Position: Head Coach
Coach Mitch Hancock has put his stamp on the Michigan wrestling history books since returning to his Alma Mater. Hancock just completed his 13th year as the head of the Shamrock Wrestling program. Under Hancock, the Shamrocks have reached the Division 1 state finals nine times since 2010, winning eight state titles in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.
The 2020 team finished the season ranked 5th in the USA by FloWrestling/Intermat. The Shamrocks defeated Davison in the Team State finals and sent 7 individuals to the MHSAA Individual State Finals, winning 6 state titles. For the 5th time, the Shamrocks qualified all 14 individuals for the state finals.
The 2019 team continued to set a new standard for D1 wrestling as they went 32-1 on the year defeating Brighton in a rematch of the D1 state finals, with their only loss coming at St. Ed's. The Shamrock's won each individual tournament entered and again went undefeated in-state. Hancock's staff once again qualified all 14 wrestlers for the individual state finals, marking the fourth time CC has done so. A record eight shamrocks reached the state finals with all 7 winning state titles (Gilcher wrestled Shaeffer at 140lbs), tieing St. John's record for most individual champs. The squad finished ranked #9 in the country by both Flo and Intermat.
The 2018 state championship team may arguably go down in Michigan wrestling history books as the greatest team in MHSAA history. The Shamrocks went undefeated in Michigan defeating Brighton in the state finals earning the largest margin of victory and becoming the first team to shutout an opponent in finals history. The Shamrocks qualified all 14 wrestlers to the state finals for the third time in school history, with 7 wrestlers making the state finals, 5 winning state championships, and a total of 13 earning all-state honors, which is a state record. Catholic Central finished ranked #9 in the country per Intermat and FloWrestling.
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, Campbell Head 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 an 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.
Coach Bob Moreau begins his 13th season as Head Assistant Coach at DCC! Alongside Hancock, Moreau has led CC to 8 MHSAA team titles, including a runner-up in 2011. Also in that span, Moreau has helped guide 40+ Shamrocks to state championships. More importantly, Coach Moreau with his light-heartedness, great sense of humor, and ability to bring a smile to anyone's face has positively impacted hundreds of Shamrocks over the last decade.
A 1975 graduate, he returned to his alma mater in 2007 to help Hancock lead the Shamrock Wrestling Program. Coach Moreau wrestled under Coach Rod and helped lead the Shamrocks to a Class A Team State Title in 1974. Along with his teammates, Coach Moreau was inducted into the CC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
Coach Moreau has been instrumental in the revival of the Shamrock program.
Prior to returning home to CC, Coach Moreau was the head wrestling coach at Livonia Stevenson for 6 years. He led the Spartans to several team state tournaments and coached 6 MHSAA State Champions. Coach Moreau also had the pleasure of coaching his son Joe, former CC assistant under Rod, to multiple all-state honors.
Coach Moreau has had a number of his former wrestlers go on to compete at the NCAA Div. 1 level.
In 2010, Coach Moreau was named Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.
(Pictured with his wife Colleen)
Coach Biondo finished his 9th season with the Shamrocks last season. Since joining the staff Biondo has helped lead the Shamrocks to two three-peats in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and in 2017, 2018, 2019 with an additional state championship in 2020. Biondo has been a catalyst while at CC in adding energy and excitement to the room while setting the bar for our athletes. He's a huge part in Shamrock wrestlers winning 40+ state titles in the last seven years, including an impressive 35-5 in finals matches over 5 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 a 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 Rochester with his wife Sarah, 1-year-old son Cooper and his little brother Baker, 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 Williams in the 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.
Matt Steintrager finished his sixth season as a lightweight coach for the Shamrocks. Coach Steintrager has helped with the development of the Shamrock lightweights as well as middleweights. With the addition of Coach Steintrager in 2011, the Shamrocks have dominated the state winning 21 state championships in the last five years including going an impressive 17-0 in finals matches in the last four years.
Coach Steintrager, a CC grad, wrestled at Central Michigan University where he finished his senior campaign in 2010 with a 28-5 record and qualified for the NCAA's at 125lbs. Coach had an impressive high school career for which he won an individual state championship for the Shamrocks in 2003 and placed second at the Junior Freestyle Nationals. In 2004 Steintrager placed second at the Senior Nationals.
2009-2010- MAC champion at 125 pounds as a starter at CMU... earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships ... as the 8th ranked wrestler at the NCAA Championships, Matt posted a 28-5 overall record ... ranked third on the team in victories ... won three consolation bracket matches to place fourth at Midlands ... finished a perfect 5-0 in MAC duals ... six victories over top-20 opponents, including a pair of wins over No. 6 Jarrod Garnett (Virginia Tech) ... ranked third on the team in dual victories with a 15-2 mark.
High School: Won a state title in 2003 and was runner-up at Junior Freestyle Nationals in 2003. In 2004 Matt placed 2nd at the Senior Nationals Championships... three-time Michigan freestyle and Greco-Roman state champion ... member of both freestyle and Greco-Roman Michigan Junior National Duals team in 2003 and 2004 ... a part of the Michigan Junior Olympic team in 2002 and 2003 ... named to the honor roll three times.
Personal: Coach Steintrager currently resides in Westland and works for New England Financial. He enjoys playing cards and dipping into MMA in his spare time.