Adams Matmen Top Lake Orion to End 10-year District Drought

LAKE ORION — The last time Rochester Adams won a district title in wrestling, Mike Holtz was a freshman in college.  The current Highlanders head coach was part of some of Adams’ all-star teams in the late 90s and graduated from Adams in 2000. The Highlanders won a district championship in 2001, the last year for Hall of Fame coach Pat Milkovich at the school

The Highlanders went through some lean years throughout much of the 2000s, but have seen new life under the coaching of Holtz and staff. Those four years of hard work culminated with a 34-22 win over host Lake Orion Thursday, which gave the Highlanders their first district in 10 years.

The Highlanders, 24-4 on the year, will advance to the Division 1 regional semifinals next Wednesday at Hartland against the state powerhouse Eagles. Two wins separate Adams from making a trip west to Battle Creek for the state quarterfinals.

“It’s been a long time,” smiled Holtz, who was a member of Adams’ state championship team in 1999. “It’s nice to see all of the work put in by the staff and the wrestlers, the parents, it takes the whole community. It was a total team ewffort.”

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