Canton — Detroit Catholic Central’s wrestling team kept rolling Wednesday night, earning a Division 1 regional title with wins over host Salem, 70-3, and Dearborn Fordson, 71-6.
C.C. coach Mitch Hancock said he was happy with his top-ranked team’s showing.
“I thought our guys performed well tonight,” he said. “They got after bonus points, which we like to see. They were aggressive. I think they did a real nice job.”
That aggressiveness led to 10 pins out of 14 matches in the regional final against Fordson.
“We got out and we attacked pins more,” C.C. junior Jackson Ross said. “Last week in the matchups, I don’t think we attacked pins as well and this week we did a good job about that. Once kids were on their backs, we held them there.”
C.C.’s first pin came from Ross in the final’s opening match when he took down Fordson’s Khalil Makki at 215 pounds.
“I’ve wrestled that kid before,” Ross said. “I just wanted to get out and get some points.”
Seemingly the only blemish for C.C. (15-5) came at 140 pounds.
Salem’s Bruce Haslitt beat C.C.’s Aiden Wagh in an 11-6 decision in the regional semifinal and Fordson’s Abe Ajami pinned Joe McGrath with 53.7 seconds left in the first period.
“That kid’s a returning state champion,” Hancock said of Ajami. “He’s no joke. I was happy with how (McGrath) wrestled for the first period. Giving up a fall, we can’t do that in the team state final. If we want to win a team state title, we have to get pins and limit pins.”
Fordson assistant coach Mohammed Beydoun said the expectation the coaching staff had for the team was simple.
“We know C.C. is a very tough team,” he said. “We strive to be like them one day. We knew they were going to be pretty tough so all we asked of our kids was to go out there and wrestle tough, make it hard for them. If they were going to beat us, go out there and make them earn the victory. Our kids did that.”
Beydoun said Fordson has a lot to build from heading into next season. It is losing only one wrestler — Ajami — to graduation. The majority of the team, he said, consists of underclassmen.
“We’re really looking forward to the future,” Beydoun said. “We’re very optimistic.”
Fordson beat Livonia Franklin, 45-18, in its regional semifinal match.
Detroit Cass Tech 70, St. Clair Shores South Lake 47: Rodman Allen had 16 points, Darwin Hubbard and Randy Gilbert each scored 12 and Michael Green had 10 for Cass Tech (10-8). Lamar Morgan and Nate Jordan scored 14 apiece for South Lake (13-4).
Detroit Jalen Rose Academy 72, Dearborn Henry Ford 43: Johnny Russell Jr. scored 15 and Cadiefeye Williams had 14 for Jalen Rose (10-4). Alex Slesinski scored 12 for Henry Ford.
Detroit University Prep 53, Southfield Bradford Academy 42: Terrance Bowens had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Colyn Waldron had 13 points and five steals, and E.J. Haralson scored 10 for University Prep (15-2). Tyrone Robinson scored 13 for Bradford (13-5).
Harper Woods Chandler Park 68, Warren Michigan Collegiate 65 (OT): Jalen Martin had 36 points and 12 rebounds, and Marquez Steele scored 10 for Chandler Park (14-3, 9-0 Charter). Damon Osley scored 14 for Michigan Collegiate.
Taylor Kennedy 49, Taylor Truman 48: Maceo Anderson had 21 points for Kennedy (13-4, 11-2 Downriver). Keilan Favors scored 13 for Truman (4-11, 2-11).
Clarkston Everest Collegiate 34, Austin Catholic Academy 20: Isabella Ebbert had seven points for Everest Collegiate (3-14).
Farmington Hills Mercy 45, Livonia Ladywood 28: Katie Coe scored 10 as Mercy (14-4) won a Catholic League A-B semifinal. Alaxandra Audia scored 12 for Ladywood (6-10). Mercy will play Birmingham Marian in the final.
Waterford Mott 36, Brighton 32 (OT): Myra Williams scored 10 for Mott (12-5). Brighton is 10-7.
Al Willman is a freelance writer; News staff contributed.