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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.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Super Duals truly a superior event

There were times on Saturday where even Catholic Central's wrestling team - which I consider clearly the best Division 1 team in the state - seemed starstruck. Someone in the gym told me the Shamrocks were a little flat.
Can you blame them? The Detroit Catholic Central Super Duals proved to be by far the best collection of talented teams I've ever seen in one place. Mind you, I don't travel across the country looking for big-time wrestling tournaments. But this one had to be up there, at least among 10-team tournaments.
St. Ed's (OH), the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, finished a perfect 4-0 - and it wrestled all the best teams there Saturday. No. 12 St. Johns was 3-1, with its signature win coming against No. 7 ranked Montini (IL), which was 2-2. Montini was 2-2 with big wins over CC and Davison, and a narrow loss to St. Ed's.
The hosts finished 3-2, falling to St. Ed's and Montini. The Shamrocks beat Dundee, Hudson and Temperance Bedford. One of the two best teams in Michigan - along with St. Johns - Catholic Central was exposed a bit against St. Ed's and Montini. But what do you expect? These are two of the top-seven teams in the country.
CC's Ken Bade and St. Ed's Dean Heil Saturday.
The tournament featured 15 nationally-ranked wrestlers and a slew of others who are among the best in Michigan. St. Johns and St. Ed's had five each. Catholic Central's Ken Bade (#14 at 126) and Drew Garcia (#16 at 170) were in that mix. One of the more anticipated matches of the day involved Bade, who fell to St. Ed's No. 2-ranked Dean Heil. It was fun watching one of the best wrestlers in all of Michigan - and a really tough kid - face a talent like Heil.
At the end of the day, each of the three Oakland County teams that competed Saturday will be much more prepared moving forward this season. Catholic Central won't see this much talent again this season. The same can be said for Rochester (1-3) and Clarkston (0-3). Neither faced St. Ed's, St. Johns, Montini or Catholic Central, but did face the Dundees, the Hudsons and Bedfords, which are elite teams in-state. They'll need to use this experience to help prepare them for the postseason, where they'll inevitably run into the Oxfords and Hartlands in Division 1.


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