ClawsonFebruary 12, 2014
Clawson High and Royal Oak High wrestling find mixed results in district action
By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer
The streak continued for Clawson High wrestling.
The Trojans won their fourth straight district championship, beating Madison Heights Madison and Harper Woods High in the process Feb. 5 at home for the Division 3 title.
Up next, Clawson takes on Capac High Feb. 12 at Richmond High in a regional semifinal.
In the individual district, Clawson will send five wrestlers to the regional level Feb. 15 at Richmond.
In D-1, Royal Oak High saw its season come to a close. The Ravens lost to Dearborn Fordson 48-33
Feb. 5 at home in a district semifinal. Fordson went on to beat Warren Mott 54-21 for the title.
Royal Oak coach Scott Welborn knew beating Fordson would be tough with the voids in his lineup, but was impressed with his grapplers.
“My guys wrestled well. The unfortunate thing is we gave up 36 points in voids. If we had a full lineup, we’d be district champs, no doubt,” he said.
In the six matches that were wrestled, Royal Oak won four of them.
“I think we came a long way as a group,” Welborn said. “We’re pretty young, and the young guys had some success, which is nice. I think we did a good job overall, but it’s tough when you have a small group to see the success that you want to see.”
Welborn credited is seniors for the leadership that they brought to the wrestling room each day.
“All of those seniors did a heck of a job for us over the time they were with us in the program. Every one of them went from not a lot of wins as a freshman to a lot of wins as a senior. It’s a testament to them working hard, and it showed the young guys how to do it.”
The season continues for junior Lee Hewson, who finished fourth at 112 pounds in the individual district tournament Feb. 8 at Birmingham Groves. He now heads to Woodhaven High Feb. 15 for regional action.
“Lee is very intuitive on the mat. He’s a smart wrestler, takes what the other guys give him and takes advantage of that,” Welborn said. “He also has a great ability to go at a pace that other guys can’t keep up. So often times, he’ll be going just as hard in the third period as he did in the first and the other guy lags behind.”
For more on the Ravens and Trojans at the regional level, see next week’s paper.