As predicted the competition was fierce for the 11th annual Oakland County Middle School Championships. It became apparent early on that this was going to be a two-team race between the Wildcats and the South Lyon Unified team (although Clarkston Unified also stayed in the race for a while). The boys really supported each other all day. We had many highs and lows, but as we usually do, the Wildcats stayed the course and were able to keep closing the gap. (At one point, we were behind by more than 60 points). We had talked to the boys on Friday that this meet would probably come down to the consolation brackets and guys battling back and earning valuable placement points.
"I don't want to put it all on one guy because that is clearly not the case, but going into our LAST WILDCAT WRESTLER to compete (Ryan Bauer at 189lbs), we were down by 1 point! We needed Ryan to win! He knew this and he pinned his opponent to seal the victory. The Wildcats became the first-ever 3-Peat champions! In 11 years, the Wildcats have won the County Title 6 times." - Head Middle School Wrestling Coach Jack Beall
Special thanks to Coach Benjamin for helping keep the boys organized and to my great staff (Barnes, Eberhard, Johnson, Travis) for all jumping in and coaching the boys up.
This was without a doubt the deepest and most competitive OC Championship I have witnessed, in terms of competition.
We want to make a special note of our 7 finalists and our 4 champs! These guys scored MAJOR advancement points by making the finals and really helped us close the gap and surpass the South Lyon squad. We simply couldn't have won without their achievement
105-Lukas Smith (Champ)
120-Judah Winkelman (Champ)
152-Marco Vackaro (Champ)
171-Tate Myre (Champ)
Also- A shout out to our other "All-County" performers!
85- RJ Clark- 3rd
90- Niko Hatzigeorgiou – 3rd
95- Luke Johnson – 3rd
110 – Eli Tabert – 3rd
115 – Jack Murray – 4th
189 – Ryan Bauer – 3rd