January 17, 2013Grosse Pointe North’s wrestling team split its Macomb Area Conference Gold Division openers last week.
The Norsemen beat Warren Fitzgerald and lost to Clawson to sit at 1-1 in the division.
“We have a much better feel for the team this year than we did a year ago,” said second-year head coach Eric Julien. “The veterans are doing a good job and our younger guys are learning a lot and working hard.”
Ja’Ron Nelson, 119-pound class; Paul Menth, 145 pounds; Andrew Lock, 152 pounds; and Adam Roach, 171 pounds; each won both matches to lead the Norsemen.
Julien had a shot to win both dual matches, but he was without a couple of regulars in the lineup.
Last weekend North hosted its annual Norsemen Classic and finished 3-2 (fifth place out of 10).
“We finished a lot higher this year than last season,” Julien said. “I like our attitude and work ethic. It is paying off.”
The Norsemen beat Ferndale, Eastpointe East Detroit and Romulus, and lost to Utica Eisenhower and tournament champ Walled Lake Central.
Lock, Menth, Roach, Mike Bennett, Mike Bowden and each won 4-of-5 matches wrestled on the day.
Grosse Pointe North improved to 6-7 on the season.