Team, individual success in victory over Oxford

By Wendi Reardon Price
Clarkston News Sports Writer
It was a big night for Clarkston Varsity Wrestling as they celebrated their six seniors and claimed the OAA Red League title with wins over Bloomfield Hills and Oxford, Jan. 18.
“We had a couple of big wins from people who picked up points when we needed them,” said senior Auggie Anderson, who not only finished the night with two wins but his pin over Oxford put him at his 100th victory. “Overall it was a great night. It was a fun night with senior night.”
“We wrestled really good as a team,” added senior Brady Vogt, who also finished the night, 2-0.
The Wolves sealed the league title in their second dual of the night with a 42-20 win over Oxford to go 6-0 in the OAA Red.

Auggie Anderson tops his night with his 100th win. Photo: Wendi Reardon Price

“It went well,” said Brian Gibbs, head coach for Clarkston. “They are a tough team. Drawing it up on paper, we honestly thought it would be a lot closer.”
Archer Anderson got the dual going with a major decision win over Dominic Benjamin in the 113-pound weight class.
Preston LeFevre (120) kept it going with a 19-4 technical fall with 26 seconds remaining in the third period in his match over Chase Beall.
Brady Vogt (126) and Nate Carter (132) grabbed the next wins. Vogt had a major decision over Koen Eberhard, 14-5; and Carter won his match over Niko Hatzigeorgiou, 11-6.
The Wildcats put four points on the board with a major decision win from Lukas Smith in the 138-pound weight class.
Auggie Anderson pinned Ryan Thompson near the end of the second period of his match in the 144-pound weight class for his milestone victory.
“I am happy for Auggie,” said Gibbs. “He has really stepped up. He is one of our captains this year. He has really stepped up as a leader in the room within the past month and it is really showing on the mat – his character and his work ethic.”
Oxford won the 150-pound weight class as Luke Johnson finished with a 9-4 decision over Cayden Strong.
“We put some match ups out there at 126 and 150 that our kids wanted to get back,” Gibbs said. “Cayden fell a little short at 150. It has been stinging him throughout the season a little bit losing to Luke. But hats off to Luke. He is a phenomenal athlete, a phenomenal wrestler. They brought it tonight, our guys. They proved they belong in state contention. Happy with how it went and happy with our guys and girls.”
The Wolves took four of the next seven matches. Ethan LeFevre (157) had a technical fall over Ian Barlow; Brock Trevino (190) with a void; Anthony Cach (215) over Devon Strimpel, 7-1; and Camden Neumann (285) with a fall over Dominic Fazzari, less than 30 seconds into the match.
Clarkston opened the night with a 53-15 win over Bloomfield Hills.
The Blackhawks took the first match of the night. Their lead was short as the Wolves took the next five matches beginning with Lillian Francy taking the 106-pound weight class with a void.
Archer Anderson (113) and Preston LeFevre (120) took the next two matches, both with 17-1 technical falls over their opponents.
Archer won his match over Chase Hawkins with 36 seconds remaining in the third period. Preston won his match over Chase Roumayah at the end of the second period.
Vogt (126) had a 9-0 major decision against Jaxon Foote and Carter (132) went 11-8 over Anthony Najjar.
The Wolves took three matches with falls with Auggie Anderson (144) over Ben Guettler with 43 seconds left in the second period; Strong (150) over Seven Hannah in a quick pin in 21 seconds into the match; and Cach (215) over Stevon White with 29 seconds left in the first period.
Ethan LeFevre (157) went 7-6 over Garret Jansen; and Ethan Zak (175) went 8-2 over Roman Kalaj. Trevino (190) won his match with a void.
Three Wolves competed on Friday at the Lady Falcons Wrestling Tournament. Paisley DeNault finished as champion in the 130-pound weight class. Francy (105) and Molly Labate (115) both finished in second place.
The Clarkston B Team finished in second place in Hudson on Friday. Ayden Mutter finished as champion in the 120-pound weight class. Eight more wrestlers finished in the top six.
The Wolves finished in third place in the Hudson Super 16 on Saturday. Preston LeFevre (113) and Auggie Anderson (138) finished as champions. Anderson also received 2023 Outstanding Wrestler Lower Weight Division after a win over Dundee’s two-time state champion. Vogt (120) finished in second place; Trevino (175), third; Archer Anderson (113), fourth; Carter (126), fifth; and Strong (144), fifth.
Clarkston head to duals at Detroit Catholic and South Lyon over the next few weeks before the post-season begins.
“A little bit slower back corner of the year, but our guys need it,” Gibbs said, adding the wrestlers are able to focus on technique, fine tune details and not worry about cutting weight.
Auggie and Vogt shared as Oxford was circled on the calendar so is their next focus.
“Hartland,” they both said in unison.
“We are coming for you,” Auggie said. “We are in a really good position right now. We are wrestling well. We are firing on all cylinders. There is only up for up for our team right now. All I have to say is look out – we are dangerous.”

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