2010-03-18 / Sports

Former Cardinal soars with Chips

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MOUNT PLEASANT — After competing unattached last season as a true freshman, 2008 Davison grad Justin McDermitt has turned his high school athletic accomplishments into a vehicle to higher education with the wrestling team at Central Michigan University. Not one to sit back and watch, McDermitt showed himself as a force to be reckoned with at the Nov. 7 Eastern Michigan University Open in Ypsilanti, advancing to the quarterfinals with a win over former teammate Cody Hier of EMU, 12-4, and Cleveland State University’s Tyler Young, 7-4, before falling to Northwestern’s Andrew Nadhir, 3-2.

McDermitt also managed to get in on the action for CMU at the Jan. 9 National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, losing to the Wildcats’ 17th-ranked Nadhir, 12-4, 18th-ranked Mario Mason of Minnesota, 19-8, and Wisconsin’s second ranked Kyle Ruschell, 16-0. The 149 lber. did get his shot at revenge, though, beating EMU’s David Piennar, 6-4, Jan. 21.

All things considered, McDermitt didn’t have an easy road this season, as CMU ended the regular season as the sixth-ranked team in the nation before beating No. 20 Kent State for the Mid American Conference title, 21-13, Feb. 21. This year’s Chippewas wrestling team is also the first in MAC history to qualify all 10 starters for the National Collegiate Athletic Association championships, which takes place at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska starting today.

Last season, McDermitt placed second at the Laker Open and third at the EMU Open. In his time at Davison, he placed in the top three at the state finals on three separate occasions, winning a Div. 1, 140 lb. state tile as a senior after placing second as a sophomore to end his prep career at 157-32. — M.S.

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