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Shamrocks Celebrate Back-to-Back MHSAA D1 State Championships With Assembly

On Tuesday, February 27, 2024, Catholic Central celebrated the wrestling team’s 41-12 victory over the Hartland Eagles and subsequent back-to-back MHSAA D1 State Championship with a spirit day and school-wide assembly.  

More information about the winning match from the wrestling staff can be found below: 

Shamrocks Down Eagles 41-12 to Win Back-to-Back MHSAA D1 State Championships 

Coach Hancock’s Shamrocks claimed their second straight Division 1 title on Saturday, defeating Hartland 41-12 in a rematch of the 2023 Final at Wings Event Center. It was the sixth title in the last eight years for the Shamrocks and the 10th state championship since 2010.  

“I’m proud of our young men and the focus and vision they displayed throughout the season.  They kept the main thing the main thing. Our guys were tried and challenged throughout the season and you saw that pay-off this evening. They were fantastic and the effort was impressive. They wrestled like champions,” said Coach Hancock.  

The Shamrocks handled the Eagles winning 10/14 matches, six by bonus points. Leading the way for the number one-ranked Shamrocks were returning state champions Connor Bercume, Wyatt Lees, and Darius Marines. Bercume pinned Evan Brown in 1:56 at 215 pounds; Wyatt Lees earned a pin at 113 pounds over Jake Gillespie in 3:06; and Darius Marines major number 2 ranked Vinney Abbey 17-7 at 165 pounds.  

Also earning bonus point wins were freshman Mack Moscovic, who earned a tech fall 23-8 at 120lbs, senior Mason Stewart, who handled Eaton Culver 17-6 at 144 pounds, and Lee Krueger, who earned an 18-6 major at 190 pounds. Ben Eziuka and Ryan Totten sealed the dual at heavyweight and 106 pounds, both earning dominant wins over regional champs Jacob Pretzel and Braydon Tougas, while freshman Cadon Krueger had a huge win at 157 pounds over Joseph Cappallano 8-4. Simon Dominguez knocked off Ty Biggert 6-3 at 126 pounds.  

“It was a complete team effort all weekend,” said Hancock. The Shamrocks failed to surrender a bonus point throughout the tourney. “Our guys are tough and recognize the importance of bonus points in a dual.”  

The Shamrocks finished the season with a 26-2 record, with losses coming to St. Ed’s and Lake Highland Prep, and ranked 25th in the country. “The credit goes to our athletes and our coaching staff. We have an incredibly dedicated staff that is very unselfish and committed to helping our young men accomplish their goals.”  

The Shamrocks return to action this weekend as 14 wrestlers will compete for Individual State titles at Ford Field. The action gets underway on Friday. Click here for more information.  

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