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Wrestlers have success at the Tournament of Champions

The WLHS wrestling team traveled to West Virginia this past weekend to participate in the Tournament of Champions, a well-regarded National level tournament coined annually as "The Largest 1-day National tournament in the USA". Brackets are loaded with state champions and all-state wrestlers from around the country. 

On Saturday afternoon, Four Whitmore Lake wrestlers earned top-8 finishes in their respective weight classes.

Starting in the middle school age group at 108lbs, Cayden Bradburn rallied from an 8-0 deficit in his blood-round matchup to tie it up 8-8 and go to an overtime period, where he secured a takedown to earn a spot on the podium and place 8th in his first ever national level event.


In the Cadet division (HS Freshmen and Sophomores) we had three wrestlers place top 8, all at the 200lb weight class.


Carter Bradburn fought his way to the semifinals before losing to the eventual champion. He would rally his way back through the consolation bracket with a pinfall, and then a win over teammate Alex Kurth in the 3rd place match.

Alex Kurth, like Carter, cruised his way to the semifinals before falling to the top seed from Pennsylvania. He then battled through and won a close match in the consolation bracket to make the consolation finals, where he dropped a close match to Bradburn to place 4th.


Tristan Clay-Radcliffe rounds out our place winners at 200lbs, placing seventh. Tristan caught a tough draw, landing the eventual champ in the very first round. He ended up winning his way through the consolation bracket to eventually land himself in the 7th place matchup, sneaking out a 5-4 decision to earn the 7th spot on the podium.

On Sunday, Whitmore Lake combined with South Lyon & SL East HS to create the Lyon Lakes Wrestling Club. This was our first meet as a program, and we ended up competing with teams from across the country in a team format. Lyon Lakes WC ended up taking 1st place in the "local division" for teams, becoming the first-ever TOC HS Dual meet Champions!

There is never a wrong time to get started. If you have any interest in learning the sport and trying it out with no commitment, contact Coach Emery for practice details. Go Trojans!
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