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Monday, February 25, 2013

Ultimate redemption story

For the second time in three years, the Division 1 state wrestling finals came down to the final match on Saturday in Battle Creek. And also for the second time in three years, the last wrestler to take the mat for Novi Detroit Catholic Central was Evan Toth. Two years ago as a freshman, Toth took to the mat with Catholic Central holding a two-point lead over Oxford, but ended up losing a decision that gave Oxford a one-point win and the state title. Can you imagine what Toth was feeling when he once again was put in that position this past Saturday against Davison and Catholic Central trailing the match, 26-23? Kosmo isn't sure, but he also can't imagine what Toth was feeling when he was down 9-2 and it appeared as if for the second time in his high school career he would lose the final match that decided a state title. But in a brilliant maneuver (Kosmo saw the highlights in his cave), Toth took the Davison wrestler down to the mat with his arm, put him in a headlock and pinned him to complete an incredible comeback and give Catholic Central a 29-26 victory. What a great feeling for that kid. It doesn't get much better than that, and Kosmo doesn't care what happens the rest of this year in prep sports. There can't be a better story of redemption than that. - Kosmo also wants to send his condolences out to Clarkston head coach Dan Fife and his family over the passing of "Papa" Fife the other day. No doubt, "Papa" Fife was as supportive and as important a part of the success of not only Dan over the years, but sons Dugan, Dane and Jeremy. Rest in peace and he'll be smiling down on Clarkston from up above now.


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