Wrestling Beats Dakota; Clinches MAC Red Title

Wrestling Beats Dakota; Clinches MAC Red Title

By Jim Evans from MI Prep Zone- http://www.miprepzone.com/macomb/results.asp?ID=11432
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Photo by David Dalton

From combatants to teammates.

From the Hatfields versus the McCoys to one big happy family.

Thus is this unique week in Macomb County high school wrestling.

On Thursday at Chippewa Valley, Anchor Bay flexed its muscles and ripped through Dakota and the host Big Reds on its way to clinching another MAC Red Division championship.

Two days later, on Saturday at Oxford High School, Anchor Bay and Dakota will two of the five teams from Macomb County that will be matched up against some of the best from Oakland County. It is called the Macomb-Oakland Duals.

"Saturday will be neat," said Jim Morisette, the Anchor Bay coach. "Here we have been banging against each other on the east side. Last week it was Warren Woods-Tower and tonight it is Dakota. On Saturday, it will be like we are all one big team.

"It used to be that Oakland County was the best," continued Morisette. "That is not the way it is anymore. But we'll have some tough matches on Saturday that is for sure. Oxford will be waiting for all of us with all they have. We barely got past Clarkston earlier this year and they will be there."

Oxford is the seventh ranked Division 1 team in the state.

The other Oakland County teams are Ortonville-Brandon, Rochester and Waterford Kettering.

Joining Anchor Bay and Dakota at Oxford High are Richmond, Fraser and Warren Woods-Tower.

"We were all chosen to represent Macomb County and we take that seriously," said Ed Skowneski, the Dakota coach.

The Anchor Bay wrestling program seems to take all of its matches seriously. After going down 9-0 in Thursday's dual meet against Dakota, the Tars won the next six matches and four of those victories came via pin.

Anchor Bay wound up defeating Dakota 44-21 even though the Tars voided a weight class. Later in the night, they defeated Chippewa Valley 50-12.

It was the second MAC Red championship in as many seasons for Anchor Bay.

"This is my favorite MAC Red title," said Morisette. "To have three highly ranked state teams in the division says plenty about how tough the competition is. I've been biting my nails all season long."

Dakota is ranked ninth in the state in Division 1 and Warren Woods-Tower is sixth in Division 2. Coach Morisette's squad is seventh in the state in Division 1. Eisenhower, which competes in the MAC White, is 10th in the state in Division 1.

"We just have some really solid kids who wrestle for the team and not themselves. Our kids don't mind if we have to move them around to different weight classes. They do it for the team. The individual stuff will come later," said Morisette.