Warren Mott High School Wrestling
Welcome to the Warren Mott High School Wrestling pages. Within the several pages found on this section of the Marauder Wrestling website, you will find a treasure trove of information about what's going on with the WMHS wrestling team, as well as some historical information about the school and its wrestling program.
Warren Mott High School was formed in 1992 from the merger of Warren High School and Charles S. Mott High School. Both schools had rich traditions in wrestling, although Mott probably experienced more success in the sport, especially in the early 1970s when Mott was a dominant program. In 1974-75, Mott won the inaugural Macomb County Tournament and placed 5th as a team in the MHSAA State Tournament.
In 1976, Mott's Dave Cartier won the school's only individual state championship. Over the years, Mott has had 15 All-State wrestlers, the most recent being Lavonte Perdue, who took 4th at 215 lbs in 2014.
While Mott was a dominant program in the 70s under the tutelage of Coach Bill Davids and Coach Terry Champion, Warren HS had considerable success in the 1980s under the coaching of Dave Clifton. Wrestling at both schools waned during the early 1990s, but enjoyed a resurgence in the late 90's. That resurgence has continued to build steam over the last decade.
In 2006, former Madison Heights Lamphere standout, Garrett Lovas, gave up the reigns as head coach to coach Gary Skop. Skop and his coaches continued to build on the foundation laid by Lovas. In 2015, Skop stepped aside to devote more time to his growing family and Coach Paul Salyers took the head coach position. Salyers brings over 25 years of coaching experience at various levels, including experience as a successful high school and college wrestler.
In 2007, Skop and Salyers established the Marauder Wrestling Club in an effort to improve the number of wrestlers and experience level of those participating in high school program. MWC provides an opportunity for youth wrestlers (ages 5-14) to compete in the sport before they arrive at high school. MWC also provides an opportunity for both youth and high school wrestlers to compete in wrestling during the off-season.
In 2008-09, WMHS had its first Macomb County individual champion since the merger, when Coach Salyers' son, Dan Salyers, won the county tournament at 145lbs. In the 2010-11 season, WMHS's heavyweight Kyle Gray spent most of the season ranked in the top three of the state, before falling short of the podium at the state meet. From 2012 through 2014, Mott had at least one state placer each year. In 2014-15, Mott qualified three wrestlers for the state tournament.
From 2015-16 thru 2018-19, Mott's wrestling team ran off four straight MAC Titles, four District Championships and three trips to the Regional Finals. The 18-19 Marauders posted the team's best season in 43 years, finishing top ten in the County tournament, winning the MAC Blue title and the District title before falling to Dakota in the Regional finals. Individually, the team had six County placers, eight Regional qualifiers and four State qualifiers, three of whom were underclassmen.
While the history at WMHS, and its two predecessor schools, is rich with talented wrestlers, the high school wrestling staff are working hard to re-assert the tradition of wrestling at WMHS. With the advent of the Marauder Wrestling Club, and the opportunities it presents, as well as a deep and talented coaching staff, the future of WMHS wrestling looks very bright.