to expect. Him wrestling a tough kid showed a lot of heart and a lot of promise this year.”
He added he knew it was going to be a tough dual as Oxford has a good team and were Oakland County champions.
“They were down a few guys tonight and our guys weren’t at usual spots in line up,” Gibbs said. “I think when we see them at the team district first round it’s going to be a completely different dual meet. It will still be close, but the match ups are going to be completely different based on their kids coming back and our kids getting down to weight. I look forward to it.”
The varsity A team finished as champ at the tournament at Lake Fenton. They defeated Lake Fenton, 40-30; Byron, 64-15; Milford, 47-33; and Ann Arbor Huron, 78-0.
The Clarkston Varsity B team had six finished in the top six places at the Utica tournament on Saturday. Tony Cach finished as champion in the 160-pound weight class. Ethan Zak (171) and Max Brown (145) finished in second place; Joel Carter (189) and Mitch Murray, third place; and Lily Francy (112), fifth place.
The Wolves head to the Bay City John Glenn tournament this Saturday and Fenton JV Invitational.
They prep for the MHSAA Division 1 District for team and individuals the week of Feb. 9. The team district is at Lapeer with Oxford, Lake Orion and Lapeer.
“It’s tougher than years past,” said Gibbs, adding regional will also be tough. “It’s a tough road ahead, but I think our guys are ready for it.”

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