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Jason Schmitt is the editor of, the high school sports website for The Oakland Press. He has served as the sports editor for a number of newspapers, including the Daily Tribune in Royal Oak and the Macomb Daily in Mount Clemens. In his time in the industry, he has covered every high school sport and has served a a beat writer for boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis, hockey, wrestling, bowling and cross country.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Catholic Central's Super Dual schedule for tomorrow

There are very few, if any, team wrestling tournaments in Michigan with as much talent as Saturday's Detroit Catholic Central Super Duals. The host Shamrocks, ranked No. 1 in Division 1, welcome in a loaded field for the tournament.
Among the participating teams are St. Johns, which is ranked No. 1 in Division 2, and No. 3 in the country, Richmond (No. 1 in Division 3), Dundee (No. 2 in Division 3), Temperance Bedford (No. 6 in Division 1), Clarkston (No. 10 in Division 1) and Solon (OH).
St. Johns boasts a star-studded lineup which includes nationally-ranked wrestlers Taylor Massa (No. 1 at 170 pounds), Ben Whitford (No. 2 at 145), Zac Hall (No. 14 at 113) and Jordan Wohlfert (No. 20 at 160), according to InterMat Wrestling. All four are ranked No. 1 overall at their weights among all divisions in Michigan, according to The Redwings also have seven other wrestlers ranked in the Top-10 at their weight classes, including Jacob Schmitt (125) and Brant Schafer (135), who are also ranked No. 1 like their teammates.
Catholic Central, led by senior Alec Mooradian, who is ranked No. 19 nationally at 145 pounds, will square off against St. Johns in Round 2. That will be the premiere match among a number of premiere matches on the day. It's expected to begin around 11:45 a.m.. Along with Mooradian, who is ranked No. 2 overall at 152 pounds, the Shamrocks also have six other wrestlers in the Top-10, including Trevor Zdebski (103), Ken Bade (125), Logan Marcicki (145) and Drew Garcia (171), who are all ranked No. 2 among all divisions.
There are a handful of tremendous individual matchups between these two teams, highlighted by perhaps Bade and Schmitt at 125, a matchup of Nos. 1 and 2 in the state. Marcicki, either at 140 (vs. No. 4-ranked Josh Pennell) or at 145 (vs. Whitford) would also provide a great match.
Same goes for Mooradian (vs. Travis Curley, No. 3 at 152), Garcia (vs. either Wohlfert or Massa) and CC's Kevin Beazley, ranked No. 5 at 189, vs. Payne Hayden (No. 6).
This is the unofficial state championship match - because both teams will go their separate ways in the state tournament - so there is a lot of pride on the line. Both are loaded and deep, but the Redwings have a little more "star power" and I feel will back up last year's 29-25 win over the Shamrocks at this same tournament with an even-more impressive victory on Saturday.
MY PREDICTION: St. Johns 31, CC 23

The tournament schedule is as follows:

ROUND 1 (at 10 a.m.)
Solon (OH) vs. St. Johns
Catholic Central vs. Temperance Bedford
Richmond vs. Clarkston
Dundee (bye)

ROUND 2 (approximately 11:45 a.m.)
Solon (OH) vs. Temperance Bedford
Catholic Central vs. St. Johns
Richmond vs. Dundee
Clarkston (bye)

ROUND 3 (approximately 1:30 p.m.)
Temperance Bedford vs. Richmond
Catholic Central vs. Solon (OH)
Clarkston vs. Dundee
St. Johns (bye)

ROUND 4 (approximately 3:15 p.m.)
Clarkston vs. Temperance Bedford
Catholic Central vs. Richmond
St. Johns vs. Dundee
Solon (OH) (bye)

ROUND 5 (approximately 5 p.m.)
Solon (OH) vs. Dundee
St. Johns vs. Clarkston
CC, Richmond, Temperance Bedford (byes)


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