Coach Biondo finished his sixth season with the Shamrocks after helping lead the Shamrocks to a three-peat in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and a title in 2017. Biondo has been a catalyst while at CC in adding energy and excitement to the room while setting the bar for the upper weights. He's a huge part in Shamrock wrestlers winning 21 state titles in the last five years, including an impressive 17-0 in finals matches over 4 years.
"Coach Biondo is a catalyst here at CC. He not only motivates our athletes, but he inspires our coaches with his intensity level and his drive to be successful. We are blessed to have him on our staff and as member of the CC Community," said Coach Hancock
Personal: Coach Biondo hails from Ann Arbor where he was a captain of the Wolverine squad his junior and senior year while earning Academic All-American honors. Coach Biondo currently lives in Berkley with his wife Sarah, and 1-year-old son Cooper, along with their dog Maizy. Coach Biondo works for Topcat Team Sales in Berkley. www.teamtopcatsales.com
Wrestling Bio:Fifth-Year Senior (2010-11)... NWCA All-Academic ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten Conference ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient ... Posted a 2-2 record at the NCAA Championships (March 17-19) ... Competed at the Big Ten Tournament (March 5-6) ... Registered a 10-6 dual record, including a 5-4 mark in Big Ten duals ... Secured 100th career win with a 10-5 decision over Ohio State's Peter Capone (Jan. 28) ... Sealed Michigan's win at Central Michigan (Jan. 16) with a 6-4 decision over Craig Kelliher ... Posted a 4-0 mark at the Virginia Duals (Jan. 7-8) ... Defeated Lehigh's #14 Joe Kennedy, 2-1 TB, in the semifinal dual to avenge an earlier-season loss (7-4 TB, Nov. 19) ... Defaulted to eighth place at the Southern Scuffle (Dec. 29-30), posting a 4-2 record with two pins and a major decision ... Claimed fourth place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 4-5) with a 4-2 record ... Earned a 4-2 decision over Cal State Bakerfield's #19 Riley Orozco in the consolation semifinals ... Went 3-0 en route to the 197-pound title at season-opening EMU Open (Nov. 6).
Senior/Junior (2009-10)... Posted a 2-2 record at the NCAA Championships (March 18-20), advancing to the round of 12 ... Claimed third place at Big Ten Championships (March 6-7) with a 3-1 mark ... Led the Wolverines with a career-best 35 wins ... Went 15-2 in dual meets, including a 6-2 Big Ten record ... Tied a career-best five falls ... Claimed sixth place at the Cliff Keen Invitational (Dec. 4-5) after injury defaulting out of the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record.
Junior/Sophomore (2008-09)... Competed in NCAA Championships and was eliminated with an 0-2 record ... Claimed fifth place at Big Ten Tournament with 3-2 record ... Posted a 4-4 Big Ten record ... Rolled to a 7-1 decision against Penn State's Jack Decker (7-1, Feb. 14) ... Picked up extra points in a 10-0 major decision against Indiana's Nick Avery (Feb. 1) ... Posted a 1-2 mark at the National Duals (Jan. 10-11), earning a first-period fall against 13th-ranked Alex Dolly of Northern Iowa (2:34) ... Earned a 9-6 decision against Nebraska's 13th-ranked Vince Jones (Jan. 4) ... Also knocked off Oregon State's Brice Arand (8-4, Jan. 2) and Northern Colorado's Ryan Johnson (9-6, Jan. 4) to open the New Year with three straight wins ... Placed fourth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 5-6) with a 5-2 record, two pins and a technical fall ... Split opening-weekend duals, earning a 4-1 decision against Penn's Colin Hitscheleler (Nov. 22) after falling 6-0 to #15 David Craig of Lehigh (Nov. 21).
Sophomore/Freshman (2007-08)... Academic All-Big Ten ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... Tallied career highs in wins (23), pins (5) and technical falls (2) ... Went 0-2 at the Big Ten Championships (March 8-9) ... Lost a close 4-3 decision match to Michigan State's 15th-ranked Joe Williamsinthe dual-meet finale (Feb. 24) ... Picked up a 3-1 win over Ohio State's John Weakley (Feb. 10) ... Won three of four matches at the National Duals (Jan. 12-13), earning back-to-back major decisions against Iowa's Chad Beatty (8-0) and Minnesota's Mitch Kuhlman (10-0) on the second day ... Posted three wins at the Lone Star Duals (Jan. 5) with a technical fall and a pin ... Tallied a 3-0 mark at the Wolverine Quad (Dec. 30), pinning Lehigh's Alex Iacocca (3:32) ... Earned an 18-3 technical fall over Kent State's Michael Blackwell in final dual appearance before holiday break (Dec. 7) ... Claimed seventh place at the Cliff Keen Invitational (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) with a 4-2 record ... Upset UNC Greensboro's Daren Burns 5-4 in the opening round ... Posted a 3-1 mark at the Northeast Duals (Nov. 24) with two pins ... Placed fifth at the Eastern Michigan Open (Nov. 3) with a 5-1 record ... First season at 197 pounds after moving up from 174.
Freshman (2006-07)... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... Redshirted season ... Wrestled in four open tournaments ... Claimed second place at the NWCA National Open (Feb. 18) with a 2-1 record ... Shared co-champion honors (with teammate Scott Giffin) at the Edinboro Open (Feb. 3) with a 3-0 record ... Captured the 174-pound title at the Dan Gable Collegiate Wrestling Open (Dec. 13) with a 4-0 mark, two falls and a technical fall ... Withdrew from the EMU Open (Nov. 4) with a 0-1 record.
Coach Mitch Hancock since returning to his alma mater has taken Catholic Central back to the top of the Michigan wrestling mountain and put the Shamrocks back in the top 15 nationally. Hancock just completed his tenth year as the head of the Shamrock wrestling program. Under Hancock, the Shamrocks have reached the Division 1 state finals 6 times since 2010, winning five state titles in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017.
The 2017 state championship team did something not many teams have done before, went undefeated against teams from Michigan. The Shamrocks finished the season with an impressive 31-1 record with their only loss coming to #3 ranked St. Eds of Ohio at the DCC Super Duals. The Shamrocks rolled through the post-season outscoring its opposition 380-35 with Davison scoring 22 of those points in the D1 finals where the Shamrocks beat them 39-22 to claim the programs 12th D1 Championship. The Shamrocks also qualified 14 wrestlers for the individual finals for the second time in state and Shamrock history (2010). Of the 14 qualifiers, 9 placed, and 5 repeated as individual champs.
The 2014 team defeated state powerhouse Davison for the 2nd year in a row by 34-19 score. The Shamrocks avenged an early loss to Davison at the Assembly Match and did it with a bit of strategy as the Shamrocks bumped several key wrestlers in their lineup, either up or down, to create positive matchups. The championship in 2014 ties Catholic Central with Temperance Bedford for the most Team State Titles in D1 with 11. The Shamrocks sent 10 wrestlers to the Individual State Finals with 8 wrestlers placing in the top 8. The Shamrocks set a Division 1 record for the most champs in one season with 5: Malik Amine, Myles Amine, Nick Bennett, Drew Garcia, and Trevor Zdebski.
The 2013 squad defeated Davison in the state finals 29-26 on a last second dramatic pin from Junior Evan Toth to send the shamrock faithful into hysterics and a celebration mode. The Shamrocks sent 10 wrestlers to the state tournament, placing 8 in the top 3, including a school record 4 Champs.
The 2012 squad avenged their loss to Oxford a year earlier in the state finals, by defeating the Wildcats by the third largest margin in Division 1 history, 47-9. The boys of CC finished ranked #15 in the country and wrestled 5 teams ranked in the top 20. Throughout the Team State tournament, the Shamrocks didn't surrender a single bonus point. The Shamrocks qualified 10 wrestlers for the state tournament, placing 5 in the finals, earning 3 individual titles, with a total of 8 shamrocks placing.
The 2010 squad set Michigan records by being the first Division 1 school to qualify all 14 wrestlers for the Individual State Championship and set another by placing 10 of its 14 wrestlers. In 2011 the CC squad sent 6 wrestlers to the Individual State finals with 3 walking away with titles.
The CC Alum has on an individual basis, coached 5 state champions and 25 all-staters in the past four years. Coach Hancock's wrestlers
have won 15 Individual State Championships and earned 30 additional All-State honors for a total of 45 All-State finishes in the last six years.
Coach Hancock has been named Regional Coach of the year 3 times, Oakland County Coach of the Year twice, Michigan Wrestling Association Division 1 State Coach of the Year in 2010, and Michigan Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2012 by the National Federation of State High School Associations. He was also asked to join the Monterey Coaches Clinic this in the fall of '13 with Olympic Coach Zeke Jones, UNC Assistant Coach Cary Kolat, and Team Shamrock Head Coach Mike Krause.
Coach Hancock competed for Tom Borrelli's Chippewas at Central Michigan University where he earned Div. 1 NCAA All-American honors as a senior by placing 7th at 174lbs in 2005. Hancock was also named the recipient of the Chick Sherwood most outstanding wrestler award his senior year. Before returning home to CC, Hancock spent one season as assistant coach at CMU under Tom Borrelli and helped lead the Chippewas to a MAC Championship and top 15 team finish at the NCAA's.
While in high school, Hancock in his senior year won a state championship for the Shamrocks, placed third at the NHSCA High School Nationals and finished second at the USA Junior National Championships. Hancock also placed 7th at the Junior Nationals, and 2nd and 7th at the Cadet Nationals as an underclassman.
Coach Hancock and his wife Allie reside in Royal Oak and are active members of the St. Mary's parish. The Hancock's now have three children, Kinsley Ellen Hancock, Teague Michael Hancock, and Mia Grace Hancock. Kinsley was born on December 18th of 2010 and weighed 7lbs 2oz. She holds the same birthdate as Fr. Ned Donoher. Teague was born on January 3rd of 2012 and is currently training to be a State Champ at CC and Mia Grace was born on October 1st of 2014.
Position: Select Assistant Coach
Graduate Student (2017-18)
• NWCA All-Academic; U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award
• NCAA Qualifier, 197 pounds; forced to withdraw before the NCAA Championships due to injury
• Took fourth place at the Big Ten Championships (March 3-4) with a 3-2 record
• Earned wins against Wisconsin's Hunter Ritter (fall, 6:29) and Iowa's #8 Cashe Wilcke (3-1) before suffering an elbow injury in the third-place contest
• Scored to second-period takedowns to rally to a 6-5 decision against Iowa's #5 Cash Wilcke and help U-M defeat the Hawkeyes in Iowa City
• Pinned Oregon State's #11 Corey Griego (2:39) in first home at Michigan (Dec. 10)
• Posted a 3-2 record at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (Dec. 1-2)
• Captured the 197-pound title at the Michigan State Open (Nov. 5) with a 4-0 record; pinned Wisconsin's #17 Hunter Ritter (1:37) in the championship bout
Prior to Michigan
• Graduated from Old Dominion University (2017)
• NCAA All-American (197 pounds); two-time NCAA qualifier (2015, '17)
• Claimed eighth place at the 2017 NCAA Championships with a 3-3 record
• Defeated Iowa's Cash Wilcke, 7-6, in the NCAA Round 12; also pinned Nebraska's #6 Aaron Studebaker (6:11) in the second round
• Mid-American Conference runner-up (2017); finished top four in all three MAC tournament appearances
• Posted a 103-52 record over four seasons with 53 bonus wins, including 30 falls
• Took an Olympic redshirt in 2015-16
• Two-time Junior World Championships Greco-Roman team member at 96kg/211 pounds; competed in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2013 and Zagreb, Croatia in 2014
• Two-time NWCA All-Academic Team, Academic All-MAC Wrestling Team and MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete honoree (2015, '17)