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Multiple Teams · Derek Nicks takes to the mat today

Good luck to sophomore Derek Nicks as he begins his quest for a state title today at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  Derek is wrestling at 125lbs and will wrestle his only match of the day sometime around 4pm.

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Multiple Teams · 3 Cougar Grapplers Move on to Individual Regionals

The young cougar wrestling team’s season is at an end teamwise, as they finish the season 15-15.

The march for an individual state title moves on though.  3 wrestlers placed at Districts this past Saturday.  103lber Chase Schroder placed 4th, narrowly losing to the #1 seeded wrestler 4-3, and is now 33-9 on the season.  125lber Derek Nicks overcame his #6 seed placing 3rd, and defeating an athlete that he had previously lost twice to.  285lb Alejandro Ignacio overcame his #4 seed placing 3rd.  All of these athletes will compete next Saturday at Dalton Kellogg High School.  Good Luck and congratulations.

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Multiple Teams · GRCC Grapplers off to 9-0 start!

The young cougar wrestlers went into West Catholic on Wednesday night to compete in their 2nd OK Blue conference competition.  They came away with a decisive 67-11 win in front of a huge royal blue crowd of alumni, parents, and students.  The rowdy crowd fueled Lucas Johnson, who had the match of the night with a come from behind victory at 145 pounds.

GRCC quickly turned around and defeated North Pointe Christian 68-12 in the second dual of the night.  The Varsity is now 2-0 in the OK Blue, 9-0 overall, and take on Division 2 state ranked Sparta on January 3rd.

Have a great Christmas break!

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Multiple Teams · C.C. Wrestling team off to quick start

Losing 4 All-Stater’s, let alone 3 NCAA wrestlers would usually be catastrophic to a program.  So far this young cougars wrestling team, which has 35 athletes on it, has rolled along to a 7-0 record.  In the opening team tournament at Calvin Christian, the varsity won the championship with final scores of:

CC 52- Montague 28, CC 66- Wyoming 18, CC 57- Northview 24, CC 60- Unity Christian 24, CC 45- Plainwell 33.

Wednesday night the cougars traveled to Godwin Heights to open OK Blue competition.   CC defeated Spring Lake 72-6, and Godwin Heights 72-0.  This week the JV team head to Rockford, with the Varsity competing at Davenport University in the Kent County Classic.  Next Wednesday the team travels to West Catholic.  That meet starts at 5pm.  Please travel to the west side next Wednesday to cheer on your Varsity wrestlers.

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Cougars News · Catholic Central Equestrian Team holds up against stiff competition

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A young CC E-Team has been making quite an impact on District 16 of the Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (MIHA) competition. The team consisting of sophomores Michaela Patrick, Ryann Russo, Grace Strong, Allie Ouendag and freshman Ben Kortz has contributed their individual riding skills to finish a respectable 3rd place in their division this past Saturday.  Each rider contributed points (in Western, Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, and speed events) showing off their accomplished riding skills for an impressive finish in the second of three meets this fall.   District 16 is one of the most equestrian competitive in the West Michigan area however, the CC team placed in every event they entered!  The next meet is Saturday, September 24th at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds – 5235 Park Ave, Hudsonville, MI 49426.  This will be an all-day event starting at 8am.  Come out and support these riders and watch some impressive horsemanship!

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Multiple Teams · Fall 2016 Team Fan Gear Available to order!

Orders due by August 24, 2016

Delivery on/around September 12, 2016 (You will be emailed when ready for pick up)

The Cougar Gear Spirit Shop sells generic CC apparel only. For many reasons, we are not able to keep team-specific apparel in inventory. To fill this need we offer Team Fan Gear once per year for each sport.

All proceeds go back to athletics and help support all athletic programs. This is an ongoing fundraiser each and every year.

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These purchases are optional. They are perfect for any fans – mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles… even for players! These are for anybody who wish to purchase sport-specific apparel.

Questions? Email

Thank you for your ongoing support of Cougar athletics!


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Cougars News · Volunteers to help Cougar Gear!

Meet new people and have some fun by signing up to work one of our Cougar Gear sales! Shifts are in one-hour increments. Sign up for as many or as few as you’d like. CC Students are welcome (and will receive service hour credit — just bring your form!)

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Cougars News · DO NOT MISS! CC Cougar Gear Sale Weds May 25 from 4pm to 8pm

CC Cougar Gear is holding it’s last scheduled sale of the year tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25th from 4pm to 8pm in the gym lobby. We accept cash, check and credit card. This is the last sale we have scheduled until the end of August so you do not want to miss this!

You can still order online between sales at

Any inquiries, please contact

Get your family stocked up and ready for next school year! GO COUGARS!

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Multiple Teams · Grand Rapids Wrestling Academy, Spring and Summer Sessions Available

Spread the Word…  Coach Kyle Waldo (4X High School State Champion, NCAA wrestler at CMU & Nebraska), will be starting the GRWA club spring session on April 5th.

The spring session is already filling up fast.  Please click the “Grand Rapids Wrestling Academy” link below for more information on how to join.

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Multiple Teams · Nationally-Ranked Wrestlers, State Champs Set to Clash in New York vs. Michigan All-Star Dual


Foster and Devin at State 2016

It’s almost time for the “Battle in New York – New York vs. Michigan” Dual on Saturday, March 12 at 4 p.m. There will be clashes of nationally-ranked competitors and both teams have double digit state champions in their lineups.

The event, which will take place during the NYWAY State championships at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College, will stream live on trackcast.

Matches will be three, two-minute periods with full overtime rules. Exhibition bouts will come first before the dual starts at 145 pounds.

All participants will receive reimbursement to the 2016 FloNationals or NUWAY Nationals, as well as a dual specific singlet, shorts and t-shirt.

In addition, the wrestlers will be part of a star-studded training camp at Cornell University on Sunday, March 13, hosted by the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club.

For more on the matchups, read on below:


The lineups were provided to us as of Tuesday afternoon & are subject to change.

*All information on achievements by Michigan wrestlers prior to this year comes from the Grade Rankings page


Greg Diakomihalis (Hilton – NY State Champ) vs. Trevor Giallombardo (Gaylord – MI Placer at 112)

Diakomihalis won the 99 pound state title in Division 1 as an eighth grader this season for the NYS championship tournament team, Hilton. He’ll take on Giallombardo, who made the podium at the Division 2 state tournament in Michigan this year at 112 pounds.


Tommy Cox (Deer Park – NY State Champ) vs. Dylan Wilkins (Sparta – MI State Placer at 119)

Cox, who is currently ranked sixth nationally by Intermat, earned his first state title as a senior after finishing third last season. The NHSCA National champion will compete next year for North Carolina State. He’ll face Sparta’s Dylan Wilkins, a wrestler who has twice placed fourth at the Michigan championships, including this year at 119 pounds in Division 2.


Anthony Sparacio (North Babylon – NY State Champ) vs. Devin Schroder (Grand Rapids – Catholic Central – 3x MI State Champ)

Sparacio ended his high school career with an undefeated season at 120 pounds, winning the first state championship for North Babylon High School. The future LIU Post wrestler will square off with Purdue recruit Devin Schroder, a three-time Michigan titlewinner and four-time finalist, who is currently ranked ninth in the nation by Intermat.


Jacori Teemer (Long Beach – 3x NY State Champ) vs. Ian Parker (St. Johns – 2x MI Champ)

This match features a pair of nationally-ranked competitors with multiple state titles. Teemer, a sophomore, captured his third straight NYS championship this year in an undefeated campaign. Parker, who is headed to Iowa State, finished his high school career by taking first place in Division 2 for the second straight year. He also took second and third as a freshman and sophomore. Teemer sits at #15 according to Intermat at 126 pounds, while Parker is #14 at 138 on that website.


Audey Ashkar (Liverpool – NYS 3rd) vs. Nate Ellis (Goodrich – MI State Champ)

Ashkar, a multiple time state qualifier, defeated several All-State wrestlers during his senior campaign. He took third in the Division 1 NYS tournament, with his only loss against three-time champ Vito Arujau, who is ranked second nationally. Ashkar’s opponent, Ellis, is a three-time Michigan state medalist who capped off his high school career with a 135 pound state crown in Division 2.


Yianni Diakomihalis (Hilton – 4x NY State Champ) vs. Kanen Storr (Leslie – 3x MI State Champ)

Diakomihalis is currently the top-ranked 138 pounder in the country, with Storr also high in the national polls at #6 at 145 pounds, according to Intermat. The two met in the finals of the Journeyman Classic last fall, with Diakomihalis coming out on top by pin. After highly successful seasons for both, they are set to battle again. Diakomhalis is a four-time state titlewinner and Cadet World Champion, while Storr, an Iowa State recruit, made the Michigan state finals four times, with three titles, including at 145 pounds last weekend.


Troy Keller (North Tonawanda – NY State Runner Up) vs. Austin Melton (DeWitt – Multi-Time MI State Champ)

Keller had a spectacular senior year, entering the state tournament undefeated. He went on to beat the #2 seed and advanced to the finals where he took second place behind two-time state champ Frankie Gissendanner. He’ll take on Melton, who was the Division 2 145-pound champion in Michigan this year after finishes of first and second in his previous two campaigns.


Kobe Garrehy (Maine-Endwell – NY State Champ) vs. Steven Garza (New Lothrop – 2x MI State Champ)

Garrehy made a statement with a championship performance at the Eastern States Classic, beating eventual Division 1 state titlewinner Ryan Ferro as well as the large school third and fourth placers. At the NYS tournament, he completed his undefeated senior campaign, topping five-time state medalist Dakota Gardner for gold. Garrehy will look to keep his winning streak alive against Garza, a four-time state placewinner in Michigan. Garza took fourth and fifth as a freshman and sophomore before finishing with a pair of titles, including at 152 in Division 4 in 2016.


Cameron Swick (Roy-Hart – NY State Champ) vs. Foster Karmon (Grand Rapids – Catholic Central – 3x MI State Champ)

Swick missed much of his junior year but made his senior season count, going undefeated and winning the Division 2 state title at 160 pounds after besting the top two seeds. He will face off with a wrestler who will be spending a lot of his time in New York in the future – as Karmon has committed to Cornell. Karmon took third place as a ninth grader and then won state championships his final three seasons, including at 160 pounds as a senior.


Nunzio Crowley (Eastchester – NY State 3rd in 2016) vs. Nate Vandermeer (Clarkston – MI Runner Up in 2016)

Crowley is a two-time New York State placewinner, who finished fifth at 170 pounds in 2015 as a junior. This year, he notched third at the same weight, with his only loss at the NYS tournament coming in a one-point match against two-time state champ Louie DePrez. His opponent, Vandermeer, racked up a 47-6 record this year on the way to the state finals in Division 1 at 160 pounds where he took second place in an overtime bout.


Jake Peru (Falconer – NY State Champ) vs. Max Dean (Lowell – 2x MI State Champ)

Peru had a breakout season, going unbeaten against New York opponents with more than 30 pins on the way to the Division 2 state championship at 182 pounds. He’ll meet Cornell recruit Dean, who placed sixth as a freshman, won a state title as a sophomore and then missed his junior season with an injury. However, the nationally-ranked wrestler (#10 at 182, according to Intermat) returned as a senior and was dominant on the way to the Division 2 championship at 189 pounds.


Jack Buell (Sherburne-Earlville – NY State Champ) vs. Landon Pelham (Tecumseh – MI State Champ)

West Point-bound Jack Buell notched his first state title as a senior at 195 pounds after grabbing third as a junior. He went unbeaten against New York foes, avenging his only loss (to Virginia’s Jonathan Aiello) at the Eastern States. Pelham made the medal stand all four years of his high school career before capping it off with a Division 2 championship at 215 pounds last weekend. He is ranked sixth in the country by Intermat at 220.


Ricardo Dawkins (General Brown – NY State Champ) vs. Quintin Wilber (Montrose – MI State Champ) 

Ricardo Dawkins went from fifth at 195 pounds as an 11th grader to the top of the podium at 220 as a senior for General Brown. He’ll meet another champion, Quintin Wilber, a three-time placer in Michigan, who won it all in Division 3 at 215 pounds this year.


Edwin Rubio (John Glenn – NY State Champ) vs. Dan Perry (Lapeer – MI State Champ)

Rubio, a University of Virginia recruit, made the state finals for the second consecutive year. After losing in overtime as a junior, he came out on top in the ultimate tiebreaker this time to end his career on a high note. He will take on future Michigan Wolverine Perry, a three-time state placer who won a state title as a junior before nabbing third this year. The two heavyweights are back-to-back in the Intermat rankings, with Perry ninth and Rubio tenth.


Exhibition matches are planned before the main event starts. At 138 pounds, three-time NYS placer Parker Kropman of Penfield (third this year) is set to take on Cody Orcutt of Michigan.  TD Ierlan of Victor, a two-time state medalist who notched bronze this year in New York, is expected to take the mat at 160. Opponent information will be posted when available.

The event is sponsored by New York Wrestling News and powered by NYWAY.


2 p.m. Check weigh-in

2:15 p.m. Gear hand out; interview and pictures

3:15 p.m. Warm-up

4 p.m Battle of NY Dual starts!

So …. who will it be – New York or Michigan?