Go Captains! Kettering Wrestling

Macomb/Oakland Duals Results
Macomb County pulled out a squeaker at Waterford Kettering to win the Gold Site title. Leading the way was Richmond, going 4-1. Romeo contributed with a 3-2 effort while Anchor Bay, L'Anse Creuse, and Roseville each added two wins apiece. On the other side of the ledger Oxford and Holly led the charge for Oakland County with each going 5-0 and 4-1 respectively. Clarkston, owing to some injury and eligibility issues, was 2-3. Lake Orion struggled until the end winning their final dual to end up 1-4 on the day. Rochester Adams came into the day shorthanded and got a little more shorthanded as the day went on ending up winless.
The Silver Site was a runaway from the beginning. Three Oakland teams, Kettering, Rochester, and Avondale, all went 5-0 on the day. The only losses came via Hazel Park and West Bloomfield. Both teams lost to Chippewa Valley, while the Lakers added a loss to Warren Woods Tower. Rochester on the strength of their dominating 5-0 day was named most outstanding team.

Saturday, December 5th, the entire Kettering team took to Grand Blanc to participate in the Grand Blanc Invitational featuring notable teams like Saginaw Swan Valley, Davison, and fellow KLAA teams from Livonia Stevenson, Northville, and Mott. "B" teams for Howell and Hartland were also in attendance. This tournament featured varsity and JV tournaments running concurrently. As such, everyone was able to get in on the action.

Both tournaments awarded medals out to sixth place, and the Captains didn't miss out on much of the action. Numerous medals were won by the junior varsity. The varsity also took their share. Ten wrestlers took home awards. Notable among them were Jesse Vance, who worked his way through the 215 pound chart with three pins. Chad Piotrovsky earned his way to the final but unfortunately lost to Jared Flores of Swan Valley who is ranked #5 in Division 3. Brandon Welch also showed that his hard work is paying off by dominating his opponent from Livonia Stevenson in their semifinal but falling short in the final.

Overall, the varsity took fourth place finishing behind only 7.5 points behind Davison (3rd), KLAA rival Northville(2nd), and dominant Swan Valley (1st).

The season got off to a mixed start Wednesday night at Kettering. Kettering wrestled Holly and Brandon at the annual season opening quad that also includes Birmingham Groves. Kettering started the night against Brandon. The match was won easily by the score of 51-15. Luke Reno, Jesse Vance, John Williams, and Brandon Welch contributed to the cause with pins.

The second dual of the night saw Kettering on the opposite end of the win/loss spectrum. The Captains were soundly beaten by Holly 56-18. The lone bright spots for the Captains were Luke Reno, Jesse Vance, and Chad Piotrovsky each scoring pins.

Check out the results page for match by match scores.

The season's started. Practice is in full swing. The seniors are polishing technique while the freshman are learning the moves. Next week's scrimmage at Lake Orion will provide a good measuring stick of where everyone sits and what needs improvement. Then just four short days after that, the first dual meet of the season takes place at Kettering. The annual quad with Holly, Brandon, and Birmingham Groves takes place. Then it's on! Everything after that is working toward getting to the Palace. Measuring oneself against the competition and figuring out what needs to improve, what it takes to beat the other guy, what works for the wrestler himself, and how much harder the wrestler needs to push himself.